A few years ago, I had a day at work that felt like walking into a hornet’s nest. Really it was more like the hornet nest was thrown at my head, repeatedly. I hid in the bathroom and sobbed. And then a dear friend showed up with my favorite caramel roll from my favorite bakery. […]
We started celebrating Saint Nicholas day while we lived in Germany. On the night of December 5th all the German kids put a shoe outside of their doors so that St. Nicholas can put a few treats in them. We have co opted this tradition to help start our holidays with more gratitude and generosity.
I had been working my new job for a few weeks before when Mr. Mt burst through the door on a Saturday evening and said, “You need to leave early.” I glanced at my boss, who nodded his approval before I went to clock out. When I came back and gathered my things to leave, I […]
My best friend had moved an ocean away, when her husband died in the line of duty. There wasn’t anything practical I could do to help being a whole continent away. So I went out and spent $300 on new shoes for her. Cute shoes. Snazzy boots. I didn’t have $300 to spend in that […]
Most folks find it easier to attain that Dave Ramsey style gazelle intensity when they are paying off debt. Sometimes after we hit the big goal of becoming debt free, our motivation and focus sputters as we transition into the vague world of saving. I was so inspired by Derek’s post on Debt Art that […]
A large inheritance doesn’t guarantee rich or successful kids. It takes something more. These 4 things define every successful and wealthy person I know. Any wealth I am able to share with my 5 kids, or advantage I can give to them will only make a lasting impact if they learn these lessons. So we […]
The weather in Montana carries a kind of moral obligation. Like when it is just perfect, you feel you have to go and enjoy it. There seem to only be a handful to perfect days each season, each carrying a sense of urgency. If you stay inside, you really haven’t honored the gift that was given. So we have been running around like crazy, trying to capture every perfect day for all it’s worth.
Last weekend we headed out to one of the many amazing lakes in our area. We were having fun exploring this new place, when some other campers hollered out to us. They were just about the leave and wondered if we would like to take over their campfire. Yes Please!
When we walked over, I remembered why I love Montana so much. These wonderful people not only left us a fire, but all the fixings for s’mores! There was a bag of marshmallows, gram crackers, chocolate bars, and even roasting sticks. My kids were beyond thrilled. That night when we talked about the 3 things we were grateful about today, all three had to do with the lake, campfire and s’mores.
Although it wasn’t more than a few dollars in left over supplies, it had made my kids day. Generous living doesn’t have to be expensive to have a big impact.
20 or so minutes after closing time, when the patrons of the bar were having the most fun, and the bartenders looked genuinely pissed off, a young man slid up to the empty stage and started singing the old Johnny Cash anthem, Folsom Prison. He started off slow and soft into the microphone. After a […]
Work towards big goals and the world conspires to help you. I really believe that. Especially in your desire to get out of debt, build up an emergency fund, or build wealth. When you are working your ass off toward these goals, other Frugalers will respect your Frugaling. (Yes, it’s a verb, noun, adjective, and […]