To some saying the F word just causes them to tense up and get defensive, to others it is a welcome word because they have found someone who thinks like they do.

Frugal For LifeHowever, this F word is neither your 3 letter variety nor your 4 letter expletive either, it is 6 letters long and it conjures up a variety of opinions from each person who hears it.

Frugal. So how did you react to the word?

In case you didn’t react well, I just wanted to give you a head’s up that for the next few Mondays, Queercents will be having a new series on frugal living, or more specifically, my take on frugal living.

What do I know about Frugal? I started a little blog called Frugal for Life, because it is a life-long endeavor for me, and I have been keeping the site up for the last 2 1/2 years. I don’t have all the answers, nor am I God’s gift to the spendthrift. But, I try, really hard.

So what does frugal living mean to the Queer community? Some would say that the LGBT community isn’t all that different from the straight community. I have a different opinion on that; one that involves legal cases of LGBT people losing their jobs, homes or health because they are not straight. We are in danger of legislation that would take away rights or people who would want to make life difficult for us. These put a financial strain on our lives and we need to plan ahead and be prepared to deal with it.

Frugal living is about living below our means; so that when those means come up short, we already know how to handle it and yet still live a life that is of value.

Over the next few weeks you will read my take on living a life of value, living a frugal life. I hope you enjoy the ride with me!

Dawn C. is site owner of and is residing in Colorado with her spouse, Teri, of 11 years. Dawn can be reached at