financial independence, frugal food, sustainability

Welcome to the useful root

Welcome to the useful root

"Money is the root of all evil, and yet it is such a useful root that we cannot get on without it any more than we can without potatoes." Louisa May Alcott, U.S. novelist

Recent Posts

Check Out My Post About Glamping on the Wine Travel Kids Blog!

Check Out My Post About Glamping on the Wine Travel Kids Blog!

When Root Jr. was just a wee little pre-schooler he became very good friends with four boys at day care. We and the other parents nurtured these relationships with play dates and birthday parties. The boys remained friends through elementary school even though they didn’t […]

My FI Story on the Late Starter to FI Series!

My FI Story on the Late Starter to FI Series!

One of my favorite Financial Independence blogs is LateStarterFire. Late Starter is a 40 something woman from Australia who writes about her journey to Financial Independence. She’s a great writer and I can really identify with her story being a “late starter” myself. Also I […]

What Am I Gonna Do With All These Beans? How COVID-19 Changed My Frugal Behavior

What Am I Gonna Do With All These Beans? How COVID-19 Changed My Frugal Behavior

My last post was my first monthly review. It was the last day of February but I wrote about how we did in January. That same day I did something unusual for me since having found the Financial Independence movement (FI) just over a year […]

Status Check On Our Progress Towards Financial Independence – January 2020 Recap

Status Check On Our Progress Towards Financial Independence – January 2020 Recap

Let’s talk about money. Something I really enjoy about the FI community is that they talk about money! I think it’s important to talk about and not treat it like a taboo subject. To be honest, I feel a wee bit queasy as I write […]

When Decluttering and Financial Independence Cross Paths

When Decluttering and Financial Independence Cross Paths

A few years ago I saw Marie Kondo, the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” on a morning news show. It was a brief interview but had an immediate impact on me. She demonstrated how to […]

Our First Year on our Journey to Financial Independence – How Did We Do?

Our First Year on our Journey to Financial Independence – How Did We Do?

One of the reasons I started this blog was to hold myself accountable and measure our progress on our journey to FI. I am a fan of J. Money’s blog Budgets Are Sexy. A recent post of his got me thinking of what we have accomplished […]

Why Frugality and Zero-waste Can Be Best Friends

Why Frugality and Zero-waste Can Be Best Friends

Back in 2014 I read the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. If you haven’t heard of it she’s known for making her home and life as close to zero-waste as possible. She thought up ways to reduce how much trash she and her […]

FRUGAL FOODIE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

FRUGAL FOODIE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY

I went from being a spendy gourmet to a frugal foodie after finding the Financial Independence (FI) movement. What I learned from the FI community is that there are three main categories of expenses that typically eat up people’s budgets the most: housing, transportation, and […]

Why I’m FIred Up About Driving a 10 Year Old Car

Why I’m FIred Up About Driving a 10 Year Old Car

I had an epiphany that Financial Independence = a shift in mindset. Like I said, “shift happens“. This shift in mindset saved me $37,656 dollars. Yep, here’s how.   HOW MY TOTALLY RELIABLE 10 YEAR OLD CAR CAME INTO MY LIFE In my Pre-FI, zombie-hamster-wheel, head-in-the-sand life […]

SHIFT HAPPENS – How To Find Money By Changing Your Mindset

SHIFT HAPPENS – How To Find Money By Changing Your Mindset

Here’s my big take away from learning about Financial Independence: it’s a SHIFT IN MINDSET. This shift was the catalyst for our plan and our drive to start taking action. Here’s what we have done so far since January of this year. CONTINUOUS LEARNING AND […]