Sunday, July 5, 2015

A Frugal Sunday

Leftover brats meet farmers' market veggies:

Add locally sourced eggs (Yuppie Hill Farms):

And you have the breakfast of a frugal champion!

After mowing the lawn (push mower), we'll have a small lunch at home before heading to the lake at Gov. Dodge State park (free admission with our State Parks sticker).  In the evening, back to the yard for annual and perennial planting -- a few more plants found yesterday on clearance.

It's a frugal life!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Frugally Free and Lovin' It.

As we gear up to launch fireworks in small towns and huge cities, from coast to coast, celebrating independence -- ask yourself, how free are you?  If the answer is not enough, consider taking the frugal path in life, or if you already are on that path, picking up the pace.  Frugality spawns freedom.

Followers of this blog know our frugal house is working on freeing ourselves from 2,015 items this year.  As of today we have re-homed via donation, gifting, recycling, selling or trashing 1,321 items. Our recent increase was largely due to a purge of our oldest child's room, primarily his closet.  The departed items ranged from 3 year old puzzles to plastic airplanes he forgot he owned to clothing. Gone, gone, gone.  His closet now has plenty of space, so much that he created a fort inside with an indoor tent!

Many may think we are odd, aiming to reduce what we own.  It is garage sale season after all -- bargains to be had!  No, not for us.  I will admit that some dear friends have dropped off two huge boxes of clothing for our youngest child, and another dear friend has clothing for our older child.  I may be purging, but I am not going to pass up free clothes!  This influx is exempt from the rule of "if we buy something, then we purge something that doesn't count towards the purge".  Rules, you make them, you bend them, you do what you need to!

As for us, we have nothing on another set of friends.  A husband, wife and their twins are getting rid of it all to move to China where they will continue their teaching professions.  What are they taking with?  Just the most precious items that will fit in 8 suitcases and 8 moving boxes, and that is all. Imagine that challenge?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Wisconsin State Park Sticker(s)!

In an effort to entertain ourselves, get out an enjoy nature, and keep our bodies strong and healthy, a $25 Wisconsin State Park sticker is coming in handy!  From short family day hikes to the centerpiece of longer vacations to local swimming options, we love Wisconsin State Parks!  Yes, I know there are those of you who use them for camping -- but our frugal little family doesn't camp.  As you can see from the windshield of my Honda; we've been fans for a few years!  How many will we visit in 2015?  Stay tuned as the year unfolds.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Frugal Ways to Entertain Kids While Traveling

One might think at 5 and 3 the kids were too young for the license plate game.  Wrong!  Okay, last year they could not read the plates themselves.  This year our oldest can, and your youngest is striving to keep up.  Using a printed US map from the web and a keen eye for odd license plates, we've had some epic license plate games.  The Hunt of 2014 ended with all but Delaware.  Oh where or where was Delaware.

The Hunt of 2015 (each year begins with our annual Bayfield trek and continues until we hit all 50) is going well, nearly  half the map is filled in.  But the running joke became "we'll need to go to Delaware to ever get that plate!", especially after I spotted a US Virgin Islands plate at the coffee shop after work -- seriously, that one, but no Delaware.

And then, as stepped off a lovely little hiking bath around the corner from our condo in Bayfield, there it was -- a white car with Delaware plates!  Colored in on the map, the hunt will continue for the rest of the states over our upcoming frugal road trips, where we explore the world with little use of technology (we are not purists).

Friday, June 26, 2015

Purge of 2015 Continues

One might think that a week long vacation would suspend our purge efforts.  If so, that prediction would be wrong.   Our annual trek to Bayfield,Wisconsin to celebrate the Summer Solstice and our wedding anniversary allowed us to increase the purged items to 1,283 items.  How so?  I packed up quite a few used children's books we've received over the past few months.  Pulled out here for reading, they were left at the local library for its fundraising sales!  A win for us, a win for the library.

If you are a road to purge the clutter from your life, get creative and do not let something like a little vacation slow your efforts!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Frugal Summer Entertainment Via the Library

Looking for a frugal way to entertain a child (or yourself) this summer?  Look no farther than your library.  Even on vacation libraries provided a wealth of entertainment at little to no cost:

  1. Books (the obvious)
  2. Music
  3. A place to hang out and enjoy the A/C during the dog days of summer
  4. Puppets, games, Legos, coloring books, and an amazing doll house (at least at this library)
  5. Movies and other films
  6. Live performances
Check it out if you haven't.  On-line requests for materials are more and more easily available.  Fees are little to non existent.  Open up your world with little more than a library card.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

$3 Flowers On the Table

Clearance flowers, $3 for the bunch.  A great buy.  Purchased from the very IGA I bought the flowers I held on my wedding day -- priceless.  Adorn your surroundings with something plucked from nature and enjoy the frugal path.