Sunday, August 16, 2015

Feedback?

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I've kept this blog for several years now, writing/posting about most aspects of my day to day life, when it comes to living a purposefully frugal existance. The intent is that by sharing, I may* help someone else or through correspondance, someone may* even help me.

While around for a significant time period, I have just 125 followers, not that I really pay attention to that, while ther frugally inspired blogs have followers well into the 1000s.

. I recently have been wondering if I have anything novel to share. So, over to you:

-Has this blog run it's course?

If not:

-what do you like about it?
-what would you like to read more about?
-what would you like to read less about?

thoughts/suggestions?  not sure where I am going with this.

69 comments:

Lori said...

I love everything about your blog. It is a great help to me learning about all you frugal ways. I implement many in my daily life. I read many frugal blogs I do not follow any and really do not write comments. I don't really feel that I have much to add in the comment section. I bet you have a ton of people like me that follow your blog but are not a follower or they don't comment. Anyone out there like me please speak up!!! Please don't stop blogging!!

BethC said...

I really enjoy your blog-seeing the slices of a family's everyday life is interesting, and I have gotten some great frugal recipe tips from you. Your posts about how you stretch your dollars are very inspiring! I subscribe via RSS feed-not sure if those subscribers show up in your count. The only posts that I don't really enjoy are those that have to do with sewing. You may want to add posts about books that you are enjoying or frugal activities outside of the home.
Don't give up! I love your quick and easy to read posts!

Ellen Anderson said...

Oh please keep posting! I read every day I just don't "follow." I like your real attitude towards food.

Winter Fan said...

I don't subscribe, but I've bookmarked your blog and check it every day. I love your menu planning! I feel like I have zero creativity in the kitchen aside from some kind of meat/veg side and I love seeing your menu plans. I spend way too much money on groceries, but I don't feel like we're eating that high on the hog. It's great inspiration.

I also love seeing the deals you find on household goods and seeing you save on energy costs.

We have some savings goals to accomplish and I really need to rein in the food/HH budget.

Meg B. said...

I don't "follow" any blog (not sure why) but I read yours daily! Your posts are inspiring. I look forward to updates.

Meg B. said...

I look forward to reading your posts. I find your blog inspiring, and have learned so much.

The domestic Groove said...

I love this Blog. Even though you and I seem to be roughly the same age, I have learned so much from you. My grandmother used to do things like cook with bacon grease, repurpose, make-do, etc. but I kind of had forgotten all about it until I started following your blog. You, Carla, and Sluggy are my favorites and I look forward to reading your blogs every day. I have learned so much from all of you! Please keep going!

Mary Wirsing said...

You keep me focussed, thank you!mary

CTMOM said...

Ellen can you elaborate on what you mean by "real attitude towards food"?

mozgirl1 said...

It is refreshing to read a blog that is no nonsense, real and honest. Please do not stop.

CT Bargain Mom said...

I read you daily! You have to keep it up. Plus, you're on my sidebar!!!
Love the new look for fall - nice & clean.
I've gotten tons of tips from your blog too - please don't bail!

TrayceeBee said...

I sincerely hope that you don't stop blogging! I absolutely love your blog and it's very helpful to me since we both live in CT (which is so much more expensive than most states)! Your day to day life posts are extremely inspirational and I love to see what you come up with meal plans. I, for one, have learned a TON from you! Don't stop!

Kathy said...

I enjoy your blog, but I don't really follow any blog. I think I found you from a post on frugal queen.

I like your blog because it isn't "busy" like so many out there. I would love it if you would share some more recipes since some of the things on your menu list are new to me. What is lazy golumki casserole that is on the menu for sept? Sounds interesting, and the lazy part speaks to me. :D

Hope that you continue to blog.

Blissfulbutterfly said...

I definitely don't think this blog has run it's course. Please keep blogging! I've learned more ways to be frugal thanks to you. Some of the ideas are not new to me, but reading about you doing it reminds me to do it too, such as hanging my clothes to dry outside versus using the dryer. However, some ideas I would never even think of (washing aluminium foil and Ziploc bags to reuse, for example) as I didn't grow up in a frugal home and was never really taught how to cut corners in order to save money.

young77 said...

Carol I do hope you continue your blog! I read your blog every day and I continue to be awed and inspired by your herculean efforts to work, take good care of your home, kiddos, yourself and the list goes on. All while being a single working Mom. Let me tell you, I wished I had had a fourth of your smarts and tenacity when I was a single working Mom and I only had one kid!! As I've mentioned in comments before this ole girl (80 last month) is still learning tons....from you! I guess I don't know how to subscribe, I just bookmarked your blog and it shows up as "most often visited." If YOU decide you want something different, I will certainly understand, but I'd miss you! Shirley

Blissfulbutterfly said...

Oh, and personally, there's nothing that I would really like to read more or less about as I enjoy reading all your posts. Although, I do really like reading about the great household items/furniture you acquire second hand.

2catsmom said...


I read your blog daily. I do not comment, but I find your blog inspiring. I love to see how you use the tidbit of this and that in the fridge to transform a meal. I like seeing your great grocery deals.

I like all of the other aspects of the blog as well. I, do however just scan the sewing articles as I never did learn how to sew. I have no interest in sewing either.

Please keep blogging. I do not think that I have ever registered on your site, but I read it daily.

Monica said...

I read you all the time, but have never officially followed you. I did today!

doo said...

I read every post....like many people out there i just dont comment very often...on any blog really. I too have gotten many tips from you. Recipes, sales, winterizing etc. I will continue to read if you choose to keep on posting! :-)

saraband said...

Like Winter Fan and Meg B I've bookmarked your blog and read it daily from the perspective of a person of modest income living in an expensive part of England. Please keep up the good work.

meg said...

I don't often comment on any blog, but I have been reading yours for quite awhile, and it is one I look forward to reading. I am very impressed with your planning in all aspects of life, cooking, clothing, laundry, utilities saving. Very inspirational to me.

Joni J said...

I love this blog - I'm going back to when you started and reading. Please continue :) I've learnt some great things.

Linda www.PictureTrail.com/sewhappy said...

Your blog is perfect -- don't change anything. I check every day to see if you have a new post. I am one of MANY who look forward to reading about your life and learning how to stay focused on reduce - reuse - repurpose. I would miss you terribly, so keep on keeping on!

Softie said...

You are really the only person that can decide how you feel about writing the blog. Personally, I enjoy reading your blog and read it daily. I like that you show your daily meals and share your frugal tips. I like that you buy the same types of foods I do and that you eat meals that my family actually eats and you don't use unusual ingredients that would be unrealistic to translate into my real life with my family. I also enjoy when you show your thrifty finds and when you talk about your wardrobe and how you keep it well stocked. I have enjoyed all your posts. It was a good suggestion that someone made to include some posts on frugal activities you and your family enjoy, what you do in your spare time. I respect your decision but I really hope you continue with your blog. :)

janie said...

I read your posts all the time. I do not follow blogs. your blog reminds me to be as frugal as possible and I enjpy reading your blog.

Hope you will continue, Janie

CTMOM said...

Kathy-here's a link to my Lazy golumki casserole:

http://ctonabudget.blogspot.com/2010/10/lazy-golumbki-casserole-recipe.html

lovesbeingmommy said...

Gosh, Carol, at the risk of sounding like a creepy internet stranger, I go through withdrawal pangs when you miss just a single day of posting!!!

If you stopped blogging altogether, I think I'd be really bummed. We are kinded spirits when it comes to frugality which is important because I have so few such people in my real life.

I sincerely admire and respect all that you do and how you do with your savings goals and budgets in mind. I enjoy all of your posts, but, most especially the food-related ones because aside from my mortgage, groceries are my family's single largest expense. I, too, live in New England, and the cost-of-living is often disheartening. I am constantly on the lookout for way to keep costs down and you are one of my main sources for frugal tips.

I first "met" you (and Marcia!!) on AOL's KF boards, so I have been a longtime fan and follower. You must do what is best for you and your family, but please know that you DO have an audience!!!

Lovesbeingmommy

Ms. Sandie said...

I look forward to your posts all the time. I hope you will continue too!

Baroness Prudent Spending said...

I don't think I have subscribed but like many others I visit your site daily looking for any new posts. You and I live completely different lives. I'm vegetarian, have no kids, live in an apartment, don't sew, don't buy used (but try not to buy as little as possible). But frankly I like your attitude, the fact that you come from the French Quebecois, that you sort through the bad to make it good enough, your organizational skills, and your love for your family. Carol keep writing if it works for you. If you stop, just know that I am rooting for you and your kids and really hoping that you get your forever home real soon :-)
~ Pru

Baroness Prudent Spending said...

Oh and I second what Ellen said about your "real attitude about food." For me this means that while your kids are predominating eating really healthy foods (a well rounded menu), you also buy snacks and you bake from mixes occasionally. On your blog, occasionally take out wins out - but most of the time it doesn't. It's real life for American families (especially single mothers) that are working full time and still trying to take care of kids and the home. ~ Pru

Cheryl said...

Your blog was one of the first I started reading when I decided to learn all I could about being frugal. In fact I have read the entire blog from the beginning. I love reading about your frugal recipes and how you may take leftovers and change the meal the next day. For some reason I don't think to add leftover pasta to a soup, I just serve as is. If you decide you are done, at least you didn't just stop blogging like others and we never hear from them again. Cheryl

mikemax said...

I read your blog intermittently--usually when I need a kick in the pants to cook. But then I read a whole bunch of posts, so I probably hit most of them. I've been doing this since about the time you started the blog...and believe me, I've gotten tired of many, many blogs in between. But I keep coming back....

I like your cooking and shopping posts, mainly because I shop and cook the same way, except that I'm not that organized (and really don't want to be). What has really helped me this summer has been Sheila's idea of making a list of all of the summer meals I like to cook and eat, and dividing them up by what meat (or no meat). I find I can look at the list and find something I'd like to cook and eat, and usually have the ingredients for it.

I frankly don't care whether what you eat is organic or not. However, I do admire how you don't waste a bit of anything you get from the CSA. A couple of years ago you ran a picture of all that you'd canned and frozen from the CSA...food that many others would have just let go bad. CSAs can be expensive, but I think you make sure to get your money's worth out of yours.

I DO like the sewing articles, because I still sew a little and I'm big on mending. I also like pictures of great secondhand finds. It reminds me of something I read in a book on Amish money management--"you don't have to pay a lot to get something good."

I definitely appreciate that you "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." This is an area that I'm working on in my life...and, boy, you should see what I DON'T buy because I think of an alternative I already have.

BTW, it sounds like you don't expect your kids to do much around the house. You will be helping them if they do more and learn more about home maintenance and fix-it jobs. I don't think we do them any favors when we don't. Happy to say I taught my son to cook, made him lift that barge and tote that bale for me and how to do a few simple repairs...he's a pretty good guy to have around in a pinch! He actually LIKES snow blowing. (One funny thing: something I distinctly remember doing, not that it was a big thing, was teaching him to wrap a package when he had to do it for Cub Scouts. Just one of those crazy things I remember 30 years later, or whenever I get a gift from him).

mikemax said...

"We are kindred spirits when it comes to frugality which is important because I have so few such people in my life."--lovesbeingmommy.

Amen, amen! Do what is best for you, Carol, but remember, being a frugalista in a material world can be lonely. Also, who will teach the next generation if we don't?

lovesbeingmommy said...

Forgot to add that Belinda is a member of the AOL KF alumni, too. :-)

Unknown said...

I rarely comment but read you all the time. I don't know a single other soul who watches what, when or how they spend. So, your blog is comfort food to me.

meme said...

Hi carol - I also dont formally "follow" blogs - but I read yours everyday. I found your blog when my daughter was going thru her divorce with two small children - both my grandchildren have some special needs so my daughter is unable to work - they live with my husband and I. I work full time, my husband is disabled and money is tight. I enjoy your posting of pictures, your frugal finds, how you make do, and all your frugal lifestyle ways. I use a lot of the things you do in my home now. I would miss your blog terribly - you are like a friend I check in with everyday.

Barbara Gantt said...

I faithfully read your blog but have never commented. I am in Vermont so love reading another blog from a New Englander, not sure if that is a word. Keep blogging, Barbara

christina neumann said...

Don't stop blogging. I enjoy a slice of your life and how you manage your household. Nobody follows my blog( at least I don't think so) but I still like writing what's going on even if it's mostly for me. BTW, are moving,? I don't remember if you re upped your lease. .

thyme2save said...

A day without Carol? I read your old posts when you do not post. We, too, met on the AOL KF board. I used a different member name then.

On my sidebar, you and Belinda are among the top listed because I return several times daily hoping for a new post. I do not know if I am a subscriber, but all of us who have written among these comments should subscribe and comment to encourage you.

You are in the loop with your varied subjects and give us a kick in the pants when we need it. Please, continue to kick.

CTMOM said...

Barbara Gantt, yes, New Englander is a term. : )

CTMOM said...

Christina neumann, yes, I renewed the lease here, but anticipate moving to another town next Summer, downsizing and reducing my living costs.

Theresa F said...

I read every post you write. More pictures might help. I find that blogs with no pics don't have many followers. Sadly, I find the more a blogger Trieste hide their identity the less people read (just something I have noticed). I totally understand wanting to keep your identity under wraps though.

Belinda said...

I think it depends on what you think. Amy D. felt like her newsletter had run its course, so she ceased publication, but I thought she could have done at least a little bit more. And once frugal living became a popular Internet topic, I learned so much more. We learn from each other regularly. And watching you, via your blog, encourages me and others I'm sure, that there is value in being consistent with this lifestyle. I think it depends on whether or not you are tired of posting parts of your everyday life.

One of the reasons I blog is to keep a record for myself. My readers and their comments are a bonus that I truly enjoy. But I really like looking back and seeing what I've recorded, because I do forget things. So I would have to say that I blog more for me than anyone else, which is the reason I feel like I can take breaks now and then. After all if I am posting for me and miss a few weeks of blogging, I am very forgiving. lol

I like your grocery store runs, your consistency in being frugal, stories about your children, how you save money on various household projects, your pantry inventories. I could go on, but will say this, as others have, yours is the one blog I read regularly. I check regularly to see if you have anything new posted. And I do go through cycles where I read and then don't read for a while. I do take breaks both ways (reading and writing) from time to time.

I think one thing you can gather from this is that there are people reading, but not commenting. 42 comments on this one post alone. :)

kelley said...

I always enjoy your blog posts...a little glimpse into how someone else is living a frugal life...nothing fancy...just practical ideas we can incorporate into our lives as we see fit...I enjoy the sewing bits...because of them my mending basket is slowing being emptied...maybe the non sewers can be inspired to learn, it really helps save...as others have said, whatever works for you...but I'd miss you too...am always on your side rooting for kids to mature and your new home a quick find...

CTMOM said...

Theresa F, More pictures? I almost always have actual photos, often several on the same post, so I am not sure on what you mean. Picture of me and/or my kids? No, I prefer not to post those.

pauline butcher said...

Ive been following your blog since the aol message board days.....you have helped me in a way I cant describe...Life isnt easy being a single mom of 3. Thanks to your meal plans and frugal tips things are a little easier!!
Pauline from Pa

Patti said...

I enjoy your slice of life and frugal ideas! Keep doing it!

RPS4boys said...

I don't "follow" your blog either, but I enjoy reading it...since the days of the KF board on AOL. How long has that been? lol

Ms. Sandie said...

I'm going to add a few more cents. I have read through all the other comments and agree with so many of them. We need to teach the next generation. You were the kick in my pants to get me restarted in being frugal. I remember when Amy D was on Donahue (just dated myself with that one) and I started the frugal lifestyle. I also blog to keep a record of things I'm proud of (or not so proud of) and new recipes I want to share. I can understand keeping things private. I enjoy the insights to your family life, but don't need to see the kids. I lead a public life, due to performances and workshops, so I am out there anyway. But I don't post photos of the family (DH did get into one photo I think). You are a value to all of us Carol. :) Sandie

Larissa Stretton said...

I love to read your blog! I don't follow every day, on purpose, I like to read a bit at a time so as to make your posts last longer! It may sound crazy, but it's true! You have inspired (mixing the cheap and expensive tuna, table-top oven that gets used nearly every day! ) and informed me (1$ store groceries and cleaners). The little things you write about are so helpful and it's so fun to learn something unexpected.

Thank you, and please keep writing.
Sincerely,
Larissa

56steps said...

I really enjoy reading your posts and hope you continue to blog. I don't often comment but I always read!

Debra

Jo said...

I'm a longtime reader. I've never been a follower of any blog. I enjoy all your posts. Thank you for all you do : )

Hawaii Planner said...

I'm a regular reader! You always inspire me to plan my menus further in advance, make do with less, and love your very no nonsense approach to budgeting. Please don't stop blogging!

mmscl said...

I'm not a follower of your blog, but I read it every day. I live in CT, and I think I live in an area fairly close to where you are. I love your blog because so few of us in CT are actually honest about what we can afford, live a more modest life, etc. I enjoy your blog because you're genuine and provide a lot of inspiration to enjoy a frugal, simpler life. :-) Michelle

Liz Bernard said...

I don't think I have followed you - but I read every day. I admire your attitude, determination and perseverance. I am also a teacher (in the UK) and I know how busy you must be. I like your cooking, planning, budgeting and home maintenance posts. I like the comparison to Amy D - our media is full of consumerism, it is good to have a different perspective. I read you, Mortgage Free in Three (Scotland) and Frugal Queen (UK) each day to keep focused.

Kathy said...

Oh thank you for the golumbki recipe! I haven't had cabbage rolls since my Mom died 12 years ago. My husband doesn't like them, and they seemed too much trouble to make just for me, but your recipe sounds good and easy. Thank you!

Lili said...

Carol, I read along, in the story of your life, as I find it encouraging for me to continue in my own journey. Some of the difficulties we face in meeting our financial goals are just plain hard. And it's very helpful to read about someone else as they face there own financial difficulties head on.

But I do understand that you need to make a choice that is in your best interest, and can respect any decision you come to, regarding continuing your blog.
wishing you and your family the very best,
Lili

Theresa F said...

Yeah that's what I meant and like I said I totally get it. Might keep others away though.

Kim @ Him, Him Me said...

I found you through FrugalQueen and read you whenever I can. Your blog is real and you don't sugar coat things which I like. Please keep blogging if you want to, i'll read, if you write.

Emily said...

I don't follow your blog formally but I have read every post. I love this blog and wish you posted more! Haha. You have a different voice than other frugal blogs that I enjoy and appreciate. Our lives are very different but I learn a lot from you and just enjoy your writing.

Catherine said...

Your posts inspire me to stay on a frugal path. Do what is best for you, but I also will read if you will write! :-)

Frugal in Bucks said...

Well, after trying to get to the bottom of the very long list of comments, I think you know the answer. Don't stop blogging.

I do follow and read your blog daily. I guess it's just laziness or the fact that sometimes I don't know what to,put as a comment. As I am in the UK I sometimes don't recognise the words and I have no idea what CT stands for, I'm guessing it's the state you are in? I usually work out the names of the foods which is quite fun.eg. zucchini and some brand names and half and half! I also like seeing how you make meals from what you have in or left over.

We love ya CT mum, don't stop and we will all comment more to let you know we are here!

Love from England the land of semi skimmed milk and courgettes! Ha ha x

Karen Gilliam said...

I don't comment, but read your blog almost daily here in Missouri. I am inspired by the way you manage your household, you motivate me to stay organized! I appreciate all of the things you share; fantastic bargains, what's for dinner, all the little tricks and life hacks you use to reduce consumption and waste and keep that money in the bank account! I'm sure keeping up this blog is a big job for a busy mom who already has a very full plate, but I enjoy the things you share and would miss you terribly. A big overdue THANK YOU and a round of applause for making simple look glamorous!

Lee Ann said...

Selfishly I want you to continue!!

Arden said...

I was also on the old AOL board. Still use the pork tenderloin recipe from Gail. I didn't post there because I was still learning how to cook and up to my eyeballs in babies. I also loved the frugal forums and I posted there a lot. Still miss those forums.
I hate that so many frugal bloggers are blogging as a side hustle to make money. Their content is impersonal and frankly annoying to me. Yeah, I don't want to buy your budget software or your current e-book. I can't believe so many people are taken in.
But...I like your blog because it's day to day stuff and it inspires me to not be lazy. I also am in the same boat with older kids who require way too much thought. And you aren't selling anything. I'm sorry you weren't getting any encouragement to continue but I read your blog daily and thoroughly enjoy it although I may not agree with everything. I'm not an agreeable person so it isn't personal. ;-)

Jacquek said...

Your blog is my martini every night...it's the way I unwind! It's calming, educational & interesting. I've learned so much from you...I don't formally follow but check in EACH & EVERY day. Please continue for those of us that need your wisdom.

ed20eb1c-ff4f-11e4-8e2a-17c04d47f900 said...

No you may NOT stop blogging! I read every day but mostly lurk. I have a hard time posting comments with my ipad otherwise I would comment more often! I enjoy sharing your frugal accomplishments!!

nk louisville said...

I really enjoy your blog and get ideas from you frequently. I've tried many items from Dollar Tree based on your opinions and have saved lots of money. I love your monthly menu plans and am encouraged to plan ahead. I've also discussed with my husband the way that you manage your finances in regard to your adult children and what you expect of them in terms of rent, food, etc. Your blog is a huge encouragement to me.

Marcia in rural WNY said...

I am a follower, and I also read just about daily--sometimes life gets in the way but when it does, I go back and catch up later.
I enjoy the way you plan ahead and don't seem to miss a single detail. I know I'm getting older, but you keep up on things so much better than I do, and often remind me of something that needs to go on my "to do" list also.
If you decided to stop blogging, I would definitely miss you, although I can understand your need for more of your own time--you are very busy as it is, I know. I don't know how you get so much done, because I feel much lazier than I think you are. And I've grown to hate housecleaning even though it didn't bother me as much when I was younger--as it now takes a lot more time than it used to to get even less done.
I, too, enjoy the realism of your blog--you aren't day dreaming about a huge wardrobe or buying things that aren't necessary. You get delayed and occasionally succumb to something fast, but mostly you are so set on your path and I really admire that. I am easily detoured! Although I am retired and have an adequate income, you remind me that what I have could go so much further than it does sometimes, if I watched my spending more carefully. We are helping our grand-daughter repay student loans, which has been our plan right along, but I need to do more to control her spending, as her mother was not successful in teaching her that, although my daughter is a good at budgeting her own money. The kid has "entitled" and "only child" syndromes. I would be disappointed if you gave up blogging.