• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,  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…

  • Finances,  Frugality

    Financial Surprise

    It is amazing. One day you decide to quit your job. You’re concerned about your expenses even though you know you’ve got it covered. But then you pay your bills and you realize: Your bills have plummeted. This frugalista has just realized that she was spending over $100 a week just on food and other things while she was away…

  • Finances,  Happiness,  Life,  Simplicity

    How to Live an Intentional Life

    It takes a bit of thought to sort through the chaos and programming to determine just how you want to live your life. My first trip down this path was simple in comparison. I had one goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter, so I did what I had to do…