Welcome everyone to Festival of Frugality #46. There’s a lot to read and a lot to learn, so I’m keeping the introduction short.
Straight from my new home in Silicon Valley, a fellow engineer at The Digerati Life teaches us how to Cash in on Clutter. Hopefully, he’s put up a used copy of Nightmare on Elm Street on Amazon, because I’m going over there to get one.
Of course, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Stephanie at Stop the Ride point out tremendous deals she got on used clothing. It seems like a terrific way to save on the high mark-up clothing – especially when your children are going to grow out of it really quickly. It sounds like she has it down to a science but, just in case, J.D. from Getting Rich Slowly has some tips on buying used clothing. There’s still time to pick up that Halloween custome, but the pickings are probably slim.
And for the little trick or treaters, why not make them an organic caramel apple. Penny from Money and Values shows us how to save money buy organic produce. If you can find a deal on a pumpkin, Amy at Mom’s Advice has a recipe for IHOP’s pumpkin pancakes and other restaurant meals. Over at We’re in Debt, they’ve been able to reduce their grocery budget while shopping at Whole Foods. Having seen Whole Food’s prices, they must be using Frugal Living’s calorie cycling diet.
Nina at Queercents talks about the true cost of souvenirs. If you ignore her advice, be careful of which souveniers you bring back. I hear that some tiki idols are cursed.
Bryan Fleming suggests saving a few dollars a day through by forcing you to trick yourself into saving. Looks like he’s ready to treat himself to some company stock. And if you don’t like the idea of putting the dollar in a pile, Scott suggests you find that dollar – you can pay off your debts 4 times faster.
Worldwide Success reminds us that if you aren’t frugal and saving, you won’t stand a ghost of a chance of retiring wealthy.
Wenchypoo’s potion for affordable health care includes an ounce of prevention, not a pound of cure.
My Money Blog makes a shocking discovery about Vampire and Phantom power of how to save money on your electric bill. Meanwhile Dan at Tick Marks tells of a different scary monster with “sharp teeth” — your credit card.
Enough Wealth tells us how technology has made his hobby, photography, so much cheaper. It looks like he’s mastered small reptiles, perhaps he’s working his way up to Godzilla.