SFP 30: Intentional Spending with Elizabeth Willard Thames

Intentional Spending

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This is episode 30 and today I’m here with Elizabeth Willard Thames talking about intentional spending.

Elizabeth Willard Thames, better known as Mrs. Frugalwoods, is the creator of the award-winning personal finance blog, In 2016, at age 32, she reached financial independence and left a successful career in Boston to create a more meaningful, purpose-driven life on a 66-acre homestead in the woods of Vermont with her husband and their two young daughters. Thames is the author of Meet The Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living (HarperCollins; March 2018). Thames has been featured on The Today Show, PBS, NPR, in the New York TimesForbesParents Magazine, and more. Prior to following her calling as a writer and homesteader, she worked for ten years in the non-profit sector as a fundraiser and communications manager. Thames received a BA from the University of Kansas and an MA from American University. You can follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

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Definition: We take back the word frugal.

Lifestyle: We talk about how you can use intentional spending as a value and tool to help close the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

Success: We share how we have redefined success for ourselves and our families.

Relationships: We discuss how intentional spending has affected our relationships.

Parenting: We go over how this frugal approach to life plays out in our parenting.

Community: We cover how intentional spending builds community and community supports intentional spending.

Environmentalism: We talk about how being an intentional spender can lead to a more impactful environmentalism.

Transition: We give advice on some good places to start getting more intentional with your spending.

Q & A

We answer the question, “How do we align a value of being frugal with other values like convenience and health, without breaking under decision fatigue and guilt at every choice point?”

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