• Car-Free,  Finances

    A Slice of Slavery

    Katie had to walk to work in the pouring rain this morning. I grieved for her as she headed into the downpour to walk the mile-long trek to her public job. I’ll have to do the same in a couple of hours. I could sit at this keyboard and whine that life isn’t fair; why can’t we own vehicles like…

  • 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…

  • Car-Free,  Finances,  Frugality,  Housing

    Frugality and the Pareto Principle

    According to the 80/20 Principle, 20 percent of actions will provide 80 percent of results. This is especially true when it comes to frugality. When you break it down the majority of money I personally save falls into two main categories: housing and auto. By renting a one-bedroom house in a less than ideal area, I saved $200 a month…

  • Car-Free,  Frugality

    The Luxury of a Vehicle

    A few weeks ago a friend asked for some help. He needed to locate a vehicle that would start and run for $1,000 or less–in two weeks. Considering that my days off rarely match up to the friend in question I considered this an almost impossible task. Not only can it take months to stumble on the perfect deal, the…

  • Car-Free,  Frugality

    I Have Lived Three Years Without a Car

    It has been over three years since I sold my van. I wanted to go car-free for one year, write a book about the experience, and then move on with my life. I honestly believed that I would purchase another vehicle once the experiment was over. I enjoy traveling on occasion, have family to visit, and prefer buying some consumables…

  • Car-Free,  Frugality

    Hauling Stuff on a Scooter

    I stumbled upon this website and had to share.  A load of images of people hauling incredible things on bikes, scooters, and motorcycles. I have considered the purchase of a scooter for longer trips in this area, but right now it is just in the thinking stage.  Regardless, these people deserve some kudos—I never considered hauling livestock and option on a…

  • Car-Free,  Frugality

    Bike Riding

    I dusted off my old bike, unstuck the brake cables then lubricated and readjusted everything.  After borrowing an air pump from my wonderful neighbor (I have no idea where mine has wandered) I hopped on and went for a ride. It took 15 minutes to get to the church parking lot.  I could have made it faster but didn’t even…

  • Car-Free,  Frugality

    Thoughts of a bicycle

    I have a bicycle that I haven’t used for some time.  It is an inexpensive mountain bike in serious need of brake pads and some air in the tires. It has been almost a year since I rode it because the last place I lived really didn’t have anything local like a grocery to visit. Living on the outskirts of…

  • Car-Free

    Public Transportation

    Today my daughter and I decided to explore the public transportation available locally. Translation: We rode the bus to the Mall. I calculated the cost of the trip for myself and my daughter round-trip we would have used at least a gallon of gas in my van, not including wear and tear on the vehicle. The round trip cost us…