The Blytheosphere

Adventures in Frugality

Welcome!

Hello!

Welcome to my tiny corner of the Internet. Are you curious as to what The Blythosphere is all about? Well, I’m Blythe (that’s a big part of it right there), and these are my thoughts on frugality.

I’m been obsessed with living a frugal life for quite some time. I’ve tried various ideas and schemes – some successful, some that didn’t work out (but were learning experiences), and a few ‘What the bloody hell were you thinking?!’ moments. Okay, maybe more than a few of those, but we live and we learn.

Besides frugality, I’m also very interested in minimalism and living a simple lifestyle. Things like tiny houses and permaculture fascinate me. I want to live comfortably on a small amount of money.

So… you might be wondering how I’m doing with all of that. Well, the dream is often not the reality, and thus we have a blog. The blog is to keep me moving forward (sometimes kicking and screaming, and sometimes giddy with anticipation and excitement). We’ll see how it all shakes out.

Here’s my reality.

I live with my two elderly cats in what I consider to be a large house (4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and an attached garage). It has all of the creature comforts: gas fireplace, washer and dryer, spa tub, dishwasher, etc., most of which I don’t use. In fact, I am practically ‘camped out’ in the master bedroom and bathroom, and I only use the kitchen and laundry room on occasion. No, I don’t cook. Yet.

But here’s the good news: there’s so much room for improvement!

I get a good deal on the rent ($850 per month) because the house belongs to my ex-husband. He couldn’t find a ‘suitable’ tenant last year, so I officially moved in on September 1st, 2015.

My ex-husband is a great landlord. He’s quite motivated to make improvements (the house was built in 2005), and I think that’s a very good thing. He was hoping that I might eventually want to buy the house, but that’s not part of my vision for the future.

I did commit to staying for another year, though, and I think I’ve come up with a great parting gift for when I leave. My intention is to have a solid plan for what needs to be done to the house and yard in order to find a good tenant (for a much higher monthly rent)… OR… to sell the house. Since my ex-husband lives in Texas and the house is in North Carolina, I’m thinking that it might be in his best interest to sell. My $0.02.

So, what did I do today to embrace my frugal goals?

I emailed the City and asked if it was possible to switch to a bi-monthly trash pickup. I don’t generate a lot of trash, and I’m a good recycler, so I figured that it wouldn’t hurt to ask.

My bill from the City includes water, sewer, storm water, and trash, and I receive it every 2 months. It’s been running at about $50, and that’s prior to implementing any changes.

I’m pretty sure the answer to the bi-monthly trash pickup request will be no, but knowledge is power… and it’s all forward motion.

Take care,

Blythe

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