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Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« on: August 04, 2015, 10:22:01 AM »
I really enjoy reading Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods' blog, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a nice write-up about them on Forbes today:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurengensler/2015/08/04/frugalwoods-early-retirement/

Always like seeing frugality treated with candor and curiosity in more mainstream media outlets.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2015, 11:25:31 AM »
Great writeup! I want to move in with them when they move to Vermont ;-)
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2015, 11:49:32 AM »
Awesome!  (Though their employers might still be able to identify them from the back photos/descriptions.)  Loved the yoga and dog shots.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2015, 12:48:54 PM »
Good read, thanks for posting!

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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2015, 12:54:44 PM »
Woot! Congrats, Frugalwoods! Despite the article's claim to the contrary, if I recall correctly Mrs. FW does indeed break out her calculator in the grocery store (because she's awesome).

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2015, 05:44:48 PM »
Very cool! I really enjoy following their journey on the blog.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2015, 07:09:50 PM »
Loved the article! I liked how positive it was.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2015, 01:22:32 PM »
Just popped up on my FB Feed from ForbesWoman - awesome, Frugalwoods! I love seeing more and more Mustachianism in the news :) And yet the comments continue to be depressingly ridiculous..
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2015, 02:32:29 PM »
That is all well and good, but what if a satellite crashes onto their house! That would decimate their savings! Better work until death!
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« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2015, 03:11:15 PM »
So awesome
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2015, 10:07:08 PM »
That is all well and good, but what if a satellite crashes onto their house! That would decimate their savings! Better work until death!
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2015, 04:10:26 AM »
I like the pictures of their dog that they put on their blog.:)

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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2015, 02:25:30 PM »
Very cool!

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2015, 02:29:04 PM »
I just checked out their website and I love it!  I think I'll be spending some time there.  That dog is so cute too. 

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2015, 02:35:09 PM »
The temptation to do a PNW version of what they are doing is sometimes VERY STRONG. Yeah, I think I need to explore their blog...

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2015, 06:46:15 PM »
How exciting for them! I love their blog and am also ridiculously excited about Babywoods.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2015, 08:25:04 PM »
Article semi played it out like silver spoon in their mouth.  Not really a fan of how it makes it seem harder for someone without one. Just let's them build excuses.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2015, 08:40:28 PM »
Wow, great article.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2015, 11:08:46 PM »
Loved the article. Congrats to both the FrugalWoods!

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« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2015, 02:23:08 PM »
Article semi played it out like silver spoon in their mouth.  Not really a fan of how it makes it seem harder for someone without one. Just let's them build excuses.

Fair enough, BUT the FWs have been very open about how their relatively privileged backgrounds have made their journey much easier.

It's so much easier to be frugal when you come from resources. Like my mom once gave me her spare crockpot from her laundry closet. Helps me save money on food, and I didn't even have to buy it. People who come from poor families do not have mothers with spare crockpots.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #21 on: August 13, 2015, 02:29:23 PM »
People who come from poor families do not have mothers with spare crockpots.
Lo-freakin-ell.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2015, 02:42:00 PM »
Fair enough, BUT the FWs have been very open about how their relatively privileged backgrounds have made their journey much easier.

Backgrounds that presumably told them to do software engineering with a scholarship at a public university in state and helped with tuition - rather than tell them to follow their dream and take out a $100K student loan to do history of art with a year in europe.

It's not like their parents fronted them their first million.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2015, 06:26:59 PM »
People who come from poor families do not have mothers with spare crockpots.
Lo-freakin-ell.

I think that was like, a metaphor or something.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2015, 07:28:36 PM »
Love them and the hound! Wishing them all the best with Babywoods.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2015, 11:02:59 AM »
The Forbes article made me think: "Hey, you know, I've never actually read the FrugalWoods' blog." Well, I've been meandering through the articles this past week, and boy there's some really great stuff in there -- a terrific blend of humor, neat ideas, and powerful enthusiasm. I particularly love the series on planning to buy a homesteading property.

I hope the added media exposure translates into a wider long-term audience for their blog.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2015, 02:04:56 AM »
The temptation to do a PNW version of what they are doing is sometimes VERY STRONG. Yeah, I think I need to explore their blog...

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #27 on: August 17, 2015, 11:14:33 AM »
People who come from poor families do not have mothers with spare crockpots.
Lo-freakin-ell.

I think that was like, a metaphor or something.

Crockpot as symbol of bourgeois privilege--discuss!

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2015, 03:34:33 PM »
"The Crockpot Mommy: Lean In" a new book by some rich CEO mommy, describing how her maid makes great boeuf bourguignon.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2015, 08:08:45 PM »
¡Crockpot! How I Beat the Consumerist Suckas and Achieved Freedom One Pot Roast at a Time

Of course there are the classics:
Tao Te Crockpot
The Crockpot of St. Augustine
Crockpot: A Critique of Kitchen Economy
Zen and the Art of Crockpot Maintenance

And Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance," which most people don't realize is about cooking at home:
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own crockpot.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #30 on: August 18, 2015, 08:39:20 PM »
Way to go Frugalwoods!  Reminds me I need to get to their blog more! I looked for the comments on the article and didn't see the link probably just saved like a half hour of my life.😀
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #31 on: August 19, 2015, 08:29:27 AM »
Way to go Frugalwoods!  Reminds me I need to get to their blog more! I looked for the comments on the article and didn't see the link probably just saved like a half hour of my life.😀

Good point! We should put it here so everyone can find it: http://www.frugalwoods.com/

Not only are they great writers (you too Mr. Frugalwoods!), according to other bloggers who have worked with them and stayed with them, they're super nice. So yay for nice people!

Personally, I very much like these posts:
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/08/18/behind-the-scenes-of-a-happy-frugal-marriage/
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/05/15/the-surprising-benefits-of-not-turning-on-your-air-conditioning/
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/02/23/11-ways-to-be-a-frugal-weirdo-love-it/
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2015/07/29/the-false-choices-that-steal-our-future/
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/06/11/frugality-is-not-mainstream/
http://www.frugalwoods.com/2014/09/29/put-your-life-on-frugal-autopilot/
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2015, 10:12:56 AM »
¡Crockpot! How I Beat the Consumerist Suckas and Achieved Freedom One Pot Roast at a Time

Of course there are the classics:
Tao Te Crockpot
The Crockpot of St. Augustine
Crockpot: A Critique of Kitchen Economy
Zen and the Art of Crockpot Maintenance

And Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance," which most people don't realize is about cooking at home:
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own crockpot.

I'm partial to "Harry Potter and the Crockpot of Fire" myself.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2015, 12:29:12 PM »
Not forgetting The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker"

http://www.rogerebert.com/rogers-journal/the-pot-and-how-to-use-it
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2015, 06:23:16 AM »
"The Lord of the Crockpots" - one crockpot to rule them all!

"Your Money or Your Crockpot" or "Your Crockpot or Your Life"

One crockpot to rule them all, one crockpot to find them, one crockpot to bring them all, and in the darkness stew them.

Nobodyspecial, Vertical Mode, Spartana, and Serpentstooth, I'm sending warm, but not too hot, crockpot temperature thoughts your way.

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The Crockpot in the Rye
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #35 on: August 20, 2015, 11:29:52 AM »
Game of Crockpots - Dinner is Coming.

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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #36 on: August 20, 2015, 11:39:34 AM »
"The Lord of the Crockpots" - one crockpot to rule them all!

"Your Money or Your Crockpot" or "Your Crockpot or Your Life"

One crockpot to rule them all, one crockpot to find them, one crockpot to bring them all, and in the darkness stew them.

Nobodyspecial, Vertical Mode, Spartana, and Serpentstooth, I'm sending warm, but not too hot, crockpot temperature thoughts your way.

I can't stop:
Moby-Crock
The Crockpot in the Rye
A Tale of Two Crockpots
A Crockpot Orange
and Bradbury's lesser-known cookbook, Fahrenheit 185: Recipes to Learn by Heart

LOL @ Fahrenheit 185.

I have to say, I also really liked their how-to manual for hacking the SodaStream seltzer machine to add a larger tank. Genius!

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« Reply #37 on: August 20, 2015, 11:45:32 AM »
Fifty Shades of Crock
The Crockpot of Dorian Grey
The Scarlet Crockpot
The Legend of Sleepy Crockpot

Ok, I think I've got it out of my system now.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #38 on: August 21, 2015, 03:21:41 PM »
Their blog is one of my favorites ~ Frugalhound is adorable and I really enjoy Mrs. FW's writing style. In my opinion, they give great ideas and share what works for them without sounding condescending. I think it's awesome how she responds to almost every comment. I wonder if they are members of this forum?

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« Reply #39 on: August 21, 2015, 04:05:34 PM »
Their blog is one of my favorites ~ Frugalhound is adorable and I really enjoy Mrs. FW's writing style. In my opinion, they give great ideas and share what works for them without sounding condescending. I think it's awesome how she responds to almost every comment. I wonder if they are members of this forum?

She is! I'm not sure about him. She hasn't been very active lately (the pregnancy perhaps? Or maybe they're moving on her leaving work or found a homestead?) but she was pretty active up until a couple months ago.
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Re: Frugalwoods write-up in Forbes
« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2015, 01:34:56 PM »
Why do people get so defensive about the obvious? Yeah, they started from a really good place. So what if they make it to FIRE before people who started at a disadvantage? It still takes hard work and dedication to get there. Starting from fortunate circumstances isn't anything to be ashamed of, so long as you don't blame others for not keeping up.