I want to let you know that I’m taking a break from blogging. Last month I joined Elite Blog Academy, an online course for building a successful and profitable blog. I’ve been working on the course non-stop since then. It’s like being in school again!
Like many women, I like trying out new beauty services and products. So I was delighted when I came across Dry Bar, a salon that specializes in just blowouts, while walking the Fillmore shopping district in SF. Someone to do my hair for me before a date? No more failed attempts at following YouTube hair tutorials? Perfect! But I’ll be honest, I did a double take when I looked at the services menu and price list. While I’d love to visit Dry Bar before attending a special event like a wedding, I can’t imagine frequenting the place on a regular basis. I realized that there must be more budget-friendly alternatives for hairstyling.
Given the non-stop political coverage in the US right now about immigrants’ and other groups’ rights, I’ve been thinking a lot about women’s rights and women’s issues lately. Even more so when I recently read an article that half of women married or in relationships have a “Plan B” man ready to call if their current relationship doesn’t work out. This got me thinking about how much women rely on men as their back-up plans. It could be that the women surveyed were fully independent and wanted a man only for a romantic relationship, but how many of those women had on a Plan B man in order to have financial security?
Whenever I tell people that I live in San Francisco, I usually get one of two comments. One is that the city is dirty, crowded, and too liberal, so how can I live there. The other is that the city is too expensive, so how can I live there. I’ll admit that living in SF has its downsides, as does every city, but it has its perks too. After living in a few other US cities, I love what SF has to offer and have chosen to make my home here. If you’re thinking of moving to SF or any other expensive city, I’ve gathered some tips for how to manage living big city life on a budget.
If you ever wanted to learn how the wealthy become wealthy, this book may give you the best answers you’ll ever get. Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, authors of The Millionaire Next Door, spent twenty years researching how people become wealthy. Despite the lavish lifestyles of celebrities seen on TV and in magazines, the authors found that most millionaires became wealthy by leading modest, frugal lives. They posit that millionaires actually look a lot like your average next-door neighbor.
Hi! I'm Arlene. I'm a native San Franciscan, theater lover, and fan of frugal living. My goal is to help people improve their financial situation by sharing tips and thoughts with the occasional bit of SF flavor thrown in.