Thanks to the Festival of Frugality allowing me the honor of hosting here at Out of Debt Again.
Oh my goodness, there are so many great posts this week! Thank you to everyone who submitted. I loved reading through all the entries but narrowed these down for my editor’s picks.
- To Be Debt Free presents CVS Extra Care Bucks. I’m kind of in the same boat as To Be Debt Free – confused and as a result overlooking the CVS posts on other blogs, especially since I figured I couldn’t participate since I don’t need to buy diapers or baby items, don’t use commercial deodorants, shampoos, etc. But before the conference I stopped by CVS to buy some knee-high nylons and found that the brand toilet paper I always buy was on sale, and got a great deal on laundry detergent. I started realizing I do buy some items that I could get from CVS; maybe I should eliminate my sundries shopping from Walmart, and see what I can do at CVS. A timely and simple introductory post by To Be Debt Free.
- Money and Fitness Blog figures out if Shopping at Warehouse Clubs is Worth the Membership Fee. Mr. A’s Costco membership recently expired. I still have mine because my employer pays for it. We were wondering if it was really worth it to renew Mr. A’s Costco card. This was a timely post with some good answers.
- BeThisWay really sticks to her guns from Are You Going to Be This Way The Rest of the Time I Know You in Free Isn’t Really Free, A Story of Mendacious Marketers. I just loved this post from BeThisWay standing her ground and not getting sucked into this telemarketing deal her hubby asked her to check into.
- SavingAdvice socked away $100,000 in 9 years and tells us about it in How I Lived in Million Dollar Homes for Free. The thought of doing this is pretty amazing. I could never do it, but what a great idea for younger people with few ties.
- Squawkfox tells how women can save potentially $4200 over 35 years with 10 Reasons The Diva Cup Can Change Your Life. I have been a fan of this extremely frugal and green monthly feminine product for over a decade and Fox gives us a great overview.
- Faron Benoit from Financial Learn shares 15 Cheap Romantic Date Ideas. I really liked all these inexpensive little ideas for spending romantic time with your honey. Mr. A and I are technically newlyweds but get so bogged down in daily life. I’m going to keep this list handy and try a few.
- The Happy Rock presents Free Workout Program – 100 Push Up Challenge. I’m always looking for ways to incorporate exercise easily, and when it’s free, that’s even better! I gotta admit while reading this post (since I don’t know if I could even do ONE push up!) I was intrigued by the Happy Rock’s reference to replacing one’s chair with a ball. Hmmm… could do that at home and maybe get some additional exercise in without thinking too much about it.
- Grey from Frugal Fu presents The Fashion Debate: Could you (or should you) look good for less? Grey says, “…after some trial and error, I learned to find styles of clothing that were flattering to my body shape. And for once, I felt beautiful.” Amen, sister! I too discovered the knack for finding the right clothes, it’s important for women of all sizes to find the style that looks great.
I always enjoyed playing This Little Piggy with my children and their toes. Here is my rendition for the Festival of Frugality.
- Yi Hui at The Simple Wealth reports Food and Grocery expenses for the month.
- Katie over at Frugal Fabulous presents Marvelous Meatless Meals.
- Joe at Penny Pinching shares how his tips to Save Money Using Grocery Coupons.
- Not the Jet Set presents An Ode: Habitat ReStore, How We Love Thee.
- Kris from Cheap Healthy Good presents 60 Cheap, Healthy Marinades.
- My Good Cents presents Make Your Own 100 Calorie Snack Bags.
- Aryn at Sound Money Matters presents Summer Spending Patterns.
- LivingAlmostLarge presents Food Around the World.
- The Digerati Life presents Cutting Food Costs : Consumers Switch to Spam.
- Wealth=Wise presents The Art of Creative Home Budgeting.
- Planning Queen from Planning With Kids presents 10 Ways To Save On Your Food Bill.
- No Credit Needed presents Do Your Own Melon Slicing And Save Some Serious Money.
- Brandon at One Chance to Live presents Instant Gratification Hates Discipline.
- Emily at Remodeling this Life talks about the joys of enjoying the little things with home and family in Frugal Indulgences.
- Christina at Northern Cheapskate presents How Gas Prices Are Changing “Me-Time”.
- Instead of taking clothes out for dry cleaning, Muse presents Tangle-Free Linen over at me-ander.
- Martinique at Queercents presents Save Money by Making Your Coffee on the Go.
- My Daily Dollars tells us how to Save Money Canning Preserves.
- Cash Money Life presents Freeze Your Air Conditioning Costs.
- Lisa Spinelli of Greener Pastures presents 20 Top Hot Tips with a focus on cooking and happiness.
- Kevin of No Debt Plan presents the 2 Day Turned 2 Month Dresser Refinishing Project.
- Too Smart to Live Like This presents Dress for Less: The sub $5 Shirt.
- The Financial Blogger presents Frugal Activities for Cheap Vacations.
- Free From Broke presents Fun Frugal Ices With Your Child.
- Save and Conquer presents Museum Membership.
- Smart Money Daily shares Five Ways to Have a Frugal Summer Vacation.
- D.J. at The Family Wallet gives us Five Tips to Saving Money While Traveling with Kids.
- Mike from Living the Cheap Life presents Cheap travel on Amtrak.
- GP of Innside Montana-Come on Inn reminisces about the simple life of her childhood in Viva Simplicity.
- The Personal Financier presents Americans Report Their Savings Habits and Progress.
- Find Financial Freedom asks How Can I Bring Down My Monthly Outgoings?
- Kevin at Rich Credit Debt Loan tells us What You Need to Know Before Going Into Debt.
- Hustler $$$ Blog shares how to get a free cell phone and a cheap (free?) plan in Ultimate Sprint SERO Hustle.
- Finance Blog shares How to Avoid Excess Spending on Financial Products.
- J. Savings from Budgets are Sexy is back from honeymooning with I’m Back, and Ready to Spill the Beans, Baby!
- HowToMe presents How to “Line Dry” Discretely.
- Wisdom from Wenchypoo’s Mental Wastebasket muses with The Fulfillment Curve: An Ultimate “Enough” Alarm.
- Mrs. Accountability from Out of Debt Again shares I Haven’t Used Shampoo or Conditioner in 301 Days.
- 7 Ways to Save money on your Fuel Bill by Personal Finance Basics.
- Funny About Money reports back Does Hypermiling in a Toyota Sienna Work?
- Joanna at Keeping Feet presents Reflections on Gas Prices.
- Raymond at Credit Blue Book presents The Best Gas Rebate Credit Cards.
- Goal of Financial Freedom presents 15 Ways to Save Money on Gas.
- Rich Leverage from Handyman Fix Home Repair presents How to Make Old Appliances Look New.
- Free Money Finance shares that we should Keep Asking for Those Discounts!!
- Home Life Weekly presents How to Make Your Own Free Printable Wedding Invitations.
- Broke Grad Student presents 6 Ways a Boyfriend/Girlfriend Saves You Money.
- Paula Wethington of Monroe on a Budget presents Medications on the Go.
- Brian from Financial Consulting & Personal Finance presents 4 Ways to Find Cheap Airfare on Flights.
- Amanda from Value For Your Life presents Frugality and Multi-Tasking.
- Crystal from Living the Frugal Life presents Frugal Fashion Summer Must Haves!
- Madison from My Dollar Plan presents Free Blockbuster Movies!
- Uncommon Cents presents Frugality in Practice : Notebook Hard Drive Replacement.
- Harvesting Dollars presents Three Free Software Programs You Should Use.
This little piggy cried wee, wee, wee, wee, all the way home…
- Money Crashers warns Consumers to Beware of Professional Service Providers.
- Raymond of Money Blue Book tells us about Dealing With A Car Breakdown and Paying Rip Off Repair Shop Prices.
- RC from Think Your Way to Wealth warns us to Watch for Companies Adding “New” Fees When Changing or Upgrading Service Plans.
OOPS! That was actually NINE LITTLE PIGGIES! Next week (June 24th) the Festival travels to Broke Grad Student, so get your entries in. Thank you everyone for joining in and visiting the 130th Festival of Frugality!
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