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Greener Pastures
Early Retirement
Budgeting, financial independence, living well, happiness, fulfillment
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Spending money is a habit that you’ve formed over your lifetime.  Maybe over the course of years, as your income has increased perhaps, your spending has also crept up.  For most people, relatively small everyday purchases don’t raise alarm bells — they just happen.  They’re reflexive and responsive (“I need new work clothes.  I’ll just go online and order a few things.” Or, “They’re having a sale at my favorite ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 3:02 PM
Summer was rough on the olde budget.  July was horrible, but I chalked it up to the fact that I gave birth to our second child that month, and we were off our normal routines.  Then, somehow, August was even worse. A lesser team would have crumbled, heads hung in defeat, cheeks stinging with shame and tears.  But what do we say in the Greener Pasture$ household? We got MAD!  And then, ...
Posted: Oct 03 2017 @ 4:56 PM
It’s time for another installment of delicious food for not much cash!  (See the last one here.)  Last night, I adapted this thai coconut curry recipe to suit what I had on hand, and I recommend you do the same!  Here’s what I did: Ingredients: 1 package extra firm tofu 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large or 2 small shallots 2 cloves minced garlic The chopped stems of 1 bunch of cilantro Red curry paste to taste ...
Posted: Sep 25 2017 @ 1:34 PM
In an old yoga DVD of mine, the instructor suggests that as you practice yoga more, you’ll start gravitating towards cleaner things in life — cleaner food, cleaner energy, etc.  I’ve found this to be true of exercise generally.  Once I get into a good routine, I naturally find myself craving healthier foods.  This is probably both because my body needs more energy to sustain the the workouts, and because ...
Posted: Sep 13 2017 @ 4:32 PM
I recently listened to episode 91 of Paula Pant’s “Afford Anything” podcast in which she discusses growing the gap between earnings and spending.  She advocates focusing on what she identifies as the 4 biggest expenses:  housing, transportation, food, and taxes.  (For our family, I would add childcare to that list — it is one of our largest expenses and is basically like a second mortgage.)  Little savings, she says, like ...
Posted: Aug 29 2017 @ 11:44 AM
I understand that spending money and buying things doesn’t lead to greater overall happiness.  Yet I keep wanting THINGS.  The number of times a THING pops into my head that I think I want to spend money on is frankly a little overwhelming.  And, a quick little tour through July’s spending reveals about $1900 spent on things that can only be described as discretionary and not frugal.  Don’t make me tell ...
Posted: Aug 13 2017 @ 12:11 AM
Phew.  July is over.  It was our worst spending month since starting this journey.  Granted, we had a baby this month (yay!), which threw us 100% off our routines… so… I’m not going to beat myself up too much over it.  But it still doesn’t feel good. Today, though, my mother-in-law, who came to help out with the new baby, went home after 2 1/2 weeks staying with us, and we’re ...
Posted: Aug 03 2017 @ 3:32 PM
Oh hi!  With all my talk about food savings and eating well, I thought it might be nice to share some specific success stories.  With that, I’m launching this mini-series on recipes we’ve cooked that have been cheap and great.  We’re cooking all the time, so I won’t bore you with every meal — usually, I make pretty simple stuff.  But when I find something really good, I’ll share.  Here’s ...
Posted: Jul 24 2017 @ 12:01 PM
  Y’all.  Despite the aforementioned spendy moments, we are making great strides over here in the Greener Pasture$ household.  Our spending is down and our savings are up, with a big difference seen in our variable (non-fixed) spending.  YAY!  Time to celebrate and reflect. Here’s the big picture — a comparison of our fixed and variable spending for the first half of 2017 compared to 2016 (and remember, we started the laser ...
Posted: Jul 10 2017 @ 11:19 PM
In the past few months, we’ve had many successes to report.  But recently, we’ve also had some expenditures that feel out of line with our new goals.  And yet… it’s surprisingly hard to tell. I used be on the e-mail lists of a few of my favorite clothing stores so I could get notified of all their sales.  I would then rush over to the websites and troll the sale section, ...
Posted: Jun 13 2017 @ 11:22 PM


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