Many frugal living sites

  • A Real Life - Magazine (not online) practical, upbeat inspiration to create a simpler, healthier, more fulfilling life - ad-free format.
  • Affluenza: PBS Program on the Epidemic of Overconsumption - The online companion to the PBS program on the high social and environmental costs of overconsumption and materialism, helps to recognize and treat affluenza.
  • - Family whose values include getting rid of stuff to simplify their lives and live their dreams. Describes their eccentric traveling lifestyle and unschooling with photos.
  • Better Times Webzine - An e-zine of sustainable, simple, and frugal living, published by the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House.
  • Center For a New America Dream - Non-profit movement of anti-consumerism - simplifying lifestyles by reducing waste and only buying what is needed in order to be happier and preserve the earth.
  • Choosing Voluntary Simplicity - An illustrated guide to simple living and self-reliance.
  • Families for Natural Living - A 501(c)(3) Non Profit educational organization that provides resources, information and support for families who want to make informed natural living decisions for themselves.
  • Getting a Life - Information, ideas, philosophy and articles on voluntary simplicity, sustainability and spirituality. It focuses on the practical application of the "Your Money or Your Life" program and the concepts of the "Ecological Footprint" to achieve a sustainable future.
  • Hitch Hike Mike: Mike Gitelman - A Canadian hitchhiker and traveller, with his autobiographical writings on his voluntary homelessness, and a description of his simple life in a tree house.
  • Live Simple - An E-book that sets out specific suggestions for simplifying possessions, home, daily routines, personal goals, and use of resources.
  • Live Simply With Style - Authors Mary Helen and Shuford Smith offer retirement, travel, and photography tips for a simple lifestyle.
  • Living Lightly on the Earth - This site is based on an assumption that every human being has a right to an equal share of physical space on this planet, purely by virtue of being human.
  • Natural Life Magazine - News and articles about sustainable living, health, family, livelihood, and mostly voluntary simplicity, since 1976.
  • New Liberty Village - A community and network of websites with articles on self-sufficiency, voluntary simplicity, and spirituality. A movement of ideas and freedom which is providing an online school of right living.
  • Northwest Earth Institute - Discussion courses on sustainability, deep ecology, living in place, and the practice of simplicity for groups and individuals in the Northwest and across the United States.
  • Path to Freedom - One Step at A Time - Strives to inspire individuals to "think globally, act locally" by motivating them to live a simpler and more fulfilling life.
  • Pioneer Thinking - Internet natural living community. Share health, home, and beauty tips, men's health, and crafts.
  • Real Simple - An online magazine devoted to simplifying life and making it more meaningful for busy people, based on the print magazine.
  • Simple Abundance - Sarah Breathnach's official website for her series, 'Simple Abundance'. Simple appreciation of every day life and beautiful things.
  • Simple Living Network - Sponsors a huge range of simple living resources as well as communities and books. A one-stop place for most subjects involving simplifying your own life.
  • Simple Living Resource Guide - Resource guide for people interested in voluntary simplicity, simple living, and downsizing, maintained by the Pierce Simplicity Study.
  • Simply Living - A non-profit organization in central Ohio, educating people to live responsibly and sustainably in a joyful relationship with the earth and one another.
  • Slow Down Now - Humorous short stories ranging from true to the wildly absurd. The author takes an anti-workaholism stance: Slow Lifestyle Manifesto.
  • The Center for Whole Communities - Beautiful learning center dedicated to nurturing the relationship between people and the land, a community gathering place, and a working family farm in Fayston, VT.
  • The Hermit - Photographic record of a hermit living in the woods of Ohio, USA in a cabin.
  • The Journal of Voluntary Simplicity - Subscription information for the quarterly journal about simplifying our lives. Includes information on related books.
  • The Lilypad List: 7 Steps to the Simple Life - About the book by Marian Van Eyk McCain. Online sales, information about the author and illustrator, and the author's other books.
  • Thoughts on Voluntary Simplicity - Explains the difference between voluntary simplicity and frugality; articles on topics such as building the simple life.
  • Voice Yourself - Project started by Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie to encourage citizens to protest pollution of the air, soil, and water through everyday choices and behaviors. Includes information about their bike and bus tour, recipes, a guide to farms, and a forum.
  • Voluntary Simplicity Overview - Essay on voluntary simplicity and why it is gaining acceptance, as well of some of the movement's roots in the 70's.
  • Voluntary Simplicity Study Circles by Janet Luhrs - Article from In Context on Janet Luhrs' study circles in sustainable agriculture and voluntary simplicity.
  • Welcome to Frog Holler - A family story of homeschooling, organic farming, music, yoga and ecology.  
  • Welcome to Raven Talk - Raventalk is a portal for exploring how to create a sustainable planet future. Provides connections to people, activists and ideas which are working towards a healthy and sustainable planet for all living beings
  • Welcome to Voluntary Simplicity - A weblog about voluntary simplicity guided by permaculture principles.
  • Wilderdom: A Project in Natural Living & Transformation - Wilderdom refers to "natural living". They seek to explore human-nature relations and to derive sustainable solutions to modern-living. Wilderdom is also a sustainable living center in Australia.
  • Work, Money, Time, Future - Arbeit, Geld, Zeit, Zukunft - Thoughts on work, money, time and future with questions that make us reconsider what we are doing to impact our lives and the future.
  • Live more with less

    Live More With Less that is basically what we are about. 
    Morecelebrate a simple life, focus on what really matters to you, enjoy time with family and friends,  live within your means,  care about the earth's resources,  self sufficiency,  gain appreciation for the things you already have in your life.
    Less: less spending, less unconscious spending, less waste, less stuff.

    Use it up,  wear it out,  make it do,  or do without."   L. Reid

    Frugal means different things to different people so we hope you find some ideas here that you can use.  Also please check out our links to other frugal sites and frugal resources.

    Favorite frugal links

    Frugality explained at Wikipedia
    earth sky sea child - blog about living an eco friendly life with kids
    Miserly Moms money saving tips
    Simpliful making life simply beautiful blog
    The Freecycle Network  World wide network of people who have something  to give away. Free to join.
    The Good News Network - GNN - positive world news site. Includes health, environment, happy homes, peace, good city award.
    The Simple Dollar "is for those of us who need both cents and sense: people fighting debt and bad spending habits while building a financially secure future and still affording a latte or two. Our busy lives are crazy enough without having to compare five hundred mutual funds - we just want simple ways to manage our finances and save a little money."
    Financial Integrity - transform your relationship with money with practical tools and innovative approaches for managing basic life challenges

    How South Africa built one of the world's most advanced telescopes

    telescope built in South Africa is revealing new details about Milky Way.

    A telescope built in South Africa is revealing new details about the Milky Way.

    "It's the clearest view ever made of the center of our galaxy," chief scientist Fernando Camilo said of images produced by the MeerKAT radio telescope.
    Officially launched in July, the telescope has also made South Africa a key global destination for radio astronomy.


    Drink coffee and live longer

    Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain has conducted a study of 20,000 people which found that drinking coffee lowered your risk of death.  I think you would agree this is a good thing!

    Study Drink coffee good for your heart

    Those who drank 4 cups of coffee a day had a 64% lower risk of death than those who drank none.

    "We found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants," Navarro said.
    The study was done on healthy people, who were mainly eating the mediterranean diet, and their average age at the start of the study was 37 years of age. Factors that were considered were sex, age and whether participants stuck to the mediterranean diet and discovered that age was a factor: coffee seemed to provide a strong protection for people over 45 years of age.

     "Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people." Dr Adela Navarro concluded.

    These findings were presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress (ESC) in Barcelona in 2017.

    So if you are a coffee drinker and over the age of 40 it would make sense to increase you coffee intake to four cups a day. For the rest of us this research should make us consider trying coffee don't you think?

    New coffee study


    My favourite Richard Branson Quotes

    Best Richard Branson Quotes
    Sir Richard Branson

    I've just finished reading Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur by Richard Branson, well re- reading it actually and to tell the truth I actually listened to it in my car off an audio book, which is my new favourite thing to do when driving - listen to audio books.
    I always find Sir Richard Branson inspiring and thought you might enjoy some of his words of wisdom. Do you have a favourite?

    “There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”

    “You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.”  

    “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don't want to.”

    “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.”

    “Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.” in Screw It, Let's Do It: Lessons in Life and Business

    “The brave may not live forever – But the cautious do not live at all” in Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School

    “I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” in Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

    A business is simply an idea to make other people’s lives better.

    My family brought me up to always look for the best in other people. I love people. Love spending time with people. I love learning from people.

    Entrepreneurship is a great leveler, The wonderful thing is that money is not the sole currency when it comes to starting a business; drive, determination, passion and hard work are all free and more valuable than a pot of cash.

    Richard Branson Quotes


    List of positive uplifting songs

    Music can emotionally enhance your wellbeing. It can uplift your mood instantly just as well as an antidepressant.  It has the power to be emotionally uplifting or soothing and make us feel joy, love, hope, peace and so many other emotions. Apparently is alters many parts of our brain including those that feel these emotions - the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex.
    "It also flushes the body with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel good. Music also paves the way for the release of norepinephrine, a hormone that brings about euphoria and elation." *
    uplifting songs
    Elevator Music by Boy Wonder

    Here is our list of inspiring songs from many different eras.
    We would love to know a song that makes you feel uplifted (add it in the comments).

    Mr. Blue Sky ~ Electric Light Orchestra
    Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
    Good Day Sunshine - The Beatles
    What a Wonderful Life - Elvis Presley
    What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong 
    Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
    Don’t Worry be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
    Stand By Me - Ben E. King
    Que Sera Sera - Doris Day
    Perfect Day – Lou Reed
    Circle of Life - The Lion King
    Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
    Lust For Life – Iggy Pop
    Where is the Love? – The Black Eyed Peas
    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
    One More Time – Daft Punk
    Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf

    How Music Changes Your Mood - Examined Existence


    The elementary school teacher who helped the new U.S. poet laureate

    san diego teacher who helped US poet laureate

    Lelya Sampson in her Mount Hope home.

    This San Diego teacher helped Juan Felipe Herrera find his voice.

    Juan Felipe Herrera, who is the new U.S. poet laureate, often talks about a defining moment 57 years ago, when he was a third-grader at Lowell Elementary School in Barrio Logan.   

    Howard Lipin/Twitter: @hlipin


    Australian woman leaves $4 million mansion to help homeless children

    Good news in Australia
    This lovely lady Lily Fardell of Newcastle, Australia, has left a personal legacy which will raise an estimated $4 million for homeless children.

    "She couldn't have children of her own," her nephew, Michael Ellis said.
    "But she loved children and left almost everything she had to a charity which supported them."


    Amazing Australian animals

    Australia is home to many unique species of fauna the best known being the kangaroo and the koala. A total of 379 species of mammals have been recorded in Australia and marsupials are a special type of mammal that carry their young in a pouch.  Besides well-known marsupials like the kangaroos, wallabies and the koala and possum, other marsupials include wombats, the Tasmanian devil, numbat, bandicoots, bettongs, the bilby, quolls, and the quokka. Have you heard of all or any of these amazing and distinctive animals? Do you have a favourite?

    Amazing Australian animals
    or walpurti, found in Western Australia, exclusively eats termites

    Sugar Glider
    Sugar Glider:
    it's name refers to its preference for sugary foods
    and ability to glide through the air
    Amazing Australian animals
    smaller than kangaroos,
    herbivores eating grasses, vegetables, leaves
    Amazing Australian animals
    Eastern Barred Bandicoot:
    weighs less than 2 kg and has a short tail
    Australian marsupial
    is herbivorous and mainly nocturnal
    Spotted-tail quoll sleeping at Sydney Wildlife World:
    a carnivorous nocturnal, native to mainland Australia


    Germany Breaks a Renewable Energy Record

    This is seriously impressive. Just this week, Germany was powered by a record 78% clean energy. It's proof is that solar and wind can keep the lights on in a highly industrialized nation.

    ACF is Australian Conservation Foundation
     Germany’s experience shows that solar and wind can keep the lights on in a highly industrialized nation, said Osha Gray Davidson, author of Clean Break, a book about Germany’s transition to carbon-free energy.

    Read the full article at takepart


    Koalas returned to wild

    Just weeks after social media went wild over photos of baby koala Phantom hugging his mother Lizzy while she underwent surgery, the Australia Zoo announced that both koalas have returned to their natural habitat.
    baby koala Phantom and mother returned  to wild
    IMAGE: Australia Zoo Audio Visual Department
    A dedicated group of wildlife veterinarians, a hospital manager, vet nurses and volunteers all work around the clock at The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital at Beerwah in Queensland, to provide first-class care for sick, injured and orphaned animals. The hospital team are also active in wildlife research to know more about koala diseases, migration patterns and wildlife health management.
    Read the full story at TODAY