4 Great Purchases Made During Quarantine

With the restrictions of 2020, and now into 2021, our household spending has undergone a number of changes compared to previous years. More expenses related to childcare and utilities, less towards travel, gym memberships, transit passes, gasoline, and dining out. We have however, made a few purchases we otherwise likely would not have made if we were not spending so much time at home. Below are four purchases I have enjoyed during quarantine.

Jarvis Standing desk: The Jarvis standing desk was a purchase I made early in quarantine.…

My Investment Strategy During The COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s been a while since I last posted here. Anything exciting happen since I last posted?

Beginning around mid March, the United States began a shutdown of our economy due to the spread of COVID-19. Businesses began to tell their workers to work from home in the best case, or they no longer had a job in the worst case. Nearly every sector of the economy began to slow down, with exceptions to companies that sold toilet paper, disinfectant, work from home related products, and remote communication technology.…

Mack Weldon 18-Hour Jersey V-Neck Undershirt Review

Buying this shirt ended a decades long search. I’m serious, as I’ll explain below.

Before I get started on why I love this shirt, let’s start with the basics. The 18-Hour Jersey from Mack Weldon, is made of three different fabrics, cotton, modal, and spandex. This makes for a VERY soft fabric.


  • Soft
  • Fits well – slim fit
  • Long length (more on that below)


  • Price – not cheap at $32 each
  • Limited colors – only white and grey.

Podcasts As A TV Alternative

As I have mentioned previously, my family cut the cable in our home nearly five years ago. We use a variety of services to get our home entertainment, but I want to shine a light on one free source I frequently utilize, podcasts.

These days, most people are familiar with the term podcast. If not, the very short definition is an audio or video show freely distributed over the internet via RSS1. Many podcasts are audio only, but some are both audio and video.…

Reflection On A Year Of Blogging

black and white photo of a laptop, notebook, and coffee cup.

Several weeks ago marked the one year anniversary of my first post on Frugalish. I wanted to take some time to reflect on the last year of blogging on this website.

In an effort to end on a high note, let’s talk about what didn’t go well.

  • My posting frequency was sporadic. My initial goal was one post a week and that quickly changed. I settled into a once every two weeks (or so) routine for a while, but dropped off completely by mid July.

How My Family Cut The Cord

This is part 2 of 2 about cutting the cord. If you missed part 1, read it here.


It’s been 4 years since my family last had cable TV in our home and closer to 7 years since we first canceled it. We re-subscribed in 2014 when we got a really good one year promotion, but canceled it for good when that deal expired. We really haven’t missed cable over this time period. Below are the details on how we cut the cord and never looked back!…

Movie Review: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Minimalism Movie Poster


Minimalism is a documentary from the two men behind The Minimalists Website , Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. The movie follows Joshua and Ryan as they embark on a book tour to promote their latest book, which I assume is Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists, based on the publication date. Interwoven between clips of them on tour, are snippets of interviews with other men and women talking about minimalism and other adjacent ideas.…

Why My Family Cut The Cord


It’s been about 4 years since my family last had Cable TV in our home and probably closer to 7 years since we first canceled it. We re-subscribed in 2014 for one year when we got a really good promotion, but canceled it for good (most likely) when that expired. I will go into detail about how we canceled our cable in a later post. But I wanted to go into a few reasons about why we canceled our cable in today’s post.…

My Favorite Food Bloggers

Different spices laid out on a table with spoons.

Food bloggers, recipe creators, influencers, lifestyle brand, call them whatever you want. The “Food Blog” is a trend that is here to stay. Many of the websites I list below started as hobbies that eventually developed into a full time gig. Ree Drummond turned her food blog into a food empire, beginning with the Food Network hit The Pioneer Woman. While not on the same popularity level as Ree, here are my favorite places to find healthy and affordable recipes to feed my family.…

5 Money Lessons I Wish I Knew In High School

I feel like overall I have made decent decisions with my money since I entered adulthood. By no means have I been perfect, but I have mostly avoided dumb mistakes. That said, I feel like there are a few concepts that I wish I had known when I was younger. Knowing these would have put me on an even greater financial footing. Here are five money lessons I wish I knew in high school.

The Magic Of Compounding Interest

The concept of my money making money was not something I was aware of in high school.…