Non-Consumer Photo Essay — Canning Jars, Mulchy Goodness & Goodwill Jazz Hands

I’ve been having a very frugal month. From keeping a close eye on our food budget to simply not buying anything unnecessary, October has been very good to me. After investing in a hundred pounds of local apples, the clock started ticking for me to process them before the rot kicked in ....more

Non-Consumer Mish-Mash — Interviews, Free Food & Doing What I Like to Do

It’s time for another Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that. Minty Fresh With The Non-Consumer Advocate I’ve given a lot of interviews through the years, although it’s been a few months since the last one. So when...more

Is There Greed in Buying For Resale?

The Non-Consumer Advocate Facebook Group is a great resource for readers who want more of an interactive experience. Dozens of members post on a day basis, varying from non-consumer related links to questions to...more

Five Frugal Things

I started processing the hundred pounds of apples I bought last week. I borrowed my father’s ancient Squeezo Strainer and made 18 quarts of applesauce. I made use of...more

Apples, Apples, Apples!

I already knew that Portland Nursery marks the price of their apples down to 69¢ per pound the moment...more

More Frugal Before Breakfast Than Others Are All Day Long

Today I drove my son to school, which passed us by a local business that had put out some stuff for free including this five-panel door: I dropped my son at school and then swung back around to snap it up, as I’ve been wanting to make a headboard from an old door. And me being me, I didn’t want to pay for one. I confirmed with the...more

My Dreamy Behind The Scenes Tour of Goodwill

I am a thrift store geek! And because I live in Portland, Oregon, I am loyal to Goodwill. (Okay, okay, I sometimes cheat with the William Temple House thrift shop across town, but I promise it means nothing to me ....more

Five Frugal Things

I worked with my mother to clean both of her guest cottages yesterday. Not only did I made a little money, but I also brought home a full container of fancy organic trail mix which prompted me to mix up a batch of The Prudent Homemaker’s granola. And since Fred Meyer had another gallon of milk marked down to $1.69, we’ve got very cheap breakfasts and snacks set for the week! ...more

It’s Not Too Soon to Start Thinking About Holiday Gift Giving

Like many others, I internalize the pressures of...more

A Lifetime of Daily Frugality

Frugality is like any other discipline, It only works if you make it a part of your daily routine. It doesn’t matter if you got a free pair of boots from a friend if you then celebrate by taking everyone out for drinks. If you’re in a position where you really need to be frugal, it requires that you unapologetically put it...more