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How We Recreate In Winter: The Gear, The Mindset, and The Baby Sled

When people ask why we moved to Vermont, I always answer “the woods!” And it’s true, we love our woods. We love looking at them, thinking about them, discussing them, photographing them and, most of all, being in them. However, as you might’ve noticed from my recent photos on Facebook and Instagram, we are currently in the depths of a typical Vermont winter–in other words, we won’t see our grass again until sometime in late...

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Uber Frugal Month: The Ultimate Guide To Saving More Money Than You Ever Thought Possible

Note: You can sign-up for the Uber Frugal Month Challenge at any time! Although we did the Challenge as a group in January 2017, you can start it on your own whenever you’d like. Just sign-up in the box below and you’ll receive an email a day for 31 days. It’s Uber Frugal Month prep time! Welcome to everyone signed up for my inaugural Uber Frugal Month Challenge and, if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s...

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How We Make Meaningful And Tax Efficient Charitable Donations

In the spirit of the holiday season, today I’m discussing how and why Mr. Frugalwoods and I make charitable donations. First, permit me to set the scene. Mr. FW and I consider ourselves to be very fortunate. And among our many, many blessings (which I enumerate here) is our wealth. Although we’re not rich by the standards of Wall Street or corporate CEOs, we’re well off. We’ve grown our wealth by saving exceedingly high percentages (circa 70-82%)...

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Let’s Take The Uber Frugal Month Challenge Together!

Note: You can sign-up for the Uber Frugal Month Challenge at any time! Although we did the Challenge as a group in January 2017, you can start it on your own whenever you’d like. Just sign-up in the box below and you’ll receive an email a day for 31 days. Do you want to save more money in 2017? Ok, Ok I fully realize we just got over Thanksgiving and that Christmas is weeks away yet. And...

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How To Give Frugal Gifts With Joy And Generosity

It’s time for the annual Frugalwoods frugal holiday gifts run down (check out the 2014 and 2015 lists too)! Although the mere phrase “holiday gifts” is anathema to many a frugalyte, there are ways to maintain one’s frugal predilections while celebrating all things festive and jolly. Chiefly, I wish to point out that the holidays should not come as a surprise to anyone or their budget. Indeed, we’re graced with this merry season every single year. Without...

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Striving For Compassion In A World Of Judgement

I am an incredibly fortunate person: my frugality is elective, not a requirement for my survival. While I enjoy frugality and the tremendous benefits it yields, I’m also aware that part of this enjoyment stems from the fact that it’s an optional lifestyle for me and my family. Much of what I write about, and reflect on, are the ways in which frugality has simplified and improved our lives–not the least of which is that it frees...

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The Sneaky Way That Frugality Fixes Paralysis By Analysis

Much of what I own was previously owned by someone else. This is not news to you frugal acolytes and I’d wager your stuff is probably of a similarly second-hand strain. Plus, we recently established that used stuff is decidedly not gross. But did you know that buying used improves your health? And makes your hair grow back? And makes you a more interesting, mysterious individual? Ok maybe not the hair thing, but I posit the other two...

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How To Fly With A Baby. On An Airplane. By Yourself.

Most of the time, my life looks like this. I’m on the homestead, frugaling it up with Mr. Frugalwoods, cleaning up greyhound barf (thanks, Frugal Hound… ), weeding the garden, not wearing make-up, baking bread, and letting Babywoods eat my toes while I write (at least they’re clean?). But these past two weeks, I’ve deviated. I’ve been on the road, in the air, spending money, and otherwise indisposed. To that end, this post has relatively...

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The Myth Of The Gross Used Things

We begin today with a satirical rant, which will, I promise, eventually wend its way around to some possibly useful advice.  Used stuff is gross. I mean think about it, someone else sat on my couch before I owned it. Someone else petted my dog before I adopted her. Someone else WORE my clothes. My cars were driven by another. Even my cloth napkin was pre-dabbed. Therein lurks a very real threat to many a would-be frugal person: the...

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Frugal Hosting Ideas For Hanging Out With Friends

My fabulous, and fairly frugal, parents visited us here on the homestead last month and, while they were here, I put them to work brainstorming ideas to share on Frugalwoods. A few topics that did not make the cut: Why you should/should not water down your hand-soap. Very polarizing. Possibly marriage-ending. People have wildly divergent views about whether or not this leads to more soap use/more water use. For the sake of family unity, best to leave this...