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Our Trip to Boston, The Frugalwoods, & A Writing Wrap Up

  March 27

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Last weekend, we embarked on an epic journey to Boston with our beautiful babies, who turned 1 on Monday! It was a birthday trip of sorts since we didn’t throw them a party or buy them presents (gasp! The horror!) I’m halfway through writing a post about Boston and frugal tricks about seeing it on a budget, which will go live next week so stay tuned…

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might have noticed that we stayed with the oh-so-famous couple, the Frugalwoods! It’s pretty awesomeย when you get a bunch of frugal folk together to dish on their best Craigslist scores, best thrift store finds, and affordable meals. Hubs kept saying, “Oh no there are TWO of you” when Mrs. Frugalwoods and I got all excited about our awesome frugal stories. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I got to see the infamous winter coat from the trash AND take in the amazing sight that is the Frugalwoods rice-n-beans. It’s real, people. They don’t just make it up for fun.

Her face is cuter than this pillow.
Her face is cuter than this pillow.

I have to say, the Frugalwoods are just as sweet and funny in person as they are online. I’m pretty sure our kids kept them up all night long the first night we were there and they totally acted like they didn’t. And they listened politely while hubs chatted endlessly. Isn’t that sweet? I mean, we did bring a total circus to their very peaceful and quiet home and somehow they let us stay another night! They were also very helpful with the babies. Beanette was completely captured by Mr. Frugalwoods beard, and Mrs. Frugalwoods helped me bathe the babies and change them and chase them down when they crawled away in two different directions. It was nice to have some extra sets of hands!

Frugal Hound was very sweet to the babies, who kept sitting on her bed. Frugal Hound slept most of the time but as we found out, also has a penchant for baby toys. We found Frugal Hound and Bean passing a toy back and forth to each other, which I thought was quite adorable. Unfortunately, Frugal Hound got in trouble when she stole a baby toy for herself and chewed on it a bit. She was very remorseful though. Really how can you be mad at Frugal Hound? Just look at what a great pony she makes!

Bean riding dog
future frugal bloggers



Frugal Hound enjoys bedtime stories
Frugal Hound enjoys bedtime stories

Overall it was a good experience for us to get out and take the babies somewhere, and we were really grateful for a place to stay so that we could celebrate their birthday in a way that fit our budget. Thanks again Frugalwoods family for having us!

And here’s the writing wrap up for this week:


4 Ways to Lower Your Expenses to Put the Difference Toward Debt Red Debted Stepchild

Responsible Travel: Leave Each Place Better Than You Found It Budget and the Bees

Financial Implications of Having Friends Red Debted Stepchild


Accidental Entrepreneurs: Careers That Didnโ€™t Make the Cut Frugal Rules

3 Stories of Real People Who Overcame Debt Magnify Money

A Simple Trick to Get Organized with Your Money The Simple Dollar

11 Simple Ways to Boost Your Monthly Income, No Matter Your Age The Penny Hoarder


This Year is Not Average Done by Forty

How I Keep Brown Bagging Fresh Money Beagle

5 Tax Mistakes that Increase Your Chances of Being Audited The Finance Girl

Advice to Small Business Owners and the Moms You Stress Out In Debted and In Debt

Oops! I’ve Already Failed My New Year’s Financial Goals Money Propeller

The Cost of Having Kids in the Age of Web 2.0 Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses

Yes, I’m Getting a Tax Refund (And 4 Reasons Why I Don’t Care) Club Thrifty

The Year of the Hustle And Then We Saved


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Have a great weekend, everyone!

30 responses to “Our Trip to Boston, The Frugalwoods, & A Writing Wrap Up

  1. I think it’s awesome when bloggers meet in real life. There’s a few in my area (like, within 3 hours) and it would be neat to see the real person. Maybe one day! Icing on the cake if they can help me out with the kiddos for a few hours ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Frugalhound seems like such a sweetie. My Biscuit is a gentle pup, but he’s not much for the babies. He does a lot of running to other rooms.

    Thanks for including my link! Have a great weekend.

  2. Belated happy birthday to your sweet twins Cat! And it’s really nice to know that you guys had a chance to visit Frugalwoods!

  3. Awww, we had so much fun having you guys! It was wonderful to get to know you all and to spend time with people who enjoyed hearing how much we paid for our furniture on Craigslist ;)!!! You are welcome to come back anytime and Frugal Hound promises she won’t destroy any more baby toys (maybe).

  4. Awe, I love all the pictures ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so fun that you visited them for the weekend. I’m hoping to go visit Kathleen later this year!
    Thanks so much for the link, much, much appreciated!

  5. Looks like y’all had a great time! Everyone might be jelly that you got to meet the FWs, but I’m jelly that they got to meet the beans–sweet things ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Sounds like so much fun! I’m so jealous that all of you were able to hang out. I don’t think there’s any pf bloggers near where we live ๐Ÿ™

  7. So jealous that you got to meet the Frugalwoods in real life!!! Boston is such a fun place to visit from here especially if you have a place to stay because it’s an easy drive. We need to go up there in May, so I will have to check in on Hotel Frugalwoods. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. So cool that your babies got to play with Frugal Hound : ) There must have been some intensive frugal talk going on around the table of rice & beans. Looking forward to your post on Boston. What a beautiful city!

  9. I am JUST now seeing this! I wonder if there’s no back link or whether I’ve screwed something up so that I didn’t get the notification. Anyways, thank you so much for including my post! I will be in Boston visiting my brother at the end of the month so this gives me a nice peak inside what it will be like. The Beans are so big – Happy birthday to them both!! I hope you are doing well!!!

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