We hope you enjoy these articles/columns on frugal living, budgeting, and living simply.
- The Dollar Stretcher - Many wonder tips and tricks to stretch your dollar by Gary Foreman
- MommySavers.com's Kimberly Danger's articles - Learn how to save time and money!
- Moms: 3 Going Green Tips for Baby That Save You Money
It's hard to "be green" without spending extra money. Why are organic products and foods more expensive? If you're trying to be frugal and eco-friendly, despair no more. Here are some tips that will help you go green and save money to boot on baby products.
- How to Save $500 a Month
The recession is not over yet. Finances are still tight and many families are looking for ways to manage and cut down their household budgets. Chicagohealers.com wealth and asset specialist, Julie Murphy Casserly, brings her expert advice on how small changes with variable expenses such as groceries, food, clothing, shopping and entertainment can go a long way.
- Survival in Tough Times: Smart Shopping
You're not well advised when you make your buying decisions based on urging from shopkeepers or exhortation from advertising. Sharpen your buying habits with a healthy dose of skepticism. Learn more from author Al Jacobs.
- 6 Quick Tips for Affordable Gift-Giving in a Tough Economy
A tough economy doesn't mean you have to completely abandon gift-giving; it simply means you have to be smarter about gift-giving. Here are six quick tips to ease your wallet, now and in the future.
- Grocery Shopping for Maximum Savings
Contrary to popular belief, grocery shopping does not begin at the supermarket, there's pre-planning involved. Use this time to evaluate how effective your current way of shopping is working for you. Here are a few more tips to maximizing your savings.
- Leftovers ~ a Message Board Archive
StorkNet message board members share what they do about leftovers . . .
- 8 Quick Tips for Shopping for Children While Staying Within Budget
In today's economy everyone will be feeling the pinch, but parents are typically hardest hit. Here are eight tips for how to get the most bang for your buck when shopping for your kids.
- The Importance of Financial Awareness in Your Children
Why is it important to instill sound money management principles in children? What can parents do to teach their children about money? Al Jacobs explains.
- Five Money Issues Couples Must Never Fight Over by A. B. Jacobs
Income and expenditures are at the heart of any partnership, family as well as business. There are five basic issues in which both spouses must be in firm accord. These represent the most prevalent omissions and commissions that lead to untold grief for many couples. Learn more from professional investor A.B. Jacobs.
- Traditional IRA vs. Roth IRA: Pros and Cons
An IRA account can be a good device for retirement planning, but is a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA better for you? Financial columnist A. B. Jacobs explains.
- Eight Steps To Tackle The Money-Saving Process by Gregory Thomas of Savings Secrets
Part 1: Do You REALLY Want To Save More Money?
Part 2: Declare Your Money-Saving Goal
Part 3: Part Money Saving Series: Analyze Your Expenses
Part 4: Eliminate Unnecessary Spending
Part 5: Weighing the Cost, Risks, and Benefits
Part 6: Implement A "Game" Mentality
Part 7: The Three R's - Review, Revise, Retry
Part 8: Track Your Results
- A Little Frugality Now Equals a Whole Lotta Fun both Now and Later
Creative Frugality week is January 22 - 28. Do you have some ideas for streamlining your outlay of cash without sacrificing your fun? Here are a few ideas to get you started in the main categories of work, home, children and fun.
- New Mom...New Baby...New Debt? by Susan Koiner
Preparing for a new baby can be a costly experience, especially in the areas of clothing and nursery furniture. The good news is that it does not have to be!
- Nursing Your Baby Makes a Lot Of Cents
Breastfeeding is not just a healthy choice, it's also an economical choice. See how much you save on a monthly basis!
- A Hassle-Free Way to Organize Your Grocery Coupons by Sarah Delaporte
Do you ever have trouble finding the coupon you need at the grocery store? And then once you DO find it, is it expired? Organize the coupons you clip with this efficient method.
- Take Control of Your Money by Julie Fuimano
Take a few simple steps to control your spending and create financial independence.
- Exterior Decorating on a Budget by Kathleen Wilson
Many times we are so busy decorating the interior of our home , we forget about the view most people see first.the outside! Perhaps we all believe improvements to the exterior of the home must be expensive. Not true! What a better place to showcase your clever creativity than where every passerby can see!
- Frugality & Being Organized by Nita Jackson
Frugality and being organized are often not seen as compatible. There are times when this true. But for what little you can spend on office-type organizing things the benefits have far out weigh the cost. Find out how!
- Getting Past the Idea of Budgeting & Saving Money
SavingSecrets.com teaches us what is needed to help guarantee success with inspiration and a solid approach,
or what they like to refer to as a "game plan". Learn more with this terrific article!
- Easy Home Energy Savings by Rachel Webb
Here are a few ways we can easily save energy in our home and money at the same time.
- Slashing Grocery Bills by Rachel Paxton
Spending less on groceries means you have more to spend on other things. Rachel Paxton shows you how.
- Seasonal Sales Shopping List by Sandy Shields
Been saving up for that 'something special'? Want to know when you will get the best deal? Are you curious to know when your favorite foods will be going on sale? Let this seasonal shopping guide help you make those strategic shopping decisions!
- The Frugal Shopper's Favorite Frugal Tips by Sandy Shields
If you incorporate these 12 tips into your daily life, you will save money - guaranteed - according to the Frugal Shopper.
- Fun and Free Summer Activities for Children by Starla Ross
Fun, family outings do not need to be expensive and can even be educational. Here are a few ideas for inexpensive, summer fun for children.
- Shopping at Warehouse Clubs by Sandy Shields
If you like shopping at warehouse clubs, Sandy Shields has some great tips for getting the most from your dollar.
- How to Have Thanksgiving on a Budget by Susan Dunn
Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner need not empty your bank account. Read these budget tips for a delicious meal without the price tag.
The Dollar Stretcher
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Family Food Crisis
I only have a little money to spend on food this month, about $80 for a family of four. What kind of meal suggestions can you give? Blogger Gary Foreman shares his tips for feeding a family of four on $80 a month.
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Frugal Teachers' Gift Ideas
Your child's teachers play an important role in their development. And, as the holidays approach, you'd like to show your appreciation. Unfortunately, money is tight with limited money available for gifts. So what can you do? Consider some of these ideas for frugal gifts for Johnny's teacher.
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Frugal Fatigue
It's hard work controlling your spending and being frugal. The Dollar Stretcher Gary Foreman shares tips for people who were struggling with frugal fatigue and thinking of giving up.
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Reduce Savings to Pay Debts?
With interest rates being so low, does it make sense to leave money in a savings account while you're still paying on debt?
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Where Can I Cut Expenses?
A family spends more than they make, so they do a little homework and put some numbers on paper. The next step is the hardest, but most crucial one. Finding out what to do to close the gap. Learn how from Gary Foreman.
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Do's and Don'ts for Tough Times
For many, this is the first time that they've faced a tough economy. They find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Some rules are different now, so it's important to know what tools are likely to work, and which ones are likely to fail. Let's study some of the do's and don'ts for surviving tough times.
- The Dollar Stretcher Blog: Top 5 Areas for Spending and Saving
Being frugal doesn't always mean getting the cheapest item possible. It's a matter of balancing the cost of the item, the quality of the item, and the level of quality you need for your use.
- The Dollar Stretcher's Weekly Tips
If you enjoy The Dollar Stretcher, Gary Foreman, check out his weekly tips column right here on StorkNet! You'll find hundreds of ways to save money every day.
MommySavers.com's Kimberly Danger's articles
- Too Much of a Good Thing: Is Bargain Hunting Blowing Your Budget?
You are the ultimate bargain hunter. Your know when Target does their markdowns, and fanatically scour the endcaps for the elusive 75% or 90% steal. You have boxes of gifts to give when the occasion arises; you've bought clothes that won't fit your kids for another year or two. Does this sound like you? If so, you may be overindulging in your bargain hunting hobby.
- Blow Out the Candles - Not Your Budget!
With birthday parties bigger and more expensive today than ever before, a frugal mom may feel defeated before she even puts the guest list together. However, the real focus of your child's party should be spending time and having fun with friends and family, which doesn't have to cost a lot. Here are some suggestions to keep the budget in check, while still throwing a fun and memorable party.
- Save Over $2000 in Baby's First Year
According to a recent MSN study, the average family will spend around $10,000 before their child reaches the age of two. How did such tiny creatures become so expensive? The good news is there are hundreds, even thousands of ways to save money without depriving you or your baby of anything. Here are a few that deliver the biggest bang for your buck.
- Coffeehouse Coffee on a Budget
Love that coffeehouse flavor, but hate those outrageous prices? Java junkies, take heart! Tips and recipes from the readers of Mommysavers.com help you recreate that gourmet-brewed flavor for a fraction of the price.
- Garage Sale Success: Get the Most Cash for Your Stash
A garage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted junk, plus make some extra cash. Here are some tips to help make your sale a success.
- Cheap Dates: Entertainment on a Budget
These days, dinner and a movie can run as much as $100. It's no wonder that families on a budget often eliminate going out as a way of saving money. However, even frugal parents need time alone to nurture their relationship. Here are some ways to enjoy a night out without spending a bundle.
- Scrappin' on a Shoestring: Budget Scrapbooking Techniques
For those of you who've caught the scrapbooking bug, you know that it can be addicting. Just like any addiction, it can also be expensive. Here are a few ways to keep you from spending every penny you own on your hobby.
- Set a Holiday Budget . . . And Stick to It!
It is important to set a budget for your Christmas spending before you even begin to shop. Kim Danger of mommysavers.com shows you how.
- Creative Kids' Rooms on a Budget
Decorating your child's room can be loads of fun. With a little imagination and a touch of whimsy, and you can create a custom-made room for your child without spending much money. Here's how!