Welcome to another issue of the newsletter. I am sending this to keep you informed of what is happening on the website.

The big news is that I now have more than 400 pages on the site - 417 to be exact. Lots of thinking, writing and some reorganization as well to make things a bit more bite size.

You'll also notice that I revamped the nav bar to organize things by general topics such as: Frugality, Money, Frugal Living, Self Reliance, Associates, and Site Admin.

I've also added a couple of new nav bar items. Sites I Like was created to showcase some of the sites that I enjoy and why I enjoy them. I also created Success Factors to help lay out some of the factors that I think are important in achieving success, whether it's in the area of finances, self sufficiency, building something, starting your own business or just living a more productive life. I've written so many pages about succeeding at life that I thought they needed a home.

I'm not going to discuss or list all the new pages since there are about 200 of them, but I would like to highlight a few of my favorites.

  • Living on the Edge provides insight into a couple of real life situations where individuals have placed themselves in precarious situations, both by choice. One is a small family in Alaska who live off grid and in quite a bit of isolation, and they love their life because they take care of themselves. The other is an individual who is far less challenged and far less caring about his life, so he too is living on the edge, but he hates what he has created for himself. I think it's an interesting comparison that centers on how deliberately or carelessly we choose to live our lives.

  • Credit cards offers my view of buying things with plastic, and some of the pitfalls involved. I believe this is the first time I've addressed credit cards in any meaningful way. That probably shows you just how little I use them, and how little influence they have in my life. Nevertheless, I know they are a big part of the lives of others, so I share my view on this convenient way of making a purchase that many have turned into their own financial disaster.

  • Getting what we deserve reflects a personal philosophy of mine that I've been working with for about 25 years. I think it's a natural thing that is neither good nor bad. It's just what it is. If we work smart and hard, we deserve success, and we'll likely get it. The opposite is also true.

  • Consider the source is an article that I should have written long ago. I find it to be a helpful concept, so I'm not certain why it took me so long to write about it. The bottom line is that talk is cheap and we all need to consider the source before we pay attention to what anyone has to say about anything - including me.

  • Lastly, I highlight playing the victim, a page about how some of us just give up on blazing our own trail and we take the attitude of being quite helpless. I encourage my readers to snap out of it because that kind of thinking isn't going to get you anywhere you'll really want to go.
On the horizon I see major topics such as Getting out of Debt, Growing Vegetables and Starting Vegetable from Seed needing some reorganization. No doubt some of this will require added pages, so look for page 500 before the end of the year.

I'll be making a push to put in more photos in many places where they'll help tell the story that I've written. I also hope to put in a few more videos and some audio as well.

I'm pleased to announce that a reader from Colorado asked about keeping chicken water from freezing during the winter, and that inspired me to write a couple of pages about options in this area. The pages are: chicken waterers and heater bases. After I build my ground source heating chicken watering system, I'll build a page on that and show you how I did it.

This just goes to show you that I'm willing to help out where I can, and I'll even put together a new page if I think it might help others.

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.

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.