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  1. Simple Living
    We are bombarded on a daily basis by the media, friends, acquaintances, and others to spend, spend, spend. What has kept you motivated to buck the trend to consume and stay on the frugal path?
  2. General Chat
    Sue and I had good jobs, busy lives and a lot of stress. Our friends thought we were nuts when we sold up, purchased an old furniture truck and made it our homes. We have been on the road now for 3 years and are daily learning to be frugal so we can continue to enjoy this wonderful way of life...
  3. Blog
    I've decided recently that this is the direction that I am going to go in. I don't feel the need to have an actual roof over my head in the traditional sense. I still work full-time and plan to do so for quite awhile, but I believe that this is a viable way to not just save money but to have...
  4. Wow

    Blog
    I was just looking at my old photos and am proud to say that I have NONE of those things anymore, and I haven't purged and reacquired anything! I've come a long way since I have started on these boards. I'm mostly a lurker (I have a tendency to get caught up in debates/disagreements so I...
  5. Blog
    I think my strategy (while very simple) will be the following: Purge, purge and purge some more by continuing to micro examine things that I have. I plan to sell most of my extras, but I would also love to give some away too. Never buy anything that is not an absolute necessity. I so often...
  6. 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...
  7. Family
    We are a family of 3. DD is currently 1.5 years old and we have been going back and forth lately on whether we will have another child or if we will be "one and done". Obviously they are many factors other than money that are being figured into our decision but the financial benefits of only...
  8. Frugal Living
    The first of the year was the start for our family to really work on ways to save and getting our debt down. As a family of 6, grocery shopping is a challenge. We have completely cut out eat outs, but yall knew that. ;) We also decided we would cut the cost of eating in. Keeping in mind that...
  9. Blog
    Three years since I have joined and am I any more frugal? Not really. I was looking at my two blog posts where I can see what I have in my traincase, and its a lot of the same things I had back then! I purged a lot, but I still have some of the same stuff (in a new-ish traincase) and I think...
  10. Family
    Hello, Granted it has only been a week or so since we've needed to tighten our belts. I've noticed some positive changes. We all eat at the table and the food is healthier. We needed to cancel after school activities so we are home. I have time to cook and we don't have any money to go out. The...
  11. Frugal Living
    My dh used to be embarrassed by my frugality. He viewed it as being poor, not as a means to perhaps becoming rich ( Lol!), or at least as a means of becoming comfortable one day. He even. hated the thought of me vegetable gardening. He did not grow up as financially secure as my family was. My...
  12. Frugal Living
    My favorite movie to watch that brings me back down to earth and learn to be more frugal is The Dollmaker starring Jane Fonda. The reviews on it always talks about her desire to go back home but I see more in the movie. Gertie, is very frugal and smart. Even when her husband moves them to...
  13. Frugal Living
    Do you ever get burnt out on trying to save and pay down debt? I used to make grocery lists, research inexpensive lunches and meals, go over my budget and account balances very frequently, cook from scratch, and get a thrill when I saw the balance of my debt go down. I don't know if it's burn...
  14. Frugal Living
    I am weary of frugality and budgets and the like. I will keep on because I have to but I weary of it all. Need a boost to reenergize.
  15. General Chat
    I think these people surveyed the wrong village! Life Inc. - America's frugality fad fades away I don't know about most folks here but in our house we are making more of an effort than ever before. How can you not the way prices are going?
  16. General Chat
    I used to be a spend thrift and waste my money on clothes, shoes, cosmetics and food. Hardly have any savings besides also helping my parents financially. Anyway.. I am now working from home (I quit my office job) and earn less than I did, also with the inflation, I have to watch my spending. I...
  17. Health and beauty
    Okay, I had to go to the store last week, and one of the things on my list was razors (or, lady shavers, to the more delicate among us). I always buy disposable, but I was thinking maybe it was more frugal to buy one with repaceable heads. Upon pricing the razors, however, I found that it is...
  18. Getting spouse on board
    DH may be (slowly) getting on board. Used to be that he didn't think anything was worth doing if it only saved us a few pennies. Last week he noticed that milk by the gallon was .10 a quart cheaper and suggested that we get a gallon and set it aside in 1/2 gallons, the way we usually use it. To...
  19. Debt Reduction & Money Management
    I've read a lot about frugality and saving. But most of the books available are a little old, written in the 1980- or 1990- Does any of you know of more recent books, published in the last years?? Thanks!!!
  20. Green Living
    There's a co-op affair in Northern NH where people help each other install solar equipment on their own/each others' homes to save money. Here's a link to the article: Weekend America: Going Solar Gets Cheaper Judi
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