Hi and welcome to the latest edition of the Festival of Frugality here at Frugal Rules. As it’s now spring time, there are many ways we can save money and be frugal as the weather gets a little warmer. There were some great submissions this week and I encourage you to take some time to check out some of the selected posts on frugality and saving money. Please remember to link back to the Carnival if your post was included and if you’d like to submit a post for next week you can do so here.
Miranda at Ready For Zero presents How Much of a Mortgage Can I Afford. When it comes to home buying, it can be hard to know how much or a mortgage is too much. This blogpost discusses ways to determine how much mortgage you can afford so you can buy a home that you and your budget can be happy with.
Peter at Bible Money Matters presents How We Saved Almost $1600 A Year on Our Monthly Bills. Over the past couple of months we’ve been able to cut back and save in a number of areas. When all is said and done we’ve been able to save almost $1600 a year just by making a few changes. Those changes didn’t mean a significant drop in services enjoyed, just more money in our pockets.
Girl Meets Debt at Girl Meets Debt presents Eating Single in the City. I should probably start this post with a simple fact. This Girl does not know how to cook. I can not even toast my bread properly without burning it!
Miss T at Prairie Eco-Thrifter presents Repair, Don’t Replace. Many of us throw the broken or outdated item out. Few try to repair or get it repaired. I’m guilty as well. I used to darn my family’s socks, but now don’t. I give away perfectly good electronics because they are ‘out of date’ – they don’t work with new software.
Everything Finance at Everything Finance Blog presents Short on Money? Try These Drastic Savings Tips For the Month. These options can help you save money to meet your monthly budget. They are not fun, but if you are serious about making end’s meet, then these tips will help you survive.
CF at The Outlier Model presents Frugal Ideas for a Housewarming Party. Throwing a party doesn’t have to be a major expense. Here’s some cheap and frugal ideas for hosting your friends!
Debt Guru at Debt Free Blog presents Hidden Fees When Traveling. My wife and I started planning our annual vacation last week. Every year we plan a week-long vacation to celebrate our anniversary. We usually alternate having a big vacation and a mediocre vacation. These are poor descriptions, but the basic idea is one year we take a more expensive vacation and the next, a moderately-expensive one.
Daniel at Sweating the Big Stuff presents 3 Things We Pay For That Prove We’ve Become Lazy Americans. We pay for things we don’t really need out of laziness. Watch out for these 3 budget busters!
KT at Personal Finance Journey presents Is There Such Thing as Saving Money While Shopping? Ever considered saving money when shopping? Did you know its even possible to spend AND save? Easy smart shopping tips that work.
Amanda L Grossman at Frugal Confessions presents Impermanent Solutions to Make Your Apartment More Energy Efficient. Owning a home yields many opportunities to increase overall energy efficiency.
Hank at Money Q & A presents Easy Ways to Save Money Right Now Without Even Thinking. Stopping yourself from spending money and wasting money is the easiest easy ways to save money right now without even having to think about doing it.
SBB at Simple Budget Blog presents Your Next Days Off: Budgeting For Vacations . Got some vacation days to spend? For a successful and fun time off, stress-free, use these steps on budgeting for vacations.
Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff presents Ask For Discounts or Get Screwed… I don’t know how else to say this, I took 15 minutes and saved 15 percent or more on my car insurance. Call and ask for discounts or you could be vastly overpaying!
Gary at Gajizmo presents Best Ways to Save Money . Saving money isn’t easy. There is really only so much you can cut from your budget, but knowing how to save money and finding creative ways to meet your financial goals can make all the difference between a fully-funded retirement and living on social security. Here are in-depth methods of reviewing your spending and finding savings.
Jacob at My Personal Finance Journey presents How to Save Money in the Kitchen. These days, money is tight, and many people are constantly looking for ways to save some cash. There are many ways you can save money around the house, however this post primarily focuses on the numerous areas where you can save money in the kitchen; specifically related to energy and water consumption.
Emily at PT Money presents 7 Cheap Healthy Foods that Fill You Up. One reason people don’t make healthy eating choices is because it’s so expensive. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we share 7 foods that are healthy AND cheap.
FMF at Free Money Finance presents Can You Save Money With a Pellet Stove? I’ve always been enamored with pellet stoves. But I’ve also wondered if they are worth the cost or not — if installing one would save us money. Well, This Old House has the answer.
Steve at Grocery Alerts presents 10 Secrets About Target Canada to Save You More Money. We are excited to see Target come to Canada. Here are 10 secrets about Target that most Canadians don’t know yet.
Lance at Money Life and More presents Best Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses – March 2013 . Sign up bonuses are one of the most lucrative ways to rack up credit card rewards quickly. There are currently some great credit card sign up bonus offers and I have used a couple of them myself. Basically you have to sign up for a credit card with a bonus and meet the various requirements within a time limit to get the bonus. There are no affiliate links in this post so you know these are some of the best deals out there.
Emily at Evolving Personal Finance presents How to Spend Less When Attending Out-of-Town Weddings. I list all the strategies we use to spend less money when we attend out-of-town weddings. We have really pulled off some frugal trips!
Kristen at My Dollar Plan presents How to Make a Travel Budget. Before you figure out how to save money on your next vacation, you need to figure out how much your travel is going to cost you and how to budget accordingly.
John at Frugal Rules presents Money Saving Gardening Tips From a Frugal Mama. From saving money on produce and groceries to being able to eat healthier there are many benefits to having your own garden. You don’t necessarily need to have a green thumb to garden either.
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