About Me

 

Inspired by a layoff and an abundance of time, I started this blog to share my ideas about consuming less in a land of ‘bigger is better’ consumerism. This blog is a resting place for my musings about living simply and mindfully, without waste. Add your comments to the mix and this blog can hold so much more.

Why am I frugal?

When I spend less, I can work less or retire earlier.

When I spend less, there’s less waste.

Saving money gives me freedom and peace of mind. If my freelance writing gig ends tomorrow, I can live off my emergency fund for some time.

I hope that my musings may inspire you to consume less, save more, and spend consciously.

Thanks for reading. And have a wonderful spend-free day.

Kate Edson

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Mr Wiki sayz: Frugality is the practice of acquiring goods and services in a restrained manner, and resourcefully using already owned goods, to achieve a longer term goal.

9 thoughts on “About Me

  1. What a great plan. I was just looking at my land-line phone bill the other day, thinking, “If I cut the additional services from this plan, I’ll save $30.” I hardly even use my land line–I’ve got it for security, in case the power AND cell-phone towers don’t work (happened after the big storm a couple years ago, when I was out of power & cell-phone coverage at home for a full week). I’ve got one of those old-fashioned, non-electric phones in my bedroom, just for emergencies.

    I’ve also been scrutinizing my power bill–my power (gas & electric) consumption has continued to rise over the last few years. I’m starting to replace incandescent lights with fluorescents–now that there are good ones that don’t give me a headache and make me look green/pasty/sick.

    I cranked up the heat on my hot water tank a few years ago, when I got a huge bathtub. In fact, I scald my guests and am probably wasting dozens if not hundreds of dollars by having hte water temperature set so high, so down it goes–I promise I’ll get under the house (where the hot-water tank lives) and turn that sucker down THIS WEEK.

    Now I’m curious to see what other “optional spending” I can eliminate!

    Thanks for getting this effort started–I’m grateful for the extra support to cut back.

  2. I like this. You may want to check out Amy Dacyzsyn’s Tightwad Gazette, which has tons of ideas about how to live more cheaply, efficiently, and without so much waste. Also, if you haven’t seen it, there is http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freecycleseattle/join (Freecycle), a great way to get rid of things you don’t need but don’t want to throw away. Also a great way to get things others are seeking to get rid of. There is no money involved, which if you have dealt with Craigslisters, you’ll know that things are a whole lot simpler. i.e.: no tire kickers, hagglers, and cheaters. Good luck with the blog K8.

  3. What a great plan. I was just looking at my land-line phone bill the other day, thinking, “If I cut the additional services from this plan, I’ll save $30.” I hardly even use my land line–I’ve got it for security, in case the power AND cell-phone towers don’t work (happened after the big storm a couple years ago, when I was out of power & cell-phone coverage at home for a full week). I’ve got one of those old-fashioned, non-electric phones in my bedroom, just for emergencies.
    +1

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