Thermostat Wars: Freezing to A Popsicle In The Quest for Financial Independence

Inspired by the dual urge to save money, and help the environment, Mr. Grasshopper has turned into a thermostat dictator. He is also buoyed by the fact that because of the octogenarian house, he’s the only one who can understand the heating system. As I work from home with my bathrobe over my sweater and jeans, and a hat on my head, I am unable to reverse his evil machinations.   For the purposes of science (and this post), I just asked Mr. G what temperature he keeps the house at. His…

Watching the Bottom Line: The Grasshoppers Say Ta-Ta To Toilet Paper

I feel like we’ve known each other long enough for a rather personal confession. Here it is: The Grasshoppers have bid adieu to toilet paper for environmental, health-based, but mostly economic reasons. I grew up in a culture that doesn’t do toilet paper. My people use water instead. So, while I have traveled extensively and was certainly no stranger to the concept of toilet paper, I did not embrace it as the sole means of (*ahem*) my toilette until I was in my late teens. Grasshopper Evolution There are times in…

Housecleaning & How I Got Off the Habit Carousel

Grasshopper Confessional: Sooo, when I graduated from school and got my first high paying job, I did not immediately buy a car, or a Gucci purse. Nope. I began to pay for a cleaning service (yes. Maids!) to come to my house and clean for me every two weeks. Decadent. I know. And, I LOVED it. I figured that I was working full-time, and earning a lot of money. Ergo, I was entitled to use my free time to do fun stuff. And “fun stuff” did not (and for the…

Know the Cost of Everything and Everyone You Add to Your Box Of Life

I have often thought of life as a box…No, not a box of chocolates (thanks Forest Gump), but an empty box we are all given at birth that we fill with the stuff of life. It’s the wisdom of how we pick and choose those additions that determines how heavy the box is, and how far we can walk with it. My box, for example, contains an education, a job, education loans, some family members, Mr. Grasshopper, Baby G, a few friends, a house (with a mortgage), a car (fully paid…

Decluttering For Dollars On The Way To Financial Independence

Frugal in and frugal out! A new motto in the Grasshopper household that helps us remember to be purposeful in our consumption (making savvy purchases) and dispersion (getting rid of our junk). In the past, I’ve been lazy about getting rid of things I no longer use. As a result, stuff either sits around the house until I grow frustrated and throw it in the trash, or gets donated to Goodwill/YWCA. I still enjoy making donations, but I am trying to be more purposeful about how I treat my possessions. I…

A House Is Just A Box For Your Stuff; Live Outside The Box

When we purchased our starter home in 2010, I was convinced that I wanted to “move on up” in three to five years. But six years later, I know I was right to stay put. Something – society? family? my inner keeping-up-with-the-Joneses? – told me that I was supposed to buy a small starter house. Then a bigger house, and a bigger house…until, I assume, I had enough space to play quidditch in my living room. I never really asked myself why I wanted the bigger house. Perhaps I  thought a big home would mean…