Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
In years past, this time of year meant something else in the Gregg household: high heating bills. Fortunately, over the past two years, we’ve really reduced our energy consumption and still managed to stay warm. Some of the ways we do this include:
- Turning the heat off when we’re out of the house (and at night).
- Making our bed with fleecy sheets and heavy comforters.
- Snuggling up with a few blankets while we watch TV.
- Eating warming dinners like beef stew, roast chicken, and spicy nachos.
- Chasing away the chills with tea and hot chocolate.
- Exercising (although I admit I should do this more often!)
- Wearing warm and cozy clothes, even around the house.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
According to this New York Times article, the rest of the world is finally catching up with us frugal folks. Pinching pennies and practicing moderation are once again being seen as virtues. It's about time!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Fortunately, being frugal doesn't mean I have to give these indulgences up. There are plenty of ways to live well, without spending a fortune. One of my favorite tricks is to cut corners in some areas, in order to free up more of my income for the things I really want. For instance, clipping coupons and getting my toiletries for free means I have extra money to spend on those designer handbags I love so much. :)
If you want to enjoy the good life on a dime, why not try some of my favorite strategies for living well and spending less?
- Buy jewelry, handbags, and other accessories from crafters on etsy, rather than spending big bucks at a boutique.
- Reduce or eliminate meat from hearty main dishes like chili, lasagna, or nachos.
- Take films out of the library, or get them free from Redbox, rather than renting DVDs or going to the movies.
- Purchase clothes and shoes off-season. You'll save even more if you shop at factory outlets or consignment stores.
- Use coupons and gift certificates to eat cheaply at your favorite restaurants.
- Invest in a cappuccino/espresso maker rather than spending dollars a day at Starbucks.
- Free up more of your income for fun things by coupon-shopping, meal-planning, and CVSing.
- Check your city's chamber of commerce website for free or inexpensive activities and attractions in your area.
What are your favorite ways to live well and spend less?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I have received many kind and concerned emails from readers over the past few weeks, asking, "What happened to Frugal Fabulous?"
To be completely honest, during the month of October, Donnie's and my life was neither frugal nor fabulous. In fact, it got so bad—regular takeout meals, thoughtless spending, total disorganization in the home, and a general feeling of exhaustion—that I said more than once, "This is no way to live." Nevertheless, I couldn't summon even the slightest bit of cheerful frugality, as we continued to grapple with a long commute, a cluttered house, and the feeling that things were not going to get better any time soon.
Thankfully, this week I have been blessed with an exciting new career opportunity that offers a shorter commute, greater financial stability, more regular hours, and plenty of opportunity for advancement. The more predictable paychecks will allow us to create a true budget, and the less chaotic commute and hours will help us maintain more order in our lives.
I am looking forward to this new adventure, and am excited about my renewed commitment to living a simple, stable, sustainable life. I fully intend to hold myself accountable for budgeting, meal planning, creative cost-cutting, and overall financial discipline on this blog. I hope you care to join me on this new journey!