Monthly Archive: August 2014

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Frugal Hound All Around!

Woot Mr. Frugalwoods and I recently marked the two year anniversary of our adoption of Frugal Hound! It only seems right to celebrate her in this week’s woot. We know she’s just a dog (I swear!), but she brings an immense amount of joy into our lives. Her lack of awareness about the world around her is refreshing and hilarious. Annnddd only slightly alarming. Let’s just say she would not survive in the wild. Frugal Hound...

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Why I’m Not Buying Any Clothes in 2014

‘Cause I’ve stopped wearing them. JOKE! Quite simply, I don’t need more clothes. But that’s never stopped me before. So why am I stopping now? I’m a thrift store maven and I have a bag of tricks on how to get a good deal at goodwill, but, still. Truth is, I love clothes. Can’t help it. Not going to lie. I love finding thrift store steals and pairing them up with garage sale belts, hand-me...

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Travel Cheap By Eating Like a Local

Today, we’re going to delve into two of my most beloved topics: food and travel! As I’ve shared, Mr. Frugalwoods and I are afflicted with ardent wanderlust and feel extraordinarily fortunate that we’ve traveled so much. But, we never spend a fortune doing it. Just as we frugalize our meals at home (remember, breakfast is the hidden budget destroyer!), travel eats-on-the-cheap are a key element of a Frugalwoods-style journey. The Easy Way Out (aka Amsterdam Brunch, Baby!)...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Autumnal Sugar Rushes

Woot Here at the Frugalwoods home, we are celebrating the harbingers of fall that have beset our New England town. There is a marked decrease in temperatures, breezes blow ever-chillier through our open windows, the harvest is nigh, and candy corn is for sale at Stop-n-Shop. I will admit to you right now that I have a wee bit of a candy corn issue. I love it, I crave it all year long, and I...

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Free To Pursue

Greetings Fair Readers: Frugal Hound here. I’ve commandeered the blog for the third installment of my enterprise journalism column, Frugal Hound Sniffs. Today, I have the distinct and joyful pleasure of sniffing a fellow greyhound, Belle from Free To Pursue. While as a journalist I’m free from bias, I will share that I am heavily biased towards fellow greyhounds. I hope you enjoy Belle’s lovely responses and glorious photos. 1) Who are you? What are you? And...

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Behind the Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage

Since most of my writing is devoted to how Mr. Frugalwoods and I save money and what we want our money to do for us, I figured folks might like to know how we manage said money in the context of our marriage. I’m writing up a series of posts on the details of our financial management, but I wanted to start with our philosophical underpinnings. I think that identifying financial goals and long-term plans are the true first...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Birthday, Beer, BBQ!

Woot It only seems right that today’s woot be in honor of my very own Mr. Frugalwoods’ birthday! He turned 31 earlier this week and I was reminded of how thankful I am that he was born. He is my soulmate, my partner in every sense, and a hilarious guy to boot. I’m also tremendously grateful that he wanted to celebrate 31 in typical frugal weirdo fashion. His birthday cost us a grand total of: $65.57 ($37.25 for...

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Great Trash Finds: The Mom Edition

Welcome to the second edition of Great Trash Finds, a scholarly photo essay in which we explore the finer points of scavenging items from the side of the road. Taking stuff otherwise destined for a landfill is not only a frugal win, it’s an environmentally sound means of recycling and reusing. In this edition we welcome a guest blogger (sort of): my mom! My mom is the original frugalista and she and my dad have been frugal...

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How To: Cheap Homemade Seltzer with a Modified Sodastream

Oh seltzer! Tasty bubble water of the gods. Once you’ve tickled your tongue with this crisp and refreshing remake of boring old water, you’ll never go back. Our march towards a franken-seltzer machine started innocently enough. In college (as our romanced was blossoming), Mrs. FW and I drank prodigious amounts of the cheapest diet soda we could get our hands on. It was really awful, off-brand stuff. Think diet strawberry shasta… and you’ll get the picture. This...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Take a Walk & Stay Home

Woot The humble walk–is it even worthy of a woot? I believe so. Arguably the best part of my day is the evening stroll I take with Mr. Frugalwoods and Frugal Hound. On a typical weekday, one of the humans arrives home from work before the other and sweet Frugal Hound works herself into a frenzy of excited greyhound rooing in anticipation of the other human’s arrival. We jump around, hug, kiss (not the dog, don’t worry), and roo as soon...