Frugal and Fabulous Replay

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Frugal and Fabulous Replay

My friends Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods may have recently reached official Frugal Rockstar Status with their feature on Forbes; however, before their rise to Frugal Fame, they sat down to talk about their journey to financial independence by 33 on my podcast.

Since I am on vacation from blogging and podcasting for two weeks, I am replaying two of my favorite episodes and the conversation with Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods is one of those. I really enjoyed hearing about their journey and discussing why frugality isn’t as mainstream as it should be. If you haven’t heard this yet, I hope you enjoy it and if you have, it’s worth a re-listen. Below are the notes from when this originally aired in November 2014.

What are we drinking?

The Frugal-tini

The frugal-tini is essentially a gimlet, and it’s the most frugal martini I could think of as it only requires gin or vodka and a lime.

  • 2 oz of Gin or Vodka
  • 1 oz of fresh lime juice

Shake on ice and serve in a martini glass

*If you want to make a non-alchoholic version of this, you can just shake up some limeade on ice and it will taste about the same.

Podcast Notes

Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods share a number of things including:

  • How they met each other and when their frugality started
  • The anticipated location of their future homestead and what they plan to do on it
  • Why they’re lifestyle is “alternative” when it shouldn’t be
  • Why goal setting is so important in the pursuit of financial freedom
  • How much they think they will live on when they are financially free
Random Three Questions Answered by The Frugalwoods
  1. Describe the perfect Frugalwoods date?
  2. What is the best gift you ever received from the other person?
  3. What is your favorite movie or tv show to watch?

PS: Here is the pic of the necklace Mrs. Frugalwoods referenced.


Do you consider yourself Frugal? Why do you think a frugal lifestyle is viewed as alternative instead of mainstream?
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Shannon is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, The Financial Gym, because she felt traditional financial services firms did not have the tools or resources to help people in their 20s and 30s who are starting out and trying to build assets while also managing debt. She realized that the key to long-term personal financial success is a commitment to financial fitness and making smart financial choices. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way To Financial Fitness, her podcast, Martinis and Your Money and The Financial Gym, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for everyone.


  1. Looking forward to listening to this! I love the Frugalwoods, and though I’m not nearly as frugal as they are I do consider myself to be a fairly frugal person. I feel like it is mostly mainstream marketing that has taught us the “importance” of stuff that makes frugality seem so alternative.

  2. Nice to hear you talikng with frugalwoods and enjoyed how frugal they are. Being frugal means that how you manage your money and spend it wisely. Earning money is very hard but spending is very ease. I do spend my money but my most of the shopping is while availing the coupons code, daily deals from, and sites a like.

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