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Warts and all Airbnb Review – What You Need to Know

Airbnb is an online marketplace and hospitality service that connects people who want to rent their homes with people who are looking for accommodation. Therefore, Airbnb users are both hosts and travelers. Hosts list their unused spaces and travelers search for and book accommodations. It is as simple as that. Airbnb does not own any lodging – they are rather a middleman because they receive percentage service fees from travelers and hosts in conjunction with every booking. Airbnb offers its services in 191 countries with over 3,000,000 lodging listings in 65,000 cities. Airbnb has become an alternative…

Australia on a Budget – 10 Ways to Save on Australia Travel

Australia is the country of a vibrant culture, breathtaking natural beauties and some of the most livable cities in the world, and you’ll fall in love with all of them. However, a trip to Australia can be quite pricey, especially if you don’t have a travel plan. Luckily for you, there are budget-friendly ways that can help you plan an affordable yet memorable journey to Australia. 1.      Start with research Instead of hopping on a plane to Sydney, take some time to plan and prepare for your trip. The first thing you need to do is determine…

Penzeys Loves to Spice Up Cooking

Penzeys Spices encourages people to love to cook and cook to love. They believe kindness adds flavor to any meal. Now why would the Frugal Diva be recommending these seemingly upscale products? Because even with fantastic quality, they have managed to keep prices within reason. If you sign up for the email newsletter, offers will start coming every day for free spices added when you have a minimum order, combos that are below the price of each individual spice, free shipping specials, and sometimes a free spice thrown in for good measure. Now to go along with their message of…

LA Enjoy A Free Museum Day

Take the time to explore any number of museums that are free this Sunday, January 29.  So Cal Museums has the complete list.  Please check to see if your choice requires registering or printing tickets in advance. This would be a great time to find out about modern art by visiting MOCA or natural history at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County . Museums Free-for-All has partnered with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro bus or rail. Go Metro to more museum destinations…

Clothes Shopping Online

Shopping for clothes online has never been a favorite Frugal Diva activity.  However, after getting some tips from friends, I see where it is quite nice with our hectic  lives to have attire without spending gasoline money.  And at a significant discount. Let’s start with Shop It To Me.  Instead of being overwhelmed by too much choice, they allow you to customize your shopping experience. Alerts arrive when those brands have sales items in your size.  If you are brand loyal, this site will work very nicely. Now I scoffed at the Home Shopping Network until a friend…

California Dreaming

Travel is a luxury and we all need a little down time. Californians have the distinct advantage of living in a state where there are national parks, sophisticated cities, deserts, Disneyland, and everything in between. For flying Southwest Airlines is my favorite, great fares, egalitarian seating, and  you can make changes without a penalty. They may be the last airline that lets you check up one or two bags for FREE! They have several destinations in Southern and Northern California and a stop in Reno for the Lake Tahoe area. Lake Tahoe is a bargain during the spring and summers…

8 Affordable Remodelling Details that will Make you Happier at Home

Changes are always good, especially if they’re in your home. Since you’re spending the most of your time there, why wouldn’t you make it as beautiful as it can be? It is simple, home is supposed to be a place which reflects your personality, your taste and makes you feel happy, but sometimes we forget about that. And before you start complaining about the budget, let me tell you right now, no. You don’t have to spend a fortune on decorating, and the true beauty is in details. With all that being said, here are 8…