Author: Laurie

Laurie is a wife, mother to 4, and homesteader who blogs about personal finance, self-sufficiency and life in general over at The Frugal Farmer. Part witty, part introspective and part silly, her goal in blogging is to help others find their way to financial freedom, and to a simpler, more peaceful life

How to Prepare Your Parents for Old Age

So much is written these days about people in their 40’s and 50’s caring for aging parents.  People in this age group often spend a couple of decades raising kids, then go straight to caring for their elderly parents.  Depending on how prepared your parent or parents are for getting older, caring for them can …

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Why Being Prepared and Self-Sufficient is So Important

Happy Monday, friends!  Regular readers of Three Thrifty Guys will know that there is occasional talk here about the importance of preparedness and self-sufficiency.  My family has, gradually over the last five years, felt more and more of a need to start learning how to be more self-sufficient.  We moved to a hobby farm a …

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How We’ll Save Money on Clothes in 2014

With a family of six, clothing costs can get out of hand real quick.  As a part of our 2013 budget goals, we committed to only buy clothing if it was absolutely necessary, and we held fast to that goal – for the most part.  All in all, though our 2013 clothing costs remained under …

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How to Make Money by Self-Publishing a Book – Part 2

Welcome back for the follow-up post to my recent article, How to Make Money by Self-Publishing a Book – Part 1. Last time we talked about how my teen daughter and I went from non-author status to published-author status, and what route we chose to get there.  Three years since I published my book, Moving …

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How to Make Money by Self-Publishing a Book – Part 1

As our family works to produce multiple streams of income, one of the ways we’ve chosen to go about that is to publish some books.  We didn’t start out publishing to make money, honestly.  The story goes like this: When our oldest daughter was 11 years old, my husband got laid off from his job …

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How to Save Money on Home Energy Costs

I often find that the area of home energy consumption is one that has lots of financial leaks that largely go unnoticed.  Since we don’t necessarily “see” the money spent on energy, it’s hard to remember that we do have some control over how much we spend on energy in our homes.  As our family …

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Holiday Beauty on the Cheap

Ok, all – admit it.  When the holiday party invites come flooding out of the woodwork, you’re thinking, at least somewhat, about how you want to look awesome when you walk in the door, aren’t you?  You’re shopping for a couple of great holiday outfits, picking out just the right accessories, and getting your hair …

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How Paying off Debt is Like Running a Marathon

I read a great post the other day over at The Broke and Beautiful Life.  I almost blew it off, as the title was “My First NYC Marathon: 2013”.  I spent a year or so as a runner, and although it was a great year of challenging myself, I got bored and burnt out quickly …

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Getting Engaged This Christmas? Do it With Style

Christmas seems to be one of those times during the year in which couples end up making the commitment to get married.  I remember being younger and single, and, on certain Christmases, wondering if one of the boxes I opened would be the one with the big, shiny rock in it. If you’re considering getting …

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