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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- A little more than a week ago, Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos, called a political opponent Pocahontas at a ceremony honoring Native Americans, and reveled in Matt Lauers sexual misconduct allegations (even though Trump has his own allegations to
I can’t believe it’s already December! Yes this post comes a little late, but I’ve been busy creating my 2018 budgeting spreadsheet, and getting ready to wind down the year financially so that I can start calculating my
This week, Im delighted to feature Dana. She and her family are embracing minimalism so they can take a big, wonderful bus adventure! Dana writes:My husband and I had planned on one day living in a tiny house after our three boys were grown and out o
Duck Tape Prom Outfit College Scholarship Contest When I was writing my new book The Complete Guide to Paying for College, I didn’t want to include a college scholarship contest or contests because not everyone wins such things. Instead, I
This is a guest post from Paul Wheaton from permies.com which is the home of the permaculture forums. (You may have noticed the links I put up on the right recently + in a couple of weeks there’ll be a podcast interview with me on Paul&
There is great beauty in the wild, solitary Highlands, but it can be a haunting sort of beauty. You could walk for miles and never see anything move, except maybe the ripple of a stream and the swaying of grass in the wind. On my recent hike from the
Change is in the air folks. Many of you know that I've been posting on Instagram for about a year and a half now, and after mulling it over for some time now, I've finally decided that it's a much more suitable platform for documenting my tr
So I went over a little on my budget this month, but I feel good about all of my purchases. I’m especially proud of the fact that I significantly cut down on buying lunches and coffee this month – I didn’t go to Starbuck
Travel with Pets Did you know that pet parents prefer to travel with pets rather than leave them behind? That’s because nearly eight in 10 pet parents have had to alter or change their holiday travel plans because of their pets. Usually tha
I received an email not too long ago asking if I could write a blog post about how RD and I manage our household finances. As you may know, we keep our personal savings and retirement account separate and I’ll never blog about RD’
From Gates of the Arctic National Park, just south of the National Petroleum ReserveChristopher Solomon has a lovely piece in NYT's Sunday Review. I have lived near the National Petroleum Reserve (a cold and undignified name, sadly, for this
This week, we have an update from Real Life Minimalist Caroline Garnet McGraw. We heard from Caroline in 2011 and 2013, and now shes here with an account of recovering from perfectionism and decluttering her fantasy self. Caroline writes:Were alike,
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Ever wondered what the best day to buy groceries was? This article provides tips that millennials and hipsters will love. You might also enjoy Grocery Rebates: Ibotta App Review Excerpt: The Ultimate Guide to Coupons Updated Review: Why I Still Love
Note: this post is sponsored by RBC, but the views and opinions expressed are my own. I think it will come as no surprise to you that I spend a lot of time analyzing and creating budgets, planning for my future, and trying to figure out the best way
Today, Im happy to introduce you to Jenn, whose minimalist lifestyle helps her maximize time with her little one. Jenn writes:I'm a single mom to Beans (he's about one and a half years old). Just about every day I am thankful I'm a minimalist; it all
Once upon a time, people regularly made things for themselves instead of buying them … The picture shows a bench hook, a mallet, a saw vise (hard to buy these days) to sharpen my saw(s), and a hacksaw that I made. I plan to make the hacksaw
What Is Ebates This week I had planned to write about cash back sites like Ebates. For years I’ve written about how I get cash back when I shop online. As I was reviewing all of those articles I’d written in the past, I realized I
Note: This post is sponsored by Simplii Financial but the views and opinions are my own. Back in August when Presidents Choice Financial announced that they were going to end their banking service, I was as shocked as anyone. Some of you know I had b
So I recently finished my third book, This Land Is Our Land, to be published in the spring of 2018 by Dutton, a Penguin Random House imprint. The book proposes something many will consider radical: opening up private land for public recreation.&n
I always love receiving an update from Heather in Texas! We heard from her in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016and now she shares with us her recent experience with Hurricane Harvey. Heather writes:Hurricane Harvey. Water damage and mold. One doesnt even kn
I figured that presenting a table of contents for the book would make it easier to get an idea of the contents or direction of the book. As you see, the book may have wider implications/applications than simply becoming financially independent and re
Alas, it seems that the longer I go in between blog posts, the more daunting the prospect of writing a new one becomes. Putting it off for one more day only gets easier, so in hopes of wiping the slate clean and making a fresh go of things, here's li
College Financial Aid Questions Answered A month ago I visited the campus of Georgian Court University. While there I met with Justin G. Roy, dean of admissions. He is one of the experts I’d interviewed in The Complete Guide to Paying for C
Well I was able to come just in under budget this month, which I’m pleased about. Our pet sitter has been booked for our two trips this year, and soon we’ll have a screen door on our balcony. But buying a screen door got me thinki
This week, we have a delightful story from Kelly. After purging their excess possessions, she and her husband found themselves open to a wonderful new possibility: parenthood! Kelly writes:My minimalist adventure may have begun the day I first saw a
This table was built out of a form I made to fiberglass up a new shower pan, hence the curious shape. The table top is therefore an exact copy of our shower—in case you were curious, now you know. The legs are from a potato tower. They are
Curious to check out the wildflower super bloom I keep hearing about, I rolled up to the Carrizo Plain a few days ago, turned down a random dirt road, passed a sign warning that the road becomes something of a non-road in wet weather, took note of th
Excerpted from The Ultimate Guide to Coupons (Mears Media, 2017, All Rights Reserved). The Ultimate Guide to Coupons, which details how to save more money in less time with coupons, is available as a downloadable PDF for $10 or as a paperbook guide f
November is shaping up to be a fun month! I’m looking forward to bringing my boots and winter coats back out, and settling into a cozy routine at home. I want to cook curries and stews and fill the freezer with leftovers, and I also really
Today we hear from M. C. Starbuck, a former packrat whose decluttering transformed her life. M. C. Starbuck writes:As a packrat for so long, I thought getting rid of stuff would only lead to regret and frustration. I'm so glad to finally see that I w
Experience without intelligence is just information or a walking encyclopedia. Intelligence without experience is knowledge and knowledge without experience is unwise. Experiences can be bought (and some say they are better than stuff). Intelligence
Yeah, it's been pretty quiet around here for a while, but if it's any consolation, my relative silence over these past couple of months has been offset by some pretty nice improvements to the spaceship. Things are winding down now though, and with th
New Option for Amazon Student Prime In my new book The Complete Guide to Paying for College, I mention Amazon Student Prime. I talk about how it has helped my own daughters save hundreds of dollars each semester on college books. As soon as both girl
After I wrote my blog post earlier this month about if you have pet insurance for your cat or dog, I really started to think about what having insurance meant. My reasons for not getting insurance were because RD and I are excellent savers, I am givi
Hi everyone! Many of you have reached out this summer to say hello and ask where Ive been (youre so sweet!). Ive been right here, Ive just been unplugged. Let me explain Remember my little Plumblossom? Well, shes five years old now and starting kinde
Upon request, I post a picture of the handlebar map holder I made for my touring bicycle. It’s a thin piece of plywood (or whatever you have, other wood, plastic, metal) cut out to fit standard AAA road maps. It’s attached to a mo
I bet the list of Vanagon owners who have to switch into panamoric mode just to fit their entire solar array in one photo is a short one.That's 100 new watts of the good stuff at right in the above picture, bringing the spaceship's total to a respect
Since first writing this online stylist post, all of the online stylist companies have have made some important changes–all beneficial to the customer. Updates from online stylist service Stitch Fix: Stitch Fix now styles men Stitch Fix now
October is probably my favourite month of the year – I just love the colder weather, breaking out my sweaters, cooking curries and stews, and spending cozy evenings indoors (except when I have field hockey practice in the evenings &#821
This week, Im pleased to feature Pamela, who tells us about her step by step journey to a more minimalist lifestyle. Pamela writes:My journey to minimalism came about through a series of steps. Whenever I moved, I became more of a minimalist. It all
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Leisurely yet productive days of late, parked out back in the "repair bay" for easy access to all the tools. New brake shoes, along with various springs and other bits that make up the Vanagon's rear brake system are now in, but unfortunately, it did
Since first writing this online stylist post, all of the online stylist companies have have made some important changes–all beneficial to the customer. Updates from online stylist service Stitch Fix: Stitch Fix now styles men Stitch Fix now
When we first talked about getting a cat, RD and I were pretty much both on the same page when it came to pet insurance – we didn’t need it. He grew up in a house that always had a cat, and his parents never bought insurance. My s
Today, Jennifer from Maryland tells us how shes created more space, time, and peace in her life. Jennifer writes:My journey with minimalism began a few years ago. I didnt intend to become a minimalist. I was a wife, a mom, and a teacher who was tired
With the total number of beauty contests won by the spaceship's 29 year old front seats holding steady at zero, and with $1500 burning a hole in my pocket now that the transmission doesn't need a rebuild, I decided to pull the trigger on these babies