Obviously I’m not on top of my feedreader and checking in on all the sites I enjoy, because I just came across this post from Dawn at Frugal For Life today, and it’s dated Sept 27. After nearly four years of blogging about frugality, Dawn is calling it quits, although she’s leaving her website up (which is good, because it’s an amazingly complete resource for aspiring frugalites). Thanks for all the tips and ideas Dawn, and good luck with whatever comes next!
But I also read this post from Frugal Trenches, and was cheered by her determination and spirit. She’s living in London and spending a lot of money to be surrounded by concrete. And her downshifted, environmentally-friendly, frugal lifestyle is calling her to a simpler place to live. Keep checking back to see where she ends up. I have a feeling it will be somewhere wonderful.
My husband and I have been batting around the idea of a place in the country someday. Specifically a straw bale house in the country. For now (and for many years to come), we love where we live. We love that the elementary school is about 300 yards from our back door. We love that we can bike to the grocery store, library, and post office. We love all the conveniences of living in the suburbs (especially since we both work at home, so we don’t have to commute anywhere). And our neighborhood is very quiet and secluded; especially our home, which backs up to open space. We live on a horseshoe shaped street that doesn’t lead anywhere else – sometimes an hour will go by without a single car passing our house. But who knows what we’ll be doing 20 years from now? I love the idea of a straw bale house, and I’m fascinated by the pictures and descriptions of the building process that I find online. Now I’m picturing Frugal Trenches building herself a straw bale house out in the English countryside, and it makes me smile.