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Along The Camel Ride
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Frugality, Lifestyle, Budgeting, Investing
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Halloween has passed. The clocks have fallen back one hour. Darkness descends earlier and lingers longer. And, unfortunately, the cold weather is here to stay. The good news, though, is that cooking season has arrived! If there’s one thing I love about this time of year and the chilly temperatures, it’s having an excuse to … Continue reading "How to Eat a Deliciously Healthy Diet on a Budget" ...
Posted: Nov 12 2018 @ 4:52 PM
I learned about the Buy Nothing Project through Frugalwoods when I started this lifestyle overhaul in April and joined my local chapter. After nearly six months as a member, I am continually blown away by the generosity of my neighbors. People have given treadmills, food, furniture that’s nearly flawless, toys, designer clothing, DVDs, books, boxes … Continue reading "The Extraordinary Generosity of Buy Nothing Project Members" ...
Posted: Nov 10 2018 @ 1:07 AM
Who do you want to make rich? I don’t remember exactly where or when I started asking myself this question, but I’ve asked myself this question countless times for more than 20 years. When I was twelve-years-old, a young family moved in next door. Shortly after they moved in, the mother asked me if I … Continue reading "Who Do You Want to Make Rich?" ...
Posted: Nov 05 2018 @ 6:23 PM
While wandering around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam last week, I discovered the Trang Tien Plaza, which features luxury designers like Dior, Cartier, and Burberry. Out of curiosity I decided to explore the high-end shopping mall, despite donning my cheap handbag and beaten up Brooks running sneakers. Nothing about my grubby travel attire indicated … Continue reading "I Am Not Immune to the Calls of Consumerism!" ...
Posted: Nov 03 2018 @ 10:50 PM
It took me nearly forty hours to get home from Vietnam. I left my hotel in Hanoi on Wednesday evening around 8:30 and arrived at my doorstep around 9:20 last night. With Hurricane Michael wreaking havoc in the south, the last of my three flights was delayed by several hours. Instead of landing in Newark … Continue reading "How Bulk Cooking and Meal Prepping Pays Off" ...
Posted: Oct 30 2018 @ 10:38 PM
I won’t be financially independent tomorrow, next week, or even next year. I’m well along my way, but I still have awhile to go yet. A decade ago I lived an extremely frugal life, but after putting myself through a second-degree nursing program, paying off my student loan, buying a house, and shoring up my … Continue reading "Finding Balance During the Pursuit of Financial Independence" ...
Posted: Oct 30 2018 @ 10:23 PM
The airport, like so many other places, is designed to drain money from your pockets, perhaps faster than anywhere else. Without access to the choices of the outside world and finding yourself desperate to pick up something you forgot or suddenly “need,” the price gouging begins. $3 for a bottle of water. $2 for a … Continue reading "How to Save Money at the Airport and on Vacation" ...
Posted: Oct 23 2018 @ 10:56 PM
  The veterinarian told me more than a year ago that my dog needed to lose weight. She was underweight when I adopted her from the rescue, so I was encouraged to fatten her up. So, I did. A little too much. My dog used to love to go on long walks with me all … Continue reading "My Dog Was Hit By a Car Last Night" ...
Posted: Oct 22 2018 @ 5:37 PM
Two months into a nightmare bathroom renovation, my garbage disposal died. I was not happy to have another home improvement project (and expense) on my plate. The beastly thing caused nonstop problems since the day I bought my house just over four years ago. Dirty garbage disposal water constantly backed-up into my dishwasher, emitting an … Continue reading "My First Foray Into Badassity: Replacing My Dead Garbage Disposal" ...
Posted: Sep 10 2018 @ 7:54 PM
With my renewed commitment to frugality underway, I joined my local Buy Nothing Project (BNP) a little over two weeks ago. During my first ten days, I snagged a free tour guide and map of Montreal. I don’t have immediate plans to visit Montreal, but it’s on my list. My BNP members offer some great … Continue reading "That Time I Won a Vacuum" ...
Posted: Sep 10 2018 @ 7:06 PM


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