Welcome to the 58th Festival of Frugality! For those unaware, the Festival of Frugality is a series of weekly posts hosted by various blogs in which we highlight great posts on frugal living.
Usually, when I go to read a carnival or festival, I scan the article titles quickly and only click on ones that are really interesting and give short shrift to a lot of blog articles that don’t have titles that grab me right off the bat. This time is a little different: I picked out one sentence from each entrant in the festival and included it in this post, so you can get a flavor of everyone’s writing style before you click! (I did do a bit of editing on a few sentences so that pronoun references made sense and so forth). So let’s get started!
They make regular hiking trips to the meadows to pick up exquisitely tasty wild mushrooms.
- Seriously Thrifty? Some Wild Ways To Save (Part 1) (@ the digerati life)
While I was happy with Vonage, my loyalty is in saving money, so I again ran the numbers: the $99 SunRocket special was for the first year only plus a $39.95 equipment charge, which equals $138.95 per year or $11.58 per month, a savings of over 50% vs. Vonage.
- Saving Money On Telephone Costs With VoIP (@ trying to get it right)
To test shopamex.com, I’ve decided to use the latest Apple iPod 80GB White model as a test case.
- How Good Is ShopAmex.com? (@ ask mr. credit card)
As a peace offering I installed a curtain rod on the ceiling and made a floor-to-ceiling curtain to divide the corner closet area from the rest of the room as a dressing booth.
- It’s Curtains For Them (@ scribbit)
You get a tax break, landfills have less junk, and the net proceeds of your donated car/truck/SUV/boat will help people in need so it’s a win win situation.
- Get Paid To Be Green (@ american inventor spot)
People say that mentioning the word “wedding” doubles the price of an item, and I think the term “tourist” does much the same thing.
- Does Your Vacation Mentality Need Some Frugal Tweaking? (@ bargain quest)
At this point, G started contemplating on getting a cable connection (or a dish network) in a few days, which would have cost him a minimum of $40 a month.
- This $9 Gadget Might Save You From Cable Bills (@ money, matter, and more musings)
Sometimes I hear about a show that looks interesting – like Heroes for instance – but I am reluctant to start watching, because I tend to get somewhat addicted and start rearranging my life to suit my TV schedule.
- TV For Free On Your Computer (@ frugal upstate)
People don’t seem to realize that they are regularly spending more than they earn and thereby creating a situation, which will eventually degenerate into heavy debt and bankruptcy.
- Live Within Your Means (@ debt consolidation lowdown)
can see where it causes me problems in non-financial ways, and even though I think I have it mostly in control regarding spending on myself, I think it probably has a bigger effect on my spending on friends and family than I’d like to admit.
- Martin Luther King On Frugality And The “Drum Major” Instinct (@ money and values)
I saved money buy buying most of my food from ethnic groceries.
- Thrifty 101: Tight-Fisted Money Tips I Learned In College (@ a girl worth saving)
The produce is substantially cheaper than supermarkets across the board, and you can find deals on gourmet ingredients and, of course, ethnic specialties, if you know where to look.
- Ethnic Markets: Feel Worldly For Cheap (@ wisebread)
I like that my desire not to have a car payment is a sure fire way to put the brakes on wanting to get a new car.
- No Car Note (@ mapgirl’s fiscal challenge)
Stall purchases, huddle with the hubby and launch a “crisis cash” fund, those are a few possible cures for beating the annual “February Financial Funk.”
- Beat February Financial Funk: A Money Map (@ the frugal duchess)
My local Salvation Army gives a 40% discount on all clothes (any color tag) and bric-a-brac every Wednesday, if you bring a church bulletin in.
- Saving Even More At The Salvation Army (@ my family finances)