Cost of Living Around the World

Living Abroad: Florence

There’s nothing like two weeks of travel to get you fantasizing about living abroad.  The thought of ditching the fast pace and high stress of NYC living for the quaint streets of Europe or the laid back feel of an island destination is tempting.  If you haven’t had the chance to do much travel yourself, [...]


Could You Live Without a Car?

Can You Live Without a Car?

As I fly back from two wonderful whirlwind weeks in Europe, I'm happy to share one more guest post from the lovely Britt Olsen-Ecker.  Please join me in welcoming her to the blog today!   My name is Britt Olsen-Ecker, and I’m a photographer, actor, singer, director, and sometimes writer. I live in Baltimore City, [...]


The Value of Unsubscribing

The Value of Clicking Unsubscribe

The following is a guest post from my brilliant friend and colleague Jamey Hood.  Please join me in welcoming her to the blog today! LAST CHANCE FOR 40% OFF! DON'T MISS OUT on our final winter clearance! Only TWO DAYS LEFT to get free shipping! I get dozens of advertisements in my inbox every day. My [...]


My Formative Money Moments.

My Formative Money Moments

Is there a moment in your life where you had a major money revelation?  I had two formative money moments, back to back, and this is how they happened…  I was crazy lucky coming out of college.  I graduated with a full-time dream job in my field waiting for me.  I spent the next seven [...]


Do I Need Travel Insurance?

Do I Need Travel Insurance?

As a young, healthy woman with no dependents, I take a whimsical approach to my travel.  As such, I generally risk it and skip out on travel insurance.  While travel insurance coverage can minimize the financial risks of traveling by covering missed flights, canceled tours, medical emergencies, evacuations, lost baggage, etc- I find that it’s [...]


Frugal Fitness: Honey Whole Wheat Pizza

Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

As a 10 year resident of the Big Apple, I understand the importance of proper pizza.  Unfortunately, a single slice is never enough to fill me up and any more than that is a calorie nightmare.  I've turned to my friends at The Brooklyn Baking Barons for this delicious and (somewhat) nutritious take on the [...]


That’s a Wrap: Musings from Europe

Observations from Europe

As many of you know I’m in Europe at the moment enjoying two weeks of travel through Germany and The Netherlands.   And yes, you should be jealous, because it is AWESOME! I wanted to check in today and share a few choice observations and moments I’ve had thus far… - Today I realized that every [...]


Life Lessons: 5 Things Snowboarding Taught Me About Life

Life Lessons: 5 Things Snowboarding Taught Me About Life

The following is a guest post from my fabulous friend Sara.  Please join me in welcoming her to the blog today! Snowboarding has been one of the most challenging, frustrating, and exhilarating past times I’ve explored in my years on this planet. There are few things that can equal the sense of strength and power [...]


Discovering the Joy of Spending

Joy of Spending

Who doesn’t like payday?  When you get that check in your hand or see the direct deposit clear into your bank account making you that much richer it’s a wonderful feeling. And then it starts- the bill paying.  Slowly you give away the pieces of your paycheck and those feelings of abundance and joy begin [...]


Budget Wedding Tips.

Budget Wedding Tips

The following is a guest post from "Rich Uncle EL" from  Please join me in welcoming him to the blog today.  If you'd like to contribute a guest post, contact me at thebrokeandbeautifullife(at)gmail(dot)com. Hey love birds, do you want to get married but have limited resources for the joyous occasion? I hope you can [...]


That’s a Wrap: Eurotrippin’

Eurotrip: Hamburg

Hello from Germany!  Or should I say, “Hallo!” After three long months, I am finally reuniting with my boyfriend today; he’s been busy being fabulous and important touring Europe with a hit show. (see: Long Distance Love). I’ll be a tour “groupie” for the next two weeks, traveling with the company from Hamburg, Germany to [...]


My First Travel Hack: Flying to Europe for $25

My First Travel Hack

Tomorrow morning I am getting on a plane and flying from New York City to Hamburg, Germany for a cost of $24.80.  Yes, you read that correctly, I am flying to Europe for less than $25 courtesy of a sign up bonus on a credit card I applied for just a few months ago. As [...]