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

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

Hi Y’all! 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, […]

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

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

Hi Y’all! 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, […]

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 […]