Dear Readers

Hi There, I’m Elva, apbka (also, previously, briefly, known as) Wise Money Shopper. Amanda, aka Dr. Wise Money, was my sister.

WMS Fails: The Duds of 2016 Jan – Jun

WMS Fails: The Duds of 2016 Jan – Jun

I’m writing two companion posts on my favorite and least favorite purchases of the first half of 2016.

Bonus Post: Independent Bookstores & the Books I Bought

Bonus Post: Independent Bookstores & the Books I Bought

As we start to travel more frequently, the boyfriend and I make a point to visit a (hopefully used) bookstore at least once per trip. So let’s have a look-see where we’ve been and what we found!

Wardrobe Upgrades

Wardrobe Upgrades

I once read that a carpenter built his toolbox by buying the cheapest version of anything he needed, and as soon as he broke it, he upgraded to the best version in his budget.

DIYs: The Basket-Bag I Crocheted with Plarn

DIYs: The Basket-Bag I Crocheted with Plarn

Sometimes you don’t have to shop. Sometimes you Can do it yourself.

The Search for a Birthday Present

The Search for a Birthday Present

Sorry, y’all, one day late but I’m here!

Sale on Sale Bonus Post: Ebate’s Birthday

Sale on Sale Bonus Post: Ebate’s Birthday

It’s Ebates birthday this week, and they are celebrating with 15% cash back at many, many participating stores!

12 TV Comedies That Make Your Netflix Subscription Worth It

12 TV Comedies That Make Your Netflix Subscription Worth It

This weekend we drove to D.C. with our spoiled stupid dog and happened on a lovely used media place.

My Waste Reducing Buys

My Waste Reducing Buys

Recently our household underwent a big upgrade: no more disposable water bottles! The boyfriend is the late convert (obviously) and these functional and gorgeous S’well bottles are what finally sold him.

Website Round-Ups: Ethical Fashion, Global Style Picks

Website Round-Ups: Ethical Fashion, Global Style Picks

I shared a neat little coupon code from Threads for Thought I found in my email at the end of my post last week. That got me thinking.

What I’ve Got My Eyes on: April 2016

What I’ve Got My Eyes on: April 2016

A big part of refusing to pay the full retail price of basically anything ever, is that I always research what I would like to buy, and then I wait patiently for a long time for the price to drop.

Website Round-Ups: Agreeable Aggregates

Website Round-Ups: Agreeable Aggregates

Are slightly forced alliterations in or do they just make me look dorky?

Hellooo World!

Have you gals and guys seen the fun little intro DWM set up for me yet?