Category: Marriage & Money

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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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How Insourcing Strengthened Our Marriage

Do you fight with your partner over who’ll do the laundry? Mr. Frugalwoods and I used to. But fear not, our consumer culture has created a way for us to resolve just about any marital spat: pay someone to do it for you! Don’t Fight, Hire Out! Arguing over who’s going to clean the house? There’s an app for that. Disagreeing about when you should do the laundry? There’s an app for that. Neither of you feels like...

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A Frugal Weirdo’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Manifesto

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, which I’m sure surprises no one given our status as chief frugal weirdos. I could rant about how dumb of a holiday Valentine’s Day is (very dumb) and how terrible of a deal it is to eat out on February 14th (rather terrible indeed). But what I really want to talk about is why my relationship with Mr. Frugalwoods doesn’t need Valentine’s Day. Here’s the thing: every convention of Valentine’s Day has...

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The Water Bill Incident

Heyo! It’s Cat from Budget Blonde. I’m so excited to be crashing Frugalwoods today, and lucky for you, Mrs. Frugalwoods is crashing my site so you don’t have to go a day without her (whew! I knew you were worried!) So, while I’m here, I might as well tell you something I’ve never written about before. Yep, in almost 4.5 years of blogging there is one particular story I’ve never told – until now. I’m...

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How We Manage Our Household Finances

I know you all spent the weekend just hoping I would publish a post this morning about how Mr. Frugalwoods and I manage our money. Right? Right?!? I know I did. I’ve received a number of comments and emails lately asking for greater illumination of our financial mechanics and so today, I will oblige. I’d especially like to thank Emily from Evolving Personal Finance for her excellent questions after my August 2014 Expenditures post as well as a...

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Behind the Scenes of a Happy Frugal Marriage

Since most of my writing is devoted to how Mr. Frugalwoods and I save money and what we want our money to do for us, I figured folks might like to know how we manage said money in the context of our marriage. I’m writing up a series of posts on the details of our financial management, but I wanted to start with our philosophical underpinnings. I think that identifying financial goals and long-term plans are the true first...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: 1 Anniversary & 2 Flat Tires

Hey! I made it to two consecutive weeks of the Woot and Grumble! As I relished my boxed wine last night, I reflected on the stunning longevity of the Woot and Grumble–I mean, two weeks you guys. Amazing. Alright, alright now this week…I give you a Woot of love and a Grumble of flatness. Woot! Mr. Frugalwoods and I have been married for SIX YEARS! We celebrated our anniversary earlier this week (with a lovely dinner...