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Frugal Friday: My Empty Frugal House

Today’s Frugal Friday is not a tip, exactly… at least it’s not a method of frugality I would recommend to anyone. This morning my husband left on a 2 week business trip. We have never been apart for longer than 2 days, and this is very difficult for us both and the kids. Plus, our daughter has gone to her other home (custody) for 3 weeks – she also left this morning. It’s just me and the baby in the house, alone, for 2 weeks.
My husband’s work has sent him to a remote village. He’ll be staying in a dorm room, as far as we know. His room and board will be paid by his employer, and we’re guessing his other expenses will be minimal since there isn’t anything there (no stores or anywhere to spend money!).
The shopping list I made today has only 5 items on it. My cleaning list just disappeared. My fuel costs for not having anyone to drive anywhere? $0. My meals will be minimal since I’m only cooking for myself. These may be the 2 most frugal weeks I have ever seen!

I guess the very MOST frugal you could ever be is to have nowhere to go, nothing to do, and have no one in your life. The expenses disappear, the struggle to make ends meet disappears. How boring would that be?! I’d much rather have the challenge of living a frugal life if it meant having my family back.

Thanks to Biblical Womanhood for hosting Frugal Friday.

Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.

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  1. KarenW
    May 23, 2008 @ 23:34:00

    That’s always hard to be apart, even if you are saving money.


  2. Claire
    May 24, 2008 @ 17:02:00

    Don’t stay home for two weeks. Seriously. Get out there for a walk now and then. Rent the movies you’ve been dying to see, that your dh may not care for.

    Hope you can enjoy this quiet time!


  3. Danelle Ice
    May 24, 2008 @ 20:21:00

    Thanks for the support ladies! It won’t be so bad… it’s not forever! But it really makes me appreciate my family :) On the positive side, I will get a LOT of writing done for the website!
    Danelle, Home Ever After


  4. The Nest Egg
    May 25, 2008 @ 16:47:00

    I feel for you! Last month my husband was gone for 2 weeks. Just keep busy and he will be home before you know it. :)



  5. Danelle Ice
    Jun 01, 2008 @ 22:05:00

    @Melinda: Thanks for the encouragement! Less than a week left to go!
    Danelle, Home Ever After


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