This space is where I share how I save money, make money on the side (ie. side hustles) and incorporate minimalism philosophies throughout my life.

At first, it was all about deals and finding the cheapest things. I needed to be the first one to find the most awesome deal! But I realized that it was hectic and stressful. It became a rat race for me. It became a space I avoided.  I’m at a point in my life where material things are no longer important. I want to live a life with less stuff but also save money and make money along the way. I think I found a compromise and I’ll only write about things that help me so that, hopefully, it can help you, too. A win-win situation; I love that.


Hello! I’m Glenda, nice to meet you. I’ve been a self-proclaimed, casual couponer since 2009. I’m currently living in Northern California with my husband and two crazy kids.


My very first job was a seasonal sales associate at Banana Republic Outlet. I was an awkward teenager with zero people skills so they didn’t keep me. A couple of months later, my cousin hooked me up with a job at Hugo Boss. Two years later I became a manager at a sunglass store in the same Premium Outlet. I’ve seen the deals come and go. I’ve seen the craziness that is Black Friday! I’ve seen Black Friday deals a week before the actual Black Friday. I’ve scored a $1000-suit for $99, which I still have and wear until today. I love deals.

I lived in the Philippines until I was 12 years old. We moved to Southern California and lived there until I got married in 2006. I now live in Northern California with my husband and two kids. I became a stay-at-home mom when we had our first baby in 2009. The first time I met my daughter I thought to myself, “There was no way I’m leaving her with a babysitter.” It was a decision my husband fully gave his support. No regrets.

I was a freelance graphic designer, Etsy shop owner, teller and an engineering student prior to being a stay-at-home mom. My brain was working hard but being a mom was a league of its own! It didn’t come with a manual. I suffered from sleep deprivation and postpartum depression during that season of my life. It was difficult and even more so with the arrival of our son 21 months later. Being a mom demanded much, much more from my brain and body.

I searched for an escape that required just enough challenge without draining me. Couponing became that escape. It needed a bit of math and creativity for my deals. It’s strategic shopping on a budget and that jolt of adrenaline rush was a major plus.

It was also when I started to read self-help books about philosophies, business, productivity, parenting and living a simpler life. Prior to that, I read mostly romcom and sci-fi books. Remember Sophie Kinsella? Being a stay-at-home gave me an opportunity to learn and grow as a person. I reflected a lot on where I was in my life and where I was headed. I learned about being mindful and consciousness. I learned about minimalism.

I’m not a minimalist but I do incorporate a lot of minimalism philosophies in all aspects of my life. I feel like it has helped me live a more mindful and purposeful life.

I am grateful to be able to stay home with my children. I am grateful for couponing which was my escape but now part of my lifestyle. I’m grateful to you for visiting and reading my blog.

Fun Facts


The Matrix Trilogy

Star Trek

brow pencil + eyeliner + mascara

high-rise jeggings + tee + slip-on sneakers

raw garlic, rain ( mostly because of earthworms), cold weather

anything with peppermint + almonds + pretty papers