Category: Monthly Expense Reports

Each month we tally up how much we spent and discuss where we spent it. We hope it provides an answer to the question “what do the Tikhvinskoe spend money on?”

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Birth Certificates And Other March 2018 Expenditures

March makes very clear that we had a baby! Our co-payment for Littlewoods’ birth as well as a few doctor’s appointments and her birth certificates are all reflected in March’s spending. While we frugalize nearly every aspect of child-rearing–from sourcing all used clothing, furniture, and baby accoutrements to creating simple, inexpensive holiday celebrations–there are some immutable costs of having a baby (such as buying copies of their birth certificates!). I love that most of Littlewoods’...

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Driveway Gravel And Other February 2018 Expenditures

All other events in February were truly dwarfed by the fact that our second daughter, Littlewoods, was born this month! I’m sure other things happened, but it feels like that was about it. Our spending certainly reflects her imminent arrival, most notably in the area of… Restaurants! Whoa, Mrs. Tikhvinskoe, you’re probably thinking, what is with that line item for restaurants?!? All for a good cause, I assure you. My fabulous mother-in-law came to help...

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Cider Keg Equipment And Other January 2018 Expenditures

Remember a few months ago when Mr. Tikhvinskoe, Babywoods, our friends, and I harvested all of our apples, pressed them into cider, and popped the cider into glass carboys to ferment? Well, the time has arrived to keg this cider up! These past few months our relatively massive quantity of cider has been fermenting away down in our (now clutter-free) basement and we posit it’s just about time to begin imbibing. This month we purchased...

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Signed Bookplate Stamps And Other December 2017 Expenditures

December was a rather regular month of spending for us, which might come as a surprise since Christmas happens in December after all. But here in Tikhvinskoe-land, Christmas and other such events are not an excuse to spend tons of money. We prefer to celebrate in a simplified, non-consumer-focused style that emphasizes time spent together as a family–not money spent at a mall. I’ve detailed our frugal approach to the holidays (including birthdays and anniversaries)...

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Tractor Pallet Forks And Other November 2017 Expenditures

November epitomized large unexpected expenses and semi-annual (or simply annual) expenses lining up and hitting us all at once. It was, as they say, one of those months. But we don’t sweat it because our overarching approach is to live frugally every month so that unexpected or infrequent expenses aren’t a burden. By not spending our money frivolously or out of alignment with our goals, we can always rest assured that pricier months aren’t a...

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Fire Extinguishers And Other October 2017 Expenditures

In October we went on what was our last airplane trip ever. For the rest of our lives. Ok I jest, but the mere thought of traveling with both a toddler and an infant sends me into near-paralytic spasms of stress. So I think it’s safe to say we won’t be traveling for awhile after Babywoods #2 makes her debut this February ;). We’ve traveled quite a bit with Babywoods #1 and she’s an excellent...

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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...

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A Cider Press And Other August 2017 Expenditures

Howdy! If you feel like I was a bit absent during the month of August, well, you are correct: I was! Babywoods and I were gone for a whopping three weeks in August (and Mr. Tikhvinskoe for one), which as it turns out, is an incredibly long time to be away from one’s home(stead). But this travel was all for good reason, I assure you. San Diego Anniversary Extravaganza My parents celebrated their 50th (yes, 50th!!!) wedding...

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Shelves And Other July 2017 Expenditures

Our basement, as previously disclosed, is undergoing a vast improvement plan. Our Cambridge, MA home (the one that’s now a rental) has a delightful panoply of built-in shelves in its basement, which suited our needs just fine. Here in our Vermont home, however, the basement is a huge, empty, concrete-floored cavern. A cavern I’m very thankful for and which I love, but a blank cavern nonetheless. Beholden to my commitment of waiting at least one year before...

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An Anniversary Trip And Other June 2017 Expenditures

June was a glorious month punctuated by a visit from my in-laws, which is always a welcome and wonderful event. I won the in-law lottery and Mr. Tikhvinskoe’ family is, in a word, superb. I’ve always felt lucky to have them as my second set of parents and that feeling is magnified now that they’re incredible grandparents to Babywoods. They even tolerate our extremely frugal ways! Anniversary Trip (with free hotel!) To give you some...