Promoting frugality as a way to live a simple and prosperous life.
Welcome to my Frugally Sustainable Faves page! (Be sure to check Marilyn’s Faves)
Here are resources that help my family find and redefine real wealth for a sustainable prosperity. When many people think of the word sustainable, they think about “saving the environment.” To me, it’s broader. The word prosperity goes beyond financial in my book. Consider a different definition for what it means to be successful in a way that leaves the world a better place for generations to come.
For our family, sustainable prosperity includes:
Be sure to check back for updates, and send me your frugal and sustainable favorite resources. Thanks! Here’s to an adventure toward sustainable prosperity!
Fairfield Public Library - “If you have a garden and a library, you have all you need.” ~ Cicero. The library is my go-to resource for the latest cookbooks and gardening tips, and so much more. Check out their collection of music, dvds and cds. Gardeners of all levels: check out the free Seed-to-Seed Library. There are always wonderful, free programs for all ages. Our town library offers so much more than books, it is a valuable community center.
The Zero Waste Home - “Zero waste is good for your wallet.” Who knew that my family and I were already practicing some Zero Waste ideas? This website offers endless inspiration to do better.
Freecycle - I have been a member of the Bridgeport group for at least six years. While it’s better to give than to receive, I must say that I am grateful to have received great stuff from bread machines for me to winter boots for my kids.
Mother Earth News Magazine – Since 1969, it’s been “the Original Guide to Living Wisely.” Great DIY tips for gardening, cooking, and homesteading. My girlfriend gave me a subscription as a gift, three years ago, when she and I and the magazine turned 40! I cannot believe I hadn’t heard about this great read until then!
Mothering Magazine – offers parenting wisdom for following your intuition, raising conscious, connected, thoughtful children in a disconnected world, and tips for sustainable living.
Common Sense Media – a great guide for reviews and ratings for Family Movies, TV shows, Websites, Video Games, Books and Music.
Simple Prosperity – David Wann’s blog - In his book, Simple Prosperity, Wann writes, “If health, happiness, and humility become new American benchmarks of success, we’ll no longer need hypergrowth or overconsumption. As a result, we’ll generate less stress, environmental destruction, depression, and debt!” Yeah, let’s be a part of this change!
Experience Life! - A Revolutionary Manifesto to living a healthy, balanced life. Thanks to my new friend, Gretchen, for pointing out this great site.
Here’s a guide to the Connecticut Grown Crop Availability Calendar.
FRUGAL FOODIE KITCHEN INVESTMENTS
See my post on my bread machine, blender, stand mixer and slow cooker
Running – it’s cheaper and more convenient than going to the gym. Investments are running shoes and clothing that fit you comfortably and, fees for the occasional race, if you choose to participate. You can start at any age (see Runner’s World magazine for countless evidence of this.) Road races can motivate you to get in even better shape and provide an activity for the whole family. There are great road races that take place in Fairfield. Family faves are the St. Patrick’s Day 4 miler and Turkey Trot 5 miler. My husband has run the Fairfield Half Marathon since 2005. It’s a beautiful course, and you do need to train for it. I accomplished it for the first time last year.
Exercise DVDs from the library – try a variety of workouts in the privacy of your own home at your convenience – for free! There’s no excuse not to get in shape! I love the Zumba DVDs!
Walking – Get into a routine of at least a half an hour a day, and you will see the difference in your outlook and waistline in no time.
Budgeting – stay tuned for a separate Budget Toolbox page
Couponing – In the wake of TLC’s show “Extreme Couponing” and a current NYTimes Magazine article, there’s a lot of judgement out there about people who coupon. I find this quote to be applicable here, by Ian McLaren: “Let us be kind to one to another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.”
Department Store Coupons: Kohls, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Old Navy
BJs Coupon Booklet
Online Couponing – My husband and I have gotten really great deals by finding coupon codes, free shipping deals on top of sale prices. We almost exclusively buy our running shoes and gear online.
Amazon.com “Subscribe and Save” - I purchase our regular supply of organic coconut oil through this program. It’s cheaper than through my food co-op.
Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
MOVIE NIGHT AT HOME
AREA MUSEUMS – See the Museum Pass Program at the Fairfield Public Library
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” ~Margaret Mead.
Be knowledgeable about what’s going on in your town government. A few years ago, I went to a town budget hearing and signed up to speak at the Public Comments section of the meeting. As nervous as I was, I collected my thoughts and joined others to express the need to keep the town library budget intact. Instead of cutting positions or money for materials, a compromise was reached to close an hour early every weeknight and reduce hours on Sundays.
Every voice counts. Every vote counts. If you don’t speak up, if you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain.