• Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Shoe Patch

    A few years ago the kid bought this cute pair of “boat shoes.” I liked the shoes so I watched her enjoy them because I knew that, in time, she would get bored of them and pass them to me. One night I noticed she had tossed those shoes in the trash can, so I fished them out. “Why are…

  • Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Organization

    The Difference Between Stockpiling and Hoarding

    “I’ve got coupons for the crackers!” Katie dug through her coupon holder as we entered the cracker aisle. “How much should we get?” I checked the expiration date upon the boxes, holding one up to show my daughter. “How many boxes do you think we’ll go through by this date?” Katie frowned. “Not a lot,” she muttered. There is a…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Recycling

    The Stitch Rebellion

    As our governor began to list the dead yesterday evening, chants from the protestors outside drowned him out. He sighed, explained that this wasn’t about popularity. He would save as many lives as he could save, despite the protestors campaigning for him to let people die by reopening our economy. It reminded me of a parable I read in the…

  • Economy,  Finances,  Food,  Frugality,  Minimalism

    Supply Chain Concerns

    Okay, folks. At last count these are the situations we are dealing with in addition to the COVID-19 outbreak: Massive unemployment Strikes and walkouts Natural disasters Supply shortages Meat supply shortages On top of that, there also happens to be a Swine Flu outbreak that I’m watching that will affect our food chain as well as the fact that the…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    How to Plan for an Uncertain Future

    Okay, folks. We’ve got some work to do. Sitting on the couch isn’t going to make things any better – it will only make you insane. Best case scenario is we have another recession. We live through this, our friends and family live through this, but we have some financial challenges to deal with. Worst case scenario is we lose…

  • Finances,  Minimalism

    This is Not the Time to Practice Minimalism

    We are currently experiencing an entirely new situation. Millions of people are now out of work, told to stay home in order to control the spread of Covid-19 because that is the one thing we can do to minimize the spread and loss of life. Businesses are closing their doors and they may not be able to re-open once this…

  • Economy

    Do What You Can, Where You Are, With What You Have

    It is with a growing horror that I’ve realized over these past few days that my grandparents were right. My parents used to tease them for their decision to save most anything they came into possession of; even the tinest scraps of fabric were preserved to become quilts. Every winter, I would watch them sort through bags of old clothing…

  • Finances

    Cautious Preparation

    If you’ve paid attention to the news, some workers are discussing the possibility of striking due to what they believe to be unsafe conditions in the workplace thanks to the spread of Covid-19. I found an article the other day about Purdue workers walking out because of their concerns. Before this hit our news feeds I realized that our supply…

  • Economy,  Health

    The New Normal

    “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” Unknown The world is under siege by an invisible threat that is overwhelming our medical community to the point where desperate measures are being taken to reduce the spread. Oddly enough, now that things are coming to pass I feel an odd sense of peace. I suspected that things would be seriously affected…

  • Economy,  Frugality

    The Story of Bill

    Bill is an American success story. He dropped out of college to follow his dream of making windows – and he hit it big. Bill is one of the people we look up to when we decide that we want to pursue our dreams. I used to be one of those people. On the outside, Bill appears to be a…

  • Education,  Finances

    A Question About Debt

    There is a lot of discussion about how to handle student debt these days. When I came online this morning, I received the screenshot of the above tweet along with a question (abbreviated for clarity): “I have $XX,XXX in student debt from a college that forced me to leave when I became pregnant. Despite the fact that they refused to…

  • Economy,  Happiness

    The Problem With Wanting Change

    “I don’t care what you say to me. Just give me the money!” – unknown The problem about change is that everybody wants it but nobody actually wants to do the real work that brings it about. I can preach about the dangers of the Walton Family until Hell freezes over, but if I’m still shopping in their stores I’m…

  • Economy,  Finances

    The Walmart Monster

    “The best slave is a slave that doesn’t know he’s a slave.” – www.zerohedge.com The human race is the only species on this planet that is forced to pay money for the right to live. In the United States, our parents have to go into debt just to give us life. They sweat and they struggle to support us through our childhood until…

  • Business,  Finances

    How to Annoy Your Credit Card Company

    It is becoming more difficult to live without a credit card in this world. You need credit cards to make online payments since more and more companies are moving exclusively online. Brick and mortar stores are beginning to refuse cash transactions now. I suspect that this trend will continue. While you can use the debit card provided at most banks in…

  • Business,  Economy,  Finances,  Investments,  Security

    The Man Behind the Curtain

    I generally take my dogs outside around the same time in the mornings. And each weekday morning, for a number of years, my dogs have decided to bark towards a neighbor’s yard across the field. I’ve looked each morning, scolding them, because I saw nothing of importance. I thought they were just barking at the wind so I told them…

  • Business,  Finances,  Frugality,  Simplicity

    A Private Revolution

    Sometimes the most horrible revelations can teach us. Yesterday I was presented with the reality of our world. The image of a man who was somebody’s dad, who reminded me of my dad burned its way into my soul as I read about the treatment he received from the nation I called home. There is absolutely nothing I can do to change…