Browsing category: Simple Living

How Do Your Living Expenses Compare with the IRS’s Allowable Living Expense National Standards?

How do your living expenses compare with these government guidelines? The Allowable Living Expense National Standards come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey and are used by the IRS to help figure affordable repayment structures for delinquent t


How Much Does It Cost to Feed YOUR Family? — Updated for 2015

How much does it cost to feed YOUR family compared to these 2015 government guidelines? The guidelines are given for four levels of spending… thrifty, low-cost, moderate, and liberal.


Why the Extreme Cold and Snow Doesn’t Seem All That Important Any More

Several emails have come in over the last many days asking how we’re managing here with this winter’s extreme cold temperatures and excessive snow storms. Apparently the New England storms and subzero temperatures have become worldwide news.


Except For Those Two Times When We Dug Up Something Else…

I am fairly certain that we have never dug a hole of any size here on this property without encountering at least one boulder-sized rock. It’s a given… we dig a hole, we dig up rocks. Except for those two times when we dug up something else…


How To Make Your Own Chili Powder

It’s as easy to make chili powder as it is to make the other spice mixes I have written about previously. Most of the commercial chili powders contain anti-caking agents or perhaps fillers… most of them also contain unnecessary salt.


I Have To Wonder, Though… Why Is SHE So Tired?

Our waking hours have been filled to the brim these last several months. There has been the usual garden and yard work, the usual housework and meals, and the usual number of hours spent on the work that brings in our income…


How We Removed an Enormous Tree Stump… or How We Saved $576

We lost several of our beautiful big pine trees during an ice storm when the weight of two days of freezing rain literally broke off the tops of the trees.


The Apple Trees in Our Meadow… Heirloom or Wild?

There are apple trees in our meadow… fourteen large trees spaced out in a long uneven row that runs almost the entire length of the meadow. There were apple trees here when we bought this land, and I can remember picking apples from these trees when I was a child…


Discovering Your “Enough”

There are indeed many good reasons to purge. It makes sense to purge when an item breaks and repairing it isn’t possible or feasible. It makes sense to purge when clothing becomes too worn or faded or no longer fits.


Some Thoughts About Grocery Shopping & Sensible Frugality

Grocery shopping is one area where big savings are possible, but I don’t think that frugality should ever be the only consideration.