Book Review: Positively Perfect by Claudia Svartefoss

Positively Perfect by Claudia Svartefoss is a unique and wonderful book about turning the aspects of perfectionism into the assets they truly are.

Positively Perfect by Claudia Svartefoss is a unique and wonderful book about turning the aspects of perfectionism into the assets they truly are.

Ever beaten yourself up for your high standards and perfectionism? Has anyone else? Then this book is the answer to every person and program you’ve ever heard say you need to just “let go”, “relax”, “chill out” and “stop caring so much”. How does that relate to frugal living? Oh, let me count the ways…We’re always striving to hit the perfect dollar amounts in our budgets, make the best and healthiest low cost meals we can, and live a fabulous life on a dime. Sound familiar?

We’re perfectionists! We DO care about things that others don’t seem to feel are all that important. We want to do and be the best at everything, and usually for less. That’s because we are creating something new, something that requires a high level of attention and detail that others might not view as important. Continue reading →

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Yes, I’m Still Alive

Our beautiful, "as is" farmhouse is in great shape, but still needs some TLC. It's a work in progress, like everything else.

Our farmhouse in fall. It turns 100 next year!

So, yeah. I took a bit of a break from being online. Is it really November already? What happened???

I had oral surgery at the end of August, and the height of allergy season. It wasn’t fun, cost a lot of money and took a while to bounce back from. I didn’t feel like doing much for a long time, since I still work full time and have two small children plus a teenager at home. I couldn’t eat, didn’t feel like reading or looking at budgets or much else. Continue reading →


Your Money or Your Life Wk 2: Money Ain’t What It Used to Be

Our first Frugal Moms ² Book Club selection is Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin
We’re continuing our Frugal Moms² Book Club discussion of Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin with Chapter 2: Money Ain’t What it Used to Be and Never Was. I thought this was a powerful, and thought-provoking chapter. It really digs deep into why we do what we do with money.

It opens with a simple question: What is money really? Continue reading →


Frugal Moms² Book Club Giveaway Winners!

Our first Frugal Moms ² Book Club selection is Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin

It’s time to giveaway two copies of Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin! We announced this giveaway on August 7th. Entrants could post a comment to this post, our Facebook page or tweet us on our Twitter account. This morning I printed out all the comments from each, cut them up and folded them, then put them in a bowl for my littlest guy to pick a winner.

One problem: he wasn’t cooperating. He didn’t want to pick a winner! He just wanted his milk and his Cheerios. What to do?

My unhappy little helper!

My unhappy littlest helper!

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Your Money or Your Life Step 1: Lifetime Income & Personal Balance Sheet

Our first Frugal Moms ² Book Club selection is Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki RobinWe’re continuing our summary and discussion of Chapter 1 of Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin. I wanted to dedicate an entire post to this exercise because it can easily get overwhelming. The authors clearly state that this step can actually be skipped for now and done later. But don’t skip it entirely. Knowledge is power, and the self-knowledge this step generates is very powerful. It can also be a nerve wracking roller coaster ride. So here it is:

Step 1: Making Peace with the Past: 

  • A:) Find out how much you have earned in your lifetime.
  • B.) Find our your net worth by creating a personal balance sheets of assets and liabilities.

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