Monthly Archive: October 2014

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Frugal Hound’s Halloween Costume Is…

Woot Happy Halloween! I know most of you are just here to see Frugal Hound’s Halloween costume and so, I give you Ballerina Hound: I truly adore all things fall and Halloween ranks highly for me (you can see why based on the above photo). Plus, it’s the quintessential example of a holiday that can be enjoyed on the cheap. There are incredible statistics on the magnitude of money people spend on this little holiday and, as a frugal weirdo who celebrates...

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Financial Diffraction

A note to new readers: while we often delve deeply into financial topics (such as Behind the Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage and How We Save 65% Annually), we also like to keep it irreverent and downright silly. Because hey, who doesn’t need an investigative interview series conducted by a dog?! And so, I hope you’ll enjoy Frugal Hound Sniffs! If you’d prefer a more, ahem, financial independence-related post, start with More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About...

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11 Frugal Hacks to Stay Warm and Save Money This Winter

Have you turned your heat on yet? After I divulged that Mr. Frugalwoods and I haven’t–and likely won’t until November–I received a number of comments and emails from readers asking that I share our methods for thermostat abstention. We adore the shoulder months of fall and spring when we live totally sans climate control. Heating and air conditioning are money drains and we save a bundle by flat out not turning ours on. Summers are rather mild here in Cambridge, MA...

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Club Thrifty

A note to new readers: while we often delve deeply into financial topics (such as Behind the Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage and How We Save 65% Annually), we also like to keep it irreverent and downright silly. Because hey, who doesn’t need an investigative interview series conducted by a dog?! And so, I hope you’ll enjoy Frugal Hound Sniffs! If you’d prefer a more, ahem, financial independence-related post, start with More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: To Swap A Hound

Woot Although she deems it unfair, Mr. Frugalwoods and I do travel without Frugal Hound from time to time. And when we do, we never pay to board her. In fact, we’ve never paid for her to stay anywhere. How could this be? (And, no, we do not leave her home alone or with a rogue band of squirrels.) Rather, we’ve tapped into the amazingly interconnected, nosy, helpful, and sweet network of Dog People. Early on...

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Great Trash Finds: The Kitchen Edition

Welcome to the kitchen edition of my recurring analysis of trash–more specifically, items salvaged from the trash by myself and sundry members of the Frugalwoods family. Last month, we viewed my sister and brother-in-law’s trash and the month before, we were treated to the refuse discoveries of my parents. We’re going back to our roots this month with a deep dive into gems quarried by yours truly alongside my trusty bearded tech guru, the love of my life,...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: No Heat, No Fire

Woot Report: we are unheated. September, October, and perhaps an optimistic dash of November, are glorious months where we get by without heat or air conditioning. These delightful respites from climate control save us mega bucks in the ol’ utility bills region. As avowed frugal weirdos, Mr. FW and I stretch the seasons on both ends. And, as I shared in my especial July 4th edition of the Woot & Grumble (made extra special by Frugal Hounds’ flag-print visor), we didn’t...

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Beyond The Allowance: Raising a Frugal Kid

Mrs. Frugalwoods here: I’m delighted to welcome Shannon McLay from Financially Blonde to share her strategies for raising a financially astute kiddo. I’m pretty sure her son knows more about personal finance than most adults, so I was most grateful when she agreed to write this for the Frugalwoods audience. Enjoy and be sure to check out Financially Blonde afterwards! I love my son more than life itself; however, he was one of those kids who truly embraced the...

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Cottage Retreatist

A note to new readers: while we often delve deeply into financial topics (such as Behind the Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage and How We Save 65% Annually), we also like to keep it irreverent and downright silly. Because hey, who doesn’t need an investigative interview series conducted by a dog?! And so, I hope you’ll enjoy Frugal Hound Sniffs! If you’d prefer a more, ahem, financial independence-related post, start with More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About...