Lifelong Learning Podcast Host and Frugal Mom$ter

What if I biked to work?

Before becoming officially Mrs. FM I always enjoyed riding a bike, and Mr. FM is even more enamored with bicycle riding. Back in 2006 or so, I didn’t keep great records of big purchased back then, I went to a fancy bike shop and bought my first adult bike. My big...

No New Clothes: May Update

Another month has gone by, to make it over 6 months since I went on a clothes shopping ban. Let’s see what happened this month… I didn’t purchase any new clothing, but I did receive 5 shirts as a part of registering for 5 running/triathlon races. Two were from local 5k races, one...

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

I’ve been busying preparing for our summer vacation by reading Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I know, it sounds super fun to spend your summer decluttering the house, right? I’m surprised to find myself relating to her childhood, as I often was told my bedroom looked...

Am I Frugal Enough?

I’ve been feeling a lot lately that I’m an imposter. I have no plans to retire at the age of 35, be financially independent on a homestead in the woods in a few years, or plan to travel the country without a care about my income because I’m living off...

Don’t Buy Change

Over the past two months, I’ve been doing a challenge to remove alcoholic drinks from my life entirely. It’s called “One Year No Beer” and is entirely free (as of now). I found in the first 60 days of the 90-day challenge I’ve started to change in more ways than...

Frugal Date Ideas

One of the biggest expenses in our lives used to be eating out or seeking outside entertainment. We’d go to dinner and a movie and spend our entire week’s food budget on one evening, sometimes to the tune of $75 for the date. We never went to fancy places, but...

No New Clothes: April Update

It’s been almost half a year without buying new clothes and I can say it’s been far easier than I had originally thought. When I started, I was unsure how I’d make it through the post-partum weight-loss process without new clothes to get me through the mid-way between size situation....

Starting a Backyard Farm

Once upon a time, we used to visit a semi-local U-Pick farm… We’d go every other week and pick what felt like thousands of vegetables. We’d leave with $8 worth of picked fresh veggies and have to share it widely with family because it was far more than we could...

The Key to Being Frugal

Let me tell you a story about the time we almost spent $6,000 on landscaping changes that were mostly cosmetic and not exactly an urgent need. This happened not long ago, about two weeks to be exact. The side of our home has had poor drainage for the past year...