Welcome to another issue of the newsletter. As promised, I am sending this to subscribers to keep them informed of what is happening on the website.

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I'm pleased to announce that I recently added more than 2 dozen new pages as shown in the links below. Some pages are entirely new, and others are the result of reorganization of content to make smaller pages from a few that were just too long for easy reading.

With the economy the way it is, I put together a new page about how to keep your job. I was inspired to write this page after hearing about someone who foolishly let their job slip away from them, soon after they had received a promotion. When companies are on the warpath to reduce expenses, don't give them any excuse to let you go.

The age old question of can money buy happiness is addressed on this new page. I think the answer is obvious, but I wanted to think it through and share it with you.

Many of us have realized that our personal financial success and challenges come from our sense of individual responsibility, and part of our success hinges on our ability to seek information as part of our approach to living, pay attention to lessons learned from others, and hone our own ability to extrapolate so we're not blind sided by upcoming events. My inspiration for this page comes from Brad Chaffee who writes Enemy of Debt. I think the name says it all. I like Brad's polite, yet "right in your face" style. I think you will too.

I've added to the small animal arena with a separate page on chicken breeds, and a page on egg laying chickens. I've done this in part to reduce the size of the page on raising chickens, and in response to lots of interest in this area. I think chickens are easy to raise and they certainly can provide an abundance of eggs.

As another money saving idea, I created a discussion about bulk food. We buy whole beef, pork and lamb, and if you time the market right, you can save a considerable amount of money. And, you get to select quality organic meats that are much better for your health.

Some time ago I created a page about good cheap wines in a bottle, but neglected to wire it up so you could access it. Now I have. I also created a overview page about wine called good wine. This page introduces the idea that both good cheap wines in bottles and box wine can be a luxury that doesn't have to cost too much.

Our adventures in raising seedlings has brought rise to a new page about making a cheap seedling greenhouse, and how to make a cloche. We planted about two months early this year, and these resources helped us do it. Now, we're full up with lots of vegetables that otherwise would have been planted later, and therefore provided a later harvest.

Lastly, my heating with wood page was much too long, so I broke it into separate articles that are much easier to read. I also added many more related articles to address some of the details. So, here are the new and revised pages that help explain the work, joy and requirements of heating your home with wood. As you can see, I've been busy with this topic.

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. Please use the Contact Form on the website to let me know you're having trouble, and I'll send you the links directly via e-mail.

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.

I wish you all the best,


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.