Happy Friday! Blogging is going to be slow right now, as Anna and I are both back in full swing with homeschooling. My kids and I are studying Phoenicia this week, practicing writing in the ancestor of our modern alphabet. One of my favorite things about homeschooling is knowing exactly all that my kids are learning on a given day!
I’m still hobbling around in a lovely booted foot and haven’t done much homemaking of note this week, but I do seem to have had some interesting conversations on frugality lately with other single income families. I’ve had several blogs recommended recently, so I’ve been taking a look at them. It’s interesting to see how other families manage to survive on one (or no) income. I haven’t read all or even most of these blogs, so I can’t guarantee I approve of everything on them, but the posts I have read have gotten me thinking.
The Common Room is a blog by a large homeschool family, with several pages of frugal recipes and other tips. Like the Like Mother, Like Daughter blog that we often reference on here, this one has generations of the family contributing, which I think always helps give perspective and keeps things real.
The Prudent Homemaker is also written by a mom of a large homeschooling family, with suggestions on how to spend less, eat out of your pantry, harvest from your garden (and friends’ yards when they have excess produce), and other practical topics. I’ve bookmarked several of her recipes to try.
Mr. Money Mustache is written by a liberal atheist dad who retired at 30 when he and his wife had their son, after spending their 20s carefully husbanding their incomes in order to pay off all debt and live on investments the rest of their lives. It’s interesting to have a male perspective on how materialistic we are and how we can drastically cut costs in areas like gas usage and household spending. I feel like the conservative homeschool mom blogs often recycle the same frugal tips, but this one feels different and has provoked some good conversations with my husband–would we want to be as hard-core as this family, and why or why not? (Caution: language on the site, so I haven’t had it up when my kids are around.)
I guess the upshot of several nights of late-night blog reading while my husband was gone on a work trip has convinced me that while our lifestyle is more frugal than most of our friends and neighbors, we certainly could make many, many more adjustments if our income dropped. At this point, I enjoy homeschooling, thrifting kid’s clothes, baking my own bread and baked goods, cooking from scratch, making my own yogurt, and swapping babysitting with my girlfriend. Biking to the grocery store or library with four children (in a mountainous neighborhood) does not sound appealing to me, but we totally could drive less if we had to. I’m definitely going to be trying hard to decorate our new house as frugally as I can, but while we have the resources, there are some things I’m willing to pay for while I have four children at home with me and a barely-healing broken foot to deal with! In what areas do you feel confidently frugal, and where do you feel you have a lot more work to do?