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About Kara Perez

About Kara Perez

Kara Perez lives and works in Texas. She has a degree from Wesleyan University, enjoys hiking, Netflix and obsessing over her Mint app. She writes about getting out from under her student loan debt at fromfrugaltofree.wordpress.com.

3 Awesome DIY Presents for Friends

The holidays are just around the corner. Tis the season to give – and to get! While the holidays can be a wonderful time to spend with friends and family, to travel back home, and to snuggle up in sweaters, they can also be a time of strain on your bank account.

I know it’s important for many people to participate in the season’s gift giving without waking up to an overdrawn account. It is for me!

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving With Friends on the Cheap

For the last two years, I’ve been more than 2,200 miles away from home and family for Thanksgiving. Flying back home for the long weekend to celebrate wasn’t an option for me, financially speaking, so I was left to create my own Friendsgiving in my new city.

Friendsgiving is a great way to spend Thanksgiving, and I’ve really enjoyed both of mine! If you’re stuck in a similar situation, here’s how I’ve made it work.

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How To Share Your Frugal Side With a Spendy Partner

It’s a tale as old as time: you’re in a relationship where one of you is a saver and one of you is a spender. I know – I’m in that relationship right now. I am as frugal as they come. I’m happy to eat in every night, wear thrift store clothes, and watch Netflix.

My boyfriend is by no means a flashy big spender, but he definitely enjoys meals out, date nights outside of our living rooms, and is generally more relaxed about spending money than I am.

I was really worried about coming off as cheap or a killjoy with my frugal ways when we began dating. I had to learn to share my frugal side with my partner.

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