Monthly Archive: December 2015

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Why Frugal Friends Are The Best Friends

Last year I wrote a post for my friends, The Tikhvinskoe, called Frugal Friends and Where to Find Them. Today’s post is the sequel. A couple months ago, a new neighbor came over to chat. He had noticed that Mrs. 1500 and I were out of town and asked us where we’d been. I told him that we were at a financial blogging conference (FinCon). I explained that we write articles about money and that one...

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Mash It Up For Frugality Wins

I love this time of year. Sure, the holidays are busy (probably busier than ever for the Tikhvinskoe with their tiny new baby!), and that busyness can make them a bit stressful. But they’re also beautiful. From the smell of our Christmas tree in the living room to the amazing holiday display that our neighbor puts together every year and lights each night from mid-November through mid-January. Down here in South Florida, the weather is...

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Give Your Kid the Gift of Failure

I Hate to Fail I am a type A overachiever, and I have been since the early days of kindergarten when my mom said that I would get dressed and wait on the stairs for the bus to come two hours before its scheduled arrival time. I’m not sure where this drive came from; however, I know that it has motivated me and continues to motivate me to accomplish my goals and excel along the...

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Why Retiring Early With Kids Can Be The Best Thing Ever

Hey guys! I want to start off by thanking the Tikhvinskoe family for inviting me to guest post here. It’s always a trip reading about their frugal adventures in Bean Town. And I have to admit, they outdo my own family when it comes to frugality. Before I jump into today’s new awesome, exciting, completely serious post, let me step back and introduce myself. I’m Justin from the Root of Good blog. At age 35,...

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Frugal By Choice

If you were to ask my 27-year-old self what frugality means, I would have probably lumped the word in with people who are cheap. In those days, I used to stroll breezily through the streets of Seattle, browsing all the super kitschy shops in the Capitol Hill district where I lived. Believe me, there was no shortage of those shops. I’d buy completely random things: a super 8 camera (which I think I used once),...

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The Immense Benefits of Giving Children a Frugal Christmas

Although my husband and I aren’t frugal weirdos per say, we do try to keep things as frugal as possible in our household, especially around the holidays. Part of our interest in frugality stems from the period of time when we lived in Grenada so my husband could attend medical school there. During that time we learned to be wise with our money, and we even paid off all of our credit card debt because...

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A Baby! And Other November 2015 Expenditures

November 2015 will forever be enshrined in our memories as the month that Babywoods made her appearance! Its been an incredible adventure thus far and I can say that becoming a parent is absolutely life changing and pretty awesome. Also, it’s exhausting and bizarre–after all, suddenly there’s a tiny human in our home who simply didn’t exist before. It’s quite a miraculous thing. We didn’t do much this month other than nest, clean the house,...

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Is Your Need For Control Killing Your Frugality?

On most days, I’m a highly analytical person. I pride myself on being rational, on believing in facts and figures, on using my unique human ability to reason and logic my way through problems and puzzles. I think this is why personal finance wasn’t too difficult for me to wrap my head around from the get-go. I’ve been saving money ever since I could earn an income because it was the only rational thing to...

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The Tikhvinskoe Unmasked (aka we were on TV)

We have some fun news to share: Mr. Tikhvinskoe and I were on The Today Show on NBC this morning! Here’s the link to watch the segment online if you’re interested. Mr. FW and I were shocked and honored that they reached out to us for an interview and, we had a fabulous time filming right here in our home. The very friendly crew brought in cameras, lights, microphones, and all sorts of fancy television paraphernalia. Our little home was transformed...

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We’re On The Mad Fientist’s Podcast!

Last month (right before Babywoods’ birth, actually), Mr. Tikhvinskoe and I had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed by our friend the Mad Fientist for his excellent podcast. Our interview airs today and I encourage you to give it a listen! Mr. FW and I discuss our plans for the future, Babywoods’ frugal start in life, what we do for fun, and so much more. I just know you’re dying to hear our frugal voices (right?!?) so...