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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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Why I Haven’t Purchased Any Clothes in 2.5 years (and counting)

Amid all the massive life changes Mr. Frugalwoods and I have going on right now–from moving to our Vermont homestead to buying two cars to becoming first-time parents–I want to pause today and reflect on something that has continued on in the background for the past 2 years and 5 months. I’m speaking, of course, about my clothes-buying ban! In January 2014, I set forth a self-imposed and self-created goal of not buying clothes for one full year. I was...

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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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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...

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Oven Armageddon And Other March 2016 Expenditures

March–oh month of fickle springtime–saw us tackle an ever-increasing pile of home improvement projects and repairs. In what can only be described as a comedy of errors, our home trials and travails continued with our oven, refrigerator, closet doors, plumbing, and now toilet too. But alas, all seems well (for the moment… ) and we shall savor our newly honed DIY skills. We celebrated Babywoods’ first Easter–not that she had any idea–but we enjoyed ourselves all...

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Revenge Of The Appliances: A Tale Of DIY Mishaps And Triumphs

And then there are the times when DIY goes awry. Lest you think we’re some sort of home improvement mavens following our recent self-taught plumbing escapade, let me disabuse you of that notion post haste by telling you the tale of our oven. And our refrigerator. And our closet door… An Oven Obituary Right on the heels of our frozen and burst pipe, the Frugalwoods oven decided it was a dandy time to cease operation. Mr. Frugalwoods...

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Frugality Is My Hobby

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways to amp up my frugality. It’s easy to get lulled into thinking Mr. Frugalwoods and I have achieved peak frugality, but no sooner do I make that assumption than I’m confronted with a means to save even more! True confessions: I enjoy the challenge of not spending money. It’s legitimately fun for me to uncover innovative methods of circumventing our consumer-focused society. Frugality, in fact, is a hobby of mine. Oh...

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The Gear You Actually Need For Your Baby (Or The Next Baby Shower You Attend)

Exactly what do babies need? A reader, who is expecting baby #1, recently posed this question to me and I’m so glad he did because it got me thinking! As Mr. Frugalwoods and I prepared for the arrival of Babywoods, I frequently came across two diametrically opposed adages: 1) babies don’t need anything, and 2) babies need a million products in order to survive/be happy little humans. Hmmm, thought I, clearly there is a middle group here,...

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The Tyranny of Time Optimism

Life is made up of a million little victories. While I’m all for the big victories too, I think there’s something uniquely divine about celebrating the successes of our daily existence. Rather than view the quotidian chores and paperwork of life as arduous, I’m trying to reframe these tasks as triumphs. After all, every large milestone is the sum of many small accomplishments. I’m A Certified Time Optimist I’m perpetually guilty of being what my friend C describes as a “time...