There are a gazillion and one frugal websites out there…simply google “frugal” “frugal lifestyle” “frugal living” “living on a budget”, Even things like “homesteading”, “living simply”, “DIY” and “stockpiling” tag words will bring up a plethora of sites to choose from. There are frugal travel sites, frugal shopping sites, frugal anything. Google is a wealth of knowledge isn’t it? While we aren’t necessarily a frugal living website, we do aim to live intentionally and simply. Not as much as some and more than others….it’s all relative at the end of the day.
Each site you will come across will have their own take on budgeting, frugal living, couponing, etc. Each one has their own personality and purpose.
There was a day when I was first into couponing that A Thrifty Mom was my go-to for all things extreme couponing. I do use coupons, though I’m not an extreme couponer. ATM is helpful for beginners and extremers alike. There was also a time when Couponing to Disney was my go-to because of their knowledge of all things Disney, deals and the fact that I was knee-deep in planning a trip to Disney.
I like perusing many of these websites for more information and lots of inspiration, but I’ve sort of landed on a few faves that are my go-tos. I’m listing them here below for this week’s installment of Frugal Friday.
For The Mommas is a local-ish (east coast) couponing, deal finding website that shows local (east coast) grocery deals, sales and coupons as well as bigger markets like Target, Walmart, Rite Aid and CVS. It’s a clean, clear cut guide using coupons and finding deals. FTM will tell you what coupon to use and how to use it. As well FTM shares seasonal ideas and recipes.
Second Hand Millionaires is a personal finance blog. If you’ve watched America Ninja Warriors you’ve seen Andrew compete. This is a young couple bent on becoming debt free and they are nailing it! This site focus’s on getting out of debt, side hustles, flipping products for cash and working hard. Truly they are inspiring.
Money Smart Family may be familiar to you. Known as “America’s Cheapest Family”, they have been on morning shows and radio shows sharing their lifestyle of living well and frugal. MSF feeds a family of 7 on 350$ per month, doesn’t live on credit, and truly lives within their means.
Frugalwoods is a blog about financial independence and simple living. They describe themselves as “a couple of ex-urban, rookie homesteaders finding contentment on 66 acres in central Vermont along with our daughter and dog. Extreme frugality made this dream a reality; now we’re charting a life of purpose beyond the 9-5. And trying to figure out what to do with a massive crop of rhubarb… ” They write of letting go of material items, share their monthly expenditures, and homesteading.
Penny Hoarder is a large website, with almost five million readers, dedicated to well, hoarding your pennies. They offer tips on side hustles, budgeting, couponing, deals, savings tips, jobs, free stuff, success stories. Just about any and everything having to do with saving a buck.
And one last piece of bonus information for those of us 40 and over- the definition of “side hustle”. A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.
Also known to us as: a second way to earn money.