Category Archives: Articles/Videos/Books

Article “10 Smart Ways to Spend One Dollar”

I know that usually I am telling you how to save money and not spend $1 but I figured if you are going to spend $1 anyways this article has some good ideas. Click HERE for the article.

As if Starbucks Didn’t Charge Enough Already

As if Starbucks didn’t charge enough already, they were caught charging a bean surcharge. They have since dropped it but you can read the article HERE.

This just one more reason why I make my coffee at home.

Video- “How to Feed a Family for $15 a Day”

This video has some good advice about eating on a budget, something we always try to do at my house. I like to watch videos like this and read frugal articles because it inspires me to keep saving money!

Frugal Articles

I don’t know about you but I love reading articles about frugal living. Why? It gives me new ideas and reaffirms what I’m already doing, therefore providing inspiration!

Here are a few articles I have stumbled upon lately that I thought were worth sharing.

– To Repair or Replace? That is the Question.

By Jeff Yeager


5 Ways to Save Money on Laundry

By Dan Shapley


How We Cut Our Monthly Spending by $500

By Brian Hopkins


Happy Reading!

Frugal Article- The When-to-Wash-It Handbook

The When-to-Wash-It Handbook

This article is about how often we actually need to wash our clothes. While I’m not saying I necessarily agree with all of their time frames it does support what my family has believed for a long time- Unless clothes are visibly soiled there is no need to wash them after every single wear. This will make your clothes last longer, it’s eco-friendly, and it will save on your water and electric bill (not to mention time and energy.)

Book- The Cheapskate Next Door

I am currently reading The Cheapskate Next Door by Jeff Yeager. It is the sequel to his first book The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches. He is a very smart and funny author and I have enjoyed reading both books.


Here are some of the many great frugal quotes I have found in his book so far-

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Rogers

“I get to do what I love because I’m frugal. I feel that I was put on earth to teach…. We may not earn a large income, but we are very wealthy because we get to do what we want to in life.” -How to Survive (and perhaps thrive) on a Teacher’s Salary

“”I try to bite my tongue but I really want to yell, “Do you know how much money you’re wasting on that?”‘ – Jeff Yeager

“Live simply so that others may simply live.” – Gandhi

“The key to wealth isn’t what you earn, but rather what you spend.” – Kristan Lawson

“If you can’t afford to pay for it now, you can’t afford it.” – John Dochnahl

Article- 9 Sneaky Tips For Saving More

Donna Freedman who I wrote about HERE is also a MSN money expert. Click HERE to read her article called “9 Sneaky Tips For Saving More.”

Frugal Reading- What I’m Currently Reading

I am currently reading The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches by Jeff Yeager and America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money by Steve and Annette Economides. Both of these books have been very interesting and have a lot of good ideas. I recommend getting them from the library if you want to read them. After all, it wouldn’t be very frugal to buy them.

Frugal Reading- The Complete Tightwad Gazette


If you are trying to save money or live more frugally I am telling you that you NEED to get the book The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. It is written by Amy who formerly published a famous newsletter about saving money. She shares all of her family’s ideas for saving money whether practical, amusing, or crazy. She has 6 kids and raised them on her husband’s 30,000 per year military salary while saving for and buying a house! Anyone can find ideas for saving money in this book and if nothing else her book is great inspiration and fun to read. I recommend getting it for free from your local library!

Article “My Free and Easy Life”

(Katherine surrounded by some of her scavenged possessions)

“When Katharine Hibbert lost her job and her flat she didn’t just downsize – she decided to dispense with money altogether, living on the stuff the rest of us throw away.”

This is a fascinating article about a woman in Brittan who lives for free off of the waste of others. It makes a huge statement about consumerism by describing how she lives an almost entirely money free alternative lifestyle. While few of us would probably choose to live this way, her story will definitely make you think twice about throwing away anything that someone else could use in the future. Click HERE to read the article.

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