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Festival of Frugality #91

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:19am

Welcome to the 91st edition of the Festival of Frugality, and my first time hosting this fine affair. I think there is a little bit of something for everyone in this edition, so let's get started.

Posts to Ponder

What do You Need to be Happy?
Thanks Lynnae for the reminder. Posted at

Rest is a Frugal Activity
Seems counterintuitive, but sometimes we need to rest to be more efficient. Posted at Unclaimed Money

Is my Materialism Out of Control? Part 1
We could all learn from juicefairy. She took a close look and reevaluated some of her goals. A Girl Living on a Budget ... Fashion, Beauty, Entertainment & Lifestyle Tips.

What Would You Give Up To Save Some Money? | My Two Dollars
You can't have it all. Sometimes "sacrifices" are needed to meet our financial goals. Presented by David at My Two Dollars.

My Old Man: Frugal, Cheap, or Just Strange?
Kyle James, I'm voting for frugal! There are so many things we take for granted now. Posted at Blog.

Debt Free Is A Lonely Road.
A lonely road it may be, but I hope to join Boomie on it. Posted at The Wastrel Show.

11 Things Buffy Taught Me About Frugality And Simplicity
A fun yet poignant post by Mer at Living Behind The Curve.

The Powerful (and Addictive) Nature of Giving
Frugality is not just about saving money for our own use. Millionaire Mommy Next Door has a great idea for how to help others.

Attribution Theory
Nenad Ristic explains this theory to us in simple terms and how it can be applied to making money. P osted at Money Conciousness.

Showcase: The Random Account of Quasimodo
KimC (frugalmommy) shares the frugal thoughts of a fellow blogger at Frugal Hacks.

Frugal Parenting
Stop Going Crazy With Birthday Parties For Kids
I couldn't agree with Golbguru more. Posted at Money, Matter, and More Musings.

Meditations on Accumulation - Yard Sale Edition
When cleaning out the house it is sometimes surprising what things are the hardest to get rid of.
Paidtwice shares her thoughts at I've Paid For This Twice Already....

What Do Potty Training Mishaps Got To Do With Money?
Silicon Valley Blogger shares a funny story and some numbers on the potential savings. Posted at The Digerati Life.

Frugal with Babies Part II: Make Your Own Baby Food Myth
Say it ain't so! Commercial baby food better and cheaper than homemade? So claims The Financial Blogger.

Join Upromise and Get Free Identity Guard Protection
Posted at Hustlerama.

The Frugal Household
14+ Ways You Can Save Money
Mariette presents some good general tips. A great place to start for those new to frugality. Posted at The Boulevard to Retirement.

When Food Frugality Pays Off: See Ya, Sallie Mae
I'm green with envy. I admit it! Way to go Kris! Posted at Cheap Healthy Good.

12 Meals that are Easy, Cheap, and Healthy
Erica suggests money saving meals for students, but it isn't just for students. We eat a lot of those same meals now. Posted at The Frugal Law Student.

Frugal College Tips
I know first hand that college loans and credit cards for students are too easy. KRG gives some tips to help reduce the debt accumulated while in college at FILAM Personal Finance.

Garage Sale Tips - A Complete Kit To Save Money!
FIRE Finance helps you prepare for your garage sale adventures. Going prepared makes a huge difference!

The Power of Consigning
I am a true believer in consignment. TerryM is also. Posted at The Frugal Mommy.

Frugal Friday: Used Books (Five Tips for Getting Most for Your Money)
We don't buy a lot of books. We use the library heavily, but when we do buy it is almost always used. Laura Spencer shares some great ideas at OpinionMom.

Monday Saving Monday Tip #8 - Buy Items At the Right Time
Substanial saving to be had. Posted at Gather Little By Little.

Save Money on Cars
Cars are for many of us a necessity. They also can eat up a huge portion of your budget. Lazy Man offers advice on how to minimize that at Lazy Man and Money.

How to save money on lighting in your home!
Everything Finance shares tips on how to use your lights efficiently to save energy and your electric bill.

Recycle Your Cell
Sell your old cell phones so they can be used in other countries. That is a great idea. Posted at What Works For Us.

Quit Wasting Ink: Shake Your Printer Cartridge for Maximum Value
This and more from Matthew Paulson at

Refilling a Toothpaste Tube for Fun and Convenience
In a time crunch, Nickel found out how to refill a travel sized tube, but was it really fun?! Posted at

Cheaper Than Cheap Tip Of The Week #3 : Separate Your Two Ply Toilet Paper
Another post that made me ask, "Really?" Then, realize I'm not as hard core frugal as I thought. The Happy Rock gives us the tip at The Happy Rock.

How to Buy a Refurbished iPhone
DR tells us at The Dough Roller.

Money and Values: Buying frugal souvenirs that multi-task
Penny Nickel advises us to purchase souvenirs that will mean something later at Money and Values.

WWYD: Stay In Town, Go Away or Do Nothing for Long Weekends?
John shares how they spent their weekend at Queercents.

Bad Vitamins & Other Dollar Store Duds to Avoid
Dollar Stores can have great deal, but not all things there are a bargain. Frugal Duchess exposes some of the things that aren't. Posted at The Frugal Duchess.

Spending less money on hair STUFF...
Simple and beautiful hair! Posted at Fabulously Broke in the City.

Are Prescription Co-Pays Ripping You Off?
certainly something I would have never considered checking into. Thanks Melissa for the heads up at A Penny Closer.

Wood Deck Maintenance - A Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Project
Super Saver presents a great tutorial that could save you a big chunk of cash. We will soon be doing a similar project to our deck. Posted at My Wealth Builder.

Bean Sprouts: Rag Rug
I've been wanting to make one of these. Melanie Rimmer's is lovely and she gives the instructions at Bean Sprouts.

Creating your own game
Save money and tailor your games to your family's tastes. Sarah Lewis suggests making your own games at Frugal Underground.

Free Costco Membership and Make $25
Hustler works the system to earn money on their membership. Posted at Hustler $$$ Blog.

Getting Out of Debt : Win FREE PRIZES
Supermom is hosting give aways. The first prize is a book to help you out. Posted at Getting Out of Debt.

Frugal Gift Giving
Want To Spend Less? Talk More, Listen More and Love Better
Meredith H. Kaiser proposes that when we buy gifts for loved ones we should think about what make them feel loved. Sometimes the most valued gifts can't be bought at a store. Posted at Saving Advice Blog.

Budget: Wedding Gift
Megan Crow shares a wonderful gift for those beginning their life together. The bonus to the giver is the low price tag. Posted at That's Swell.

Money Saving Tip: Shop Now for Holiday Gifts
Taking advantage of sales, and start that Christmas shopping now. Posted at Free Money Finance.

7 Ways to Plan a Simple Holiday Season Now
Lise shares ideas to make the holidays simplper, greener and more frugal. Posted at Frugal in the Fruitlands.

Four for Christmas
This is a old post of mine, but since the Christmas buzz is already starting, I thought it might be appropriate to share it again.

Financial Savvy
The Home-buying Adventure, part 4: Getting a mortgage
Joanna is in the middle of purchasing her first home. At keeping feet she shares part of the mortgage process with you and a little known program that will save them money.

7 Ways to Avoid Overspending.
T. Pettinger shares some great tips for newbies and good reminders for the rest. Posted at Mortgage Blog.

Reduce My Debt - 5 Secrets for Success
Tim Ramsey shares steps to get out from under the debt burden at My Debt Relief Blog.

All about non profit debt relief
Wesley presents the myths and the realities of the different options out there. Posted at CareOne Debt Help.

Making Your Mortgage Payments On Time? Doesn?t Mean Your Safe From Foreclosure Posted by Eric Stanley at Personal Finance Blog Articles.

Effects of Bankruptcy
Sometimes it seems as if bankruptcy would be the easy way out of debt, but is it the right thing to do and what happens afterward? Jason Elder fills us in at A Bankruptcy Lawyer's Blog.

Using the Damaged Credit Card Market to Rebuild Your Credit Score
Presented by Aaron Wakling at The Credit & Credit Card Blog.

10 Things You Must Know When Disputing Financial Matters
Ryan Russell helps us to avoid hassles and get financial disputes resolved. Posted at My Money Thinks.

Credit Card Rental Car Insurance
Tate found out about this service when he had a fender bender in a rental car. I wonder if any of my cards have this? It would be a good thing to check before needing to rent a car. Posted at Trading Stocks - Self Investors.

The Money Series – How to Manage and Maintain your Bank Account?
edithyeung shares the concept of using "money jars" to order your finances. Posted at Edith Yeung.Com: Dream. Think. Act..

How to Get Ahead In America (1st of a 12-Part Series)
We all love the stories of rags to riches in America, but have we lost our drive to improve? Logan Flatt, CFA refuses to Posted at

How To Be A Master In Money Making - Be The Leader Of The Pack
Posted by Thomas Humes at Wealth Building World.

Personal Investing Advice » Basic Money Management For Your Trading Portfolio
Allen Taylor shares how money management is important for your portfolio at Investing World Today.

Your Personal Stock Market Army - The Stop Loss!
Posted at - Financial wisdom, one teaspoon at a time....

My Estate Planning Career Blog » Blog Archive » Top 10 Reasons You Need A Trust
Eric Hudin shares why it is a good idea and can save you money at My Estate Planning Career Blog.

Thank you so much for joining me today for the Festival of Frugality. I hope you find articles that challenge and inspire you to meet your goals. If you are new to Stop the Ride, I invite you to stay for awhile, and take a look around. Thanks Jim for allowing me to host. It has been a pleasure.

Don't forget to take a moment today to remember September 11, 2001.

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