Wednesday, October 13, 2010


My sweet father-in-law sent me a copy of 

I've been reading through the book and it turns out 
we are quite the frugillionaires.

#9 - Cut down on convenience foods.
Processed foods?
We'll be even better when 
I conquer my fear of dough.

#24 - Shop by unit price.
The lack of unit prices is just one more thing I hate about Wal-Mart
love about Kroger.

#140 - Grow your garden from seeds.
Our little seedlings started to bloom yesterday.

#188 - Get shoes repaired.
I am obsessed with our favorite shoe repairman in town.
He keeps his keyboard and guitar in his shop
so he can jam during downtime.
Love him and his good work.

#446 - Raise savers.
My parents deserve a standing ovation for raising savers.
We were taught from an early age that
you only buy what you can afford.
Taylor and I hope our children learn this lesson well.

#447 - Limit advertising exposure.
"Children aren't born consumers."
Love that.
Yet another one of our many reasons
for not owning a television.

This is definitely a fantastic read if you are new to embracing a 
simpler lifestyle and a good reminder for areas of improvement 
for those who consistently strive to simplify.

Taylor and I live by the maxims of this book:
make do with you have
be, don't buy
focus on what you have, not what you want.

Ted, thank you for this book!


Sara said...

Have you tried any dough recipes from the frugal girl? We've used her pizza dough recipe, white sandwich bread, and wheat bread and loved them all. I use her grilled pizza dough recipe ( to make regular baked pizza, and it has turned out great! Also worked great for calzones. Dough can be frustrating, but the reward has been well worth it.

TheDearmanFamily said...

I like the Frugal Girl and read her blog but I can' seem to overcome my fear. I suppose I need to just do it and be prepared that it might not be perfect....usually I am fine with failure so I'm not sure what my issue is.


Anonymous said...

I suppose buying a house you can't afford is the exception b/c we've done it lots. We always figured our income would eventually catch up and the government was actually paying for part of it in tax deductions. That's called rationalization.

And we always took great vacations. Leslie always gave ya'll "walking around money" and gave us enough to "rationalize" going somewhere good. Wonderful memories.

Love you,