Category: Weekly Woot & Grumble

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Missing One’s Partner (Plus a Snow Update)

Grumble It’s a rare week that I commence with a grumble. But, Mr. Frugalwoods is on a business trip in San Francisco, which means I’ve been shoveling a lot of snow… I mean, missing him terribly! In between knocking icicles off our roof with a broom, I’ve been thinking about the nature of our relationship and why it’s so disruptive for one of us to be absent from the home front. Being Apart = Bad Mr. Frugalwoods and...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Snow On Snow On Snow

Woot We are undergoing what could only be described as an unprecedentedly gigantic amount of snow here in the Boston area. The total stands at 71″ (aka over 5.5 feet) in the past 19 days with more predicted to fall. In case you were wondering, this quantity of snow yields snowbanks taller than two Frugal Hounds stacked on top of each other (now that’s a lot of hound). It’s been snowfall after snowfall in a gloriously epic saga...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Palm Trees vs. Blizzards

Woot Our week began with palm trees and ended with a blizzard, so Mr. Frugalwoods and I feel we’ve had a genuine bi-coastal experience over the past few days. We were in San Diego all of last week visiting my family–many of whom have now dubbed themselves “frugal-family member name” for example: Frugal Grammy, Frugal Sister, and Frugal Hound’s Cousins (who are both canine and child in their species). 24 hours after our return to the...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Ate a Pancake, Lost a Muffler

Woot It’s been awhile since ere I wrote that word! Mr. Frugalwoods and I had so many things we were bursting to share with you at the beginning of the new year that the ol’ Weekly Woot & Grumble hasn’t been very weekly of late. Never ye mind, mateys, we’re here today with one of the most rambling of my rambly Woot & Grumbles! Pancakes! Mr. FW made homemade blueberry pancakes last weekend and they...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Mom’s On Email and My Hands Are Dry

Woot I invited ya’ll to sign up for our Frugalwoods email system on Wednesday in the first installment of our Frugal Homestead Series, and lo and behold, it worked! My mom has successfully signed up to receive our emails. This is a huge step coming from a woman who once accidentally bought something on Ebay (sorry mom, it’s true). My mother-in-law signed up awhile back, so we’re feeling pretty good about our metrics over here. Mr. Frugalwoods and...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Deck Those Frugal Halls

Woot Decorating for Christmas is a frugal affair around here. We just string a few bits of tinsel on Frugal Hound’s tail and call it a day. NOT! Mr. Frugalwoods and I are ardent devotees of Christmas and decking our frugal halls* is a momentous occasion every year. I’m always trying to sneak the decorating in earlier and earlier… I made an attempt at pre-Thanksgiving decor this year, but Mr. FW wasn’t swayed. And on the other side of things, I’d...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Why We Celebrate Christmas In January

Woot Mr. Frugalwoods and I are epic proponents of off-peak travel. Anytime other people are not flying, that’s when you’ll find the Frugalwoods at an airport. One of our best tricks is to travel cheap by being Thanksgiving weirdos, and a close second is celebrating Christmas in January. My parents, siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces, and nephew all live out in southern California, which is a hefty trek from ol’ Boston. In an effort a few years ago...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Many Woots of Gratitude

Woot As we round the corner towards Thanksgiving, I’m inspired to share a woot of gratitude for the many things Mr. Frugalwoods and I are thankful for. We’re thrilled to host my in-laws for Thanksgiving and as we prepare for their visit, I wanted to reflect on the appreciation I feel for the life Mr. FW and I have created. Family: I am deeply grateful for the ol’ kinfolk. Our parents and siblings are supportive, interesting, loving people and we both have relatively drama-free...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: We’re On The Podcast Airwaves!

Woot It’s all woot this week! Mr. Frugalwoods and I were interviewed by the lovely and talented Shannon of Financially Blonde for her awesome podcast today, Martinis and Your Money. You can listen to Mr. FW and I discuss extreme frugality, our decision to pursue financial independence by age 33, and our plans for a rural homestead. Head on over to Financially Blonde to hear our frugal and fabulous interview! In other news, Mr. Frugalwoods and I are...

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Weekly Woot & Grumble: Certified Turkey Freak

Woot We’re hosting Mr. Frugalwoods’ family for Thanksgiving! This is our third consecutive year serving as the stewards of this fine holiday and we are thrilled. Homebody that I am, I absolutely love hosting people in our home. Well, not random people per se, but people we actually know. My in-laws (parents + siblings) will be here at Frugalwoods HQ for 4 days and nights. We’re all looking forward to endless rounds of Canasta, much talking,...