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Car Parts And Other June 2018 Expenditures

I write to you from the depths of an epic heatwave here in Vermont. With temperatures cresting 90 most days, we are officially on swelter alert, which is highly aberrational for us–our summers are usually much more temperate with only sporadic forays into the 80s or, at worst, 90s. Given this sustained heat, our two very small children (not to mention our own hatred of hot), and our absence of central air, we bought two...

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Reader Case Study: Should We Buy A Campground And Laundromat?

We’re off to Nebraska in this month’s Reader Case Study to help Payton and Riley out with their deliberations over whether or not to buy a laundromat and a campground! 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 feedback in the comments section. For an example, check out last month’s case...

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Last Chance To Sign-Up For The Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge Starting TODAY!!!

Edited July 3, 2018:  Hi everybody! We seem to be having some tech problems with our email provider and it looks like the emails are being sent out a day behind. Mr. Frugalwoods is trying to rectify this with the company, but in the meantime, we’ll consider it our laid-back summer style of UFM . Fear not, all of the emails will be sent, they’re just a day behind. I am really sorry about that!! Get...

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Reader Suggestions On How To Stay Frugal While Advancing In Your Career 

What does it cost you to work? I never once (not one single time) considered what I was paying to maintain my job until I read the OG financial independence book, Your Money Or Your Life, which has an entire section devoted to outlining the ways in which many of us pay to work. Hold on a minute, Mrs. Frugalwoods: don’t I get paid to work and not the other way around? Well, yes, you...

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The Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge Is Back: Join Us Starting July 1!

Get ready, get set, and get excited because the much anticipated, the much adored, the much money-saving Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge is BACK!!! Back again! Oh it’s back, tell a friend. Sign-up to join me–and thousands of other Frugalwoods readers–for this free 31-day total revamp of your finances! The Uber Frugal Month Challenge (UFM) is designed to help you save as much money as you possibly can in a single month and–more importantly–prompts you...

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Reader Case Study: Inside A Financial Circus (No, Really, The Finances Of An Actual Circus!)

IT’S A DOG CIRCUS! I could not possibly be more excited about this month’s Case Study if I tried. We are headed under the big top to chat with Jana and Dextre, a married couple who run their very own circus along with their adorable rescue dogs!!!! Jana is a longtime Frugalwoods reader and she very sweetly mailed me a Christmas card last year featuring a photo of her family circus and I was in...

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This Month On The Homestead: Project Perennial Food

May 2018 I’m thrilled to report that it did NOT snow during the month of May. It’s the little victories we live for around here. Spring’s tendrils took hold, tentative at first given the frozen earth they were supplanting. Slowly, crocuses poked up through still-snowy ground. Next, daffodils made a slightly more confident approach and finally, yellow and orange globe flowers busted out with wild abandon. And then lilacs! Oh the lilacs! As snow lost...

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A Flame Weeder And Other May 2018 Expenditures

We bought blueberry bushes! And cherry and currant and Saskatoon and honeyberry bushes! Lots and lots of perennial berry bushes found a home on our homestead this month, as you’ll see in the below expense report. Garden fencing, fertilizer, the notorious flame weeder, and soil test kits rounded out our garden-palooza of spending. I’m going to give the full rundown on how all of these berry beasts were planted in my next installment of This...

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Reader Suggestions Of Practical, Useful Ideas For A Wedding Registry

Next month, Mr. Frugalwoods and I celebrate TEN years of wedded bliss! Our marriage is, in many ways, the backbone of our frugality and journey to financial independence. Over the years, I’ve written about the role that our partnership plays in our financial decisions and the importance of being on the same financial page with your partner. But today, I want to discuss the lighter, fluffier side of getting married: the wedding registry! Apparently a...

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This Month On The Homestead: Woodshop Woodworking

April 2018 Remember how I said last month that the snow was receding? Well, it must’ve overheard my hubris and felt the need to prove me wrong. April was, uh, pretty snowy. Although our winters are indeed long up here in Vermont, this winter took it to the extreme and overstayed its welcome. The snow would melt, tempting us with a glimpse of bare earth, only to jealously cover the nascent grass with a colorless...