Frugality

Does SodaStream Save Money?

Apparently, quite a few people either received SodaStream machines for Christmas or else have family members that received one, because I’ve received a ton of questions regarding SodaStream machines in the past few weeks. Most of them are pretty similar to this one from David: My wife and I received a SodaStream machine for Christmas. …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

Five Reasons to Love a Clothing Swap (and How to Host Your Own)

I’ve always loved to shop. And I’ve always really loved to shop for anything wearable. Cowboy boots and maxi dresses. Cozy sweaters and dangly earrings. Button-downs and scarves. If it goes on my body, I’m hooked. But however you feel about shopping, I imagine you understand the excitement of having a new-to-you jacket (or statement …

Some Thoughts on Water Consumption

One thing all of us consume all of the time is water, whether it comes from the tap, flows out of the shower head, gets flushed straight down the toilet, or is cycled through our washing machine or dishwasher. That water has a real cost. In my town, for example, there is a charge of …

How Much Are Your Habits Costing You?

Making a Starbucks run on your way to work probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Your soy caramel latte costs, what, $4? That isn’t enough money to make or break your budget, so you probably didn’t give it a second thought. But what happens when it becomes a habit? What happens when …

10 More Daily Habits of Frugal People

The other day, I came across a really good article at Eat Local Grown entitled “Ten Daily Habits of Frugal People.” Here’s that list: 1. Frugal people use everything right to the last drop. 2. Frugal people like to stay home. 3. Frugal people don’t spoil their children. 4. Frugal people have productive hobbies. 5. …

Frugality and Trust

It may be surprising, but I’ve found over and over again during the last several years that one of the most important elements of frugality in my life is trust. The simple act of building up trusting relationships with people in my life, then relying on those trusting relationships, has made a tremendous difference. Yes, …

Cheap and Social: 15 Inexpensive and Very Fun Things to Do With Friends

One question I get over and over again from readers is the simple question of “what can I do with my friends that doesn’t cost money?” This kind of question usually arises when a person is beginning to be aware that they’re in financially worse shape than they ought to be and the first thing …

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Some Thoughts on the Parable of the Fisherman and the Banker

Over the last week, several people have sent me this story from a bunch of different websites. I’m not sure where it originated, but the first place I saw it was on Financial Mentor. Here’s the parable: The Parable of the Fisherman and the Banker An American investment banker was taking a much-needed vacation in …

This One Move Can Save You $1,000 a Year

It lets you shop endlessly on eBay. It keeps you tuned into the latest water-cooler gossip on Facebook. It allows you to follow photo stories of people — some you know, some you don’t — on Instagram. You can watch endless videos while waiting for the train. Access your email everywhere you go, and an entire music library right …

12 Money-Saving Food Strategies My Family Uses

Over the years, our family has steadily built up a number of little “food hacks” that we use to save money and time when buying food and preparing meals at home. Often, we don’t even really think about them, but sometimes, when we step back and look at our meal patterns, we see lots of …

Here’s Why Being Frugal Gets Easier Over Time

Becoming frugal is a difficult change to make, especially if you’re trying to cut down on deep-rooted spending habits. Some people are born into frugal families and grow up learning about money management, delayed gratification, and investing wisely. Other people have to learn frugality on their own, whether they became inspired by a financial expert …

Categories: Frugality

Four Tricks to Keep Your Food Spending at $50 a Week

My New Year’s resolution wasn’t very glamorous. I didn’t decide to learn French or perfect certain yoga poses or save the world one good deed at a time. Instead, my one and only resolution was to keep food spending at $50 a week. In January, the first month I tried this, I was armed and …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

Everything You Need to Know About Listening to Podcasts, My Favorite Free Form of Entertainment

I spend the equivalent of a full-time job working at my computer or laptop, and that’s usually with audio turned on. On top of that, I have my cell phone almost everywhere with me and when I’m in the car; I usually plug it in and listen to the audio through my car’s speaker system. What …

Thrifty Thursday: Frugality Foils Anniversary Plans

Welcome to our new reader-inspired series, Thrifty Thursdays. We want to hear your most ingenious buck-stretching strategies, stories about your famously frugal family and friends, or embarrassing tales of taking thrifty too far. Send your stories to thrifty@thesimpledollar.com, and we may mention you in an upcoming Thrifty Thursday post. Each week, we’ll select our favorite entry, and the winner will …

Categories: Frugality

12 Wildly Romantic Gestures in Movies

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is frugal, too. Sure, splurging on a diamond necklace, an exotic getaway, a cherished memento, or a fancy dinner out are lovely ways to show your partner how much you care. But sometimes the most powerful romantic gestures don’t cost a thing — just some time, thought, and …

10 Frugal Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s prime time for the usual onslaught of carefully crafted radio and television ads aimed at parting you and your hard-earned dollars. Turn on the tube and you’ll see jewelry stores explaining why your spouse deserves a diamond necklace, watch, or locket. Meanwhile, big-box retailers are bringing out their flowers, chocolates, and holiday …

63 Quick Tips to Save Money in College

We know college is expensive, and every little bit you can save helps. That’s why we’ve put together a list of quick tips to save money in school: Tuition & College Costs 1. Meet with your advisor regularly to plan your class schedule. This will help ensure that you’re taking the right classes at the right time …

Categories: Education, Frugality

Thrifty Thursday: No Hot Water, No Problem

Last week, we introduced a new reader-inspired series called Thrifty Thursdays. We want to hear your most ingenious buck-stretching strategies, stories about your famously frugal family and friends, or embarrassing tales of taking thrifty too far. Send your stories to thrifty@thesimpledollar.com, and we may mention you in an upcoming Thrifty Thursday post. Each week, we’ll select our favorite entry, and the winner …

15 Strategies for Saving Money at a Restaurant

I am a huge advocate for preparing and eating meals at home. It’s almost always drastically cheaper than eating out. You have fine control over the quality and quantity of the ingredients. You can make whatever you want and you’re not restricted by a menu. You don’t have to wait to get seated. Eating at home …

Categories: Frugality, Meals

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