Author: Mr. Frugalwoods

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How We Avoid Cable And Watch Free TV Online

Greeting fair Frugalwoods friends! It’s Mr. Frugalwoods here, making a rare appearance as author. I’m usually your trusty behind-the-scenes tech guy, but today I want to share our strategies for securing gratis TV. “Hold on, you don’t have cable?!?” Yep. Don’t have it. Never have and probably never will. We’re a cable TV executive’s worst nightmare. But fear not, fair tube viewer, Mrs. FW and I do watch TV. It’s just that it’s the free kind that’s...

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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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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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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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Frugal Homestead Series Part 4: Searching For Land

Greetings fellow frugal weirdos, Mr. Frugalwoods here! Welcome to Part 4 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. Part 3 of the series addressed why we’ve selected southern Vermont as our...

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Frugal Homestead Series Part 2: Here’s The Budget

Greetings frugal friends! This is Part 2 in 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 the age of 33. Mrs. Frugalwoods and I plan to buy 20+ acres of wooded land, likely with an existing home and outbuildings, in rural southern Vermont. In The Frugal Homestead Series Part 1: Why The Woods?, Mrs. Frugalwoods...

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Unicorns, Soviets, and Compound Interest: Demystifying Personal Finance Part 1

Two years ago, I gave a presentation to my office on how to manage your money as a young professional. Sound boring? The title was “Compound Interest is a Magic Unicorn of Awesomeness.” Why was I giving a presentation about personal finance to my office of software engineers (of which I am one)? Well, I’m known as the finance geek. And compound interest is, in fact, just as awesome as a unicorn. After Mrs. Frugalwoods and I bought a...

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The Ultimate Bike Commuter’s Guide to Winter Cycling

Riding your bike to work is easy when the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and a warm (but not too warm) breeze is tickling your cheeks. We get about 3 of those days per year in Boston. I kid, I kid. Sorta. As the days grow shorter and the mercury plummets, I’m joined by fewer and fewer hearty souls on our epic journeys towards gainful employment. Where do they all go, those sweet summer children? Whether...

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Should Our UK Reader Pay Off Her Mortgage?

Hiya internet! Mr. Frugalwoods here today! While Mrs. FW is our chief writer, comedian, hound ear scratcher, and yoga practitioner… I occasionally cobble together something mildly intelligible and toss it in her general direction for her editorial prowess. Don’t worry, she approved this post before I published it. Here at Frugalwoods HQ, we love getting questions from readers: Does Frugal Hound like treats? Eh, sometimes, unless the treat is anchovies in which case YES, YUM! When will Frugal...

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How To: Cheap Homemade Seltzer with a Modified Sodastream

Oh seltzer! Tasty bubble water of the gods. Once you’ve tickled your tongue with this crisp and refreshing remake of boring old water, you’ll never go back. Our march towards a franken-seltzer machine started innocently enough. In college (as our romanced was blossoming), Mrs. FW and I drank prodigious amounts of the cheapest diet soda we could get our hands on. It was really awful, off-brand stuff. Think diet strawberry shasta… and you’ll get the picture. This...