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Meet a Reader | Nancy in Atlanta

Hey there! Nancy’s been reading through my weblog for a actually very long time and I’m so content to get to know a very little much more about her. Right here she is!

1. Tell us a small about by yourself

Despite the fact that I at the moment stay around Atlanta, I’m a Chicago region indigenous.

I’m also a retired C.P.A. with a prolonged occupation in company taxation, largely carrying out state and local taxes. I could continue to function if I needed, but immediately after retiring a few instances, I’m all set for a adjust in my lifetime.

My husband and I moved to Atlanta when a house arrived up for sale down the road from our daughter. We assist her with the grandchildren and her errands.

Most mornings we have a four-year-outdated consuming breakfast with us, who we then consider to preschool. We decide her up in the afternoons and provide her back again dwelling all over again.

If my daughter goes into the office environment, we have to get the older two on and off their bus as well. It keeps us fast paced!

I like producing in my journal. I have journaled for above 40 a long time and it is enjoyable likely back again to browse what happened so extensive ago. My everyday living has moved so speedy that I cannot recall all the little matters that went on.

I also fold origami tessellations. I very first experimented with origami four several years back and two decades in the past, started accomplishing tessellations. It’s enjoyable – most of the time – but much more challenging than it appears. The designer of my operate (underneath) is @gatheringfolds.

origami snowflake.

I’m also a little bit of a pitmaster. Though high priced, the Big Inexperienced Eggs are a life span investment decision. When it is sizzling and humid out, it’s awesome to continue to keep the heat out of the kitchen. I cook meat, veggies, casseroles, and even bread on them.

It is also been a good pastime for me and a enjoyment way to get my cooking completed.

2. How lengthy have you been looking through The Frugal Female?

I started off examining The Frugal Woman in 2011 when I was carrying out my personal site. It’s been pleasurable seeing her blog adjust above the decades and her youngsters grow up.

And now Kristen is on to new adventures, which seems a great deal much more exciting than it really is.

3. What is the “why” driving your revenue-conserving attempts?

My partner and I have struggled financially most of our lifetime. Preserving cash was a requirement if we did not want to go bankrupt. It was hard watching loved ones and close friends who could manage no matter what they desired, while we could rarely pay the mortgage and obtain groceries.

We lived paycheck to paycheck and it only took 1 disaster to put us again beneath yet again. We also lived on just my profits. Kid treatment price much more than my partner brought dwelling from perform, so he turned a stay-at-household father and did a great position of it.

It was frightening and it was hard, but my partner and I learned a large amount for the duration of those years. We are carrying out substantially much better now with our finances, but the outdated habits are nevertheless there of staying mindful what we expend and what we shell out it on.

4. What is your greatest frugal get?

Using my lunch to work just about every single day. Cafeteria foodstuff is high-priced and not very good!

I cooked proteins several occasions a thirty day period (hooray for my freezer), as effectively as rice and veggies. I created a whole lot of my very own rice bowls to choose to work (i.e., protein, rice, and greens combined collectively in a plastic container with a drizzle of olive oil).

meat in pans on counter.

Involving that and a piece of fruit, my lunches were being nutritious and quick on the funds.

5. What’s an uncomfortable revenue slip-up you’ve built?

My partner and I didn’t want to spend for a financial advisor, so we paid out significant bucks to get a course on mastering how to invest. My partner and I both of those hated it and made the decision partway by to forfeit the tuition and shell out a financial advisor as a substitute.

It was as well poor that we paid that considerably money, but we have under no circumstances all over again had the discussion about doing it ourselves. It wasn’t worthy of it for us.

The dogs imagined? They ended up value it, even however aged canine are high-priced the past couple of decades.

two dogs sleeping

6. What’s 1 factor you splurge on?

Heading out for breakfast each day with my husband (following our daughter still left home). I labored a good deal of hrs and it was about the only time we could see every other that we were both in a good temper.

We talked about every little thing, used the time for setting up (residence repairs, trips, and almost everything else), and just liked each other’s organization. I didn’t sense so bad coming home late and not looking at him for supper.

man viewing a menu.

We don’t do this anymore because transferring to Atlanta, especially now that we have our granddaughter who enjoys earning eggs and toast with Grandpa ahead of university.

grandad with granddaughter.

7. What’s the least complicated/most difficult component of currently being frugal?

The most straightforward aspect of getting frugal is that it was the appropriate matter to do and it nonetheless is. I do not apologize for it and if my family members needs to be offended at how I budget my revenue, it’s as well bad for them.

The toughest element is folks feeling they can criticize my decisions and then get mad when I never want their views or drop to take part in anything that I do not want to spend my revenue on. When I was youthful, it bothered me that I could possibly be lacking something.

As I’ve gotten more mature, I know I did the right factor for us and we did just fantastic.

8. Is there something exceptional about frugal living in your location?

Yes, but not in a fantastic way.

The suburb in which we reside has very few very good restaurants, purchasing, or entertainment. It’s a very long push to go any where, with standard Atlanta targeted traffic and crowds. It is encouraged us to stay dwelling to take in and to have innovative methods that don’t demand us likely anyplace.

I also mail order a lot more than I ever have just before in my lifetime. The excellent point is it cuts down on impulse shopping for, but the negative information is I can not see what I’m acquiring ahead of it arrives. And when impulse purchasing can be a trouble, it also assists to see things that I want but forgot to set on the listing.

turkey in a grill.

9. What is one thing you desire more folks knew?

Happiness is selfmade.

My husband and I fixed years in the past that we would be delighted no make any difference what our money situation had been. When we couldn’t find the money for everything, we went going for walks in absolutely free mother nature preserves practically each individual weekend (certainly, even in Chicago winters).

Our cars had been little but well-managed. I spent my vacations heading to see my sister and employing my niece’s bedroom as the guest space.

 bee on flower.

We’ve had mates and loved ones see economic reversals for a lot of motives and it’s tough observing them battle with it. They do not like this new existence of frugality and cannot get previous it to see they can still be content.

10. Any other feelings?

I be reluctant to deliver this up, but currently being frugal isn’t generally about saving dollars. It is also about paying the two time and money wisely. I’ve paid for repairs that would just take us way too long to do or induce us too considerably bodily soreness. A weekend was not plenty of time to get groceries and cook for the week, thoroughly clean the residence, catch up on slumber, and spend time with my husband and child, as effectively as doing other assignments.

In retirement, we spend for items that we could do ourselves but would alternatively not. We no more time paint our partitions (way too lots of shoulder issues) or exchange ceiling lights / admirers (NO LADDERS).

I pay back to get the property cleaned mainly because this new home is big and it’s not truly worth the physical soreness it triggers me to do it myself. I can have time to take treatment of grandchildren, journal, and practice my origami or I can do non-stop chores. I can’t do the two.

For me, it’s a superior use of our money to remain balanced and have time for a everyday living.

grandpa walking with granddaughter.


Nancy, thank you for sharing! I’m impressed with your grill competencies. I also grill, of training course, but I’ve mainly made use of gasoline grills. I did use a Major Green Egg grill a person time at the beach front, but it was pretty windy there and I recall it took me eternally to get the grill to keep lit!

Do you have any grillmaster guidelines to share with the relaxation of us?

Concerning what you claimed about my new adventures: even though there have undoubtedly been some distasteful conditions in this time period of time, I do over-all really feel energized about my future! There are new adventures to be experienced out there, and I feel a lot of them will be superior. 🙂

And pertaining to #10: I assume your no-ladders policy is wise (I am properly-steeped in slide risks mainly because of nursing school!), and I also realize that at times you just want to shell out an individual to do a job you hate. Which is why I’m contemplating employing out my lawn treatment. 😉

Readers, the floor is yours!

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