My favorite posts from the Frugal Blog Network this week:
From Almost Frugal, a post about frugal ways to stay warm when it’s cold outside. I love fall, and I love the start of the cold weather (by March I’m thoroughly sick of it and ready for spring, but I love cold weather in october). We always try to push it as long as possible before we turn on the furnace each year – although with a baby in the house we might not be able to let it get quite as cold this year, especially since he has a few hours of naked time every day to prevent diaper rash!
The Frugal Dutches writes about the psychological ramifications of the current economic mess. Times like these make me glad that our savings are on autopilot – other than having to choose an ETF once a year in my Roth, everything is automated, most of it in mutual funds and index funds. I’m not on a get rich quick path, but I don’t have ulcers over my investments either.
Frugal Zeitgeist has a great article about sitting next to a passenger on a plane who spent the entire flight guarding her Birkin bag. I couldn’t agree more – if you buy something and then spend all your time worrying about it getting damaged/stolen/lost, etc., what’s the point? Life’s too short to waste it worrying about possessions.
Andy at Tight Fisted Miser has a post about the economic advantages to living in a small town. I was raised in small towns, and my parents still live in a small town (very small – we were there this weekend, and the neighbor’s chickens were in my parents’ backyard). I like small towns, but I also like being able to walk or bike everywhere I need to go, so our medium-sized city works well for me (but a $70,000 house sounds pretty good!)
Not Made Of Money has a post about organizing and planning for the holidays. We’re planning to visit my husband’s family for Thanksgiving (all we have to do is bring a side dish – not much to plan there) and then we’ll have my family over to our house for Christmas. I’m going to cook things that I can make ahead in order to try to minimize kitchen time when everyone is here. Whatever you’re doing, and whatever holiday or event you’re celebrating, a little planning, budgeting, and organizing will go a long way towards reducing stress and making everything more enjoyable.