cute barter

“I buy my freedom with my frugality.”~Vicki Robins

With all that we have learned this past month, how do you feel? Hopefully quite a bit better than when we started the challenge. There is so much community within this Frugal Living Challenge group even though we don’t know every person, although there are many from the Ladies Homestead Gathering –  I love the sharing of ideas!!!

My hope is this: That you come away from this challenge with more arrows in your quiver, to conquer any obstacle that may cross your path and even if it appears as a gigantic boulder, know that you can break it down into tiny pebbles. I hope that many of you will cook from scratch, continue to recycle and reuse, to save resources and not waste and most of all enjoy doing what you are doing! While it is great to be frugal when you WANT to be, it is even better to be able to do it when you HAVE to be frugal.

I don’t know if I mentioned Mavis Butterfield from One Hundred Dollars a Month, I think I did. Mavis chooses to be frugal especially with her grocery budget of, you guessed it $100 a Month for a family of four. She barters for many items and finds free food sources but it is the reason behind that I think she does it. Mavis travels all over the world with her family, mostly I read it is her daughter that goes with her, and because of her frugality, she can jump on a plane anytime she feels like it! That to me is incredibly cool!!!

Here is a post from One Hundred Dollars a Month from yesterday regarding Free National Park Admissions –


“You know I love to travel, and while I’d hop a flight to London every month if I could swing it, there are so many cool places in the US I love exploring too. Some of our national parks top my list of awesome places to vacation to. I might not be much of a camper, but I love to hike. And I’ve seen some pretty amazing views while hiking through some of our national parks.

Did you know there are over 400 national parks in the US? Wowzas. Some of the best ones charge admission fees, so you’ll want to pay attention to the list of 2014 fee-free days below if you’re planning on visiting one of the fee-based national parks anytime soon:

Free National Park Admission Dates:

  • January 20- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 15-17- Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20- opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25- National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27- National Public Lands Day
  • November 11- Veterans Day

Other agencies participate in fee-free days as well. See the full list and participating agency below:

Dates Event Participating Agency
Jan. 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Feb. 15-17 President’s Day Weekend Bureau of Land Management
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
April 19-20 National Park Week’s opening weekend National Park Service
June 14 National Get Outdoors Day U.S. Forest Service
Aug. 25 National Park Service’s 98th Birthday National Park Service
Sept. 27 National Public Lands Day Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Oct. 12 National Wildlife Refuge Day U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Nov. 8-11 Veteran’s Day Weekend Army Corps of Engineers
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service
Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day National Park Service


End of Mavis’ post!

I am going to print that out and save it somewhere so I can check out some more parks!!!

So I must say goodbye to all of you for the end of the 23 Day Frugal Living Challenge!!! I have had a wonderful time with it and will be continuing the regular blogging of saving money, herbal adventures, cooking, farm life and all that fabulous stuff.

Please, please share my blog with your friends if you enjoyed this past month and we will do more in the near future. Don’t forget if you are on the facebook group to make sure your name is in Thursdays(Day 21) post that was pinned to the top. I will be giving away a prize and announce the winner Monday morning. 🙂

Now It’s Your Turn

Daily Goal:
Take time to evaluate all that you have learned over the past 23 days and answer this question…”Where do I go from here?”

Have a beautiful day!


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