What is frugal? What we can learn from the Depression Era.

A while back my husband asked that I be more careful with the money. I laughed heartily. You see, we are on one small income and we live in Northern California. I want to make this real clear. The land of million dollar homes and high taxes. We live in a small old cottage that I found and bid on with a tiny loan during 2017’s skyrocketing housing market and I feed, cloth, and make do with around $2,000 a month. I don’t mean to get so personal and transparent but what do I have to hide? Our wealth? Hahahaha…eh … Continue reading What is frugal? What we can learn from the Depression Era.

Make it, Bake it, Sew it, or Grow it.

I was so inspired by We Had Everything But Money, a collection of stories from the depression, that I have begun to look at our lifestyle in a new and appreciative way. Creating a life that is simple and sustainable, mixing a little old fashioned with modern, and finding ways to make most of our needs right at home. My baking and gardening has taken off and I brought the sewing machine in from the garage. It is only the beginning of finding ways to save money and stop spending. This book is now on Amazon and will be free … Continue reading Make it, Bake it, Sew it, or Grow it.

Finding Heart. A new novel.

This is a new fictional novel I have just published under my new pen name Seiji Singh. This is actually my first name but I haven’t used it in decades. I found an old photo of me bent over a table writing a book when I was around 12 years old and I went by the name of Seiji…it spoke to me. I have published four fictional books, all novellas and under the pen name Katherine R. Devereux. This is my very first novel, thanks to NaNoWriMo. It is a humorous and heartwarming story of a drifter and his teenage … Continue reading Finding Heart. A new novel.

Making do with what you have and learning to live on a tiny budget.

This is a season of frugality. I smell it on the crisp fall wind. We have had to tighten our belts due to zero savings and a smaller paycheck. It is much harder to rebuild a saving from scratch than to build one that is already plump. I’ve had to rethink money and reorganize the budget. But I’ve not wanted to get into poverty consciousness (this is a real thing) so I focus on beauty and simple luxuries. This entails decluttering junk, torn and stained items, broken things, and what does not make one feel good when looking at it … Continue reading Making do with what you have and learning to live on a tiny budget.