It was early morning. The light was the soft grey-blue of early dawn. The air light and cool, not hot, heavy and humid as it soon will be, scented slightly with sea-salt and eucalyptus. All was quiet of man-made noise. No traffic. No hustle and bustle. A magpie chortled in the tree. Despite the fact […]
As time has passed, technology has become more accessible, standards of living have improved and things that in the past would have been considered luxuries, are now considered basic necessities. Essential. Take electricity, for example. Melissa GoodwinMelissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally […]
I’m taking the lazy way out today and sharing with you a video I saw on The Atlantic. I love this quote: “It’s fun using the things that you make because they have stories.” That sums up everything I feel about making things yourself. If you buy something from the shop it doesn’t really have […]
Living contrary to my values has been a source of discontent lately. I have a utopian vision of the ‘good life’, which if I squint, I can see somewhere off in the distance. But there are days when I examine my life that I can only see the discord between the vision and the reality. […]
…or why burnout can cost you money The last two weeks off has given me the chance to catch up on a few trashy novels, picnic in the park with the little fella and nap in the afternoon. I’ve been a little bit lazy and it has been wonderful. I have found that it is […]
Looking for frugal tips? “Frugal tips” is a search term that brings many people to this site. While tips are good (and I hope you find many here) frugality is more than just tidbits of advice and gestures towards saving money. I’ve been thinking about what aspect of frugality I could write about today. I […]
Can we live the simple life and still exist in the modern world? And if so, how?