Monthly Archive: April 2015

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Sustainable Life Blog

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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Frugal Homestead Series Part 6: Septic, The Other End Of The Water Equation

Greetings fellow frugal weirdos, Mr. Frugalwoods here! Welcome to Part 6 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: Everyone Needs Friends

Woot It’s the week of relationships here on Frugalwoods! On Monday we heard from Sam of Frugaling.org about his journey through frugality as a single guy. And on Wednesday, I shared the positive impact that frugality has had on my marriage to Mr. Frugalwoods. Today I want to discuss another type of relationship: the friendship! I’m the first to admit that being a counterculture frugal werido means it’s not necessarily easy to make friends through traditional avenues. But, it’s also not...

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A Married Person’s Guide To Love And Frugality

This week is all about relationships and money here on Frugalwoods! On Monday we heard from Sam Lustgarten, of Frugaling.org, about his experiences with frugality as a single person. And today, I’m delighted to share my perspective on how frugality plays an integral role in my marriage over on Frugaling.org. I hope you’ll head over there now to read all about it!

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A Single Person’s Guide To Frugal and Happy Living

This week, I’m collaborating with Sam Lustgarten of Frugaling.org on the topic of relationships and frugality. Sam is currently single and was kind enough to lend us his thoughts and advice on how he lives a fulfilling, happy, single, and frugal life. I’m delighted to share this perspective on Frugalwoods today, since it’s a topic many of you have asked about, but that I’m not able to address from my personal experience. To round out our project, I’ll share...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Spring Reminds Us That Seasons Are Awesome

Woot The first hesitant tendrils of spring are taking hold in our formerly snow-encased northeastern landscape. Frugal Hound senses the warmer temperatures on our walks and exudes a certain doggy friskiness in response. Much as Mr. Frugalwoods and I genuinely enjoy the frozen wintertime, we’re equally pleased to welcome the balmy New England spring. We find that the turning of the seasons lends a reassuring rhythm to life. Indeed, it seems like the most natural progression of a year. Each...

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Frugal Hound Sniffs: Kali Hawlk’s Cats

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. Greetings Internet. Frugal Hound,...

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401ks Are Your Friend: Demystifying Personal Finance Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 of our Demystifying Personal Finance Series! This series is all about how to assemble a sound financial life as a young professional, though many of the topics covered are useful to folks of all ages. The series also serves as a reflection of the steps Mrs. Frugalwoods and I have taken to stay debt-free (other than our mortgage), save 71% of our incomes, max out our 401ks, avoid the lifestyle inflation trap, and map a plan for...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Help Me Find A Frugal Snack Hack

Woot Today I write to ask your advice on a topic near and dear to my frugal heart: snacks! Not just any snacks, mind you, but healthy and frugal snacks. I want the full package here people, and I bet it’s not going to come in a package. As a lifelong lover and consumer of snacks, I have a broad range of experience with this particular culinary facet. In first grade, I somehow convinced my incredibly...

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Our Favorite Stories and Photos From Frugalwoods’ First Year

Frugalwoods turns one year old tomorrow! A year ago, Mr. Frugalwoods and I sat in a coffee shop and simultaneously launched our plan to retire at 33 to a homestead in the woods and the concept of Frugalwoods. Mr. FW was after me to start a blog and I’d dismissed the idea for months (years actually). My arguments against it were plenty: I didn’t know enough about any one topic to write a blog, I didn’t have the time,...