Category: Lifestyle

December 2016 Frugal Momster Expense Report

The end of the year was quite a doozy for us! We went on a bit of a shopping spree for household items and various projects in addition to the holiday shopping and gift giving season. You’ll want to sit down for this one.

Chimney Sweep, Fireback & Vertical Rack

Our new beautiful fire was burning hot.

The first of our major costs was scheduling to get our chimney cleaned and inspected.

Also, we decided to purchase a reflective fireback and a vertical fire grate since we had some difficulty with smoking in our fireplace. These two combined cost well over $1,000 when all was said and done.

The fire grate that was in the fireplace when we bought our house was rather large and came out a bit too far in the front of the fireplace. Couple that with two amateur fire starters and there might be a small issue… Since we started using the new, and rather expensive, new chimney fireback and rack we’ve had several astonishing fires that burn hot and smoke-free.
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When something stops working, do you replace it immediately?

This week was a good reminder not to rush out and buy a new item to replace something that doesn’t appear to work. Oftentimes, when an item stops working I write it down on a list to pick-up next time I’m at the store or research purchasing a replacement if it’s a larger ticketed item. Though, after I’ve purchased the new item, there have been times I’ve found the old item wasn’t broken, but it just malfunctioned.

We had two such incidents recently.

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Living Without Social Media and What I’ve Learned

Social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and I have a love-hate relationship. Over 5 years ago, I quit Facebook. For several years, I kept up a Facebook Fan Page for my local business, but this past summer I deleted it.

I found leaving social media didn’t affect readers, nor those who reached out for local business. Actually, most of my new clients did not find me via social media, but through sites like Yelp or Yahoo Local, and primarily word-of-mouth.

This fall, I experimented living without Instagram and Twitter. What started out as a 30-day experiment went on for over 60 days. I returned two weeks ago, unsure if I wanted back in. I gave it my all for a few days, live ‘gramming my Santa Run, and sharing fun days. I tried to live as an article Chris sent me had suggested: documenting life instead of being concerned about creating.

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6 Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

There is just something warm and fuzzy about a podcast that you can’t always get when reading words on a page or watching a show on television. Though, I wasn’t always a spoken word fan.

For years, while Chris and I were dating, he always wanted to listen to talk or sports radio. I just couldn’t get into it. It was hard for me to listen and involve myself in something without a visual component. I also had difficulty listening to audiobooks. I’d tend to fall asleep and wake up confused as to what happened in the story. Then, a few years ago, I discovered podcasts.

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