I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
When we purchased our condo, we wanted to update our furniture and appliances (specifically our washer and dryer). Our washer was 15 years old/dryer was 18 years old/sofa and loveseat were 15 years old. All were in darn good condition yet and worked great. We left the washer and dryer at the house when we sold the house and sold the sofa and loveseat.
We purchased two new leather recliners and a sofa from a local, well-known store. We paid good money for all. Not top of the line but not rock bottom either - bought name brands and paid ALOT. We bought a top of the line washer and dryer - BIG BUCKS. We are starting to notice after 2 1/2 years that the quality in furniture and appliances is no longer available. I have a good idea why but I've irritated that we can no longer expect quality workmanship and pride in workmanship anymore.
Although we are very busy with work, schooling, church activities, etc. we always find time for volunteering. Try it, you may like it. Volunteering gives my husband and I much satisfaction and joy because we know that we are very fortunate and we are aware that others may be having a difficult time in their lives for whatever reason. We also like to help our community out when we can - working with various police departments, the Share Program and events that my company sponsor. For the most part, you get to meet some very dedicated and decent people....people with common sense that realize that the only way we are going to make the world a better place for now is by compassion, consideration of others, and watching over one another. If there are people who just don't want to accept your help, then you tried your best and can walk away knowing that.