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Maggie Wells

Maggie Wells writes primarily about rural & frugal living, alternative parenting, education, and her gay military childhood.

Latest articles by Maggie Wells

5 Things to Do With Your Coffee Beans

Most of us just throw out our used coffee beans morning, or we toss them onto a compost heap. But what else can you do with coffee beans?

How Closing a Small Business Can Grow a Better One

Closing your business doesn't have to be the end of having one. These business owners found better opportunities after closing their first ventures.

Should You Lend to Friends and Family?

Lending money to friends or family is a generous thing to do, but it can also strain on your relationship. Read this to help decide whether or not you should.

Farewell to Homeownership: Lessons to Share

Losing your home is not the end of all things. In fact, it could be the beginning of something better. Learn from one writer's experience.

The College Freshman Budget

College can be where you get your first taste of independence...including financial independence. Make sure you enjoy it without blowing all your cash.

6 Areas Where You Can Eliminate Distractions

Do you have a black hole of distractions sucking you into the vortex of non-productivity? Here's how to get focused.

How to Survive a Recession: Notes from the Broken Dog Days of Summer

What if we changed our mindset just a little bit regarding the America of consumerism? What would it look like if we just stopped caring about making it and started living instead?

Six Months as an Amazon Seller

After six months of experiences with various features and exchanges with customers and the Amazon monolith itself, here's what you need to know.

Cleaning the Oil Stove

I'm naturally pretty scared of doing maintenance on anything electric or gas or kerosene oriented. Thankfully my husband was game about cleaning the kerosene stove or we'd be ou

Throw a Swap Meet Party

Want to shop with your friends and neighbors without spending a dime? Throw a Swap Meet Party.

The Joys of Plus Size Shopping for Women

Shopping for the Plus Size gal can be fun if she takes stock in what she's working with and goes to those designers that work with her.

The Census Questions 8 and 9

While filling out this year's census I wondered, how relevant are questions 8 and 9 going to be to the government programs they might serve? Don't the questions themselves make the

Review: Bluebird -- Women and the New Psychology of Happiness

It's ingrained in our culture. In our Declaration of Independence we've spelled out that Americans must pursue happiness. To that end, billion dollar industries have heeded our cal

Housesit on Your Next Vacation

Want to take a vacation somewhere sweet but can't afford the hotel? Housesit!

Could Online Teaching Be For You?

It’s a new year and you need some supplementary income. Should you try online teaching? January 2010 makes the seventh year that I’ve been teaching online. It’s had its ups and dow

Ode to the Ecofan

Considering whether buying an Ecofan is worth the price to keep you warm this winter?

Dreaming of a Frugal Christmas: 6 Things You Can Make That People on Your List Will Use and Want

You know sometime in November you'll be rushing around trying to think of cheap Xmas gifts to buy or make. Why the rush? Start now with some simple fun things to make that everyone

Disneyland on the (Sort of) Cheap

If you're considering a trip to Disneyland, these tips just might help you save your wallet.

Little Road Trips Here and There: Little Savings Everywhere

While we’ve been pondering shorter vacations, staycations, and the like, there is nothing like the great American road trip to feel truly connected to this great land of ours. It d

Who Cares if there's a Recession? I just started a business

Thinking about starting a little business on the side in the middle of a recession? Go ahead and try it! I am.