Getting rid of the backup rug

the backup rug, carpet, rug
Up until 2 weeks ago, I had a rug propped up against a corner in my living room.  I bought it 2 years ago when I lived in an apartment with hardwood floors.  I ended up vacating that apartment rather unexpectedly due to a fire, and aside from a brief appearance in my condo, I haven’t used the rug since then.I kept it for a while because I liked the colours.  It had taken a long time for the...

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Posted in: Minimalism and Frugality, Philosophy

Cheap eats! Vietnamese “Sour Soup”

Vietnamese beef noodle soup, pho, soup, noodles, Vietnamese sour soup
Having the most frugal grocery budget in the world isn’t going to help you any if you can’t put together at least a few healthy, tasty, and cheap eats! Every month, The Outlier Model features a cheap recipe idea, along with the cost breakdown. This post originally appeared on our WordPress site. Enjoy! Simple Vietnamese “Sour Soup”  Vietnamese sour soup, or cahn chua, is typically made...

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Posted in: Recipes

Indulge yourself to stay on track

Indulge yourself, coffee, latte, splurge
Budgets are tough.  It’s easy to want things and so much harder to say no.  Saying no to yourself does get easier over time, but it helps if you leave enough room in your budget for the occasional indulgence.  It’s like a diet.  Everyone knows that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and fiber will keep you healthy, but the occasional chocolate bar does no harm and may offer some benefit as...

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Posted in: Entertainment and Leisure, Money

Net worth update 2010

income tax refund, tax refund, extra money, Net worth update , net worth, financial success, financial health
In terms of overall financial health, your net worth is a great indicator of overall success. To calculate your net worth, add up all of your assets (things that are worth money) and subtract your debts (loans, etc). 2010 was the first complete year that both CF and I kept track of our net worth on a monthly basis. At first, adding up all of my assets and debts seemed like a big task. Now, I enjoy...

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Posted in: Money
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