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Meet a Reader | Beth B., from Arizona

Hey everyone! I am pleased to tell that I am feeling much better than I was last week; thank you for all your prayers and well-wishes.

Today, we’re meeting Beth, who has all sorts of creative ways to get free food and entertainment, such as being an elite Yelper (I had no idea that was even a thing!).

Here’s Beth:

1. Tell us a little about yourself

Hi Frugal Friends! I’m Beth B. from Scottsdale, Arizona.

I am 50 years old and originally from Saginaw, Michigan and moved by myself to AZ in 1996. I wanted to get away from Michigan winters. I think I was also sun-starved!

Beth with her boyfriend in San Diego.

On a trip to San Diego

It was definitely the best decision I’ve ever made. I love the desert. I met my boyfriend, Darren, in 2006, and he lives 10 minutes away.

He and I both have pet birds and are animal lovers.

A yellow and green parrot.

I named my parrot Kong, after King Kong

 I work in insurance full-time, and I live in a townhome that I purchased in 1997 (when the prices were still decent in the Scottsdale area).

2. How long have you been reading The Frugal Girl?

I have been reading the Frugal Girl for about 10 years, I think.

3. How did you get interested in saving money?

My parents are very frugal. They have done very well for themselves but live simply. That has enabled them to pay for my brother’s and my college education, take us on trips, etc.

I have been interested in free stuff since I was a kid. Does anyone remember the book “Free Stuff For Kids”? It was my favorite book in the whole world!

I have also always enjoyed entering radio station concerts, and to this day, still win a ton of stuff through the radio stations. Darren and my friends love to be my “plus one” for concerts or other events that I have won tickets to. It’s fun!

Beth at a meet and greet.

a pre-Covid meet and greet I won!

4. What’s the “why” behind your money-saving efforts?

I am working on building up my savings. I am planning on ditching my full-time job in two years, when I am fully vested in my company’s ESOP (Employee Stock Options Program).

I really hate working full-time and plan to get a part-time job (Starbucks?) that provides health insurance to their employees.

That way, I will have more time for my fun “side hustles” – pet-sitting, selling Avon (I earned a trip to Hawaii through Avon! It will be my first Avon trip!), movie, television, and commercial “extra” work, market research studies, mystery shopping, and mail decoy work (I get paid by 2 companies to report junk mail).

A lemon tree.

My lemon tree is dripping with lemons right now. My neighbors like getting free citrus.

5. What’s your best frugal win?

A frugal win happened when I was laid off from a prior job (I didn’t really like the job, so I wasn’t super upset about it).

Since I didn’t make a fuss, they offered to sell me my company car for $3,500. It was an awesome car and I ended up putting over 200,000 miles on it.

6. What’s a dumb money mistake you’ve made?

A dumb money mistake I’ve made is buying a used car without doing a lot of research. It turned out to be a lemon and I spent a lot of money trying to fix it up, which went nowhere.

I traded it in for another used car which has turned out to be a dream car for me. It was previously owned by a senior who only put 25,000 miles on it. It’s been a great car for road trips.

7. What’s one thing you splurge on?

I splurge on travel, but Darren and I are both frugal-minded, so we fly stand-by whenever possible (he works in the airline industry) and use my hotel points, rental car points, and miles from work travel to help make the trip more affordable.

Beth and her boyfriend in Utah.

We typically like to go on one international trip a year, but since 2020, we have been taking some fun road trips to National Parks. My life goal is to visit all the US National Parks and Monuments.

Beth in front of Mount Rushmore.

8. What’s one thing you aren’t remotely tempted to splurge on?

One thing I’m not tempted to splurge on are designer handbags or fashion. I’m pretty low-key and tend to wear the same things over and over. I also am hard on purses and they tend to get trashed.

9. If $1000 was dropped in your lap, what would you do with it?

 I would put it into my savings account (boring, I know!). My goal this year is to build up my savings.

10. Share a frugal tip with other Frugal Girl readers

A frugal tip would be to become active on Yelp.

I started checking in, posting a lot of reviews and photos and found out that I could nominate myself to “Yelp Elite.” I was excited that they liked my reviews enough to allow me to join the Yelp Elites. They have so many fun, free events, restaurant meals, virtual parties, etc. It’s so much fun!


Beth, thanks so much for sharing! As a fellow sunlight lover, I can imagine how much you enjoy Arizona.

I chuckled when I read about you being interested in free things when you were a kid, because that was me as well! Though I didn’t have the book you had, I did send away for my fair share of free things in my childhood. 

I think we are kindred spirits. 😉

Readers, leave your questions and comments for Beth!

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kristin @ going country

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Hi Beth! The photo you posted of you at the 3 Doors Down concert made me laugh, because my 12-year-old son has been going through all my old CDs and that band has been on repeat in my house for weeks now. Good thing I like them, too. :-)

Beth B.

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

@kristin @ going country, Ha ha! That's hilatious! They put on a really great acoustic show.


Monday 24th of January 2022

I loved that book too!

Beth B.

Monday 24th of January 2022

@Kelli, It was the best!!


Monday 24th of January 2022

Hello. How do you register for Yelp? Do you get paid for reviews? I've been posting on Google reviews, and have had seen number viewing my reviews but no money coming my way! Thank you for your post and for sharing. May God bless you as you continue the frugal journey.

Beth B.

Monday 24th of January 2022

@LEEANNE NUNEZ, I do not get paid for reviews by Yelping. If you Yelp enough, you can nominate yourself to become a Yelp Elite. There are no guarantees, but if you get accepted, there are a lot of fun perks, free meals, get-togethers, etc. Yelp is an app or you can sign up online.


Monday 24th of January 2022

What a fun post! You have so many irons in the fire. Thanks for sharing!

Beth B.

Monday 24th of January 2022

@Jem, You're welcome.


Monday 24th of January 2022

Hi Beth, Mid Michigan here, love our state during the summer. I do not like winter at all, today was just a mess of car crashes due to slippery roads. That I won't miss. You sure have a very cool work history! Makes life more enjoyable when you like what you do for a living!

Beth B.

Monday 24th of January 2022

@Mar, Yes, I don't miss getting up early for work and having to warm up and scrape my car. I'm not a morning person, so it was tough! Michigan in the summer is the best! We always try to visit during the summer months.

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