Welcome to the 75th edition of the Festival of Frugality. Here you’ll find a mass of money-saving tips from 44 different bloggers. I’ve organized the entries into broad subject areas, and noted my favorites with a happy star: . Thanks to everyone who participated! (And tune in next week at Blogging Away Debt where Tricia will host the 76th installment of this roadshow.)
The frugal kitchen
Vanessa, the Christian Thrifty Mom, shares 8 tips to save money on groceries. “The average family’s grocery bill is usually one of the higher numbers on the family budget… The good news is that this allows for a large amount of savings if we decide to be frugal with our shopping.”
Victoria at De Stijl also has some thoughts on the Congressional Food Stamp Challenge. Her article is filled with little money-saving tips.
Radagast at Rhosgobel (what a mouthful!) notes that you can save money by cooking at home and shopping smartly.
Story Girl at My Money and My Life has been trying to find as much free food as she can during the past few weeks. “I try to cook from scratch for health and financial reasons, but when it’s this easy to get this much food for free or cheap, especially when I’m this busy, I’ll take it.”
Gal at 60 in 3 posted a five-part series on getting wealth out of health. Day five looks at healthy and cheap entertainment options.
Eraine at The Best Life Ever has some tips on being a cheap date.
Moorea at Queer Cents writes that “people use the phrase ‘A Trip to Tahiti’ in jest. Tahiti implies the unthinkable, unaffordable, ultimate luxury. But it’s a real place and I’m about to tell you how to get there for cheaper”
At Frivolous Frugal, Matt has three ways to save on summer lodging.
Saving money on health and beauty
Want an easy way to save money when shopping? Stephanie at Stop the Ride suggests shopping clearance items for health and beauty. “Clearance isn’t just for clothing or seasonal items.”
Sara, the Bargain Queen, has advice for how to make your toner last 6x longer. “One for the girls (and skincare-conscious boys): if you use toner as part of your skincare routine, here’s how to make it last 6x longer, so you only need to buy it one-sixth as often.”
Suzana at Zlittle Frugal Living compares professional manicures to frugal DIY manicures. “How many times do you think you should do a pedicure manicure at a nail salon? What would you rather do, save your money by doing it yourself at home or spend your money by having other people do it for you?”
Kate at Frugalux wonders: Is laser eye surgery a money-maker? She breaks out the numbers and determines that, in the long run, the procedure has saved her money.
At Money Changes Things, Betsy writes that a “clothing swaps are easy to organize, build local social capital, help many good causes, and are lots of fun”. They also help people save money!
Cheap gadgetry and tech
ISPF offers three ways to put your old cell phone to good use over at Grad Money Matters. “I urge you, for the sake of frugality and the environment, please consider putting your old phone to good use.”
S. Shugars at Saving Advice explains why money-saving gadgets often don’t save money. “The better you know yourself, the more realistic you can be with your purchases and not convince yourself to purchase stuff that is supposed to save you money, but in reality will not.”
At My Two Dollars, David suggests the best places to find free wireless internet access.
Over at How to Make a Million Dollars, Marshall has a tip for saving money on speaker wire.
Did you know that staying busy will save you money? Oleg at Believement-Achievement explains how hobbies, school, work, volunteering, and social life can all help keep money in your pocket. (More paragraph breaks would be nice, Oleg!)
Brett, The Frugal Law Student, says that you can increase your buying pleasure with tantric shopping — learn to delay gratification!
Annette at Frugal Journey writes about dumb mistakes she’s made that have cost her money. “Yesterday’s fiasco got me thinking about how much money we waste because we don’t take proper care of our things.” This is an interesting topic, one I’ve been meaning to explore.
The King of Debt argues that being cheap is not frugal. “Frugality is an art form. Cheapness, is just plain greedy.”
My pal Trent at The Simple Dollar writes about twelve ways he saved money on a frugal Saturday. “The entire day was incredibly fun and it cost almost nothing at all. Who needs to spend a lot of cash to have an enjoyable, happy, memorable Saturday?”
Dana is Not Made of Money, but she has an article about how she saves on her favorite hobby, how she finds frugal scrapbooking supplies. “Here are some places for finding scrapbooking supplies that won’t break the bank.”
Paper Woods is a blog dedicated to the art of paper crafting, focusing on card making. Kate has a weekly column called Frugal Friday, which features money saving tips for paper crafters. This week she offers a tip about getting free envelopes to use for your handmade cards.
Saving money on transportation
FrugalTrader isn’t on a frugal journey — he’s on a Million Dollar Journey, and he has money saving tips for auto insurance.
Broken Arrow was once a police officer, and this week he tackles some common myths about traffic tickets. At the end of his article, he offers advice on how to minimize the cost of tickets.
The Binary Dollar suggests driving at a steady pace to save money on gas.
At Money and Such, Shadow warns about a rental car gas scam. “The rental car companies do their best to [mislead] you.”
Wenchypoo offers the lazy woman’s used car buying method. There’s some great advice here, and not just for women. “Never, NEVER be afraid to walk away when things get out of your control.”
Steve at Debt Free used to work at a car dealership. He’s familiar with some of the ploys dealers use to make money off the unwary. This week he has a warning about a car dealer scam you should avoid.
Free Money Finance has a suggestion for those frugal folk who’ve squirreled away some money. He writes that you can save on taxes and give a bigger gift by donating securities instead of cash. This tip isn’t for those of you scrimping for groceries, but may be keen for those whose investments are in full-swing.
The frugal home
At I Can’t Remember, Vicki has a thoughtful piece on living large in a small home. “The only problem right now is finding a well-built home with all the extras in a smaller house. ‘Luxury’ and ‘small’ don’t seem to go together in builder’s vocabularies just yet. But just wait and see.” (This entry reminds me of The Not-So Big House.)
Tracee talks about the cheapest cleaning products you’ll ever need. And they’re safe for the environment!
How much does your clothes dryer cost you? Sara at Fiveberries in Texas had no idea until hers went on the fritz and she began air-drying her clothes. How much did she save?
FIRE Finance has a tip on how to save $10 on a new Costco membership.
Mark, who writes Ravings of an Intermittent Fool, says that you can save money by always buying the store brand for OTC drugs.
Mr. Credit Card goes bargain hunting at a yard sale. “It’s time of the year again for yard sales…always fun for the bargain hunters.”
Over at Mom Advice, Amy has some ideas for frugal wedding gifts. “Many of the wedding gifts that I am going to list will make great housewarming gifts too or can be a great way to welcome a new neighbor.” (I love the “folding table and chairs” suggestion.)
General frugality tips
At Money, Matter, and More Musings, Golbguru has been reading a book called Living Well on a Shoestring from which he’s culled ten examples of extreme frugality, including growing tomatoes in a bra.
Boomie from The Wastrel show writes: “Saving money is hard. Living below your means is even harder.” Fortunately, she has some tips on the fine art of saving money.
Fil-Am Words has some general advice for living a frugal life. “We are trying to live a frugal life so we can save more for our retirement and also save up for the down payment to buy our first home and here’s how we are doing it.”
Paul’s site promotes a One Year Exit Plan, a program designed to help a person transform his life. He’s written a piece describing seven small steps to leaving, cashing out, and getting out.
At LoanShak, Miranda writes about the importance of creating a budget. “When you have a goal to work toward, and a plan for reaching it, creating a budget isn’t that hard.”
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