school, chocolate, and extreme frugality.

14 Sep

Enjoying Pitt on the cusp of fall…

Schenley Park

Munching on a chocolate bar from the East End Food Co-Op, my new favorite place in the world…


And reading this fascinating blog about “extreme frugality” which began with this mission:

“For the first time ever, my family is going to do the unthinkable. We’re going to live within our means… our family of six is going to live on $550 a month.”

But most recently undertook this challenge:

“What’s the longest you’ve ever gone while living your normal daily life without buying something? Think about it. Be honest. A month? A week? A day? For me, during this frugal year, I’ve lasted around two to three days. But I want to do better. It’s time to shake off the shackles and see what it’s like without consuming… For the entire month of September, we’re spending ZERO dollars.”

The family has done lots of cool stuff like raise their own chickens, learn how to barter, make their own maple syrup, and they rely heavily on the family garden for produce. Although the blog focuses mainly on the family’s financial savings, their are also becoming more sustainable (and probably healthier). I would love to be able to try living like this. Unfortunately my apartment didn’t come with a chicken coop.


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