DIY iPhone Screen Replacement

DIY iPhone Screen Replacement

DIY iPhone Screen Replacement

Hello $wanigans! Welcome back. If you are part of the FIRE community or believe in a frugal life, then you no doubt are ready to pick up a hammer and a screwdriver to a do a little DIY when the situation calls for it. But what if the screwdriver is so tiny you can hardly tell if it is a Phillips or a Torx (star shaped)? That was the case for me when I most recently tried my hand at a DIY project: replacing my cracked iPhone 6 screen!

You might think I’m a bit crazy for trying my hand at such a cautionary DIY project, but just like most other DIY projects, there were good YouTube videos available to walk me through the project and other good step-by-step guides online. I read a lot about the process and felt comfortable with the risks, so I figured why not?! Continue reading DIY iPhone Screen Replacement

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Frugality: The Green Swan and The Frugalwoods

Frugalwoods

Frugality: The Green Swan and The Frugalwoods

Hello folks! Welcome back to The Green Swan. I appreciate you stopping by, as always. In today’s post I want to chat about how frugality has been my means to an end. First, let me acknowledge there are numerous great personal finance bloggers out there and I’ve been enjoying reading many of them the last couple years. One of my favorites is the Frugalwoods. Their frugal lifestyle is very inspirational and thought provoking, Mrs. Frugalwood’s writing style is very easy to read, and the blog posts are always filled with great pictures (especially of Frugalhound). Although, I am still waiting on a picture of a moose out in the woods from their motion camera! 🙂

Mrs. Frugalwoods wrote a post recently how to them, Frugality is Not Deferred Spending. I loved the post and not unlike many of her other posts, it got me thinking. I love the frugal lifestyle philosophy her family espouses and lives, but I couldn’t help but draw a few differences from my thought process and lifestyle philosophy. Ultimately, it boils down to whether it is temporary or permanent; whether it is a means to an end or an overarching life philosophy. Continue reading Frugality: The Green Swan and The Frugalwoods

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Is the Enmity Justified for Payday Lending

Payday Lending

Is the Enmity Justified for Payday Lending

Hello everyone! Thanks for swinging by today. Let’s talk about the enmity held for the payday lending industry. For those of you who do not follow J$ over at Budgets Are Sexy I wonder why the h*** not?! He’s a long time PF blogger and he shares great things on his site. I have been a long-time reader myself and participate frequently in the comments section of his blog posts.

Late last week may have been the only time ever I’ve seen something on his site that I didn’t necessarily agree with and was quick to share my thoughts in the comments. That post was related to payday lending and basically compared it to devil worshipping…ok maybe it wasn’t that bad. But I thought it was fair to take the side of payday lenders, employees, customers and many others who do not agree with his post. Continue reading Is the Enmity Justified for Payday Lending

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How I Got FIRE’d Up: My Swan Song

FIRE'd Up

How I Got FIRE’d Up: My Swan Song

Taking cues from the fine folks over at The Money Mine, Slowly Sipping Coffee, and Plan Invest Escape (and perhaps others we aren’t aware of), Lucy and I have taken up the challenge to document what got us FIRE’d up. And following the recent theme, I like the idea of plotting our major life events over a relevant index in our lives. For me that is the KBW Bank Index which serves as the benchmark for the banking sector. Continue reading How I Got FIRE’d Up: My Swan Song

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