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  1. New Member Introductions
    Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tom, I just took the leap from full time job to blogger/writer. I lost my job 10 years ago and made some supplemental income online. When I got a new job, I stopped. I always wanted to try it full time and by doing some very good budgeting and...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hello I was doing a general search of forums on simple living, and I found the Frugal Village. I live in NE Tennessee and have a teaching background. I think I have a lot to offer because I have been surviving on a very modest income. I'm able to survive on very little because I keep my...
  3. Just Tips
    Have you ever tried watermelon rind? It tastes like cucumber, and it is considered a Chinese medicine for thousand years. We always discard it. What a waste!
  4. Vacations and Travel
    Don't have the money or want to spend the money traveling for a vacation? There's lots of free and frugal entertainment to be found in many places!!! Investigate your local options. - Bowling - If you go on Sunday mornings before noon, the games are usually $1-2 each in my area. Sometimes...
  5. Blog
    Seeing my first episode of Extreme couponing and I was hooked. I brought all the trappings. The binder, baseball sleeves to keep my coupons in. Tracking sales (or at least trying to). Joining blogs, reward cards and just about anything to stretch a dollar. I also have been tracking how much...
  6. Blog
    I have always been creative when it comes to restyling my thrift shop finds. Something in me is compelled to change the item once it is in my possession. From clothes, accessories and furniture. I must put my stamp on it. Lately I have been redesigning some of my old pieces as well as my...
  7. General Chat
    I posted my frugal chocolate dipped fortune cookie gift idea the other day in hopes of helping out a fellow frugaleer: http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/general-chat/151033-cheap-small-christmas-gift-idea-chocolate-dipped-fortune-cookies.html I thought I would post another one today that a...
  8. Blog
    November 13, Thankfulness and Grateful Post. Today I am thankful for having the warmth and stability of a home. We have worked hard to get our home 6 years ago and have made it ours. After "living the white picket fence life" then starting from nothing, to living in an apartment in Baltimore...
  9. Blog
    I started watching TLC's Extreme Couponing. I have used coupons before and had great success(also I was living in bigger city, with a bigger market). Plus the Sunday paper would be available on Saturday night, so I was able to get the jump on the sales on Sunday, bright and early. I was so...
  10. General Chat
    This is for all the fed-up DIRECTV customers out there like me...I recently called in to complain about my dropped channels, using the number found on this coupon. I ended up getting a whole year of NFL Sunday Ticket free...so I thought I would pass on the link to readers who might be...
  11. Blog
    I am back in my hometown, visiting my family. Naturally, I had to visit some of my old haunts(code word for thrift shop). What joy it was to see there was one right around the corner from my son's apartment. Another joy I experinced was my children have visited thrift shops and have become...
  12. Christmas
    This would probably be a better topic closer to the holidays, but I'm curious about what people think about regifting. I dont have a problem with receiving a "regift" but I generally don't do it. I would rather give something very modest or something I got on sale than do a regift. My mom was...
  13. General Chat
    We were having a discussion at work today, about me really.... Everyone I work with knows just how loud I can make a dollar scream before it leaves my tightly clinched fist. They all know how I re-use, re-make, re-purpose just about anything that comes into my line of sight... Some think...
  14. Frugal Friday
    Happy Friday everyone :cowwave: So far, have done the usual AM routine - prepped DH's food/coffee & dropped him at work. Took dad to run a few errands and am back home enjoying a second cup of coffee. Not much planned - pondering on cleaning the bathroom, letting the Roomba run and working an...
  15. Green Living
    Hi Folks, just wanted to introduce myself and share my off-grid experiences. I have been an off-grid homesteader for over 15 years. i live in a 14x14 solar and wind powered cabin I built myself for under $2000. There is a living area, kitchen, dining area and bathroom downstairs and a large...
  16. General Chat
    I have known a lot of frugal people in my life, some of which were very finacially stabil, and actually had a lot of money. A few of these people lived like poor people, I mean literally. They wore old out of style clothes, drove old worn out vehicles, and would always tell you that they had no...
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