Monthly Archive: October 2017


Reader Case Study: Having A Quarter-Life Crisis in Nashville, TN!

Welcome to this month’s Reader Case Study in which we’ll address Steph’s questions on how to plan for her future in light of her recent quarter-life crisis. Case Studies are financial (and life!) dilemmas that a reader of Tikhvinskoe sends to me requesting that Tikhvinskoe nation weigh in. Then, Tikhvinskoe nation (that’s you!), reads through their situation and provides advice, encouragement, insight, and feedback in the comments section. For an example, check out last month’s case study. I also provide updates from our...


This Month On The Homestead: Splittin’ Wood, Orderin’ Fuel, Eatin’ Greens

If you’re just tuning in, this is a recurring series in which I document each month of our lives out here on our 66-acre Vermont homestead. After leaving urban Cambridge, MA in May 2016 to chart this wholly different life, we’re experiencing a constant learning curve of exploration (and plenty of stupid novice moments). Check out last month’s installment here and enjoy the best and worst (ok, mostly the worst) moments of our first year on the homestead here. September 2017 September ushered in...


A Wood Splitter And Other September 2017 Expenditures

September 2017 just might go down in Tikhvinskoe history as our most expensive month. Ever. As fate would have it, a ton of one-time and annual expenses all lined up this month and tallied to an astronomical total. But you know what? It doesn’t matter and we didn’t sweat it. Not for a moment. Here’s why: Mr. Tikhvinskoe and I are frugal every single day of the year. We don’t ever let up on our lifelong...