To Strive? Or To Find Contentment?

DD2 = Dear 2nd Daughter Our school’s girls’ running group About  four months ago, an email was sent out to the staff at our high school asking if anyone would be interested in organizing a girls’ running group. The runners would train six weeks for a 5 km run in support of women’s mental health to […]

Natural Disasters and Preparedness

Last week, Ruth wrote about the horrible flooding in her area that left many dealing with destroyed homes, and even some fatalities. Natural disasters are horrible things. When the earth gets off kilter, winds rave, fires ravage, rains crash down,  and the happenings destroy much in their paths.

Natural Disasters Really Do Happen

Natural disasters True confession: I  have lived my life with the acceptance that while natural disasters do happen, they don’t happen “here”. Fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts . . . They wield their destructive force in other places. So when I read articles about the need to get prepared – financially and otherwise – for the possibility of a […]

The Unexpected – Is it Making You Nervous?

The other day when I called my brothers to give them the scoop on my mom (she’d had some medical problems, but she’s fine now, thankfully), I talked with my older-younger brother right away, but I was a bit surprised when my youngest brother didn’t answer the phone right away, and even more surprised when […]

I Didn’t Know We Were Weird

As I’ve been increasing interaction with the “normal” online world (i.e., non-frugalistic crazy, non-obsessed with budgeting and spreadsheets people) through a variety of freelancing jobs, I’m noticing something. Those of us who are working toward financial freedom have a completely different idea of what a “need” and a “want” are than the rest of society.

Other Peoples’ Money

Awhile back on The Frugal Farmer I wrote about how household consumer debt is rising again. In the article, I referenced an anonymous article I read that said it was okay that consumer debt balances were increasing because the delinquency rates were low; about half what they were during the Great Recession. We seem to […]