Monthly Archive: December 2014


Frugal Hound Sniffs: Budget And The Bees

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 here. Howdy Cyber Space. Frugal Hound here. I’m...


7 Great Gifts For Frugal Weirdos

Frugal people are not easy to shop for. You’d think we would be seeing as we don’t buy things for ourselves very often. However, since we’re usually minimalists (to some degree) and disavowers of consumer culture, it’s actually quite tough to buy for the person who has nothing and wants nothing! Ok, so obviously we have something, but, you catch my drift. Every year our sweet families inquire as to what the Frugalwoods home would like for...


Weekly Woot & Grumble: Why We Celebrate Christmas In January

Woot Mr. Frugalwoods and I are epic proponents of off-peak travel. Anytime other people are not flying, that’s when you’ll find the Frugalwoods at an airport. One of our best tricks is to travel cheap by being Thanksgiving weirdos, and a close second is celebrating Christmas in January. My parents, siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, and nephew all live out in southern California, which is a hefty trek from ol’ Boston. In an effort a few years ago...


How A Soviet Tank Piston Became A Christmas Gift

I once gave Mr. Frugalwoods a ‘70s-era Soviet T72 tank piston for Christmas. And he loved it! I’m delighted to be writing over on 1500 Days to Freedom today and I hope you’ll head over there to check out my post about a tank piston, an aluminum valve handle, a popcorn air popper, and our marriage. After all, nothing says love like a Cold War relic.


November 2014 Expenditures

November was a rather aberrational, yet fabulous, month here at Frugalwoods HQ as we had the delightful pleasure of hosting Mr. FW’s family for Thanksgiving. Rest assured, the resident certified turkey freak Frugal Hound noshed on a few juicy tidbits of bird along with a splash of gravy on her kibble. As I shared in A Very DIY Thanksgiving, we enjoyed flexing our DIY muscles and doing our own prep work for the holiday, which meant we only...