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May 11, 2010



Sounds like you have a great plan. Good luck!

amy Zimmer

you're up early this morn! Haven't read post yet, just impressed as heck that you are up! xo A


I'll be really interested in hearing more about your journey. I've been pondering cutting things rather drastically here - sort of out of necessity and sort of out of an experiment based upon an article I read in "Mother Jones" in their most recent issue. Best wishes for the journey!

amy Zimmer

Great post Selena. Very inspiring. Hey where is our question? (wink, wink) Now that summer is close, you will save on electricity and gas. How much does barbeque vs gas save, if anything, I wonder? I don't think giving up coffee out is worth giving up. Maybe limit yourself to 1 treat or "out" food a day. Hey you have to have some fun! xo A


Ah, you just can't beat a good read of a Tightwad Gazette book to get into the 'frugality' mindset. Amy Dacyczyn is my frugal heroine.

Good luck with it all Selena, I look forward to hearing how you get on.


You're so resourceful, I'm confident you'll make it through the hard times. I'm constantly making strides toward "serious frugality" as well. Keep us posted on your progress with extreme frugality so we can do the same! I'll soon be listed as many items on Ebay and planning a big yard sale.

Kelli Oliver

Hi Selena,
I always enjoy reading your blog, but this post was especially interesting. I'm curious about your ebay/etsy selling--how do you decide what to sell on ebay and what to sell instead on Etsy?

Good luck with everything; I'm looking forward to following along on your journey!

Vicki K

That was a fun memory, seeing the Tightwad Gazette. I subscribed to her newsletter when it was $1 per month. She was amazing to me because once she accomplished her goals she set for writing her newsletters, she stopped! She could have been tempted to continue so easily I think.

I love your plan and it is very inspiring. Writing it down like that reinforces and reminds in a powerful way. Good wishes for the journey.


Making lemonade out of lemons. :) I love your enthusiasm and organization. You are very resourceful and I look forward to reading more inspiring posts about your frugal challenge.

Selena Cate

Hi Kelli, Since Im heading straight into full selling mode many of my upcoming posts will focus on this very topic. Ill make sure to cover how I decide where best to sell something. xoxo Selena


You have such great ideas, Selena!! I'm sure you'll do great! I love that book too! I have the Complete Tightwad Gazette and it's awesome! All 3 volumes in one BIG book! lol!

Kelli Oliver

Great! I'm looking forward to it!

Sara Bischoff

Hi Selena,

I loved this post (as usual) and it is very timely for us too. Thanks to a perfect storm of financial events including a huge unexpected income tax bill and a planned California vacation next month, we are in tightwad mode here on B.I. I am really looking forward to hearing how it goes for you. I have been selling stuff on Craigslist and other places, shopping at Grocery Outlet, and NOT spending whenever I can. I am having lots of dialogue with myself on whether or not I really need an item or if I can figure out a cheaper way to do something. I have to say, it has actually been a lot of fun to try to figure out how to have a happy good life while being extremely frugal. It is fulfilling to be resourceful! I'm looking forward to more posts on the topic!


Just wanted to say hello. I'm new to your blog, hope you don't mind me popping in.. :)
I think all your thrifting sounds great, and I'm looking forward to seeing how you get on. I love thrifting and trying to save money, but unfortunately I'm not much good at either (so my husband
Good luck with it all.
You've got a lovely blog...
Kind regards,


You have such great ideas. There isn't a doubt in my mind that you will do exactly what you set out to do!

Will you do a post soon about pricing for garage sales? I'm trying to plan one and want to get the most $ I can, without charging too much.


I'll be praying for a buyer with financing for your Bainbridge home. It looks like quite a lot of home, yard and excellent location for the price. Have fun with your thrifting, saving, going without challenge. It's healthy. Thanks for sharing your plan with us.


Great list, reminds me I have a few baby wraps I've been meaning to sell. I love selling stuff because it feels like spring cleaning/decluttering at the same time as being thrifty. Maybe you'll find a great thermos to take tea/coffee/cocoa with you when you go out so you aren't tempted! Fingers crossed for your house sale soon.


I love Amy's books they are the best! Also my Aunt lives on BI so I sent her the listing just incase she has any friends that are interested! Good luck thrifting.


Your Bainbridge home is beautiful and so large! I'm praying you get a buyer soon.

All your ideas for cutting back sound good to me. I find that we do better cutting back on spending rather than adding income, since income is taxed and not spending isn't.

We rarely eat out, and we try to cook all meals from scratch. One area I'd like to do better is gardening. We have a lovely field that a friend uses for his garden and he's generous in sharing his produce with us. Still, I think if I put out a few plants of my own and tended them we'd enjoy it more and eat the vegetables I know we like.

Are you looking for any particular items for your Etsy shop, or particular books? Can I help find things for you and send them to you?


It's great that you guys can be all on the same page, tackling the problem together! I love the Tightwad Gazette books, too. Sooo much good stuff in there!


Good luck with everything. I hope you find a buyer or the very least another renter asap.

Lokking forward to reading about selling on etsy and ebay


Those are all great ideas. I have to be frugal too and I found giving up "outside" food was effective. I make my own coffee and take it with me if I am headed somewhere. Mother's Day I did treat myself to a latte, and of course if meeting up with the old gals at a coffee shop, I'll buy one. I also brew my own at work, for breaks and for lunch. Give up on eating out and for a treat do takeout or buy prepared food from the grocery store if in a pinch.


I've been doing all these things for years, to save for our two adoptions. In fact, right now I"m knitting donated yarn and the mesh from my oranges into scrubbies. I'm a tightwad!


ugghhh Selena girl, you are in my thoughts. I feel your pain we live on one income in a state where nothing is cheap. I am the one who brings in extra cash when possible, I have found most of the tips you listed to really help us save money. Good luck. Beans are a great way to stretch your budget and Azure sells 5 pound bags for around 6-8 bucks, cheap for organic beans! Not too late to throw in a garden either, soil and seeds and perseverance are cheap.


Well, Selena I'm sure everything will be better in a short time. If you'd like more inspiration for saving I's suggest Through her suggestion, I got a free subscription to Mothering magazine (digital in this case but there are info on many paper ones!) There are also posts on coooking for cheap, how to organize a successful yard sale etc. Be sure to look at past posts. Hope this helps

many hugs

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