Category: Kids

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The Gear You Actually Need For Your Baby (Or The Next Baby Shower You Attend)

Exactly what do babies need? A reader, who is expecting baby #1, recently posed this question to me and I’m so glad he did because it got me thinking! As Mr. Frugalwoods and I prepared for the arrival of Babywoods, I frequently came across two diametrically opposed adages: 1) babies don’t need anything, and 2) babies need a million products in order to survive/be happy little humans. Hmmm, thought I, clearly there is a middle group here,...

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The Unexpected Circumstances of Babywoods’ Birth

Babywoods’ birth turned out to be rather surprising and unexpected–and not just because it was my first time having a baby. Remember that one time when I overshared about our challenges with getting pregnant? Well, get ready for another overshare of a similar variety. There are a number of topics that people shy away from discussing: money, infertility, greyhounds who fart, difficult births… you know, the usual slate of taboo subjects. Since I already write about...

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The Ultimate Guide To Frugal Diapering

While expecting my first child, I made a big mistake. I typed “cloth diapers” into a search engine, and thus unwittingly entered an emotionally charged feud between Cloth and Disposables. Apparently how I chose to separate my baby’s bum from his onesie was supposed to reveal my adequacy as a parent. So much seemed at stake: would my infant be poisoned by hidden toxins lurking in disposables? Would this simultaneously and permanently lower his immunity...

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Give Your Kid the Gift of Failure

I Hate to Fail I am a type A overachiever, and I have been since the early days of kindergarten when my mom said that I would get dressed and wait on the stairs for the bus to come two hours before its scheduled arrival time. I’m not sure where this drive came from; however, I know that it has motivated me and continues to motivate me to accomplish my goals and excel along the...

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Why Retiring Early With Kids Can Be The Best Thing Ever

Hey guys! I want to start off by thanking the Frugalwoods family for inviting me to guest post here. It’s always a trip reading about their frugal adventures in Bean Town. And I have to admit, they outdo my own family when it comes to frugality. Before I jump into today’s new awesome, exciting, completely serious post, let me step back and introduce myself. I’m Justin from the Root of Good blog. At age 35,...

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The Immense Benefits of Giving Children a Frugal Christmas

Although my husband and I aren’t frugal weirdos per say, we do try to keep things as frugal as possible in our household, especially around the holidays. Part of our interest in frugality stems from the period of time when we lived in Grenada so my husband could attend medical school there. During that time we learned to be wise with our money, and we even paid off all of our credit card debt because...

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How To Raise The Best Kids Ever! Hint: Almost No Spending Required

Howdy! While Mr. Frugalwoods and I enjoy/attempt to survive our very first month as parents to our daughter, Babywoods, I have a delightful slate of guest posts from my friends lined up for your reading pleasure. Today, please welcome the fabulous Mr. 1500 from 1500 Days To Freedom! In addition to being wonderful writers about all things frugal and financial independence-related, the 1500s are awesome people who generously handed down their Ergo carrier to us for...

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Introducing Babywoods!

Mr. Frugalwoods and I are beyond thrilled to announce that our daughter Babywoods was born healthy and happy on Monday, November 30; clocking in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 19.5 inches long. Mr. FW, Babywoods, and I are all doing well and are simply delighted to share this news with you all. Many thanks for your outpouring of good wishes and kind words–we greatly appreciate all of your support! While we’re acclimating to the rigors–and joys–of parenthood, I have a slate...

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Fighting Back Against The Baby Industrial Complex

Expecting a baby, we’ve discovered, is an experience rife with the expectation of consumption. And not just any consumption–the newest, shiniest, safest, cutest, most top-of-the-line consumption. There’s a perception in our culture that babies are expensive as a rule and that new parents will shell out hundreds if not thousands in order to adequately prepare for bringing a life into this world. And wouldn’t any worthy parent spend any sum to ensure that their child is happy, healthy, and...

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Pregnancy Hasn’t Foiled My Clothes-Buying Ban: Here’s How

I haven’t purchased a scrap of clothing in 17 months. Not one sock or shoe or smock. As long-time readers will recall, I first introduced my clothing ban goal in Why I’m Not Buying Any Clothes in 2014. Then, I chronicled my experience in What A Year Without Clothes Did For Me. Now that I’m pregnant (woohoo!) a number of you have asked about my plans for the clothing ban and, I’m delighted to report that it will...