Monthly Archive: March 2015

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Frugal Homestead Series Part 5: Well, Well, Well

Greetings fellow frugal weirdos, Mr. Frugalwoods here! Welcome to Part 5 of our Frugal Homestead Series, which explores the finer points of how we’re going to reach our version of financial independence and move to a homestead in the woods in 2017 at age 33. Mrs. Frugalwoods and I plan to buy 20+ acres of wooded land, likely with an existing home and outbuildings, in rural southern Vermont. While this series isn’t your standard personal finance blog fodder, it’s a...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Guests We’d Never Met (Plus A Flat)

Woot Frugal Hound is a champ with babies! We had the distinct honor of hosting Cat from Budget Blonde, her awesome husband, and their adorable (beyond adorable, really) 1-year-old twins, Bean and Beannette, for several days last weekend. I confess I was a tad apprehensive as the babies and Frugal Hound scouted each other out for the first time, but, turns out that our dog is a natural born nanny. That might be slightly overstating...

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Our 12 Tips For Finding Roadside Treasures (aka Great Trash Finds)

Finding great trash is both art and science, my frugal friends. Mr. Frugalwoods and I pride ourselves on a honed methodology of trash scouting that’s equal parts whimsy, strategy, and kismet. The proof is in our epic trash finds catalogue, which includes everything from coats to fondue pots to wine glasses to shirts. But how do we come to possess such divine and free delights? What dark magic do we employ to yield results so sweet...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: That One Time I Forgot My Lunch and Our Car Inspection

Grumble Well, this was the week of me doing dumb things. It all began with a forgotten lunch… Last week, I shared that Mr. Frugalwoods and I had the incredible opportunity to speak at NYU, which was amazing and wonderful! And filled with unicorns leaping over rainbows! Perhaps not quite leaping, but certainly rather excited unicorns. We returned home late Thursday night and, being relatively responsible people, packed up our lunches for the next morning. Friday...

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Even Steven Money

A note to new readers: while we often delve deeply into financial topics (such as The Privilege of Pursuing Financial Independence and 11 Ways To Be A Frugal Weirdo And Love It), 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...

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How Insourcing Strengthened Our Marriage

Do you fight with your partner over who’ll do the laundry? Mr. Frugalwoods and I used to. But fear not, our consumer culture has created a way for us to resolve just about any marital spat: pay someone to do it for you! Don’t Fight, Hire Out! Arguing over who’s going to clean the house? There’s an app for that. Disagreeing about when you should do the laundry? There’s an app for that. Neither of you feels like...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: A New York State Of Frugal

Woot We’ve officially corrupted some youths with our subversive anti-consumerism, frugal weirdo manifesto. Mr. Frugalwoods and I had the honor of delivering a presentation to New York University students on Wednesday about the alternative path we’re taking through life. These eager, intelligent young people only seemed mildly shocked by the concept of early retirement and, based on their insightful questions, they know A LOT more about personal finance than I did as an undergraduate. Erin of Broke Millennial also presented...

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Banish Debt Like a Boss: Demystifying Personal Finance Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Demystifying Personal Finance Series! Debt repayment is a crucial step in attaining financial freedom and I originally wrote a post about debt repayment myself. But, it was terrible. Since we’ve never had any debt other than our mortgage, it was full of conjecture about what it “must feel like” to have debt and work towards paying it off. Be glad you didn’t have to read it. Mr. Frugalwoods and...

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How I Let Go Of Caring What People Think

Today is my 31st birthday. That’s right, I’ve aged right out of striking distance to my youthful 20s and am careening towards middle age. But you know what, I’m glad. Getting older has been good for me. Aging has enabled me to let go of caring what people think about me and instead focus on who I really am and what I want to accomplish over the course of my life. Sure, I still want to be...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Mornings Are For Winners

Woot What time do you wake up? I used to loathe mornings. I was a beastly, grump-filled, snooze button addict with a penchant for the passive aggressive before coffee. But then, I grew up. Not in a maturity sense per se, but more in an inevitable passage-of-time, another-year-older type of way. And now? I tentatively think I can be categorized as one of those horribly chipper, brown-nosing, obnoxiously peppy, disgustingly saccharine “morning people.” Ugh. I’m...