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Bloggy Roundup: The Frugal (Frugal Friday)


Most participants in Frugal Friday, hosted at http://biblicalwomanhood.com/blog , are probably already familiar with most of these sites -- but just in case there are some who aren’t – and because the frugal sites are an important part of my current Bloggy Roundup

I've visited a lot of blogs over the past few months as a result of carnivals like the Winter (and Fall) Giveaway carnivals hosted at http://rocksinmydryer.typepad.com and The Ultimate Blog Party from http://5minutesformom.com – and from some blog-hopping and such before that. Some are must-see sites for me on an almost-daily basis, others are occasional visits. (And for either one, I don't always have time to comment every time I stop by.) For a while now, I've been wanting to "round up" some of my site recommendations from these visits. So I'm doing that — in categories.

– I’m posting them today.


Here are the places that help me save a buck – or more.

Can I call Money Saving Mom the mother of all frugal sites? Probably not, huh. Anyway, this frugality-focused blog from Crystal Paine of Biblical Womanhood is a goldmine of frugal information, including her “CVS 101” and “Walgreen's 101” tutorials that you'll find in her right-hand sidebar under the headline “Beginners: Start Here.” Check back for regular posts each week highlighting good deals and possible “deal scenarios” at these stores and more — like Target —plus an occasional budgeting series, links to printable coupons and other frugal ideas.

URL: http://www.moneysavingmom.com

What could be better than frugal? How about free?
Freebies4Mom highlights and links to tons of free offers: the lotion samples I used up during Lent (more are on the way), the Garlic Gold I used in our pasta the other night, the Betty Crocker Mini Delight we had for dessert … tons more. Also, links to sweepstakes (hey, somebody has to win...)

URL: http://freebies4mom.blogspot.com

BabyCheapskate is, of course, most useful to families with little ones. Babycheapskate finds out what the best diaper (and formula, thank goodness we’re not spending for that anymore) deals of the week are so you don’t have to. Check on Sunday or Monday to find the post about whether it’s a week to stock up. She also highlights other kid deals, coupons and combinations, and posts tips like joining http://www.caregiversmarketplace.com to get reiumbursed $1 per bag for Huggies diapers (save your receipts).

URL: http://babycheapskate.com

Freepeats is the brainchild of the Baby Cheapskate mom: it’s essentially a Freecycle just for baby, kid and maternity stuff. The Minneapolis area group just opened April 1 – I joined because, if you do so by the end of the month, you get free lifetime membership (it’s $4.94 otherwise) — and I’m hoping it will be a source of 3T and larger clothes for my “giant” not-quite-two-year-old who has just “lapped” her four-year-old cousin in the hand-me-down sizes.

URL: http://freepeats.org

Speaking of Freecycle, if you haven’t joined your local group, you should. Make offers (i.e., get rid of your junk to someone who can use it!), look at what other people are giving away (a kitchen table, anyone?) or ask for what you need -- but play nice and offer something first. I’m currently using it mostly to clear my clutter, but what have I received through Freecycle? The Tightwad Gazette.

URL: http://www.freecycle.org (find your local group)

Jenn of Frugal Upstate. In her own blog, she talks you through different aspects of frugality, including her recent move; making drawer dividers out of old boxes on hand (thanks, I did that!); and how she frugally menu plans, among other things.

URL: http://frugalupstate.blogspot.com/

Stephanie at Stop the Ride posts about being frugal by making things from scratch, growing and preserving her own food, online earnings opportunities, and more.

URL: http://stoptheride.net

Money Saving Methods is currently running a series on tackling lots of things to do with your finances. She also posts about ways to both save and earn money.

URL: http://moneysavingmethods.blogspot.com/


Frugal Hacks is a group blog highlighting frugal ideas, sparking frugal discussions, and highlighting frugality-focused blogs. Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom and Biblical Womanhood’s a contributor, as are these ladies whose blogs I sometimes visit:

URL: http://frugalhacks.com

Amy Clark of Mom Advice, which is a whole world unto itself. Frugal living, saving money, organizing tips, how to clean pretty much anything in your house…if it’s something a mom would want advice on, you’ll likely find it at her site. And on her blog, you’ll find Freebie Fridays, links to even more freebies!

URL: http://www.momadvice.com/blog/

Janel Messenger, who focuses on how she feels her family’s frugality enables them to answer God’s call(s) to them.

URL: http://janelmessenger.blogspot.com

Like Merchant Ships, where she focuses on frugality largely as it relates to home decorating, entertaining and serving others – both in home and in outside the home receptions – and life with young children.

URL: http://likemerchantships.blogspot.com/


A Bonus for the Locals

Oh, and if you live in the Twin Cities area, here is the link to which area restaurants have "kids eat free" and when. Not on there: D. Brian’s (Eden Prairie location only) — which has a free kid’s meal per paid adult meal for kids under 12 every night after 4 p.m.

URL: http://www.twincitiesmom.com/freestuff.html


Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
thanks
I am a regular on these sites and post frequently. It is nice to have a reminder on the ones I forget about. With two kids we tend to get in a rut and check the ones we get comftorable with and there are some great ones out there. Thanks for the reminder. www.minimalistmommy.blogspot.com
(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Great list of links! Thanks so much for sharing.

You post a question a while back about my Favorite Ingredients Friday (http://overwhelmedwithjoy.blogspot.com/2008/04/favorite-ingredients-friday-desserts.html) recipe exchange! The answer is: Yes, when it's not a themed week, you can post a recipe using any ingredients you like. Every other week is "free-style". :)

http://overwhelmedwithjoy.blogspot.com
(Anonymous)
Apr. 6th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
I'm honored to be included with blogs like Momsense and Frugal Hacks!
topaztook
Apr. 7th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: Thanks!
You're quite welcome! (whoever you are....:) )
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Thanks for including Stop the Ride!
Stephanie
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