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I am a 44 year old free spirited predominantly-vegan woman with a passion for frugality, culture, coffee, languages, yoga, travel, minimalist living and animals. I love being creative which is why being frugal is also fun for me!

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Cheap or Free Retro ActivitiesIt saddens me that we have come to a place in our lives where we can't live without being "connected" to everything and everyone 24 hours a day.

 

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How to Fill a Holiday Stocking for FreeStockings don't have to cost anything and are supposed to be filled with small trinkets and goodies, not things like $50 gift cards and iPods! Remember when we used to get clementines in there? What happened with that?

 

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Frugal Black Beans and PolentaThis is a recipe I found somewhere on the internet and adapted it. It's really filling and makes enough for 6 people and costs about 50 cents per person. I made it tonight and it was very filling and tasty!

 

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5 Minute Mini Cinnamon RollsI came up with this when I had a craving for cinnamon rolls but didn't want to bake. Lay out as many pieces of bread that you want (each slice makes 4 mini rolls). Flatten the bread a little with your palm.

 

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Time to Get Into ShapeIt's that time of year when everyone is running around panicking because soon they'll have to wear shorts or a bathing suit. Here are some tips to get yourself in shape without costing a fortune.

 

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Healthy Living Tips To Keep Weight OffI've been slim for about 10 years (of course with a few ups and downs!) and have just realized that there are a lot of things I have been doing over the years automatically to help keep my weight down.

 

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Salem and Loki (Cats)Salem and Loki are 14 years and 7 years old. They are both a mixed breed. I rescued Salem (black) from an independent shelter while living in Montreal. Loki (white and black) was the only cat left in a litter that my friend had, from rescuing a feral pregnant cat and I took him in.

 

My Frugal Holiday: Planning Frugal GiftsHow to get through gift giving for the holidays without breaking the bank. I'm the first to admit I am one of the least organized people I know. That being said, when it comes to saving money I am a little less lazy than some people but don't get it confused with my terrible organization skills! When the weather starts getting cooler and the leaves are changing colours, it's always my cue to start preparing gifts for the holidays.

 

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Coconut Body Scrub and Clay Body MaskI was browsing spa menus online and came across a coconut body scrub that cost $90 at the Spa. I thought to myself "Ok, I can do this myself for pennies!" Granted, my bathroom doesn't look like a fancy schmancy spa but I tried my best to make it look that way.

 

A jar full of pennies.

Save Those PenniesMany of us are living cheque to cheque and trying to make ends meet. How are we supposed to save money when we barely have enough as it is now for basic needs?

 

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Make Your Own Nut and Seed MilksNot only are nut and seed milks much better for you then cow's milk but also very easy to digest. Perfect for those with soy allergies and who are lactose intolerant. They are also very simple to make!

 

Cutting Cell Phone CostsI remember when cellphones came out. My dad had one in his car but most people didn't have one. I would walk down the street in the city I lived in at the time and saw these business people with them, they were the size of a walkie-talkie and very ugly-looking.

 

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