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Reader Case Study: Longterm Planning When You Have a Chronic Illness

Katie and Arden live on beautiful Cape Cod in Massachusetts and have a passion for travel, spending time on the water, renovating their home, and enjoying life. Katie has Cystic Fibrosis and would like our advice on how to plan for retirement while still living it up with her husband, friends, and family in the near term. Case Studies are financial and life dilemmas that a reader of Frugalwoods sends to me requesting that Frugalwoods nation weigh...

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Reader Suggestions For How To Plan A Fantastic Frugal Wedding

My husband and I have had a lot of things over the years: 10.5 years of wedded bliss, two darling children, endless conversations about grocery lists, vacations abroad, tears, exhaustion, and joy. One thing we didn’t have? A frugal wedding. Yep. You heard it here first: the Frugalwoods did not get married frugally. Mr. FW and I met when we were 18 and 19 during the second semester of our freshman year of college. We...

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Hacked SodaStream Seltzer Reload And Other December 2018 Expenditures

It’s appropriate that I spent $34.25 on a 20lb tank of C02 because quite a few of you are participating in my bi-annual Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge (UFM) this month. And this tank of C02 is the perfect illustration of an overarching theme of the UFM: Frugality isn’t about depriving yourself, it’s about being strategic with your resources. I am not into hardship or deprivation. Not my thing. What I am into is saving...

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This Month On The Homestead: Burning Brush and The Life and Times of Firewood

December 2018 Most of what happened in December related to our Christmas fiasco festivities, which I detailed earlier this week in Laugh So You Don’t Cry: What It’s Really Like to Celebrate Christmas With Little Kids. Other than that whole situation, I can report that it is still winter on the homestead. We’re still covered in snow, although not as much as in November. It’s white and fluffy. Except for the spots where it’s icy and...

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Reader Case Study: Grandmother Of Five Hoping For Financial Security and Funds To Travel!

Marie is an active, travel-loving grandmother of five who wants our help planning the remainder of her career and her retirement. We’re headed to North Carolina today to make sure Marie can meet her goals of financial security coupled with fun! Case Studies are financial and life dilemmas that a reader of Frugalwoods sends to me requesting that Frugalwoods nation weigh in. Then, Frugalwoods nation (that’s you!), reads through their situation and provides advice, encouragement, insight, and...

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Join The 2019 Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge TODAY!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019 and welcome to day 1 of the January 2019 Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge! We start every year off right by completing the UFM Challenge as one giant Frugalwoods group. If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time to join us. Put your email address into the box below by 11:59pm EST tonight (January 1, 2019) and you’ll be on track with the group: Note: you can take...

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Tractor Chains And Other November 2018 Expenditures

Our November 2018 is best summed up by the following: Lots of celebrations Loads of snow I hope you enjoyed this detailed explanation of our month. Fiestas x 2 As I shared in This Month On The Homestead, in November we hosted Mr. FW’s parents and sister for Thanksgiving week and also had a little birthday party for Kidwoods’ third circle around the sun. The primary cost category for these two events: groceries!! Mr. FW...

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Indulge In Self-Care By Joining The January 2019 Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge!

Oh, it’s back. That’s right. The thing you’ve asked Santa for, the thing you’ve pined after all year, the thing that’s been on your wishlist and sitting in your shopping cart for months is finally here. And you get to have it for FREE!! It’s the Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge and it will be gifted to you starting January 1, 2019. I know what you want and I know what you need: you want...

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This Month On The Homestead: Snow, Power, and Celebrations

November 2018 November is stick season. November is stark trees, bare earth, cold. November is purgatory, a way station between vibrant fall and monochromatic winter. At least, that’s what November is in a normal year. This year, however, November slammed us into deep winter. As we waited for the final leaves to finish their descent and made plans to gird ourselves, impertinent snow took hold. Heedless of its prematurity, careless in its saturating abundance, snow...

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Reader Case Study: We Just Moved In Atlanta With Four Kids And We Might Want To Move Again!

Naomi, her husband Jon, and their four children recently sold their home in an Atlanta suburb and moved to a new home, also in an Atlanta suburb. Case closed, right? Not quite! Hoping for a lower cost of living, a smaller home, proximity to grandparents, and more diversity, Naomi and Jon are grappling with the idea of moving again. Let’s help them iron this out in today’s Reader Case Study! Case Studies are financial and life...