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This Month On The Homestead: Flowers, Wood, and Gender Roles

Welcome to the first ever installment of “This Month On The Homestead,” a brand-new monthly Frugalwoods series about, uh, this month on the homestead. As you can see, the title is quite descriptive. Our transition from urban city-slickers to rural homesteaders is filled with daily mistakes learning experiences, new friends, us doing stupid things with farm equipment innovating, and more! I’ve shared our greatest hits (in photo form) on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (although sometimes...

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Frugality Is A Compounding Game

But it only costs $20! Or $10. Or even just 5 measly bucks. So what’s the big deal? It’s remarkably easy to lull myself into thinking that a couple dollars spent here or there won’t amount to a hill of beans (oh but there are so many things one can cook with a hill of beans… ). When I start to think this way, I remind myself that frugality is a compounding game. Or more accurately, money...

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For the Love of Frugal Hound, Manage Your Money Yourself! (by following The Simple Path to Wealth)

You’ll be shocked to hear this, but before I read JL Collins’ book “The Simple Path to Wealth: Your Road Map to Financial Independence And a Rich, Free Life,” I did not 100% understand the rationale behind my own stock market investments. If you just went into a minor coma upon reading the phrase “stock market investments,” then this post–and this book–are REALLY for you. I too used to zone out anytime someone so much as said the word “stock”...

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The Liberation of Breaking Down Barriers and Starting Anywhere

I’ve been practicing yoga at home a fair amount these days and not because I’ve unlocked some sort of amazing interface for transcendental yogic virtue. And not even because I’m particularly motivated to advance my yoga practice. Nope, this uptick in yogic activities is thanks to an embarrassingly facile reason: my yoga mat is always out. Previously, I carefully rolled my mat up at the end of each practice and tucked it back in the...

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Frugal Hound’s Teeth Cleaning And Other May 2016 Expenditures

May 2016 will be forever enshrined in Frugalwoods lore as the month of THE move. In what was hopefully our last move for many a year to come, we divested ourselves of our city trappings and jetted off to our country homestead. Scratch that–it wasn’t “jetted.” More like slowly drove down the highway in a caravan of me, my mother-in-law, Frugal Hound and Babywoods in the RooBaRoo (oh yeah, we were the exciting car), my...

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How To Move With A Baby (Without Losing Your Stuff Or Your Sanity)

We are officially moved into our Vermont homestead at long last! I’m immensely delighted (super delighted? supremely delighted?) to write this from our porch, gazing out on our apple trees–which are just beginning to blossom–listening to the distant sounds of a hooting owl, running streams, and Frugal Hound chasing squirrels in her sleep (some things never change). Although spending weekends here for the past five months gave us a taste of homestead life, being moved in...

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Our Frugal Solution To The All-Wheel Drive Conundrum

I knew this day would come, though I dreaded it for years. Because we’ve been together a long time. We’ve charted many an adventure together. And now, our chapter has come to a close. I’m speaking, of course, about my beloved Frugalwoods-mobile, the 1996 Honda Odyssey minivan that Mr. Frugalwoods and I proudly drove. It’s the car we brought Babywoods home from the hospital in and the vehicle that transported Frugal Hound into our lives....

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Packing Tape And Other April 2016 Expenditures

In April, we geared up for the ultimate move (and hopefully our last move for quite some time… I am not packing’s #1 fan) to our Vermont homestead, which inflated our expenses quite a bit. Although we’re now a family of three humans and one hound, most of our new expenses this year are related to the acquisition of our property and not to the acquisition of our baby! If anything, Babywoods is proving herself to be the cheapest...

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Why (and how) I Became a Work-At-Home Mom

The past few months have been been some of the most eventful of our lives. From welcoming our first child (ok, second if you count Frugal Hound) to buying our homestead property, Mr. Frugalwoods and I feel like we’ve been on a wonderful–yet chaotic–roller coaster of hectic-ness. Amid these changes–and largely because of them–I also made the decision to quit my full-time office job and become a work-at-home Mommywoods. Although I only recently made the...

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The Finances Of Our City Rental And Country Homestead

As I shared in a fit of elation the other week, Mr. Frugalwoods and I bought our Vermont homestead! If you want to get caught up on this breaking news, check out the first two posts in my homestead mania series: That Time We Bought A Homestead and How We Decided Our Homestead Was The One. Today, I’m addressing the financial aspects of our dream-come-true property. Our plan, and ability, to move to the woods...