Shannyn FrugalBeautiful.com

In 2010, I came to Chicago to get my Master’s Degree to then go on to my Ph.D. which ended up being my $32,000 mistake.

I wanted to learn how to be live on $800 a month in Chicago (spoiler: you can’t unless you get crafty..read more here), but also, how to be happy doing it.

That is my hope, for this humble blog- to help everyone cultivate a life that’s beautiful no matter what their budget is. (…or isn’t!)

My big pet peeve is that people equate frugality with being cheap. I’ve also learned that saving money on toothpaste won’t get you financially free, you have to be smart in your savings, strategic in your earnings (ask for more!), and hustle…always, always hustle.



A 2015 solo cruise to Bermuda- saved for and paid for in cash. Frugality is awesome!

The name of my blog sometimes gives folks the wrong impression- my frugality is not about extreme couponing.

Frugality is a way of life so  you can live fabulously in the ways that matter to you.



The Carmel Mission Inn - sitting poolside is just lovely! It's so colorful!

I love to travel, and frugality paired with creativity makes it happen. A photo from a trip to Big Sur in 2015.

Flower and Garden Festival

Exploring EPCOT with two of my dearest friends.

Zip lining Vallarta Adventures Zip Lining in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

About The Author:

I’m Shannyn…29 years old, living in Chicago with my pug, Matilda.  I’m half Canadian, but born & raised in California.

I’m a Social Media Manager… In addition to blogging, I am passionate about social media management, influencer marketing & am app-obsessed to the point I made it my career! I run my own social media consulting & management business at CakeMixMedia.com

I love to travel…My goal is to see new places and take lots of pictures. LOTS of pictures.  If there isn’t an adult beverage in my hand, there is probably a camera or iPhone in hand trying to capture a moment.

My inspirations include… Kate Middleton, America’s First Ladies, and Blake Mycoskie (creator of TOMS shoes).

I adore classy fashion…attire that leaves something to the imagination.  Sexy hosiery, vintage finds, high heels, the right shade of lipstick.

I’m a self professed ginormous geek…Doctor Who, Star Trek,  tons and tons of books, a documentary nerd,  fondness for Mickey Mouse, Domo, Kawaii & Hello Kitty. 

Meet Metilda Our New Rescue Pug  My pug Matilda, I adopted her last year from a local pug rescue.



I’m Also A Fundraising Junkie:

-The Rescuing Ralph Fundraiser (Spring 2011)  $740.71

The Makeup That Matters Fundraiser in memory of Kassie (Summer 2011)  $554.82 raised

-Donated $300 in Mary Kay products to Love Drop

Gave Up My 26th Birthday for charity: water (Summer 2012)  $2,601.00 donated.

-$500 raised for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Fall 2012)

Virtual Pug Run $8,176 raised for the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue

-2015 Virtual Pug Run $11,100.11 raised for the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue

Virtual Pug Run Fundraiser for Pug Rescue 2015

In two years, we’ve raised $19,976.11 for the Northern Illinois Pug Rescue with the Virtual Pug Run!

My Favorite Blog Posts:

Build A Wardrobe On A Budget: Fashion Essentials Every Frugal Girl Must Have

Frugal Confession: I Bought A Pair of $600 Louboutins & I’m Still Frugal

Confession: I Watch Hoarders…and I Was One.

My First Half Marathon:  The Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2013 Race Recap

Why You Should Start Saving For Your Wedding On The First Date




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