The New Year’s Festival Of Frugality is up at Moolanomy. I loved the post on Nature Mom’s Blog about how organic food can be affordable. I went through just about the same process over the last few years as my husband and I transitioned to about 90% organic food. We get organic produce delivered to our house, and buy very little meat and milk, which helps keep the total grocery bill reasonable. And Money and Value’s post about keeping the heat off sounded familiar too – we bought a little space heater for $35 at Wal Mart a few weeks ago. My husband, who works exclusively at home, keeps that heater in his 100 sq foot home office. The thermostat for the rest of the house is set at 55 degrees (to keep the pipes from freezing and the plants from dying). My husband and the cat spend the day in their cozy office, while the other 1250 sq feet of our home require very little energy to stay at 55 degrees. We do this four days a week, on the days I work at the library. When I’m home, we turn the heat up to 63 or so.
Early Retirement Extreme’s post, “Wear a wide brimmed hat and retire extremely early” was great – a perfect summary of how to stretch a dollar, be healthy, and indeed – retire early.
Happy New Year everybody – Here’s to a great 2008!