Category: FRUGAL LIVING

The Smallest and The Largest Homes in the World

The smallest house in the world might very well be this one at a mere 83 sq. ft. I am an advocate of voluntary simplicity (keeping things simple by choice), but I do not live in a house this small (nor do I think that I would want to). Take a look for yourself. Continue reading ...

Gum and Gum Chewing – I Just Don’t Get It

Why do people buy and chew gum? I just don’t get it.  Wrigleys, Excel, Extra, Dentyne, Black Bart, it doesn’t matter what brand; I still don’t get the gum and gum chewing idea.

I remember a time when I did get it.  It was from about the ages of eleven through thirteen.  I used to love chewing gum.  I especially loved Dubble Bubble, Big Red, and Black Bart … Continue reading ...

Will and Kate’s Visit to Canada – Who cares? What a royal waste of money

Will and Kate in Canada

Prince William and Princess Kate recently visited Canada.  So what!  From a frugal living perspective, hosting them really seems like a complete and utter waste of taxpayer money.  A royal scandal, in fact.

A recent article by the CBC stated that the costs are expected to be modest compared to the Queen’s visit in the summer of 2010 which cost $2,000,000.   TWO MILLION DOLLARS?  This is the lifetime Continue reading ...

The Best Things in Life are Free

Yes, I know it sounds cliche.  It’s not meant to be.

I spent the afternoon with my daughter yesterday.  It was a beautiful afternoon.  We walked to the park and took a seat at a bench beside the lake.   The sun was warm and bright.  I gently took her into my arms and held her close to my chest.  There was a gentle breeze.  We just sat there enjoying Continue reading ...

Consumed By Our Consumption

We sure buy a lot of stuff in this country.  People always seem to be rushing around buying stuff.  I actually met someone once who owned over fifty pairs of shoes.  Millions of people routinely drop $3 –  $5 daily for a single cup of morning coffee.  Malls are packed seven days a week and seem to be almost always short of parking space.  Consumer debt continues to grow as Continue reading ...

Frugal Fun – Part One

Some people still confuse frugal living with stingy living and/or miserly living. I am not sure how this came about, but I hope that frugalists start taking some action towards changing these perceptions. Stingy and miserly people often go without basic human necessities because they hate to part with their money. Frugal people love things like soft toilet paper and delicious food; they just think about how they can get Continue reading ...