How Long Have You Been a Frugalista?

If you are tuning into Greenbabyguide.com for our budget-friendly tips, have you always been interested in living on less?  Are you new to this penny pinching lifestyle?

I was born into a family of cheapskates. At one point in my life this was a huge drag, but the older I get, the more I appreciate my homegrown education in personal finance. It dovetails nicely with my green goals and has helped us build a secure financial foundation for our family.

Now that I’m home with the kids, our family has taken frugality to a whole new level. We embrace thrift stores, cloth diapers, garage sales, Grocery Outlet, and coupons. And more importantly, our quality of family life has drastically improved.
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Suddenly Frugal By Necessity, Not By Choice

Upon hearing that my husband was laid off a few weeks ago, both of us found ourselves surprised by our own relief.  Obviously for many families losing a job can be tremendously stressful—especially with young children involved.  In fact, if my husband would have been laid off a few months later we would have been in serious trouble.  By that point I would have signed a half time teaching contract for next year which wouldn’t have been enough income to support our family.  Thank goodness I still have the option to teach full time next year and we have enough of an emergency fund to ease us through the summer. 

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Book Review: The Tightwad Gazette

For those of us who love creativity, hate waste, and enjoy watching our savings accounts grow, The Tightwad Gazette is a thrill a minute.  The author, Amy Dacyczyn, was termed the “frugal zealot” for her efforts to “promote thrift as a viable lifestyle.” The Tightwad Gazette was published back in the late ‘90s, but it’s still just as applicable today.  Her grocery costs of just $38.00 a week for a family of eight are still astounding, even if you take inflation into account.

Although The Tightwad Gazette emphasizes frugality rather than environmentalism, Dacyczyn, points out that most of her cost-savings efforts are eco-friendly. Her family rarely buys anything new, grows most of their produce, and limits their meat intake. 

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