Category: Frugal Living

The Car Conundrum

By , January 14, 2018

Ironically, just when I’m thinking a lot about frugality, we’re buying cars (see Introducing “Rhubarbaru”).

One of the touchstones, if you will, of our frugality has always been how we dealt with big ticket items, like vehicles. We mostly focus on smaller savings, regarding cars or trucks as somewhere beyond the pale. We had “The One Car,” our Jeep, which is, and will likely be the only car we ever bought brand new. It was The Car, what we had, and hoped to drive until it died. Which, I suppose it did. That left us in a tight spot, which we likely would still be working around, had Aly not moved the purchase of a family car along so precipitously.

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All of these Americans expressing their individuality together… (Photo:

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Common Scents

By , July 20, 2017

For a long time, I’ve been aware of scent warmers, devices that heat scented wax with a tea light or electricity to scent a room. I never quite saw the logic of these devices. After all, if one wants to melt aromatic wax, that’s what scented candles are for, right?

I even like the color! …of the current wax, anyway. (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger.)

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