The Struggle Within: No Present for Me??!

Humor me as I struggle with my personal demon that is telling me that a little shopping can’t hurt. I have previously written about forsaking any physical gifts from Mr. G in lieu of a lump sum amount that I donated to charity. Ta dah! Two birds with one stone. But, as I draw closer to birthday/anniversary/Christmas 2016, I’m beginning to wonder if I should treat myself with a Season’s gift. On One Hand My mom always told me not to wait for someone else to make my day special.…

No Spend November With the Grasshoppers

No Spend November sounded like an awesome idea until I realized the spending freeze would coincide with my birthday and Thanksgiving. Well poop! On the other hand, go big or go home, right? Also, the Grasshoppers are planning a winter road trip to visit family, and this month-long spending freeze will make us feel better about any money we spend during that trip. For all of my readers who are scrambling to get a foothold on the concept of No Spend November: It is a whole month where you avoid spending any of…

Frugal Fashionista: How To Shop In Your Own Closet

Fall brings out the fashion plate in me. Well, Fall and the higher probability of being inadvertently caught in a photograph during the Holiday Season. Mr. Grasshopper is our trusty family photographer, who captures our every memory with a near-religious fervor. So, it’s not like we are ever paparazzi free. But, it seems perfectly acceptable to be caught romping around the yard, or frolicking on the beach in Spring/Summer wearing a threadbare band tee. Carefree even! On the other hand, Fall and Winter with their packed holiday/birthday/anniversary schedule seem to engender…

Love Means Being Able to Say “No” to Expenses

“It is not shameful to admit I cannot afford something my friends/family ask me to do.” Now say that to yourself when you are next asked to be in a wedding (bachelor/bachelorette party, clothes, etc.), celebrate a destination birthday, or simply attend an expensive dinner for a friend’s birthday. We have all said “yes” when we really meant “oh no!” Expenses like these can jettison a carefully crafted budget/savings plan, but we’d rather bite our tongue than admit it. Recently, my amazing family informed me that they would be traveling to Boston in December.…

Does Frugal Living Mean Frugal Giving?

Having Baby Grasshopper has made me feel more plugged into the World. For better or worse, I was a tourist of sorts as a single gal, but mommy-me feels invested in this Earth and my community. I assume this is some sort of biological urge, but it doesn’t seem like a particularly bad one. So, I don’t fight it. As I find myself sniffling and reaching for tissues as a particular injustice catches my attention, I also find myself reaching for my checkbook. I want to help in more concrete ways than…

Make Memories, Not a Dent in the Bank

It is obvious that the Grasshoppers were not on the Financial Independence band wagon when we chose important dates such as birthdays, and anniversaries. With November and December birthdays and a December wedding anniversary, we managed to make a costly season even more financially sapping. But that, I assure myself, is in the past. No more extravagant dinners and expensive birthday presents for this set of bugs. Nope. This year we approach the holiday spending with the same caution and planning as the D-Day Invasion. I am convinced that we can…