Author: Mrs. Frugalwoods

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How Decluttering Saves Me Money, Time, And Stress

I reorganized our house. And by “reorganized,” I mean I went through every single closet, drawer, cabinet, and shelf, and every single t-shirt, shampoo bottle, and Christmas decoration that we own. And by “house,” I mean all of it: from the front hall to the basement to the new baby’s room, I systematically deconstructed every single inch of our living space. Even the guest bathroom, which, as it turned out, was harboring a most random...

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Reader Case Study: At Age 57, It’s Not Over Yet!

I am delighted that this month’s Reader Case Study features a subject who is older than me! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to bring you the story of Lucy, an active 57-year-old nurse with questions on her retirement and next career. Much as I love all the younguns’ I’ve featured in Case Studies, I was over the moon when I received Lucy’s email and her request to serve as a Case Study...

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This Month On The Homestead: Hermit-Making Temperatures Followed By Snow

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here. December 2017 December blew...

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Signed Bookplate Stamps And Other December 2017 Expenditures

December was a rather regular month of spending for us, which might come as a surprise since Christmas happens in December after all. But here in Frugalwoods-land, Christmas and other such events are not an excuse to spend tons of money. We prefer to celebrate in a simplified, non-consumer-focused style that emphasizes time spent together as a family–not money spent at a mall. I’ve detailed our frugal approach to the holidays (including birthdays and anniversaries)...

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Your Last Chance To Join The Uber Frugal Month Challenge And Revolutionize Your Finances

Update 1/2/18: We had some technical difficulties here at Frugalwoods, Inc yesterday (could be due to the fact that 1/2 of our tech team is a greyhound… ) and some folks reported they were unable to sign-up for the Uber Frugal Month Challenge. The horror! And so, I’m keeping registration open through 11:59pm EST tonight (1/2/18) to allow everyone to sign-up. If you’re having trouble with the sign-up boxes below, go to this link. As...

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Reader Suggestions Of Frugal And Fun Winter Activities

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions! Here in Vermont we are finally and firmly entrenched in a lovely, snowy, cold winter season. Living out here...

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How We Donate To Charities Like Billionaires

Think strategic philanthropy is just for billionaires? Heck no! It’s for everyone who gives away money. We’re all some strategic bosses with our spending, savings, and investments–charitable giving is absolutely no different. Today we’re going to discuss opportunities to maximize your philanthropic impact, support charities you believe in, and ultimately, make wise financial decisions that’ll benefit others–in other words, how to donate like a billionaire! What could be better? Cookies maybe, although I did eat...

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This Month On The Homestead: Trail Building 101 And A Second Birthday Party

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here. November 2017 Snow fell...

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Reader Case Study: Londoners Wonder About Buying A Property

We’re headed across the pond for this month’s Reader Case Study as we delve into university lecturers Betty and David’s query on whether or not to buy a home in an expensive area near London, England. Case Studies are financial and life dilemmas that a reader of Frugalwoods sends to me requesting that Frugalwoods nation weigh in. Then, Frugalwoods nation (that’s you!), reads through their situation and provides advice, encouragement, insight, and feedback in the comments section. For...

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Transform Your Life: Join The January Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge

You guys! Get excited! It’s happening again… the January Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge (UFM) is BACK! Like an attack! (but a good sort of attack). I cannot possibly think of a better way to kick off 2018 than with a month of extreme frugality!! I know you’re totally hooked by the incredibly tempting words “extreme frugality.” However, the Uber Frugal Month is so much more than a mere money-saving challenge. Yes, you will save...