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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 Easy Meals Anyone Can Cook At Home

Cooking is a talent that not everyone has. *Raises own hand.* I don’t particularly like cooking, and I don’t understand how some people can pop into the kitchen, throw together bread, eggs, and spices, and emerge with a tasty and wonderful dish. It’s almost like magic.

For years, I declared myself “an idiot in the kitchen” and did my best to avoid learning any cooking skills. Big mistake. Now I’m in my late twenties, and I just learned how to fry an egg! Turns out not knowing how to cook makes your life hard. It forces you to rely on unhealthy and expensive prepared foods or meals out. We all know eating in saves money, but what to do if you can’t cook?

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How to Reprogram Your Thinking to a Savings Mindset

When you feel trapped by debt or stuck in a cycle of spending, you might not even know where to begin when it comes to saving money.

You know you need to, but you just can’t figure out where in your budget you’ll be able to pull that money from. It stresses you out and so you stop thinking about it, at least until next month.

The first step is the hardest. Everything after that just becomes habit.

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Accepting Financial Responsibility For Yourself

There comes a time in every person’s life when they must face up to the fact they’re responsible for their own financial lives. You have to break free from your parents or your bad habits and start living like an adult. It comes for us all, my friends.

Accepting financial responsibility for yourself can be an exciting and rewarding thing, though. It certainly doesn’t have to be doom and gloom!

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Making Friends as a Frugal Adult

Here’s a dirty little secret: making friends as an adult is hard. Sure, you’re all grown up and comfortable with your life and who you are. That should make people flock to you, right? How many times have we heard that confidence is attractive?

I moved to a new city as a 23 year old, and the hardest thing I had to do was make friends. Getting an apartment, getting a job, learning how to navigate the professional world – all of these things were pieces of cake compared to walking up to another adult and trying to convince them they should hang out with me.

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3 Ways You Can Treat Yourself For Less

There comes a time when even the most frugally frugal person needs to just treat themselves. Some kind of splurge for themselves that makes the whole world better for a moment. Something that makes them feel better about the day they had.

I am in total support of this kind of splurge. The world is full of wonderful things and constantly denying yourself is just a silly way to live. Even celebrities on strict diets talk about their cheat days.

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