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How To Stop Eating Out According To Frugalwoods Readers

Eating out, take-out, restaurant meals, dining out, take-away, delivery… whatever you want to call it, not preparing your own food is the #1, top, chief, primary, far and away most commonly cited roadblock to frugality. Without fail, this is the most frequent question I get from readers. Without deviation, this is cited as the largest area for budgetary improvement. And without alteration, this is the toughest thing for people to modify in their quest for all-encompassing...

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Reader Case Study: Starting From Scratch In Canada; Where Do I Go From Here?

Welcome to this month’s Reader Case Study in which we’ll address Alison’s questions on how to map out her financial future. Case studies are financial dilemmas that a reader of Frugalwoods sends to me requesting that Frugalwoods nation weigh in. Then, Frugalwoods nation (that’d be you), reads through their situation and provides advice, encouragement, insight, and feedback in the comments section. For an example, check out last month’s case study. P.S. Another way to get support on your financial journey is to participate in...

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This Month On The Homestead: The Rhubarb Jungle

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and check out the best and worst moments of our first year on the homestead here. June 2017 June is like a...

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An Anniversary Trip And Other June 2017 Expenditures

June was a glorious month punctuated by a visit from my in-laws, which is always a welcome and wonderful event. I won the in-law lottery and Mr. Frugalwoods’ family is, in a word, superb. I’ve always felt lucky to have them as my second set of parents and that feeling is magnified now that they’re incredible grandparents to Babywoods. They even tolerate our extremely frugal ways! Anniversary Trip (with free hotel!) To give you some...

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The July 2017 Uber Frugal Month Challenge Starts Tomorrow!

The July Uber Frugal Month group Challenge starts tomorrow, July 1, 2017!!! To the over 17,100 people who’ve already signed-up for this Challenge: welcome! I am thrilled–yes, thrilled–that you’re joining me on this adventure. And I have some good news: if you haven’t signed up yet, but want to join the group, there’s still time! If you sign-up in the below box before 11:59PM EST on July 1st, you’ll be on track with the group. Note that...

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Reader Suggestions: Defending Your Frugality Without Sounding Defensive

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions! Why don’t you ever spend money? Aren’t you miserable being so frugal all the...

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The Uber Frugal Month Challenge Is Back: July 2017 Edition!

It’s baaaaaaacccckkkk!!! In January, I launched my first-ever Frugalwoods Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge. Over 15,800 folks took the Challenge and saved thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of dollars. I’ve received countless comments, emails, letters (yes, in the mail!), tweets, Facebook messages, and Instagram comments about how transformative this Challenge was for many of you and your efforts to take control of your finances. In light of the popularity of the first UFM Group Challenge, I’ve...

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This Month On The Homestead: Planting Season and Rains Of Wrath

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here. May 2017 May was a disjointed month of blistering sun followed by torrential, frigid rains. We were whipped...

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Reader Case Study: To Buy Or Not To Buy In Sydney, Australia?

Welcome to this month’s Reader Case Study in which we’ll address Jemma’s question on whether or not she should buy a home in Sydney, Australia. Case studies are financial dilemmas that a reader of Frugalwoods sends to me requesting that Frugalwoods nation weigh in. Then, Frugalwoods nation (that’d be you), reads through their situation and provides advice, encouragement, insight, and feedback in the comments section. For an example, check out last month’s case study. P.S. Another way to get support...

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Frugal Hound’s Food And Other May 2017 Expenditures

May was expensive. No mincing words, it was one of those pricey, pricey months. Heading up our expenses this month were the airline tickets we purchased for a trip to the west coast this August. My parents are celebrating their 50th!!!!!! wedding anniversary this summer and so my family is gathering at their home in San Diego for a celebration and family reunion. Then, I’ll fly from there up to Portland, Oregon to speak at the Lola Retreat...