Tag Archives: frugal

Economic Blip Or Slip

Here we go again? The weird thing about blogging about personal finance and frugality for so many years is that an entire economic cycle may be repeating, or not. (My first post was from November 2008, just as The Great … Continue reading

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Maxwelton Meal

Blame it on the butcher. Without knowing it, they inspired the idea of a Maxwelton meal. South Whidbey, where I live, is considered rural; but most people living here seem to be either retired, commuters, artists, or some other more … Continue reading

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A Minimalist Photographer

Nature photography is natural. It’s amazing how complicated it become: f-stop, shutter speed, depth of field, et al. Nature is sweet, awesome,  introspective, serendipitous, serene. Photographing it should be the easy part, and yet photography requires a camera, and a … Continue reading

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Housing Oil Yuan And Tea Prices

There isn’t just one number for the price of tea in China. The only number that matters to me is how much it costs when I buy some. A bunch of prices are bumping around in my head. They’re all … Continue reading

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Triple Whammy Fourth Anniversary

Has it really been four years? Four years ago my life changed from semi-retirement to scrambling to survive. Survival may sound like hyperbole to some, but to anyone who realizes they may lose their house, may lose a way to … Continue reading

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The Value of a Free Concert

Thank you, South Whidbey Parks & Recreation and Goosefoot. Every Wednesday night, for about two months in the summer, those two local organizations put on free concerts in the park (SW Parks & Rec) and in the parking lot (Goosefoot). … Continue reading

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Coiled Springs

I see so many coiled springs around me. On a sunny, hot, summer afternoon I met with one of my friends and clients. Their business has all the right stuff: talent, tools, experience, and a dedicated base of clients. They … Continue reading

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Thinking About Quakes And Tsunamis

The outside expert gets the most attention. Within the last few days, an article was published in the New Yorker that described the possible impacts of a major earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. Suddenly, the earthquake possibility is a topic … Continue reading

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Finances And Fireworks

Boom. The Seattle area has been one of the driest in the country since the beginning of May. We’ve had less than one inch of rain in more than two months. That isn’t normal. The temperature is near 90, and … Continue reading

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Will Zillow Make Me Move

As of June 17, 2015, Zillow’s Zestimate® is only $162 from my Make Me Move® price. Sound like gibberish? Welcome to one possible future in real estate. My house, which isn’t listed, could get an offer. We’re about to see. … Continue reading

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