Monthly Expense Reports – Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Sat, 16 Feb 2019 15:18:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Hacked SodaStream Seltzer Reload And Other December 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2019/01/25/hacked-sodastream-seltzer-reload-and-other-december-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2019/01/25/hacked-sodastream-seltzer-reload-and-other-december-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2019 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=20296 Hacked SodaStream Seltzer Reload And Other December 2018 Expenditures

It’s appropriate that I spent $34.25 on a 20lb tank of C02 because quite a few of you are participating in my bi-annual Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge (UFM) this month. And this tank of C02 is the perfect illustration of an overarching theme of the UFM:

Frugality isn’t about depriving yourself, it’s about being strategic with your resources.

I am not into hardship or deprivation. Not my thing. What I am into is saving money where I can and in ways that are efficient, focused on what matters most to me, and with an eye on the return on my investment (whether that’s in the form of $$ or happiness).

Frugality has a reputation for being painful, boring, and devoid of all pleasure. False. Frugality is about being creative, strategic, and conscious about how you spend your money (and I’d argue, your time too).

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Tractor Chains And Other November 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/28/tractor-chains-and-other-november-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/12/28/tractor-chains-and-other-november-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:00:55 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19814 Tractor Chains And Other November 2018 Expenditures

Our November 2018 is best summed up by the following:

  1. Lots of celebrations
  2. Loads of snow

I hope you enjoyed this detailed explanation of our month.

Fiestas x 2

As I shared in This Month On The Homestead, in November we hosted Mr. FW’s parents and sister for Thanksgiving week and also had a little birthday party for Kidwoods’ third circle around the sun. The primary cost category for these two events: groceries!! Mr. FW and my mother-in-law cooked both the Thanksgiving and birthday party feasts from scratch (and I baked the birthday cake!), so our costs were for raw ingredients. We do hand-me-down/used gifts (and not too many) for our kiddos, so birthday gift expenses were negligible.

Tractor Chains

In light of our excessive snow situation, it’s a stroke of good fortune that this is the year we decided to buy chains for the front tires of our tractor.

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Kitchen Sink Faucet Valves And Other October 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/11/07/kitchen-sink-faucet-valves-and-other-october-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/11/07/kitchen-sink-faucet-valves-and-other-october-2018-expenditures/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:30 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=19387 Kitchen Sink Faucet Valves And Other October 2018 Expenditures

We’re just relieved that title isn’t “New Kitchen Sink.” Our kitchen faucet developed a resonant drip, drip…. drip, driiiiiip… you get the idea… and so handyman Mr. Frugalwoods set about fixing it. I had mixed feelings about this fix. On one hand, it’s always better (and cheaper) to fix what you already own.

But on the other hand, neither of us likes this sink. It’s a porcelain situation prone to chipping and, most offensive of all, staining. Excessive staining. My wonderful mom cleaned it while she was visiting in September (I think the stains grossed her out) and she brought it back to a color resembling white.

Not two weeks later, the stain was back. Yes, I could clean it weekly, but no, I’m not going to do that. And so with a stained sink we sit. Mr. FW set about dismantling the faucet to eliminate the drip and, lo and behold, a piece of faucet (the handle thingy?) broke off.

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Eye Glasses And Other September 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/10/19/eye-glasses-and-other-september-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/10/19/eye-glasses-and-other-september-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18991 Eye Glasses And Other September 2018 Expenditures

We’re getting older. Or at least, Mr. Frugalwoods is getting older (I’m forever, uh, 30 right? 32? 33? Let’s stop there). My previously 20/20-visioned mountain man/computer engineer capitulated to needing corrective lenses (more commonly known as glasses) about three years ago.

Then this summer, he started having daily headaches and I, being a model of not overreacting, knew he had a brain tumor. Mr. FW–being a more rational individual (but it COULD be a brain tumor)–looked at the calendar and realized that what with having two kids and moving to our homestead and managing to bathe daily*, he’d forgotten to get an eye exam for several years.

*track record is not 100% on this one

Still suspecting a brain tumor, I made him an appointment and in he went only to learn that his prescription had changed. Indeed, his eyes are just a tad worse.

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Woodshed Materials And Other August 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/28/woodshed-materials-and-other-august-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/09/28/woodshed-materials-and-other-august-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18688 Woodshed Materials And Other August 2018 Expenditures

August 2018 Expenses

All other line items were dwarfed by our annual property tax bill, which we paid in full in August. It’s a whopper since it covers our 66 acres along with our house and barn. However, it’s a bill we’re happy to pay because property taxes are what fund crucial public services such as schools! Vermont has high income tax, a fact that many folks cited when Mr. Frugalwoods and I announced our decision to move to Vermont and make it our permanent home. But we moved to Vermont will full knowledge of this fact and also full knowledge of how Vermont utilizes these taxes. We’re thrilled to be in a fabulous public school district and in a vibrant little town in a great little state that funds things that are priorities for me and my family.

I don’t mind paying taxes so that I (and my neighbors) can reap the benefits of a good school system that offers–for example–free preschool for all children ages three and older.

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A Water Heater And Other July 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/08/27/a-water-heater-and-other-july-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/08/27/a-water-heater-and-other-july-2018-expenditures/#comments Mon, 27 Aug 2018 10:00:58 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18492 A Water Heater And Other July 2018 Expenditures

Water heater mania! Well, not really a mania since we only bought ONE water heater, but more of a mania than if we hadn’t bought any water heaters. As eagle-eyed devotees of my Instagram account know–thanks to incriminating photos –we installed solar panels on our barn roof at the end of 2017. I will, at some point, write a full post on our solar decision (complete with lots of math!! I promise!), but in the meantime, suffice it to say that our solar array generates all of the electricity we need and then some.

In light of this, we’re in the process of converting our household machineries over to electric to the extent possible. The first conversion we made was our water heater, which previously ran on propane we purchased annually at no small expense. We converted to a heat pump hybrid electric water heater that eliminates our need for propane (for hot water) and allows us to leverage our solar power.

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Car Parts And Other June 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/07/20/car-parts-and-other-june-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/07/20/car-parts-and-other-june-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:00:04 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=18033 Car Parts And Other June 2018 Expenditures

I write to you from the depths of an epic heatwave here in Vermont. With temperatures cresting 90 most days, we are officially on swelter alert, which is highly aberrational for us–our summers are usually much more temperate with only sporadic forays into the 80s or, at worst, 90s.

Given this sustained heat, our two very small children (not to mention our own hatred of hot), and our absence of central air, we bought two window air conditioning units in June to bring our indoor temps down to reasonable. I’m usually all for toughing out temperatures–be they hot or cold–but I confess I met my match with an 85+ degree bedroom. I’m a weakling for a cool bedroom and, in ardent refusal to bake ourselves, we are pretty darn happy with our window units. Ahh, chilled air, oh balm of this ungodly heat.

The Month of Cars!!!

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A Flame Weeder And Other May 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/06/01/a-flame-weeder-and-other-may-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/06/01/a-flame-weeder-and-other-may-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2018 10:00:14 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17710 A Flame Weeder And Other May 2018 Expenditures

We bought blueberry bushes! And cherry and currant and Saskatoon and honeyberry bushes! Lots and lots of perennial berry bushes found a home on our homestead this month, as you’ll see in the below expense report. Garden fencing, fertilizer, the notorious flame weeder, and soil test kits rounded out our garden-palooza of spending. I’m going to give the full rundown on how all of these berry beasts were planted in my next installment of This Month On The Homestead, so consider this your sneak peek at our new berry-land. The flame weeder does exactly what its name would imply: it weeds your garden with the power of FIRE! Don’t worry, I’ll write extensively about this thing once we actually use it (which’ll likely happen in early June). It’s not often I can work “flame” into one of my titles, so you understand I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

The Holy Grail Of Frugality: A PRESSURE COOKER

You people have been after me, for oh about four years now, to buy a freaking pressure cooker.

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A Baby Tent And Other April 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/05/09/a-baby-tent-and-other-april-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/05/09/a-baby-tent-and-other-april-2018-expenditures/#comments Wed, 09 May 2018 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17507 A Baby Tent And Other April 2018 Expenditures

Well, if you’ve ever wanted to feel good about your spending vis-a-vis my spending, then THIS is your month!!! April was absurdly expensive around here. ABSURD, I tell you. As I shared the other week, Mr. Frugalwoods and I finally broke down and bought a used truck in April, and since we paid cash for the full amount of the truck, that accounts for the vast majority of our spending. I have several posts detailing why paying cash in full (and buying used) is the most financially sound route to car ownership, so I won’t rehash all the details here. Suffice it to say that by taking this approach, we avoid incurring the interest rate and the massive depreciation that accompanies new vehicles (or used vehicles bought with financing). While it’s a lot of money to pay all at once, buying used and avoiding a car payment generally costs much less overall (which allows you to save more every month, which allows you to fund this type of purchase).

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Birth Certificates And Other March 2018 Expenditures http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/04/13/birth-certificates-and-other-march-2018-expenditures/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/04/13/birth-certificates-and-other-march-2018-expenditures/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:00:39 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17218 Birth Certificates And Other March 2018 Expenditures

March makes very clear that we had a baby! Our co-payment for Littlewoods’ birth as well as a few doctor’s appointments and her birth certificates are all reflected in March’s spending. While we frugalize nearly every aspect of child-rearing–from sourcing all used clothing, furniture, and baby accoutrements to creating simple, inexpensive holiday celebrations–there are some immutable costs of having a baby (such as buying copies of their birth certificates!). I love that most of Littlewoods’ stuff–her crib, her clothes, my infant carrier, etc–is on at least its fourth child.

Friends and family handed things down to us before Babywoods was born (and I bought some things at garage sales and thrift stores) and it lives on for Littlewoods! I’m already lining up friends interested in taking these hand-me-downs from us after Littlewoods is done with them.

I foisted off gave away a bunch of maternity clothes this past weekend to a friend who is pregnant and am delighted to continue the cycle of sharing and passing along maternity and baby things.

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