Preparing for winter ( see I dodged the oh so obvious “winter is coming” title) and a recipe for super great brown rice!

Winter is coming (ha ha so funny bordering hilarious) and we are preparing for it by  making sure our house is rain proof and leak proof, the pantry is full and the wood is waiting for the fire-place. (I don’t believe the wood is waiting for anything to say the truth, least of all to […]

Living in a (fairly )small house and how I upgraded my toilet for (almost) 0$

We live in a fairly small home. 117 square meters. we have a nice big garden that we had no intention of destroying in order to build more rooms so we can accumulate more stuff. We have 3 children we raised for most of their lives in this small house. 2 of them are now […]

Why I bring myself flowers every friday (and how I do it frugally!)

I believe everyone loves flowers-right? I mean- beautiful (have you ever seen a flower and looked away? even those scary “little shop of horrors” type are interesting to look at, not that I come across those every day, or at any day for that matter-wow that brought up memories of that campy movie- “feed me […]

How (and why) I sprout my own sprouts

I love sprouts. A great source of protein and vitamins, fresh , versatile, yummy . whats not to like? I eat them fresh (raw as some might call it), cooked as mejadara, cooked as lentil stew, fresh in bean stew and more. I only sprout ( for the time being) green and brown lentils, I […]

How I reduced 25% of my electricity and gas bills ( 5 tips and another V for enVironmentalism)

Now that I’ve set my mind on keeping my savings rate over 75% ( I know there are unexpected spendings- those are not taken into account per-se but I do try to leave a margin of error every month for these surprises…), I have tackled my gas and electricity bills. These two are a major […]

Vegan snacks- liked by omnivore kids too!

One of my big dilemma’s is can I  feed my kids healthy nutritious food without them declaring war on me. Sadly we are not one of those families where all family members are happy environmentalistic vegans who recycle all day long and play outside with their organic rabbit. I wish we were. My family is […]

My frugal journey- and a pair of torn flip flops as a symbol

I already told you my goal is to retire early.  (just in case- here is a link ):Why I want to retire early and my plan to achieve it. I think it’s time I share the tips I am using-and are proving themselves as powerful tools- to reach this goal by saving more than 75% […]