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Update: With the state of 2020 it does not feel right to go back to posting recipes and other light hearted things. I will be using this platform to share resources and learnings until further notice. Thank you for the continued support and I look forward to making positive change together. See y'all out there.
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Hi I’m Lindsay and I post about practical stuff we should know that makes life better! Not an influencer, just out here trying to make us more efficient, awake, good people. 

I am real into efficiency, best practices, and data-based decisions which I maybe apply to the extreme in my personal life and record here- since I love making data-based decisions, a lot of the information here is crowdsourced from Instagram polls. In fact, even the new title for this blog was crowdsourced.

I post weeknight dinner recipes (aka healthy/easy) but you won’t find fancy curated pictures of the food because I have stuff to do and editing pictures is just not a practical use of my time. 

I used to run a blog called Broke & Bougie back in the Wild Wild West days of blogging (that could be a whole SERIES of posts amIright *wink wink*) that kind of blew up when 3 million + downloaded my meal plan. I quit writing and said I would pick it back up 'when I have more time', got quarantined with the rest of the world, and here I am picking it back up. Broke & Bougie was a blast (thank you all for the support over the years) but things are different because I'm different (yay growth!) and because Migos destroyed my killer SEO, but same values, same idea, just a little more grown up and a rebrand. Keeping my URL the same because figuring out starting from scratch or creating a new URL or whatever seems like a very impractical use of time. I'll be incorporating some redesign stuff over the next few weeks and as always - love your feedback, and thanks for the patience, this will get prettier and easier to navigate by the day.

Based in D.C. with my husband and two dogs. I'm still always out here looking for the best bargain, clothes that fit my butt, and efficient ways to live well.

See yall out there!


38 comments

  1. I just found your blog through a pintrest posting. You are great. Thank you for sharing, it it very helpful that you provide so many details. Not to mention your sidebar commentary is hilarious. Keep up the good work. Although people may not say it "You are doing a fabulous job".

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  2. Love your blog! No way will I be actually clean eating 100%, and that's why I love that your recipes allow the occasional dose of a condiment. Just trying to live"healthy" and avoid hangovers, definitely enjoying your site!! Keep it up (please? Wouldn't know what to do without you telling me what and how to cook lol)

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! Good luck staying healthy and avoiding those hangovers in the new year!

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  3. Looking forward to following you from a fellow DC blogger!

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  4. Hey friend,

    Miss your face. As you know, I've never been too bougie, but sometimes I eat that way, and I am def pretty broke these days. I love your blog.

    Also, when I saw "bougie," my first thought was this song: :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1FTYTRHowg

    Much love, Laura

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  5. I just came across your blog and WOW! FINALLY, recipes that are healthy, and what appear to be low in carb without having to purchase something. Thank you so much! I'm so excited to try these recipes and not go broke while doing it.

    Sincerely,
    A poor college student trying to lose weight :)

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    1. So glad this blog is helpful!! Thanks for the kind words!

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  6. Just found your site and love it. Cracks me up! I, too, work in a rewarding field and therefore am broke. I'm attempting to "clean eat" basically because I realized my comfortable married lifestyle had me comfortably gaining lots of lbs. Keep up the good work!!!

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    1. Thanks for reading!! We shouldn't have to sacrifice just because we work these rewarding jobs right? Good luck with the clean eating!

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  7. How have I missed this blog my whole life?!!? Teach me how to broke and bougie!! Miss ya!

    Dani

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  8. Thank you for your comments on my blog! Can I just say how ridiculous it is to live "comfortably" in the DC area? Let's just say that I have mapped out all of my favorite happy hour places solely because of their specials! So nice to meet you!

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  9. Found your blog through the HumpDay blog linkup and boy am I glad I did. I'm a gym rat but still unsure of how to eat healthy (sounds ridonkulous), so your recipes are a God-send. :)

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  10. Oh my god, this is so brilliant! You're hysterical, and I totally agree about Ms. $70 Dress. Seriously, on what budget is that a deal and where can I get it?!

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  11. Where did you go to college? Your mention of "pokey sticks" makes me think...possibly the university of georgia? I hope so...

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    1. YAAASSSS go dawgs!!!!! RIP pokey sticks- last time I was in athens gumby's had been shut down!

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  12. Hi Lindsay!

    I'm a college student trying to eat cleanly! I'm so excited to try your recipes! Any advice for a clean eating beginner?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah! I definitely recommend scanning through the clean eating page, making lists before you go to the grocery store, planning meals for the week, and making sure you have lots of clean snacks (nuts, greek yogurt, fruit, veggies, cottage cheese) on hand!

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  13. I really want to start "eating clean" so I went to Pinterest and found your wacky blog! I love you already. I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL, so I understand the expense that comes along with living in a "cool" city. I live my life "ballin on a budget", so the Broke and Bougie blog is just perfect! The $70 dress comments crack me up. Until Ms. $70 can purchase 5 pairs of shoes for $67 from Target (online shopping is great sometimes) then talk to me about a deal! I am the Clearance Queen :) I look forward to reading your blog...it is awesome.
    p.s- "Pokey Sticks" were a Thursday night ritual for me and my roommates in Tallahassee. You just brought back so many memories!

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    1. Ballin on a Budget yaaas!! Honored to have the Clearance Queen stop by (:

      And pokey sticks. POKEY STICKS.

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  14. You are rad and I love your blog... especially the wedding posts. I'm planning an inexpensive DC wedding and it is HARD. Keep us all the good work!

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    1. Thank you so much Amber!! I would love to hear about your inexpensive wedding ideas because...yeah..it's OUT OF CONTROL here!

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  15. How did I JUST see this! LOVE IT! <3

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  16. Are your recipes dietitian OKed?

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  17. Hi Ashlyn,

    I am not a dietitian or certified in any way, these are just my experiments with cleaning up my diet (:

    Let me know if you have any other questions!

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  18. As a single mom of a 2yr old receiving $0 in child support, working full time for a mere $8.00 and going to school full time my finances are.. well... Nonexistent. This blog is for real people trying to survive and I couldn't be happier I found this! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Brittni and thanks for reading!! I admire women like you who balance so many things, best of luck!!

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  19. Thank you for hilariously inspiring a change up in my lame diet! I found your clean eating cheat on Pinterest the other night and spent like an hour memorizing the recipes. Yay for Greek friends and zip lock bags!

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  20. Great blog! Thank you for saying loud and proud how broke you are! Me too! I find that most people will hide it and are ashamed to say it but hey! We all work hard and sometimes this life just drains our money out, bills and bills and bills! I look forward to reading more. :^)

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  21. Hi. Where did you end up holding your wedding?

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  22. Pretty much using your Sunday reading list as my exclusive source of news. Just saying.

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