Reader Suggestions – Frugalwoods http://www.frugalwoods.com Financial independence and simple living Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Reader Suggestions Of Practical, Useful Ideas For A Wedding Registry http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/05/24/reader-suggestions-of-practical-useful-ideas-for-a-wedding-registry/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/05/24/reader-suggestions-of-practical-useful-ideas-for-a-wedding-registry/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17634 Reader Suggestions Of Practical, Useful Ideas For A Wedding Registry

Next month, Mr. Frugalwoods and I celebrate TEN years of wedded bliss! Our marriage is, in many ways, the backbone of our frugality and journey to financial independence. Over the years, I’ve written about the role that our partnership plays in our financial decisions and the importance of being on the same financial page with your partner. But today, I want to discuss the lighter, fluffier side of getting married: the wedding registry!

Apparently a lot of you are getting married soon (congrats!) because I’ve received quite a few questions about the sometimes-dreaded, sometimes-loved topic of wedding registries. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the endless lists of things you’re supposed to include on a wedding registry (champagne flutes AND martini glasses? Really?). And that little point-and-register scanner thingy in the Crate & Barrel doesn’t help matters.

It’s the worst intersection of impulse buying and, if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a bunch-o-junk you do not need.

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Reader Suggestions Of Cheap And Fun Things To Do This Summer http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/04/27/reader-suggestions-of-cheap-and-fun-things-to-do-this-summer/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/04/27/reader-suggestions-of-cheap-and-fun-things-to-do-this-summer/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2018 10:00:51 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17349 Reader Suggestions Of Cheap And Fun Things To Do This Summer

Although I’m having trouble believing it, seeing as I’m looking out over a landscape of snow (and actually we’re in the middle of an ice storm at the moment… ) summer is coming! For the first time since way back when I was in school, summer has an actual meaning this year. Now that our oldest daughter is almost 2-and-a-half, she has a fairly packed schedule during the year. She goes to preschool two mornings a week, to several different free playgroups throughout the week, and we have playdates with friends all the time.

We love this diversity to our days and Babywoods thrives on these social encounters (as do I!). The problem, I’ve recently learned, is that all of this stuff STOPS in the summer! Le eek!!! Preschool stops, the free playgroups run by the elementary school AND the library stop, and a lot of our friends are headed off on vacation!

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Reader Suggestions On How To Exercise For Free (Or Cheap!) http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/03/30/reader-suggestions-on-how-to-exercise-for-free-or-cheap/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/03/30/reader-suggestions-on-how-to-exercise-for-free-or-cheap/#comments Fri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:22 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=17090 Reader Suggestions On How To Exercise For Free (Or Cheap!)

I am SO EXCITED about this month’s Reader Suggestions because it tackles a topic that comes up over and over again as folks try to slim down their monthly spending: EXERCISE! Paying to exercise is something many of us do without even considering the impact on our budget because it’s for a good cause. And yes, exercise is good! But it’s not something you have to pay for. Much like the #1 fave frugal topic–food–it’s easy to ignore that gym membership line item in a monthly budget simply because it’s ultimately a “good” thing. But just like food, there are ways to get at the same end for less.

Before we go any farther, I want to point out that sometimes, paying to exercise really is the best decision and I’m all about spending on your priorities. If a gym/CrossFit/yoga membership is one of your highest priorities and you don’t have an option for frugalizing it?

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Reader Suggestions: What To Pack For Lunch (And How To Remember It)! http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/02/26/reader-suggestions-what-to-pack-for-lunch-and-how-to-remember-it/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/02/26/reader-suggestions-what-to-pack-for-lunch-and-how-to-remember-it/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16769 Reader Suggestions: What To Pack For Lunch (And How To Remember It)!

Food, glorious food! This month’s Reader Suggestions is devoted to none other than the very favorite, the preeminent, the most-discussed, most-loved/hated aspect of frugality: FOOD! Specifically, bringing food with you wherever you go. We all know it’s expensive and (often) unhealthy to buy our lunches out while at work, or run through the drive-through while running errands, or stop off for coffee in the afternoon.

And yet… I hear from many of you that this is the #1 challenge you face in bringing yourselves to the next level of savings every month. We just did the Uber Frugal Month Challenge together as a group in January and many of you cited food–specifically food purchased while at work or out-n-about–as the biggest hurdle you overcame.

People were busting their previous savings rates JUST by being more mindful about what they ate! Not only is this the epitomization of frugality, it’s also healthier!

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Reader Suggestions On How To Handle Expensive Family Expectations http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/19/reader-suggestions-on-how-to-handle-expensive-family-expectations/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/19/reader-suggestions-on-how-to-handle-expensive-family-expectations/#comments Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16440 Reader Suggestions On How To Handle Expensive Family Expectations

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions!

Families do not always agree. Understatement of the year, perhaps? It’s true, sometimes our blood relatives are profoundly out of step with our own personal expectations and world views. But, they’re family. For quick clarification, today we’re discussing our relationships with our extended families, not our immediate families. If you’re in search of advice on how to get on the same page with your partner/spouse, then check out this post: Reader Suggestions On: How To Convince Your Husband Or Wife To Be Frugal.

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Reader Suggestions Of Frugal And Fun Winter Activities http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/12/22/reader-suggestions-of-frugal-and-fun-winter-activities/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/12/22/reader-suggestions-of-frugal-and-fun-winter-activities/#comments Fri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:39 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=16149 Reader Suggestions Of Frugal And Fun Winter Activities

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions!

Here in Vermont we are finally and firmly entrenched in a lovely, snowy, cold winter season. Living out here on 66 acres in the middle of the woods, our lives are increasingly dictated by the seasonal shifts we experience. Given these weather-related imperatives, I try to appreciate and embrace each season’s nuanced joys. I want to wholeheartedly consume whatever’s on offer and not compare one season to the last.

There are remarkable opportunities provided by nature every month of the year and I find it liberating to delight in each new weather pattern.

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Reader Suggestions Of Frugal, Fun, Inexpensive, and Festive Holiday Gifts http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/11/17/reader-suggestions-of-frugal-fun-inexpensive-and-festive-holiday-gifts/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/11/17/reader-suggestions-of-frugal-fun-inexpensive-and-festive-holiday-gifts/#comments Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15801 Reader Suggestions Of Frugal, Fun, Inexpensive, and Festive Holiday Gifts

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions!

It’s holiday time! Also known as my excuse to write about the holidays with fervor and spam you with photos of Frugal Hound dressed up as Santa Clause, a reindeer, an elf, and… oh that poor dog. Much as we all love the holidays (OR MAYBE IT’S JUST ME), there’s a sneaky penchant for them to become expensive, stressful, and overpriced. To which I say: they don’t have to be. I promise.

We’re going to focus on holiday gift-giving today and the overarching theme I want to highlight is that the holidays are as expensive and as stressful as you make them.

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Reader Suggestions On How To Have A Frugal Halloween http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/10/13/reader-suggestions-on-how-to-have-a-frugal-halloween/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/10/13/reader-suggestions-on-how-to-have-a-frugal-halloween/#comments Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:47 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15434 Reader Suggestions On How To Have A Frugal Halloween

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions!

Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays! Well, that plus Thanksgiving and Christmas… I’m basically in a state of holiday-related bliss for the entire fall, which–not coincidentally–is my favorite season! I can’t help myself, I’m a devoted lover of all things pumpkin, spice, autumnal, leaf-related, and bearing even a remote resemblance to Halloween itself.

I’m not so much into the spookier side of things (just ask Mr. Frugalwoods who refuses to watch horror movies with me because I insist on pausing at every scary part, which means we usually never make it through the movie… ).

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Reader Suggestions On Frugal Preserving, Canning, and Otherwise Putting Up Food http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/09/11/reader-suggestions-on-frugal-preserving-canning-and-otherwise-putting-up-food/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/09/11/reader-suggestions-on-frugal-preserving-canning-and-otherwise-putting-up-food/#comments Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:54 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=14980 Reader Suggestions On Frugal Preserving, Canning, and Otherwise Putting Up Food

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions!

It’s harvest time! As I shared in last week’s installment of This Month On The Homestead, early fall is the time to preserve food for the winter. I am a brand new devote of preserving food (also known as canning or putting up or freezing or storing or whatever you want to call it) and so my knowledge is commensurately minimal.

Before moving out here to the woods, Mr. Frugalwoods and I never preserved a single foodstuff, so this is a whole new world for us.

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How To Stop Eating Out According To Frugalwoods Readers http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/07/17/how-to-stop-eating-out-according-to-frugalwoods-readers/ http://www.frugalwoods.com/2017/07/17/how-to-stop-eating-out-according-to-frugalwoods-readers/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:00:16 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=14660 How To Stop Eating Out According To Frugalwoods Readers

Eating out, take-out, restaurant meals, dining out, take-away, delivery… whatever you want to call it, not preparing your own food is the #1, top, chief, primary, far and away most commonly cited roadblock to frugality. Without fail, this is the most frequent question I get from readers. Without deviation, this is cited as the largest area for budgetary improvement. And without alteration, this is the toughest thing for people to modify in their quest for all-encompassing frugality. And I feel this pain keenly–it was the most challenging thing for Mr. Frugalwoods and me to give up as well! What is it about food prepared by other people????!!!!

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Frugalwoods Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Frugalwoods nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight.

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