Economics

Frugal Family

Living on the cheap isn’t about being poor or not having nice things. For me it is about making the choice to consume less and to live more simply. When I need something I turn to the local classifieds, thrift stores and my friends first before I venture out to the store. Likely the OCD memory serves me well because if I do stock pile anything I have a photographic recollection of where it is.

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Consumable Christmas

I am not really a fan of Christmas. Surprised? Of course you’re not. You know what people like about Christmas? The good will. The gathering of those closest to you, sharing time, laughter, coming together to warm each other on the long cold dark nights. My friend Alex put it better. This year I was pleased to discover that I didn’t get much in the way of presents. Well conventional store bought presents that is. I got a lot of…

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A Gift of Salmon

I have had a truck for sale for the past few months. The truck doesn’t run and has been sitting since I moved here. It successfully got my horses here and hasn’t started since. Well for me anyway. Apparently it will start if you lay a screwdriver over the solonoid. What does salmon have to do with my truck you might ask?

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ReThink, ReAction

I belong to a mailing list. Well several of them actually, don’t we all. And recently this email showed up in my inbox. I thought it was an excellent email, well formed (concise) and well put. I wanted to share it with you because it shows that some who are working for change truly do care about the bigger picture while others tend towards fanaticism and drama.

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“Permaculture is revolution disguised as organic gardening”

I will admit to not being much of a gardener. Honestly my problem is seedlings. The transplanting of this delicate little baby plant into the earth where it is left in the open to the elements and susceptible to drying out, drowning or any other random event is just not my cup of tea. So I am not lying when I say that my approach to gardening has always kind of been stick a whole bunch of seeds in the…

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I say bring it.

Bring on economic collapse. Bring on staying home instead of eating out. Bring on saving instead of spending. Bring on thinking twice about what we buy. Bring on pooling social resources. Bring on eating locally and in season because it’s cheaper. Bring on preserving food when it is in abundance. Bring on being thrifty and getting it second hand. Here’s to the SUV no longer ‘being cool’. Here’s to reusing and regifting. Here’s to taking responsibility for ourselves. Here’s to…

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