Retail Masturbating My Way To Financial Responsibility

A few weeks ago, I began to yen for a new jacket. A quilted one to be exact. It was going to “MAKE” my winter wardrobe. I had just buckled and added a pair of those duck boots to my wardrobe, and this was the next essential item… So, as you can see, I was already tripping down the slippery slope to a retail orgy when I stumbled on fashionista catnip. The blog Classy Girls Wear Pearls exemplifies everything I want to look like. A modern day Jackie O, who…

Mindful-ling My Way To Frugality

Truth is, I’ve never really understood mindfullness, but I think I may be on the way to getting it. On the other hand, I may not and if that’s the case, just humor the crazy lady with the blog. Since the Grasshoppers hopped on the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) wagon, I have found myself pondering ways to channel more money into my savings. In most cases that includes trimming the fat from our pre-Journey lifestyle (remember the maids?), or finding innovative ways to cut down expenses (goodbye toilet paper).…

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…

Five Ways To Enjoy the Long Slog to Financial Independence

Saving towards achieving early Financial Independence reminds me of my pregnancy. When the “big day” was nine months away, I didn’t think about it. But, by month seven and a half I was a bundle of anxieties, and excitement. Simultaneously, time suddenly began to move veeery slooooowly. I had to learn to enjoy the smaller milestones so that the time warp wouldn’t overwhelm me. This new Journey to Financial Independence requires similar mind tricks. Plugging along with life seemed like no big deal when I assumed I would retire at a ripe old age.…

Of Living Purposefully

SMr. Grasshopper and I are learning that we can buy what we want – even luxuries – and travel our path to Financial Independence if we only live and spend purposefully. Last night, excited by the 2016 Presidential campaign, I became convinced that I wanted an overpriced T-Shirt in support of my favorite candidate.  I informed Mr. Grasshopper of my imminent purchase as my stubby digit hovered over the button to finalize the online purchase. He didn’t gush excitedly as I expected him to. He only asked me if I really wanted it, and then meandered…

Fall Has Flung: Time to Clothe Baby Grasshopper In A Season Appropriate Wardrobe

I looked it up on Google. People other than me say “Spring has Sprung” or some variation of it. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be an equivalent for Fall. But there is now …it has flung. And as every parent knows, add a new season to a growing babe and you need clothes – Pronto. Unlike their grown up counterparts who only have to dig out last year’s sweater to be set for the shift in the seasons, little grasshoppers need a whole new wardrobe to keep snug. In the…

Taking Away My Take Out

  Oh, how I wanted to order out today! Mr. Grasshopper – much more fun to type than typing “my husband” ad nauseam – is out for work this evening, and I am left to my own devices. Without my favorite health nut to impress, I am usually free to order some Chinese, or even a pizza. Plus, as I pointed out to him before he left the house today, it’s World Taco Day tomorrow. So, it may even be my civic duty to order Mexican food for dinner. But no. I…