Online gold mine that is Shop Miss A


Over a month ago, I purchased this adorable planner from; an online dollar store. So, let me just say, it is amazing, and I just L.O.V.E it to pieces!


Here is why:

  • It’s blank! What does this mean? Blank planners don’t have the dates written in.
  • It has monthly, weekly, and daily pages, as well as a yearly and monthly task list.
  • It’s faux leather and comes in various colors.
  • It has 2 pockets!
  • It lays flat! Are you left-handed? I am! And, it’s a pain in the butt writing in binders or spiral notebooks.
  • It’s fracking adorable!

More or less, Shop Miss A its an online dollar store that specializes in accessories. They have pretty much anything you can think about in regards to accessorizing.

Getting a planner for the new year is crucial for productivity and organization. I bought this specifically to help me keep track of daily, weekly and monthly tasks, as well as goal setting. Not only have I started this blog, but I do a lot of different types of writing in my personal life. I have a lot of unfinished projects that I am determined to get done this year. Writing in a planner gives me accountability.

Planners aren’t only for students, believe me. If you’re a homemaker, or a business owner, you have many tasks that need to get done through-out the day and without organization you will probably lose your mind.

I use planners to track everything from grocery lists to appointments to blog posts. If you haven’t already, I encourage ya’ll to join the planner life 🙂

Over and out!


UPDATE: Planner is sold out on BUT, here is a list of retailers selling them: ($6.48 FREE SHIPPING) ($6.00, $1 shipping PER ITEM)

FYI, links will open in new tab 🙂

Happy Shopping!

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Why you need to download Flipp on your phone right now!



Flipp, a coupon and catalog app, is the best money saving tool available in the android and apple store right now. More importantly, it’s free and incredibly convenient.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about the app. This app allows you to put in your zip-code and generate all the shopping catalogs in your neighborhood. It also lets you clip coupons and make shopping lists. It’s an all-in-one shopping buddy.

During the holidays, this app can be quite a god-send. Every sales catalog is accessible in your phone. This makes budgeting and gift purchases a lot simpler and stress-free.

But, this app can be utilized all year long! In fact, I use this app on a daily basis to keep track of which grocery stores are selling what this week and at what price. I can plan every purchase, and every dollar I spend directly in my phone. This prevents me from over-spending at the grocery store and getting me in and out as quick as possible.

This is probably the only app on my phone I use on a daily basis that isn’t Instagram or Facebook. I love it so much!

Do you know of any great shopping, couponing or discount apps? Which are your favorite? Share in the comments below!

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Why you shouldn’t wait for a blizzard to stock up for a blizzard


If you live in the states, you’re probably getting quite a bit of snow this weekend due to the blizzard ransacking the East Coast. Thus far, we haven’t had any big scares along the lines of power outages or injuries/deaths in New York City, but upper-Manhattan did experience some issues with discolored tap just a day before the blizzard was meant to pass through.

Because of the snowfall, as well as the lack of clear tap, the entire neighborhood was standing in line at Riteaid buying out the entire stock of bottled water.

Here are a few tips to avoid standing in those long lines:

Every month, stock your pantry with 1-2 non-perishable items.  Buy what is on sale, even if you have no intention to eat it. I actually recommend purchasing food items you wouldn’t normally eat unless you really needed to. This will prevent you from eating it before you need it. ( Ex. Do not buy pudding. We like pudding too much.)

Also, don’t be afraid to shop at dollar stores. Generic items are just as good as your brand names and they tend to be a lot cheaper as well. Thrift stores are often gold mines! If you can invest in buying in bulk, I highly recommend that.  Also: ALWAYS. CHECK. EXPIRATION. DATES. I can’t stress that enough.

Here is a list of what to buy:


Powered Milk



Granola bars



Peanut butter

Canned beans

Canned tuna or chicken

Canned meals (soup, chili, stew, ect.)


It’s important to keep in mind that high sodium foods will make you thirsty, so always opt in for the low-sodium option. If you have an infant, you may want to keep baby formula on hand. Don’t forget about pets as well! First aid kits, toilet paper, baby wipes, and emergency heating pads are also great non-food items to stock up on and/or have on hand.

There are several benefits of purchasing emergency essentials BEFORE the emergency.

For starters: It saves you a ton of money. When you buy last minute, you’re stuck with whatever is available. This means you are less likely to apply coupons, or take advantage of the best sale.

It also can save you a lot of time. If you already have a supply of food and water for emergencies, you won’t have to join in the crowds the day before a storm hits.

Not only can this save you time in the event of an emergency, it can also GIVE you time to prepare. When you plan in-advance, you are able to take care of specific or special needs your family members might have!

But, most of all, you will gain peace of mind knowing that your family is well taken care when mother nature passes through in a surprise.

Want a more detailed list? Check FEMA online.

Sit down with your family and make a plan today.

Any tips or tricks, or experiences you’d like to share? Share and comment below!

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Hello world!

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Hi, I’m Jocelyn: the gal behind the scenes, er, the computer screen! I live in New York City, the best (and most expensive) city in the world. I relocated from Hawaii with my husband 5 years ago to pursue a higher education and seek better opportunities. Not long after we arrived, I noticed it would not be an easy task for us, a young couple, while both full-time college students, to survive in such an expensive city. Affording the bare minimum: rent, utilities, food ect., along with the cost of tuition and books left our wallets very sad. Still, my love for NYC trumped my fears, and I did not let money-troubles discourage me. Over the years, I’ve developed many strategies on saving money, guilt-free spending — living large on less, and how to have fun while doing it.

I am not new to the minimalist life. In fact, I come from quite a modest home. I grew up in my grandparents home, along with the rest of our family. We shared it with myself, my mom and dad, my mom’s brother, and her parents. Oh! And, our family cat. Through watching my family pinch pennies, while stretching a paycheck to feed and cloth our family, I was raised with humility and frugality in mind. I learned the value of a memory and time spent with family. As I grew up, and moved away, I took these values with me. Time spent together with my husband means the world to me, while material possessions don’t matter as much. It wasn’t until adulthood that I realized how freeing it is.

On this blog you will find all things frugal and minimalist living! Many will pertain to life in Manhattan, but a lot of it can be applied to anyone living anywhere.  I started this blog  to share my adventures and life-hacks to ease the financial strains of living in the big city, but I hope you find these stories and words of advice helpful for you no matter where in the world you’re living.

If you’d like to read more, check-out my FAQ page! (coming soon!)

I’d love to hear from you!

Do you have any questions, concerns or words of advice for a first-time newbie blogger? Feel free to shoot me an email at

You can also find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram & Twitter!

<3 Jocelyn

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