The Frugal Humanist

RV travelling with Cats!

RV travelling with Cats!

My cats and I have recently downsized from a 4 bedroom house into an RV with my DH (who actually upgraded from a much smaller 19ft RV into our new-to-us joint 32 ft home). My biggest concern was not the downsizing itself, but how my cats would adapt to the change. Before moving, I did some research on the topic. There are a lot of people out […]

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How to give a little extra by leveraging resources you may already use!

How to give a little extra by leveraging resources you may already use!

Frugality is not about skimping on everything, it is about aligning your spending with your values. Beyond covering the necessities like food and shelter, I spend money on what makes me happy. Supporting causes that are near and dear to me makes me happy and has always been a priority of mine. Much more than acquiring more stuff. So even with a high savings rate […]

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How I downsized from a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house into an RV!

How I downsized from a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house into an RV!

Yeah, I now, if I were a great blogger or more organized (or both), that would say “In 5 easy steps, and I’ll teach you how!” and it would be a short and sweet post. But who I am kidding, downsizing is WORK! Especially when you downsize into less than 1/10th of the space without keeping another place where you can store stuff. That 4/3 […]

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Saving money on groceries while RVing full time

Saving money on groceries while RVing full time

As I previously mentioned, I used to be a enthusiastic coupon shopper. I would get great deals even on fruits and veggies through strategic shopping, although most people think coupons are mostly for processed stuff. Since the recent changes in store policies (many stores stopped doubling coupons or accepting competitor coupons) plus my recent changes in lifestyle (RV living = reduced space, no more fixed address […]

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Becoming a US citizen and the modified oath

Becoming a US citizen and the modified oath

Last year I hit another important milestone on my journey to FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early). Not a financial one though: I became a US citizen. This was a big deal for me, as I have never felt as much at home as I do in my beloved Phoenix, so I did not want to risk being denied reentry after longer periods of absence, […]

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Achoooooooooo!!!!

Achoooooooooo!!!!

Achooo! And Achoooooooooo! Boy is it dusty in here! Time to whip out the virtual feather duster and oil the rusty keyboard! So much has happened since my last post and I have a boatload of drafts for posts started on various subjects, but never really got around to getting anything published! This is probably the fate that a lot of blogs face, started in […]

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Journey Inward, Circle of Control and New Year’s Resolutions

Journey Inward, Circle of Control and New Year’s Resolutions

I have not posted in quite a while, I know. Besides several work related trips, I also was away on a journey… a long overdue journey inward and I made some surprising discoveries in the process. Now with the year coming to an end and Winter Solstice right ahead of us, for many people it’s time to take stock and make plans or resolutions for […]

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Shopping with a Passion!

Shopping with a Passion!

Shopping!!!!!  Perfect topic for a frugality blog, right? Yes, Totally!! I HATE shopping, hate it with a passion! I do however LOVE shopping for causes that I am passionate about… not really the actual shopping itself, but the result of my shopping trips for sure. As I mentioned before, people have lots of prejudices when it comes to coupon shopping. However, just like any other […]

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Chautauqua 2014 – Higher elevation and new insights

Chautauqua 2014 –  Higher elevation and new insights

Recently, I travelled to San Pablo del Lago in Ecuador to seek some answers on a higher level….in about 9000 feet altitude to be specific. I attended the second Chautauqua organised by Cheryl Reed with Above the Clouds Retreats. The first event of this kind took place in 2013, only a few months after I had discovered both MMM’s and Jim Collin’s blogs. Blogs, that addressed the missing pieces […]

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Couponing for the GOOD STUFF! Saving money on produce part 1!

Couponing for the GOOD STUFF! Saving money on produce part 1!

Yes I use coupons….when buying groceries! Wait a moment! Hear me out! I know there’s a lot of prejudices around couponing, I have heard them all. That stupid couponing show on TV fuels and manifests most of those stereotypes: Couponing is for folks who buy 200 bottles of mustard to hoard in their basement to look at, right? Wrong! Coupons are only for prefab crap and […]

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