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I’m Sierra. I live in the Boston area with my family.

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Why I Quit Everything

March 2, 2010

Last September, when my five-year-old started kindergarten, she also went to swimming lessons twice a week, gymnastics class once  a week, music class on Saturday mornings, and a weekly play group at the community growing center. My toddler had a lighter schedule, comprised of only swim lessons and a weekly playdate at the library. I [...]

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Not quite “Non-Consumption”

November 9, 2009

I posted recently at Wise Bread about “frugality fatigue”, the idea that Americans are tired of being frugal and breaking out their wallets for a little party time. I might resemble those remarks. In the past few months, I’ve bought: The car. The first new bras I’ve bought since my last baby was born. They’re [...]

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September 6, 2009

This is actually a few weeks old, but I realized I forgot to post it here. This is, without question, my favorite haircut that I have ever had. And also the most fun to get; my beloved Molly cut it for me while we were hanging out in my driveway with our kids and a [...]

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Shopping: the sacred back-to-school rite

September 5, 2009

My mother came over the other day. I’d asked her to come by and help us sort through Rio’s wardrobe, get her room set up for kindergarten and make a list with us of morning and evening routines to support school success. When she arrived, Rio asked her to take us to Target and buy [...]

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A Frugal Father's Day Gift

June 24, 2009

A few weeks ago, I was biking when I passed by a field where a lot of old guys* were playing soccer. I stopped my bike and asked a teenage girl who was watching the game what was going on. “They just play here,” she said. I told her my husband loves soccer, because he [...]

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Kid's allowances: what's the right approach?

June 21, 2009

This post at the Simple Dollar got me thinking about kid’s allowance money. It got me thinking too much for a blog comment over there, so you get to read all about it. Kid’s allowances are one of my most regular cash expenses, along with groceries and gas for my car. All the frugal living [...]

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The Compact

June 15, 2009

I started doing The Compact about a month ago. The Compact is simple: for one year, buy nothing new. There are exceptions of course. These things were written into the Compact as exceptions: perishable goods (food, cleaning products, personal care, medicine) underwear and socks I’m a generous sort, and I think five is a nice [...]

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Frantic food preservation

June 1, 2009

In the run-up to Rio’s birthday party, we bought Too Much Food. Like you do when you aren’t sure how many people will be coming to your party, or what they’ll bring to contribute, and your friends are foodies who you don’t dare serve bad pizza to even for a kids’ birthday party. We also [...]

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Ten Tired Tips for Frugal Family Living

March 25, 2009

I read a fair amount of personal finance advice these days. I’m also a consumer of green living tips, and I enjoy learning about how people are making their lives more sustainable. But here are ten common tips that I would be happy never to see again: 1. Eat less meat. 2. Drink less soda. [...]

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