frugal living

Thimbleberries: The Cutest Fruit to Forage For

Thimbleberries.  The Cutest Fruit to Forage For My goals over the next few years include reducing my reliance on store-bought food and getting most of my food from my own garden and from the surrounding forest.  This is my first year on the homestead and after a few months of getting just some of my…

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Discovering The Tightwad Gazette

A Review of Amy Dacyczyn’s THE TIGHTWAD GAZETTE Fans of frugal living have all heard of Amy Dacyczyn, right?  She is a legend amongst the thrifty set and I love this woman. From 1991 to 1996 she published a newsletter about frugal living called The Tightwad Gazette. It included articles written by Amy and her…

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Cooking Beans on the Wood Stove

COOKING ON THE WOOD STOVE Cooking beans on the wood stove instead of the electric stove fulfills four of my heart’s desires: 1)  To never use electricity from the grid ever again (I’m not there YET but it feels good to minimize usage). 2)  To be extra frugal.  Using the wood stove to heat the…

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12 Ways to Become More Self-Sufficient

12 Ways to Become Self-Sufficient I dream of making my little homestead into a closed-loop system.  Nothing comes in, nothing goes out.  Now THAT would be self-sufficiency. Alas, there are things I can’t produce or grow here.  For example, its much too cloudy in the winter for solar panels.  The climate won’t allow me to…

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Whole-Food Plant-Based Budget: Finale

Whole-Food Plant-Based Budget:  Week 4 Since I only had $18 left in the budget, the plan for this week was:  Shop in My Pantry and Freezer. Some meals from Week 3 lasted into Week 4 so I only needed 10 lunches and dinners plus 7 breakfasts this week.  (Plus I have to admit, I bought…

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Whole-Food Plant-Based on a Budget: Week Two

Whole-Foods Plant-Based Eating on a Budget:  Week 2 Week One went well.  I stuck to the meal plan, didn’t buy anything extra, and ate some yummy, yummy foods.  I’ve been eating heaping bowls of soups and stews at each meal  – pretty much stuffing myself without overeating.  I’m feeling nourished and satisfied. This diet includes…

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Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget: Week One

Whole-Foods Plant-Based on a Budget:  Week 1 I sigh when I read about Americans who eat healthy on $2 a day.  In Canada, no es possible, mi amigo.  The cost of food in Canada is much higher than in the USA where you might find a 16 oz can of organic chickpeas for $1.99.  Here…

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