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4/10/11 10:20 P

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I'm a newbie to this team. I discovered frugality in the "tightwad Gazette " several years ago. I haven't been too successful at executing the ideas. I'm here to learn. Can't decide if I'm a minimalist, or couponer, which I perceive to be mutually exclusive. Right now I'm trying non-extreme couponing.

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3/29/11 5:38 P

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Marty, that quote by Mark Twain is one of my favorites and I had it in my email signature for a long time! :)

I always strive to live a frugal life and a simple life to the point of working toward being a minimalist. My long term dream is to eventually have only what is absolutely necessary and what we truly love and to one day buy a "tiny house" to live in. Right now our son still lives at home and we're not financially set to make that drastic change at the moment either. But one day! :)

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-three today and we don't know where the hell she is. ~Ellen DeGeneres


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MARTY728's Photo MARTY728 Posts: 1,814
3/23/11 11:02 A

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I am working on changing my lifestyle, excerising and loosing weight.

A little about me, since I try to be funny most of the time, I see humor in most situations. I believe that it is mentally stimulating and spiritually uplifting to try view and present my life in a funny manner. I play a humor brain game and it makes me happy. I try to be funnier than I look, which is a huge task.

However, my attempts at humor are not mean or nasty toward any individual. Other than me and maybe a family member, I may also mention a good friend in my attempts at humor. I view my approach at humor as a machine gun approach; I will put a number of attempts out there and hope that someone besides me finds at least one funny. My problem is I find them all funny.

I think the author Mark Twain said it best when he wrote, "The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up."


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3/21/11 4:44 P

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Hello, my name is Amie. My husband and I recently decided to have him stay home with our 2 year old son out of necessity-my son was sick all of the time from daycare, and daycare is so expensive. I thought managing our budget would be much easier than it actually is. I cut coupons, look for free deals for family activities, I belong to some facebook saver pages, I try to avoid taking unnecessary trips, but we are still really challenged. I am very aware after reading some of the team posts that I can be much more frugal and simple and enjoy the little things in life. I look forward to learning from the experts in this group, but also share some of the things I've been doing too.

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HEALTHYMAINEMOM's Photo HEALTHYMAINEMOM Posts: 96
3/21/11 8:38 A

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Hello!

My biggest struggle is that if I'm too frugal my life becomes very complicated with trying to save money, deal with clutter, etc. I continue to struggle with finding a balance between making my life easier and with living simply and within my means.

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KTDID_310 Posts: 44
3/19/11 2:14 P

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Hiya,
I'm newish to SP, just restarted last week tho I'd actually checked it out before a few years back and never got a good start. This time (I hope) my dedication is higher, and I'm trying a much healthier, integrated approach. I think group support with the team will be a big help :).

I'm 32, single gal, hoping to lose about 75 lbs total. Frugality has always been a part of my lifestyle, but I have been looking to tweak my skills recently as I'm working to be debt-free.
I enjoy gardening and canning, and I believe any food I can grow/raise is 100% healthier than commercially grown foods. Looking forward to getting to know you all along this journey.

-Katie

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3/17/11 4:22 P

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Hi Y'all!
I'm new, I'm working on simplifying my life.
I am 26 and trying to save money any way I can. I'm also working towards a more minimalist lifestyle.
I'm glad I found this group!

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3/16/11 2:39 P

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Howdy!
I'm Laura, a working mom to 3 teenagers and married to a wonderful man for almost 18 years. We live on 2 acres and grow LOTS of our own food, have several fruit trees, grape vines, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. We can, dry and freeze the extra for winter and spring.
I'm trying to lose at least 80 pounds. For Lent, my oldest gives up meat and has done this the last 5 or 6 years. This year I am doing it with her. My youngest daughter will only eat chicken, the boy and hubby are just eatting...lol. Along with exercise, I hope to have a boost of weight loss.
We are not new to being frugal, but seems like we have to tighten more now than ever before. We make our own cleaners and laundry soap, hang laundry to dry, use cash and no credit cards for our purcahses.

Laura, SW Ohio, EST

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3/16/11 11:53 A

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3/14/11 11:53 P

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Hello, I'm new to SP but not new to living a frugal life. Eager to give myself a life over-haul and make-over.

My two main goals are to lose approximately 25 lbs. for my health and over-all well-being as well as save $100 000 for a downpayment on a house for stability, equity, and financial freedom.

Hoping that this group will be able to provide tips that I can feed off of and contribute to.

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3/13/11 11:03 P

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Hi there! I am eager to be Fit Soon. I enjoy cooking and making every dollar stretch so you might want to check out my recipes.


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3/10/11 2:36 P

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3/9/11 1:58 P

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Hi, my name is Evelyn. I was frugal for years out of necessity. But when I got married I got used to having two incomes and I relaxed some of my frugal standards. Well, I've been unemployed now for a year and a half - it's got to the point where we can't just cut a few corners; we have to buckle down, stick to a budget and really give some things up. My priorities are: healthy but affordable food and FREE exercise and opportunities for fun.

-Evie


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BLUEMRSM's Photo BLUEMRSM SparkPoints: (25,301)
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3/6/11 12:08 P

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Hi! I'm married with a dog, cat and two grown kids who are out of the house. I'm taking early retirement--but no pension. So I need to live much more frugally now! Plus, I'm horrified by how much money I've wasted and squandered over time. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from this team.

Karin
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2/27/11 8:19 A

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Hi,

I'm Brenda and live in the south central Texas area with my husband, two children, and a dog. I work as a stay at home mom and artist.

Years ago I was frugal out of necessity and it became a habit. Over the years, however, I drifted away from frugality but recently decided to recommit myself.

My reasons are several: 1. To establish and/or increase savings accounts for education, retirement, emergencies, and travel; 2. It's better for the environment; 3. It sets a good example for my children; 4. It will give me more freedom over our discretionary income. I'll have more to spend on the things I value the most rather than faux necessities like disposable bags etc.; 5. I simply cannot rid myself of a fundamental opposition to paying for services and or things that, with a bit of research, effort, and practice and I can do myself.

I'm glad I found this place and am looking forward to learning more about furthering my and my husband's goals of spending less, saving more, while enjoying life more while doing it.

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2/19/11 11:54 A

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Hello Everyone... I'm not normally frugal and I tend to complicate everything. I want to change that and this seems like a good place to learn how. Being newly retired, DH and I would benefit from a new way of living. Starting with our living arrangements as we now live in the old family home (100 year old cabin in the hills) I love it here and am looking forward to the slow pace of this tiny town.

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2/17/11 8:07 A

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Hi I am new and a BUSY Single Mom of 1..........I am not only Frugal but I am also a Minimalist emoticon or at least learning to be one. I may not check in everyday but I am trying emoticon

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2/14/11 9:08 P

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Hi, I'm Shelley. I joined SP about 2 1/2 weeks ago and I'm super excited to find this frugal group!




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2/14/11 10:38 A

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Hi! I'm Kaz and am new to the team. I'm a big fan of being frugal, though I'm not as frugal as I'd LIKE to be. I try to combine errands, make my own soups, buy store brand, and try to reuse, rather than throw away. I'm looking forward to getting some new ideas and support here!

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BETTY226's Photo BETTY226 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/13/11 11:27 P

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Hi There my type of site....I coupon, belong to a few coupon clubs on facebook. Try to save money any way I can. I was frugal before it came the in thing to do. You can lose weight and be thrifty all at the same time....Red Plum had a great coupon for Gain fabric softner if you do it right it is free at Kroger and Target. It is a 1.99 at Wal-Mart. In my area. So thanks I like some of the hints....

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2/11/11 7:45 P

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Hi, I'm Birgit and I believe in frugal living but need to do more of it. :)
I can use the encouragement of a group. Looking forward to reading some of the posts. emoticon

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ARKARGE221's Photo ARKARGE221 Posts: 72
2/9/11 4:41 P

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Hello.
My name is Angila. Simple sounds great to me. Frugal is kind of a must. My focus is on getting out of debt and losing weight.

Honestly, Angila


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2/8/11 6:08 P

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Hello! I'm Annie. I'm trying this for the first time. I've put on about 15 pounds in the past year and a few months, and I'm ready for it to go away. This looked like a great program! I do live QUITE frugally -- last year's income was right around $6500. I have Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and am unable to work outside the home. I am a Fiber Artist and make my entire income on Etsy.

I guess that's enough for now!
Nice to meet you!

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2/6/11 10:43 P

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Hi! I'm Penny. This is my second day of my second attempt with SparkPeople. I tried about a year ago, but gave up. I think I was just too hard on myself. This time, I will be more forgiving. I live in a small cabin in the woods in southern Ohio with my husband, Jeff, of 26 years, and our mentally handicapped grandson, Joseph, who is 18 and is a junior in high school. We moved here after I was forced to quit a career that I loved following treatment for breast cancer. Life has turned out very different than I had planned, but I truly believe I am alive today because of the choice we made to simplify our lives and give up all the stress of life in the fast lane. It was such a blessing to be available to provide a home for Joseph last summer when he needed us. Looking back, I know that I could never have handled all of this without our simple and uncluttered life. We don't have a lot of the material things we had when I was able to work, but the quality of our lives is so much better now. Because of all the medications I've taken for cancer and also for stress and depression, I seem to have more difficulty losing weight than ever before. I look forward to learning from others who are succeeding and making friends who share my challenges and will celebrate my successes with me. I love God and I believe I owe it to Him to live each day with purpose and joy! My favorite quote is: "This isn't a dress rehearsal~It's the SHOW!" Blessings!

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2/5/11 8:36 A

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Just For Today I let go of anger.

Just For Today I do not Worry.

Just For Today I have the attitude of Gratitude

Just For Today I have love and respect for every living thing.

Just For Today I will do my work honestly.

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2/4/11 10:15 P

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Hello everyone! This will be my third time on SP, and hopefully I will stay with it this time. I have, however, lost 30 lbs since August, but I still have 65 more to go. I have a hard time with dealing with my emotional eating, but I've gotten better.

A little more about me - I'm a mom of a teenager boy and a school-age boy. My husband is a firefighter/EMT, and I work full time. My youngest has cystic fibrosis and there's a lot of stuff happening in our lives.

The one thing that my husband and I have come to realize over the last few months is that we have let ourselves go when it comes to our spending. We are currently in the process of paying down our debt, learning new frugal skills ( and resurfacing some old ones), and learning to live without a lot of things we just don't need. We've dabbled in couponing, canning, homemade meals/products, and gardening, but 2011 is the year we've determined to make this a major goal of ours.

Thanks for having this team - it's good to see others that think like us. emoticon

Ta ta for now!

Beth


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2/4/11 8:28 P

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Hello Team! \(^_^)/

Just a quick introduction: Simple living is something that definitely sounds like my kind of thing. Not that I'm living in a handmade log cabin in the mountains or anything, mind you, but there are a lot of "luxuries" that I've never even owned - a car, a TV set, a microwave oven, to name just a few of the things I've decided to do without.

This desire to lead a simpler life didn't just happen because I was hit by a random enlightenment particle, though. In my early twenties I was having severe financial problems and eventually accumulated debts that took years and years to get rid off again. During that time I became very aware of what I actually NEED in my life... not much really when it comes to worldly possessions. As a result I adopted a simple lifestyle that I've kept up even after things were looking up again, financially. Life just feels better when it's not that "cluttered", for lack of a better word.

I decided to sign up here at Spark because I have a decade-long history of awfully bad eating habits (everything from under-eating to over-eating) that I really want to change for good. I've already made some progress on my own last year and as a result lost some weight without even trying, but I feel my lifestyle could be a bit healthier still. And to make sure it's healthy and stays healthy, I figured it wouldn't hurt to find a place that helps me keep track of food and also helps me stay motivated.

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2/2/11 2:56 P

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Well hello to you all. I have just come back to SP and need support greatly as I have not lost or obtained my goal at all. Heres to starting over and being successfull this time.
I look forward to getting to know all of you on here.

Do you want to make your home a healthier place for your family? If so, I have the perfect opportunity for you! Email me at Debbie_Cain50@hotmail.com or message me with your phone number/email for further details :)
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Welcome to the team. By posting in this forum or on the Huddle Wall, team members will find you to offer support and welcome you.

You may introduce yourself by replying to this thread, or start your own thread.

You have found a very supportive team. We encourage you to start a personal spark page. Our team mates often visit each other's spark pages. We look forward to getting to know you.

FEBRUARY is not just for Valentine's Day or President's Day. It is Healthy Heart Month. So do all the good things for your heart this month.
We have a fitness challenge that started in mid-January. You are welcome to join in the competition.

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