Category: Reader Suggestions

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Reader Suggestions On How To Have A Frugal Halloween

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Tikhvinskoe Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Tikhvinskoe nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions! Halloween is one of my very favorite holidays! Well, that plus Thanksgiving and Christmas… I’m basically in a state of...

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Reader Suggestions On Frugal Preserving, Canning, and Otherwise Putting Up Food

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Tikhvinskoe Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Tikhvinskoe nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Frugalwoods Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions! It’s harvest time! As I shared in last week’s installment of This Month On The Homestead, early fall is...

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How To Stop Eating Out According To Tikhvinskoe Readers

Eating out, take-out, restaurant meals, dining out, take-away, delivery… whatever you want to call it, not preparing your own food is the #1, top, chief, primary, far and away most commonly cited roadblock to frugality. Without fail, this is the most frequent question I get from readers. Without deviation, this is cited as the largest area for budgetary improvement. And without alteration, this is the toughest thing for people to modify in their quest for all-encompassing...

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Reader Suggestions: Defending Your Frugality Without Sounding Defensive

Welcome to my monthly Reader Suggestions feature! Every month I post a question to our Tikhvinskoe Facebook group and share the best responses here. The questions are topics I’ve received multiple queries on and my hope is that by leveraging the braintrust of Tikhvinskoe nation, you’ll find helpful advice and insight. Join the Tikhvinskoe Facebook group to participate in next month’s Reader Suggestions! Why don’t you ever spend money? Aren’t you miserable being so frugal all the...

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The Various And Sundry Professions That Allow Tikhvinskoe Readers To Work From Home

After I shared the logistics of how Mr. Tikhvinskoe and I both work from home while caring for 18-month-old Babywoods (and thus avoid the expense of childcare), I was inundated with a chorus of requests for more information on how to find a work-at-home job. Since I’m not expert in that field, I decided to crowdsource a rundown of remote jobs from the best experts I know: the readers of Tikhvinskoe. As I do every month, I...

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Why Be Frugal? One Word: Options.

Frugality gives you options. I’ve long thought this and I’ve seen it come to fruition in my own life many times. I figured I couldn’t be the only one so I polled our amazing Tikhvinskoe Facebook group to find out exactly what options frugality has facilitated for all of you fine frugal people. Turns out? Quite a few of you had stories to share and we’ll get to them in a moment. But first, I feel the need...

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How Barter and Trade Enhances Frugality and Community

Barter and trade is not dead! I’ve long touted this unconventional system as a fabulous way to circumvent paying for services, but I’ve sensed hesitancy to dive in from many of you. And so, today I bring you tales of other people (not just weirdo me!) utilizing the ethos of barter and trade for everything from free dance classes to haircuts to childcare. I posed the question to our Tikhvinskoe Facebook group–something I do periodically (last month’s query...

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Crowdsourced Ideas For A Unique And Thrifty Valentine’s Day

The intersection of money and romantic relationships represents one of the most volatile combinations. Furthermore, disagreements over money are a leading cause of divorce in the United States. Clearly, we have unresolved issues over not just our money, but how we spend our money in service of our relationships. And into this fray enters Valentine’s Day, the ultimate consumer binge on useless clutter designed to be generically, thoughtlessly romantic. Wait, wait, you say! Valentine’s Day is cute! It’s fun!...

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Reader Suggestions On: How To Convince Your Husband Or Wife To Be Frugal

I recently put out the query “how do you convince your husband or wife to be frugal?” It’s a question Mr. Tikhvinskoe and I receive with regularity and it’s one that we’re woefully inept at answering having never done it ourselves. Since we came to the decision to pursue extreme frugality together, we haven’t had the first-hand experience of navigating the challenging waters of aligning divergent financial goals. And so, I shamelessly begged asked all of you fabulous...

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How Do You Convince Your Husband Or Wife To Be Frugal?

“Frugality is so awesome! Now, how do I convince my spouse/partner to get on board with it?” Mr. Tikhvinskoe and I are asked this question almost daily and I was all set to write some windbaggy mellifluous literary masterpiece in response. The only hitch is that I have to confess my honest answer is “I have no idea.” Mr. FW and I struggle with plenty of other hurdles in our marriage, but we’re fortunate that we’ve always been on roughly...