Ditching Food Packaging and Disposable Diapers: Garbage Challenge Update

Our garbage challenge has had mixed results so far. It isn't going especially well from the standpoint of reducing garbage output. We filled an entire kitchen garbage bag in the last week. That's half of what we normally bring out to the curb, but it's still a lot. In terms of learning and bringing positive changes, … Continue reading Ditching Food Packaging and Disposable Diapers: Garbage Challenge Update

How We Stopped Paying for Quality Time

Parent educator Janet Lansbury is a great in my personal collection of parenting literature. Among other things, she writes about how very young children need "wants nothing quality time" with an observant caregiver. This means the caregiver spends uninterrupted blocks of time, maybe 30 minutes a few times a day, observing the child attentively and … Continue reading How We Stopped Paying for Quality Time

Slashing the Family Food Spending

Pre-Fishtailing Joyride, food spending around here was a gluttonous orgy of expensive shortcuts and splurges. The way my partner and I fed our family of four single-handedly kept us from saving enough, let alone aggressively enough to achieve financial independence. So our first step down the path of frugal living was a dramatic food spending … Continue reading Slashing the Family Food Spending