Do you plan to live a more frugal life?

United States
January 9, 2009 7:08am CST
The economy isn't getting better in my community, and I'm sure you're seeing this in yours as well. In the past, living a frugal life seemed natural. I don't know why this has changed for this household, but it has. Now, I'd like to get back into the swing of things. I used to use a book called The Tightwad Gazette, but I'd like more resources than just that book (or find an updated version, if it exsits). How do you live frugally? Do you have some suggestions for resources I can either purchase from a bookstore, or view online?
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15 responses
@mrdos910 (455)
• United States
10 Jan 09
I plan to as well as my family. Until the economy improves, no major purchases unless emergency, such as a car. I usually try to buy generic items in the store, from food items to hygiene items to medications, etc. Paychecks do not last very long anymore.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I think I have heard of The Tightwad Gazette. It sounds like a good book even if I am mistaken. I don't know if there's any newer copies, but I have come across a site that's really good... The name of it I don't remember but I know grandmother is in the name... Wow, I know I'm just a bookful of knowledge... lol. If it ain't broke don't fix it, or use duct tape. My fiance and I are very careful with the little money we have, we're happy with it too. As we don't have financial worries, we save more then others. Just type "frugal" there's a bunch of cool things.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
9 Jan 09
Penny Pinchin Grandma is the name of the site I had just referred. The link is here, and is NOT A REFERRAL LINK! http://www.pennypinching-grandma.com/frugal.html That statement about it not being a referral link was more for those trolls out there! Oh and I wish you a happy day!
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• United States
15 Jan 09
Thanks for the link, I am bookmarking it for my own personal use also. I have been frugal for years and am always in the search for more way to stay frugal and become more frugal. Cutting corners is a necessity now not a choice. God bless you!
• United States
18 Jan 09
When I need some more great ideas I turn here or just do a search online. It all depends on how frugal you want to be. Id love to be self sufficent someday and not be so dependant on the money comming in each week. We do as much as we can our selves and make things from scratch. Every time I have mastered a new idea I can pick up a new one. I now make my own laundry detergent and bar soap which I didnt last year. Im hoping to make our dishwasher detergent and find a few new ideas.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
17 Jan 09
I am living a more frugal lifestyle already. I think more people will need to with our recession, but I have been because the cash hasn't been flowing as much for the past few years. How I live frugally is to park the car in the garage and go shopping only as necessary. And when I go shopping, I review everything in the cart before going through the check-out stand. Most often I judge that something isn't necessary and I remove it.
@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
15 Jan 09
I love The Tightwad Gazette and I have the older one and the updated version, that is updated when I bought it. I also have the book about all uses of duct tape. I love going back to the simple basic life. There is so many things in this world that we have convinced ourselves that we need but in reality we do not need them we just want them and do not want to live without them. I use coupons, have a digital thermostat to keep my a/c and heat regulated. I am constantly searching for ways to cut back more and I shop walgreens and CVS to get their deals when they have FAR, free after rebate, items. We have cut way back on our eating because we are trying to eat healthier so our grocery bill should be much less now and food lasts much longer. I make it a habit to make a meal of any leftovers for further meals. I love frugal ideas. God bless you!
@nancyrowina (3850)
13 Jan 09
I have no choice really I have to buy the cheapest food possible and scrimp and save on everything because I'm on a low income. I've started making a lot of dinners from scratch as not only is this cheaper it's healthier than buying the ready made versions. There are lots of books being written now helping you to save money in kitchen just search Amazon or whatever book seller you prefer. All the books I have are British so it wouldn't be worth recommending them to you because of the difference in ingredients names and how we measure them.
• United States
13 Jan 09
As far as I know they are no longer publishing the Tightwad Gazette. Though there are lots of places & forums online you can get great ideas and tips from. I do as much as I can to live frugally. I only work pt and hubby full time to avoid child care costs. So I've learned to live with out the lil luxuries people take forgranted.... like Cable TV, band name items, expensive cuts of meat ect. So I watch my pennies as much as I can & that includes reusing items if I can. My kids wear handme downs & items from rummages. I don't buy anything for full price. I conserve on water, house hold cleaners ect.....
• Sri Lanka
10 Jan 09
I would like to add a little suggestion. divide your income to four parts.save two equal parts.(in a bank)use one part for a invesment.keep one part for living.try few years like this, can win.
• Singapore
10 Jan 09
yes, economic is not getting. Definately plan to live a more frugal life. I try to put some of the items i don't want on sale online or put them to cash converters, a second hand store that buy and sell stuffs. Alternatively if i want to buy something, i will try to swap with someone who want my things. if really don't have then i will buy from shop.
@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
I live in the third world, so frugal living is kind of imperative. My blog is part of the frugalhacks blogroll and I've really learned so much from other bloggers on the list. Frugalhacks.com has loads of posts with frugal ideas as well. Hope this helps. :)
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I am planning to live a more frugal life. The current economic crisis taught all of us a lot of lessons and the value of living a more simple life is one of them. Oprah had Suze Orman on yesterday and if you go to Oprah's website, you can download a free copy of Orman's new book, "2009 Action Plan." I think that it's available for download for the next week. Also might want to check out frugalliving.com and betterbudgeting.com. Best of luck to you.
• United States
9 Jan 09
I have always lived a frugal life. The way I see it is if you can live without you don't really need it. I don't get my nails done, eat fast food daily, or get Starbucks more than 1 every 3 months or so. When you hold off on these things you save money and when you do allow yourself to indulge in them every once in awhile you don't take them for granted and end up finding them more pleasurable. Or in the nail case you realize it's just a waste of money and time. www.diaperswappers.com/forum/archive/index.php/f-64.html this one is not just for diaper swappers, they have some great tips for frugal families good luck and have fun with it. One way i love to save money is go to yard sales and thrift stores to see what i can find at a fraction of the cost of buying them new. I make a game out of it with my husband. He says for me to find something that he needs for cheap,like a fairly new cb radio and i set out to do it.
@Ithink (10500)
• United States
9 Jan 09
I have a lot of books on this subject, we live pretty frugal already but with things getting even tighter I'm looking to do more. It is funny but when you read these kind of books it seems to make it easier to get back in the swing of things. You can go to any search engine and type up frugal living and you would be surprised on the things you can find. Some really good sites. I have a bunch bookmarked and go and read when I need that bite in the butt to start thinking again. I know this year we are gardening again. It will be a challenge with an active 2 year old now. LOL! But I used to do it and can and freeze some of the produce.
@iskayz (5422)
• Philippines
9 Jan 09
Hi there! Really, economy is still down and everyone in any part of the world is experiencing it. I have been living a frugal life for more than a year now since I lost my job. This is the reason why I tried earning online while staying 24/7 in the house. We had a family business but due to economic problems we had to stop operating. And though I tried to make sales in my home, it wouldn't be enough if I wouldn't be thriftier. I tried cutting some expenses in the house, electricity, water, food and luxury. I had my tv cable cut-off to give way to a more important option and that is my internet. I learned conserving water. In buying foods, I concentrated on the necessities only for the 3 meals a day. Lessened my dining out and snacking. Luxury? I totally stopped buying things unnecessary. With regards to the book you are looking for, try searching it at Amazon.com. They might have one. Hope that helps. Ciao!
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
9 Jan 09
we live pretty frugally and have done so for years just because we havent had a lot of money in the past due to job layoffs and the like, so we have frugal living down to a science i think lol! i have read both of those books (which i bought at a garage sale!) and those have given me pretty good ideas. these days, there is a lot of information for people that want to live frugally.