• Frugality

    Katie the Coupon Queen

    My Katie and I have been discussing my muses of late, particularly my personal opinion that I wanted to encourage people to find ways to give the corporations less money. I thought my words had fallen upon deaf ears but then something interesting happened. For a couple of weeks I heard Katie watching episodes of some show about extreme couponing.…

  • 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…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism

    The Television Adventure

    When I eliminated my television back in 2009, I had no intention of acquiring another. I was perfectly content using my computer to stream videos or watch DVDs, so I thought I would have no reason to bother. Katie disagreed. As everyone knows, my beloved daughter is not a minimalist. She works hard and shops with the same enthusiasm. I…

  • Frugality

    The Soap Rebellion

    I’ve spent the past several days discussing the big picture that surrounds us but the reality is that some of the most effective rebellions take place at home. When we make changes in our personal life and use those changes as talking points to teach our friends and family, over time people begin to listen and make changes of their…

  • Frugality

    Minimalist Revelation

    I awoke this morning with a surprising revelation. Aside from food, I no longer buy much. At first I thought I was over-reacting so I looked at my purchase history for this past year. I didn’t spend even $500 last year at Walmart and they were my primary online ordering outlet. Once every month or so I would order a…

  • 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…

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    Frugality,  Simplicity

    Washable Puppy Pads

    We live in an age where so much of what we use is disposable. We are expected to buy these items, use them once, then toss them away for new. When we do this, however, we not only contribute to the landfill problem, we also give our money to corporations that not only avoid paying taxes, but use those funds…

  • Food,  Frugality

    How to Handle Leftovers

    It is important to minimize waste to not only conserve money but to reduce that amount that we spend. This becomes even more important in circumstances where we are forced to purchase items from corporations whose actions we disagree with. We may be forced to give them money but we can at least limit the amount we give them. This…

  • Frugality,  Simplicity

    Is it Socially Acceptable to Save Money?

    As I look back upon this year, I realize that the majority of the criticism that I’ve received concerns how I choose to spend (or not spend) my money. Among the things I’ve been told: I should rent or buy a bigger home. While I’m here, I should spend money painting and decorating my current home, despite the fact that…

  • Frugality,  Minimalism,  Recycling,  Simplicity

    Has Consumerism Tainted Minimalism?

    Minimalism is the act of eliminating the unimportant in order to make room for what is important. That seems simple enough at first glance. However, a deeper look at the subject reveals that there may be a darker force at play. From The Minimalists to Marie Kondo we receive advice to throw out or donate our old stuff. It doesn’t…

  • Decluttering,  Frugality,  Simplicity,  Wardrobe

    The Sock Rebellion

    I cannot remember the last time I purchased socks. One day I realized that I owned far too many pairs and decided not to purchase any more until the ones I owned wore out. It is finally starting to happen. This morning I grabbed a pair out of my bin to discover that both socks contained holes. As I examined…

  • 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…

  • Car-Free,  Finances,  Frugality,  Investments

    Desire and Frustration

    I underestimated just how heavily it was raining as I left work yesterday afternoon. By the time I realized that I should open my umbrella it was far too late. I was soaked to the bone. “I have got to increase my income,” I muttered as I sloshed my way home. If I acquired a full-time job making just $10…

  • Frugality,  Housing

    Baby Step to a Better Life

    I trimmed the tall weeds in my front yard with a pair of scissors today. I chuckled at myself while I worked; it reminded me of all the times when I washed my laundry in the bathtub. It was also absolutely, completely ridiculous. I could hire someone to mow my yard but I’m no longer inclined to do that. It…

  • Finances,  Frugality,  Recycling

    The Art of Building Wealth

    The average person has been led to believe a lie. The average person has been taught that wealthy people can be identified by the clothes they wear, the foods they eat, the home they own, and the cars they drive. They have been taught that the ones with the most expensive wardrobes, homes, and wardrobes are the wealthiest. To quote…