From the monthly archives:

July 2011

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Line drying laundry — an update

by Karen on July 27, 2011

For the last two months or so, we’ve been line drying our laundry on the clothesline in our backyard. I’ve developed a pretty good system, and I’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t for us, so I thought I’d share some of my discoveries. For the most part, I don’t have […]

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Reverse seasonal affective disorder

by Karen on July 25, 2011

Regular blogging will now be interrupted for whining. You know how a lot of people get depressed in the middle of winter when it’s cold and dark? I have the opposite problem. I get depressed every year around this time when I realize we have two more months of unbearable heat and humidity and misery. […]

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Several people suggested that I hunt for the furniture I want at thrift stores. The thing is, I have been searching for furniture at thrift stores for years. I just don’t seem to have any luck. Thrift shopping is one of those frugal activities that fascinates me, and I would love to do it, but […]

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Mini home makeover wish list

by Karen on July 18, 2011

When we started house hunting, one of the main things on our list of “must haves” was that the house needed to be move-in ready. We weren’t looking for a fixer-upper. We’re not handy enough for that sort of thing, and we knew we’d ultimately underestimate the cost of renovations and get in over our […]

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Homeowner blues (and green)

by Karen on July 14, 2011

Last Sunday, Tony noticed a wet spot on the ceiling in the dining room. Oy. It hadn’t been particularly rainy, but we’d had a little rain that morning, so we assumed it was a roof leak. Roof leaks aren’t covered in our homeowner’s warranty, but the roof passed inspection with no concerns, so we assumed […]

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The Tightwad Gazette (affiliate link) by Amy Dacyczyn is my favorite frugal book. It’s full of simple ideas for how to cut costs without affecting your quality of life, and Dacyczyn’s values and priorities are very similar to mine, so I find it motivating and inspiring. The first time I read the book, the ideas […]

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This post is based only on my personal experience. I am not a legal expert, and nothing written here should be considered legal advice. If you have a legal issue, always seek the advice of a legal professional licensed in your state. One of the only cons about buying our house when we did is […]

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