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Monthly Archives: March 2019

When I say “Home Economics”, it might bring to mind an era when folks were taught in school how to care for flour babies, cook, and mend all of the items. Especially if you were a woman, in Home Economics you might learn how to sew full wardrobes for your entire family and vacuum covers that look like bunny rabbits. Essentially, you might think of these classes as “home making” lessons, for… Read More

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments! This week I listened to two new audio books (from my library!) and began a third. One of the books, “Why Not Me?” by Mindy Kaling was so stinking hilarious and I recommend it to anyone who likes women and/or humor.  I took a… Read More

We are a family of two and we love food! Frankly, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a good meal. Healthy and frugal grocery shopping can be a challenge on a budget, so here’s a run-through on how my household tames this beast. Now, the price of groceries depend on the cost of living in your area and your proximity to grocery stores. (The Grocery Gap is a real barrier to… Read More

One year ago we moved into our first house! Through diligent savings, we came up with the down payment. Despite our own nay-saying that we could get together that much money, we have arrived! Home ownership is ours! [Trumpets! Fanfare!] Now we are done saving and our previous “frugal apartment” budget is transferable to our new house! [maniacal laughter] Nope, nope, and… [checks clipboard] nope. Costs Of Buying a House Listen, I… Read More

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments! Last weekend we spent some time playing Skip-Bo before my nephew had to go back home. It was fun and free!  Since his Spring Break was over, I drove my nephew back home. We entertained ourselves on the drive by pointing out all the… Read More

There has been a lot of talk about privilege in varying circles I run in. Like I’ve mentioned before, my parents are both Deaf, and I encounter regular mentions of Hearing Privilege in my closest circles. There are conversations on social platforms and in the mainstream media on White Privilege or Cis Privilege.  And in the Personal Finance sphere I see talk of Class Privilege. As allies, there are a lot of… Read More

Spending less than we earn, or living below our means is no small feat—especially living in the United States, or in any consumer culture. Advertising is the best it’s ever been, with never-ending new techniques. We have the technology to impulsively click “buy” when we feel the desire. Others’ highlight reels are literally at our fingertips via social media on our smart phones.  All of this (sometimes overt, sometimes crafty) pressure can… Read More

Here is another weekly installment of Living Frugally where I share my frugal accomplishments for the past week. Be sure to share your frugal successes in the comments! This week I had my 13-year-old nephew with me for his Spring Break! A lot of our activities were focused around him, and we definitely spent a little more money than usual. However, we still found some ways to approach situations Frugally! We ate… Read More

Since about mid-January my husband and I have gone meatless! Sort of. Originally we wanted to try to not eat meat for one month, and see how it went. [In cockney accent] Why the Dickens would we want to do that for?  Glad you asked. Why We (Sort-Of) Stopped Eating Meat We bounced around the idea of going vegetarian for quite a while before we took action. We both grew up as… Read More

One evening, in the fall of 2016, my husband (at the time boyfriend) came home to our quaint apartment, bursting with excitement. He was holding a fistful of brochures for houses in a suburb outside of our big city, and yammering something like “Let’s buy a house!”  What the what?!? Apparently he was visiting his parents in said suburb and drove by a neighborhood being built. Spontaneously, he decided to swing by… Read More

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