Browsing category: Sensible Frugality

Being Sensible About Frugality

Frugality is so ingrained into our lifestyle that it would be difficult for us NOT to be frugal… but I’m a great believer in practicing sensible frugality… and that doesn’t mean deprivation, being miserly or feeling cheap.


4 Money-Saving Tips for Buying Produce

Don’t buy produce that has been marked down because it is past its sell-by date. Produce that has been bruised or has been sitting around is much more prone to bacteria contamination. The few cents you save are not worth the risk.


Homemade Laundry Detergent — Yes Or No?

Reader question… “I was wondering if you make your own laundry detergent.”


Saving Money On Yeast

Because I make bread every day, I have found I can save a lot of money by buying yeast in the one-pound packages.


What True Frugality Is… and What It Is Not

Have you ever noticed how many of the same people who are trying to promote a simple lifestyle make frugality into a negative concept…


What Voluntary Simplicity Is NOT

We had been living a simple life for many years before I discovered there was a name… voluntary simplicity… for the way we have chosen to live. Obviously, our version of voluntary simplicity…


Energy Efficient Countertop Ovens

We recently purchased a countertop oven. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions we have ever made. A countertop oven is NOT a toaster oven. They might look somewhat similar, but a countertop oven is more powerful and has a much larger cooking capacity.


What Will Ten Dollars Buy Where You Live?

CNN wanted to know what people could buy with ten dollars in the current economy, so they issued a challenge to their website visitors.


Have Necessities Become Luxuries Because of the Recession?

I recently came across an interesting survey about the recession causing necessities to become luxuries. One thousand and three people were asked to answer the question “Do you think this item is a necessity?” about twelve specific appliances and services.


Achieving a Simpler Life — Step 1: Track Your Spending

One question I get asked very frequently is about the “how” of achieving a simpler life. People often write that they desperately want to change their lives but don’t know how to start…