Frugal Village Forums banner

1 - 20 of 20 Posts

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
19,753 Posts
Husby plans to retire in the spring. We will probably be more cautious with our money until we know how everything will shake out.

We have several big projects planned. We have already acquired most of the supplies needed, so will finally have time to get things done and not have to spend much more.

We plan to replace a fence that was mistakenly taken down several years ago, finish building our boardwalks, and get a good start building our garden area around our greenhouse.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
166 Posts
I'm going to hopefully getting construction on my next home underway so it will be spendy overall, but I'm cutting other expenses to the bone.

I'm also going to go on "plastic fasts" where I try to avoid plastic and packaging in general. I suspect that will have a side effect of frugality since I will be very aware of purchases.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
955 Posts
I plan to expand my business and add some new revenue streams.

I'm continuing toward my ultimate goal of doubling my income and cutting my hours in half. This year I made excellent progress on that front. I continue seeking better life/work balance.

Trips are planned so far for Jamaica, New Zealand/Australia (work speaking engagement) and New Orleans.

I expect it to be a fabulous year overall.
 
  • Like
Reactions: NikoSan999

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,031 Posts
Not sure what my plans are for 2019.

My first decision is to re-evaluate my health. I've taken steps to explore holistic approaches to my auto-immune issues and will see if they're helping or not. If I'm feeling better and my bloodwork is better, then I'll continue along my path of full-time work.

If my approaches are not helping and I feel that working less hours will help, then that's what I'll do. Focus on myself more and work less.

Extreme frugality will come into play if I work less. With less hours = less income. I will work to save for our big trip but that will be all.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,887 Posts
I'm going to work on being more self sufficient which should mean being more frugal. We are going to grown more of our own food and put in an orchard. We are also raising animals for food and I would like to harvest our first deer this year.

My Daughter, SIL and GD are going to be moving in with us this spring. They are currently job hunting. But when they get here there will be a lot of things they can help us do - gardening, mowing 8 acres, cleaning up the small mess the prior owners left behind, building a deer butchering area, building a chicken coop, building a green house.....one thing about country living is that there is never a shortage of things to do.

Keep an eye on my husbands health. I think eating more of our own food and foraging will help. I want to learn more about foraging. I"ve already found a few things on our property that are edible but I want to learn more.
 
  • Like
Reactions: NikoSan999

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,063 Posts
Not sure what my plans are for 2019.

My first decision is to re-evaluate my health. I've taken steps to explore holistic approaches to my auto-immune issues and will see if they're helping or not. If I'm feeling better and my bloodwork is better, then I'll continue along my path of full-time work.

If my approaches are not helping and I feel that working less hours will help, then that's what I'll do. Focus on myself more and work less.

Extreme frugality will come into play if I work less. With less hours = less income. I will work to save for our big trip but that will be all.
Have you seen Terry Wahl's protocol? Check out YouTube. She had progressive MS and was also a medical doctor. She went from wheelchair to biking miles each day and reversed progression. Eating very clean, eliminating inflammatory foods such as grains and dairy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,001 Posts
Giving up my garden plot - sad but no time. I hope to make progress on cleaning up the mess my parents have left at their home - picture multiple dumpsters loaded with trash and a house that really needs some maintenance. I hope to de-clutter my home a bit more. I want to re-establish an exercise routine in addition to walking the dog. The dog who needs to be TRAINED by the way.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,849 Posts
Taking a road trip soon.... and then some day trips and weekend trips throughout the year. We have this weird goal of visiting every courthouse in our state. Did several last year, and just enjoyed it tremendously. Got to talk with interesting people, see the local art, learn the history.....

Will be putting in garden in late spring, and then caring for it and flower beds for most of the spring/summer/fall.

Planning to clear up my craft room and get more organized.

Need to see about repairing relationships..... maybe.....
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
19,753 Posts
Old post offices can be interesting, too. Ours is in an old historic building, with murals painted or the walls depicting scenes related to the mines that drew people here 150 years ago.

We like to hit little museums and quirky tourist attractions, too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
166 Posts
More effort on gardening and composting.
I've decided to do "plastic fasts" as an environmental and personal awareness thing and it's already forcing me to make money saving choices. Fresh fruit and veg can be had with zero plastic (I carry my own string bags for them), but candy...not so much. So when I stopped at the store today I left with oranges, sourdough crisp bread (the only bread/cracker product NOT in plastic though the paper is plasticized...will need to start baking or making tortillas I guess) and the only chocolate bar in paper/tinfoil (that paper turned out to be plasticized as well! I guess I will be eating cocoa straight from the bulk bin!)
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
19,753 Posts
I would not be able to avoid plastics. Most of our fresh produce comes in plastic here. Pretty much all the meat does. Canned goods use plastic lined cans. Dairy comes in plastic, too. I would probably have to eliminate about 99% of the stuff we need. I wish there was a good answer, but as much as I've thought about it, I haven't come up with many good alternatives.

If you can buy in bulk, maybe you could make some cloth drawstring bags to use for suitable foods. We can't buy in bulk here.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,280 Posts
Goals:
1.) Become active in my local church, spend more time reading/meditating on my Bible
2.) EXPAND the vegetable garden...plant greater variety...eat lots more produce from the garden
3.) Sew alot more, practice altering/repurposing items ( I can find LOTS of good quality items at my local thrifty which are functional after altering)
4.) Build my emergency fund
5.) Follow my budget more closely ( those late night Amazon shopping episodes MUST STOP!)
6.) Practice keeping my mouth shut ...my family members do not need my opinion unless I am asked for it...as most time they just need someone to listen....I encouraged alot of contention last year by giving my opinion regarding their financial status.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,102 Posts
Goals:
1.) Become active in my local church, spend more time reading/meditating on my Bible
2.) EXPAND the vegetable garden...plant greater variety...eat lots more produce from the garden
3.) Sew alot more, practice altering/repurposing items ( I can find LOTS of good quality items at my local thrifty which are functional after altering)
4.) Build my emergency fund
5.) Follow my budget more closely ( those late night Amazon shopping episodes MUST STOP!)
6.) Practice keeping my mouth shut ...my family members do not need my opinion unless I am asked for it...as most time they just need someone to listen....I encouraged alot of contention last year by giving my opinion regarding their financial status.
Did you write my goals for me(lol) you have 4 on there that i really need to work on No 1-4-5-6 and a lot of other.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
26 Posts
Hi Everyone!~
I was on here years ago....forgot my username and password, so I created new.

We are blessed. In 2018, we paid off the house and my Honda Ridgeline. ~Debt-free with no credit cards. It's a good feeling~!! So..as soon as my DH realized this, he retired at 55 in August with 32 years of service with OPERS. I still have 2-3 more years to work.
I Love Larabell's Goals..and I'm going to try that format.

Goals:
1.) Become active. Lose the weight I need to lose.
2.) EXPAND the garden.
3.) Build a greenhouse. Someone has already given us the poles we need.
4.) Replace my carpet and linoleum in the back room and kitchen
5.) Get ready for a JUly wedding. My youngest is getting married. Frugally too.
6.) Practice keeping my mouth shut. I also need this as a lot of people don't REALLY want the truth. They want to hear what they want to here.
7.) Make more friends. I seem to be lapse in this department.
8.) Replace all windows in the house. 12 of them.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,102 Posts
I am working on been more frugal cook food i have in pantry and freezer.Done invitore freezer today had few things to toss chicken, spaghetti, potatoes throw out to cats and birds gave away some cabbage that was still good.Do some more de-cluttering not bring in more things that i don't need or have a place for.








done de-clutter more not buy things i do not need or have a place for
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,031 Posts
CPA KIM- I have not seen Terry's protocols but a nutritionist and holistic person I spoke to said to avoid gluten/dairy. I'll be honest and say that avoiding gluten is tough for me.

Since my last post, my hours at work will be increasing MUCH more. I'm trying very hard to work out 5x/week and watch my diet to see if it helps me. I also tried a herbal supplement in place of a prescription but it did not work out to be a good replacement.

So far, my plans for 2019 are:

1) Continue to monitor health and decide if decreasing work hours is necessary.
2) Take a big vacation and possibly a small one with the family.
3) Beware of sneaky budget busters and spend only the allotted amount each month for necessities.
4) Sell items that aren't useful to increase various funds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,280 Posts
Did you write my goals for me(lol) you have 4 on there that i really need to work on No 1-4-5-6 and a lot of other.
LOL:vs_laugh:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,735 Posts
more frugal in a way..more intentional in spending money ..you know not because you are stressed or in place of something else. not gifts for gifts sake..more lets take a trip with the money instead. make memories with family and friends. entertainment going out because want too. reminding others that yes eating out is great but costs you $20 but us up to a $100 for family of 4. so limit it or find a different way.

buying things on budget, getting the best deal always. using what we have and decluttering so we can use it. intentional living I guess.
 
1 - 20 of 20 Posts
Top