It's time to celebrate 500 pages on the site.

As regular readers will know, I'm not into writing a lot of pages for the sake of having a lot of pages - I try to stay focused on information that is helpful and insightful, and related to living a frugal life that is satisfying and yet very affordable. Nevertheless, I can't help but be happy to reach a milestone in my website development - 500 pages of information on Frugal Living Freedom.

Some of the additional pages are the result of taking one of my longer pages and turning it into smaller bite-size articles, but there are numerous new pages as well. Here are links to several new pages that I think you might find interest in:

The Scrapper - an example of how one person supplements their income by collecting valuable materials that others throw away, and he does this as part of his regular employment.

Internet Scams - as if we haven't learned the lesson "if it's too good to be true...." So, I've assembled a "hit list" of things to watch for as we all start using the Internet for more and more of our daily business. We work too hard for our money to let others simply steal it from us.

Make Money by Blogging - starting a blog seems to be the hottest thing on the planet. It's also about a lot of hype. This page helps set more realistic expectations if you're interested in making money with a blog, or two, or three.

Worthiness - it seems that every year more people expect more things to be handed to them instead of earning them. I'm tired of people asking for my money, and in this article, I explain why most people aren't worthy of a donation - at least not one that involves my hard-earned money.

You may have noticed that my "Houndbites" stopped working. I think this outfit has bit the dust, so I'll be reworking all of the audio and creating something that it stable so it doesn't go away again.

I've been busy over the past many month with lots of writing projects online and print publications, responding to requests from readers, family matters, and generally getting my act together around the homestead. This has kept me away from Frugal Living Freedom and these newsletters for longer than desired. That's the sad news, and it's behind me.

The good news is that I'm back with renewed interest, enthusiasm and lots of ideas for more good content. Many of my activities of late have created dozens of pages in my head (and in notes at my desk) that will help me create a more robust website with additional insights for the doing-it-yourselfer, vegetable gardener, frugal saver, at-home cook, small animal raiser, home improvement buffs, and others who are focused on a more self-directed and achievement oriented lifestyle that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

I am pleased with the growing interest in site content, and I'm honored that so many readers have written me to ask for advice. Each time I receive a note from someone who is encouraged, inspired, instructed, validated or at least comforted by what I have written, I am honored and touched.

Soon, I hope to be migrating the site to a three column format with a new banner that more accurately reflects the self reliant and homestead nature of the many topics I enjoy writing about - saving money is just one aspect, despite Ben Franklin being plastered all over the site banner.

I also have an eye toward a video camera to help demonstrate some of the things I'm doing and recommending. I hesitate moving in this direction too soon as it's an involved process to get good quality audio and video, and that's the only kind I'll have any interest in posting on the site.

Anyway, enough jabber for now. It's time to get working on the next 500 pages.

I wish you all the best,


P.S. If you are receiving this in text format, the links to the new pages might not be complete. You'll have to copy and paste the link into your browser in order for it to take you to the correct page.

Also, some of these newsletters "bounce", and I have no idea of which ones don't get through. So, if you aren't receiving the newsletter regularly, please take a look at the back issues available through the link below.

There certainly is a broad scope of topics here at Frugal Living Freedom. When you think about it, money permeates so very many activities in our lives, therefore, being frugal encompasses a wide range of interests, from being employed to taking a vacation, and just about everything in between. Enjoy the variety, pick up some new ideas, and start making frugality a part of your signature.

I'm a big proponent of being debt-free, and I mean entirely debt-free - no mortgage payment. It's not essential for financial freedom, but you'll love the feeling once you get there. If you didn't have a rent or mortgage payment, how much more could you do for yourself with your current level of income? I suspect plenty.

If you ever hope to see an abundance of wealth, you need to plug the hole in your boat. The wealthy don't necessarily make lots of money, instead, they know how to hang onto what they make, and make it work for them.