Thursday, July 12, 2007

Semi Retired? I'm working on it

Semi-retired?? Ha. I just can't quit, it seems. I keep getting up and walking away from the computer, then I come right back. Surely I can do this... later.

New content on Associated Content: Used Coffee Grounds - This is a rewrite, update, retake on a popular topic from "back when." Don't throw out your used coffee grounds!

Another one: Frugal Summer Food - Have Your Summer Cookouts and Save Money - Three "recipes" that can make your cookout memorable for very little money. (More on AC here.)

Coming up soon on Country Life is a piece about buying and growing watermelon - my favorite summertime treat. (Growing them in Colorado is a challenge!)

And then there's the Community at Dollar Stretcher - yep, that keeps me busy, but it's all good.

If I go into full retirement, maybe I'll have time to write a book...


  1. I hope you don't mind that I'm glad you're still championing frugality - I missed you terribly from About. When I found your blog, I went through all the posts! (In other words, I am a big fan of your approach and good sense)

    Enjoy your retirement too, though! Thanks for your posts!

  2. Ah, thank you. I don't mind at all that you're glad. :) I suppose I'll go to my grave mouthing off about the way I think we should all live. :)

    Your comments are very much appreciated.

  3. Hi Pat- Always happy for your updates. I was wondering if you use coupons? I think I'm doing fine without them, especially since most of what I buy are very basic ingredients like flour. But I keep running across people who make me rethink the issue. I don't subscribe to the paper and would just for the coupons, just wondering your thoughts? I really trust your judgement- I found you at About when I was 23 (now 26) and you have made such a difference in my life! Thank you so much! Oh, and I would love to hear some more of your "extreme" frugality. That's part of what I love about you. I can get "check the sales" anywhere:) Jayne SLC, UT

  4. Jayne, I very seldom use coupons, because most of them are for products I don't buy, like convenience foods or expensive name brands.

    Some people claim to save a lot of money with them, so don't count them out automatically. If you run across a coupon for something you usually buy, check to see if it would save you money over what you would normally spend. In my experience, you wouldn't save the cost of a newspaper subscription, though.

    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm still here, and still what some call extremely frugal. ;)

  5. Pat, I just can't imagine you retiring. It seems like your brain is always working :) I'm sure that if you truly tried to "retire" you'd get bored.

  6. Jenn, retirement to me isn't about doing nothing. You're right, I'd be bored out of my mind! :) When/if I retire, I have a lot of projects in mind and a lot of interests to explore that there isn't enough time for now.

    I doubt I'll ever quit writing altogether, though. I'm just too opinionated to keep quiet. ;)