TheFrugalNoodle is is my personal blog focusing on do-it-yourself, saving money, travel, tech, and career advice.

fru·gal adjective

sparing or economical with regard to money or food.

noo·dle noun

slang for head or brain.
“to use (one’s) noodle”: To use one’s own intelligence and intellectual ability; to think logically and rationally

About Me

Brian Shim

Any time I discover a money-saving trick, or cool how-to tip, I add it to this site.

After working for over twenty years as a cubicle-dweller, I decided to quit the corporate world and go it alone as freelance contractor. I wanted to set my own hours, improve my quality of life, and determine my own fate.

When I was first starting out, I had to cut costs. Here are some things I did to save (or make) money:

  • I canceled cable TV (saving $720/year)
  • I changed my cell phone plan to a cheaper one (will save $360/year because I switched to T-Mobile from Verizon)
  • I downsized and sold some of my stuff on Craigslist (made about $1700)
  • I try to ride my bike instead of driving if the distance is less than three miles
  • I took on a roommate
  • I only eat out on special occasions (saving hundreds per year)
  • I enjoy free entertainment options like free outdoor concerts, hiking, and biking.
  • I actually look at prices at the supermarket and buy the cheapest brands (I found they are pretty much the same).
  • I re-financed my condo loan with my parents, saving me thousands of dollars and giving them a better return than any bank!
  • I stopped buying so many clothes every month and just wore what was in my closet.  It turned out that I didn’t even know what I had in there.  I had clothes in there that I had never even worn before.

Yes, some of these things can be inconvenient, or a sacrifice.  But, I wouldn’t go back for the world!  I much prefer having more time rather than money with no time to spend it! I’m enjoying life more. I actually find it fun to do things myself and figure out tricks to save money!

For more ideas on saving money, check out this list of New Years resolutions that can save you thousands of dollars!


p.s., here are some of my other sites, if you are interested:

disablemycable.com – How to get hi-def TV without paying for cable! You’ll like this one!
swingdance.la – Swing dance events in Los Angeles and Orange County.
ladateideas.com – Fun things to do in Los Angeles and Orange County.
brianshim.com/webtricks – Tips and tricks for folks who make websites, from very basic to advanced.

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  1. Suki

    I am interested in your website, and I hope I can communicate with you about it, could you please send me email?

  2. regena

    Brian can you give me some tips on how to sell on Facebook marketplace. I made an attempt did not go so well. I really appreciate your help.

    • Brian

      Hi Regena,

      What type of items were you trying to sell? What happened when you tried to sell them? Can you send a link to the ad?


  3. Holly Mirsky

    I am trying to replace my light timer. It has only two wires. Your site mentioned a replacement for a two wire timer of the Intermatic EJ351. This timer is now obsolete. What timer would you suggest that works like the Intermatic EJ351 without batteries? Your help is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you

  4. Anonymous

    we are very interested on your website, about product reviews and some other buy the contact of you is 404 page, hoping to get in touch with you, thank you!

  5. Eloy Rivera

    Brian I read your page on your Alesis Keyboard problem you had. I have a QS6 which did the same thing it powers up and lights up but no text on the screen or sounds coming out. There was a power shortage everything when dead even my keyboard when everything came back on so did my Alesis except blank screen and no sounds can you help with this problem.


    • Brian Shim

      Hi Eloy,

      That is a different problem than I had. My keyboard came up but all of the user bank sounds were messed up (the rest were fine).

      I think you need to take it to an Alesis service center (contact Alesis).



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