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This episode goes into further detail on our story from our experience living the frugal good life. I share our ups and downs financially and how we came to find the frugal life, plus a few tips to get yourself started on the journey.

Click here to get a copy of our Budget Spreadsheet or download in Microsoft Excel.

Mentioned on the Show:

Frugal vs. Cheap

House of #Edtech Podcast Episode 52: No Cash Left Behind

Simple Dollar

Get Rich Slowly

I hope you enjoy the show! Please share your thoughts in the comments below :)

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On this episode, I share my experience learning to crochet, some of the basic terms of crocheting and how to get started. There is information on types of yarn, hooks, and all of the various projects you can make once you learn how to crochet.

Links from the show:

The Crochet Crowd

Fiber Flux

Yarnspirations

BHooked Crochet

Melanie Ham

My favorite yarns:

My favorite crochet hook size: H or J

My favorite crochet hooks: Boye Ergonomic Crochet Hooks

Don't be discouraged, it takes time to learn, but once you start to master the basics it gets even more exciting as you challenge yourself with new projects, various yarn types, or unique patterns!

Share in the comments if you crochet, or knit, and what some of your favorite projects are to create!

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Run Walk Run has rekindled my passion for running (and walking)!

I recently attended one of Jeff Galloway's Running Schools. This is what I've learned from the past year of running, changing to the run-walk-run program and also how much I learned from meeting Jeff and learning more how to utilize his plan to the fullest.

Links from the show:

Jeff Galloway

Jeff's E-Shop

Jeff's Half Marathon Training Plan

Mental Training by Jeff

Enjoy this week's episode and "Stay Positive!" and keep running!

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In this episode, I share my experience choosing to go Gluten Free after going through the 8Safe Elimination Diet. Listen to the episode for more on what I have learned and some tips if you're interested in going gluten-free. My decision to do so was related to health reasons, not weight-loss.

Links mentioned in the episode:

8Safe Elimination Diet

use code FRUGALMOM$TER at checkout for 10% off

A Gluten for Punishment

I may be going Gluten Free

Gluten Free Bread Fail

Gluten Free Pizza in a Bread Machine

Art of Gluten Free Baking

Gluten Free Wishlist Book (affiliate link)

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On this episode, I invited Jason from Winning Personal Finance to come on the show and share a little more about his blog, why he started it, and his goals with the site. We also talked about running! Enjoy the show!

Links:

Winning Personal Finance

@WinningPFin

Pay Off Debt or Invest?

 

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On this episode, I share how I came to learn about making homemade kefir as well as how to properly say it and how you can learn to make your own at home. It's super fun and pretty simple, just give it a try!

Links:

What is Kefir?

How to Pronounce Kefir

Milk Kefir Step-by-Step Guide

Kefir Lady

Kefir Grains from Fusion Teas on Amazon

Bandana Gramma on YouTube (Crockpot Yogurt)

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Chris joins me for a holiday 2017 update and wrap-up! Find out how our frugal holiday plans turned out and what's ahead for 2018.

Our Christmas Eve Menu:

Our Christmas Day Menu:

Our New Year's Eve Menu:

  • New Year's Eve Party Pack $16
  • Sweet n' Sour Meatballs
  • Pepperoni and Cheddar Cheese
  • Sparkling Grape Juice
  • Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
  • Our friends brought hors d'oeuvres, soda, cider, meat platter, pickle dip, and cookies

 

Leave a comment below and let us know how your holidays went. We'd love to know what you cooked for family and friends!

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Liz Cook, my friend, photographer and essential oil enthusiast shares insight about adding essential oils to your life.

Notes from the show:

What are Essential Oils

Purchase a Starter Kit from Liz

Curious about oils? Join the FB Group for more info and tons of resources/inspiration!

Kate's 2 Ingredient Natural and Inexpensive Home Cleaner

Contact Liz:

www.liz-cook.com

liz@liz-cook.com

Find Liz in the This Mama Oils FB group

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In this episode, Chris comes on as a special guest Co-Host to discuss how we handle the Christmas Season in a frugal manner. We talk about paying for experiences vs. things, our holiday budgeting, what Christmas cards have worked best for us, and homemade gifts.

It's a quick recap of what we've learned in the past 10 years of our marriage and the holiday expectations.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

LLP Episode 003 - Aquafaba

LLP Episode 004 - Gluten Free

Do Children's Birthday Parties Need to be Expensive?

Crocheted Hats: Monkey, Tiger, Octopus, Monster, Bunny, Snow Leopard, Duckling

Last Year's Christmas Card

No New Clothes Challenge

The show may change in the future and incorporate more of what Chris and I are learning together with many frugal tips and tricks. I hope you keep listening!

Share your feedback by leaving a comment on my blog or sending an email to kate @ katenesi.com

Enjoy the Episode!

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On this episode, we’ll be discussing ideas for how to go from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset and becoming a lifelong learner.

Carol S. Dweck poses this question in her book, Mindset:

“Think about your intelligence, talents, and personality. Are they fixed or can you develop them?”

Carol's site: https://mindsetonline.com/whatisit/whatdoesthismeanforme/index.html

Dweck’s writing on Brain Pickings:  https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/

I believe talents are something we may be born with, but I also believe talent is something we can discover and shape that is already within ourselves. Sure, our bodies may have physical limitations not allowing us to reach certain goals, and we may have some limitations in our brain power, but I’d venture to say that most things are within our reach if we truly want to learn to do them (or be them).

Lifelong learning comes in when you flex your growth mindset muscles on a regular basis. Once you welcome the growth mindset into your life, now you’re open to learning for life however you wish.

Trent Hamm wrote an excellent blog post on The Simple Dollar titled a Beginner’s Guide to Lifelong Learning at a Minimal Cost: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/a-beginners-guide-to-lifelong-learning-at-a-minimal-cost/

Think about your life and your goals. Was there a part of it where you thought - I just can’t do this. I’m not talented enough. And did you push through, or give up on that dream or path? Or have you always been a lifelong learner and it’s just been what you’ve known all along? I’d love to hear your stories!

I love that his first suggestion is to take notes by hand using a simple lined notebook.

Where can you learn on a budget…
  • Your local library
  • Local events or meetups
  • Online courses or MOOCS

I’ve taken the Child Nutrition Course from Stanford University last year on Coursera which was a great blend of learning via reading, books, and lectures via video. I’ll link in the show notes to courses from:

Edx: https://www.edx.org/course MIT: https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm Yale: http://oyc.yale.edu/ Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/

  • Podcasts
  • Youtube
  • Blogs and Websites
  • Local experts and classes

What I encourage you to do today is write down 10 things you’d like to learn how to do.

Why 10? Well, according to James Altucher, you easily can write down four or five ideas. Once you hit six and beyond, you start to sweat. By exercising your idea muscle just as you would regular muscles when they start to sweat is when they start to grow. When you push past the easy answers, you might find something more challenging to get you started. (https://jamesaltucher.com/2014/05/the-ultimate-guide-for-becoming-an-idea-machine/)

Thank you for listening and thank you for learning right alongside me!
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