Skip to comments.Frugal living and penny pinching
Posted on 07/02/2008 2:37:37 PM PDT by combat_boots
I offer here a list of spots you mught use to arm yourself and your family against current economic pressures. Please feel free.
I don't work for any of these places. I just think things may tighten up before they loosen up, and would like to have a discussion aimed at helping people out.
Best time to buy .
For a fee, also try http://www.grocerysavers.com (or sign up there).
Get a 2008 Entertainment Book free for the rest of 2008 when you buy the 2009 version:
Check your local gas prices at http://www.gasbuddy.com/
Programmable thermostats: http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=programmable+thermostat&form=QBRE
Consumer reports on ceiling fans: http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=consumer+reports+fans&form=QBRE
How to Make Biodiesel:
Power your (diesel) car on vegetable oil:
Wine to fuel (I heard HRH Prince Charles of England does this):
Make food for one month:
How to make solar panels:
How to fix your stuff:
Hay bale gardening
Thank you. Ping for later.
Here is a few more...
http://www.fatwallet.com (discounts on goods)
http://www.make-stuff.com (how to)
http://www.instructables.com (how to)
http://www.freecycle.org (find a freecycle group in your area)
Also, craigslist.org is a good place for used items in your area.
Also research the gas company cards. Find out which is 3%, 4%, or 5%. Make sure the savings are for the life of the card, not just a intro teaser.
A 5% savings at $4.00 a gallon would be $.20 a gallon.
Also, I got an e-mail a few weeks ago that listed companies that don't sell mid east oil. I believe BP is one. Their card is a 5% card. Why send money to the Sauds if you don't have to.
AND NEVER EVER USE CITGO GAS.
We do container gardening. The kids love it. Hopefully in future we can built on their enthusiasm :-)
You can use the miles either to buy seats somewhere, or lets say your going to Hawaii, buy your tickets then upgrade to business or first.
Also for traveling checkout
I've used them for hotels and car rentals, and have done IMHO quite well.
Make sure you compare these three with Hotwire. Sometimes, not often, you can do just as well or better than Hotwire.
When getting airline tickets, sometimes going directly through the airline website will will save you $. At least it might save you the $5 booking fee Travelocity, etc. charge. You might also get freq. flier miles. Sometimes they also have better seat selections
Travelocity has a fare watcher alert, that you can have E-mails when specific destinations drop in price.
And when using your credit card ALWAYS pay it off when the bill comes!!!!!!!!!!
The Yahoo Group called “Waste Nothing: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WasteNothing/
Hillbilly Housewife: http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/index.htm
We Need To Be Debt Free: http://needtobedebtfree.blogspot.com/
The forums at GardenWeb: http://www.gardenweb.com/
The Simple Dollar: http://www.thesimpledollar.com/
Thats great. Its a shame most school systems dont teach horticulture to kids. My hometown school board eliminated FFA because they didnt want to be thought of as hicks.
Had a garage sale last week where I sold a bunch of small aloe plants to a group of little girls. It was so cute.
Live near where you work.
Don’t eat in restaurants.
Learn to cook your own meals.
Plan your meals and buy only what’s on your list.
One car (used compact or none if possible).
Not married? Get a roommate.
Don’t have kids until you can afford to feed them.
Learn basic home maintenance.
Learn basic car maintenance.
Good clothing can be had very cheap at yard sales and thrift stores.
Save money and pay cash for everything. Credit cards are for convenience only. If you are paying interest, you are spending too much.
Make a budget and stick to it.
It ain’t rocket science.
A few more I thought of (thank you for starting this thread!):
Budget 101: http://www.budget101.com/
Jungle Crazy (delas on Amazon.com) http://www.junglecrazy.com/
The Consumeist (warning: occasional potty language): http://consumerist.com/
Being Frugal: http://beingfrugal.net/
Craftzine (how-to): http://www.craftzine.com/
Craftster (how-to): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php
DIYLIfe (how-to): http://www.diylife.com/
Cut Out & Keep (how-to): http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/
Yahoo Group “The Compact”, for people who want to buy drastically less: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/thecompact/
Ping-a-rooni, and many thanks.