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We hope you enjoy these articles/columns on frugal living, budgeting, and living simply.

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!

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