Frugal is the New Cheap

So this is the thing...I have to budget myself 'cause I'm a graduate student and I have no money.  So now I can only spend about fifty dollars a week on food and toilet paper or whatever miscellaneous expensis that I have.  The fact that I can't spell expensis, should be a clue as to what my feelings about this issue are. ...more

Sick of Staycations? Tips to Travel Cheaper This Summer

I don't know about you, but I'm getting sick of staycations. We've been doing them since the economy took a header, and I'm all about figuring out how to get my travel on without going into debt. I talked to founder Bob Diener, because I figured, you know, he does this sort of thing for a living. ...more

An example : On our last trip we booked our car online through Budget(which there is no upfront ...more

Debt Free Spending

Debt Free Spending is dedicated to promoting a frugal lifestyle to pay down debt. We try to help visitors save money through coupons, deals, frugal living tips, etc.  We also offer a weekly giveaway on our site, and we provide debt-free lifestyle content in addition to lifestyle content....more

Bargain Shopping...What a Thrill!

Why do I get that overwhelming urge to visit my favorite discount clothier, TJ Maxx, or my fave resale shop, Clothes Mentor? I’ve literally had to fight myself, in my mind of course, not to go shopping for the last couple of months. But why is that fight so hard? Why do I NEED to go shopping? I have tons of nice clothes, shoes, and accessories right now. Well, maybe it’s not a need, but more of a challenge. I love getting a great deal. It’s such a rush to find that high quality, super expensive item for mere pennies on the dollar....more

I'm loving the $2 tanks we bought today. A couple for me, a couple for TW, a couple for RJ, a ...more

How to Make Sunshine

Today we rose to a sun that was trying it's darndest to burn through the mist that shrouds the redwoods. It'd peek through momentarily, lighting up the whole living room, and within minutes hide again beyond the mist....more

You have a way with words! I felt I was there...Thank you for the sunshine. in ...more

How to Get Free eBooks

I am the ecstatic owner of both a Nook and a Kindle. I'm also a voracious reader who will read the back of a cereal box if it's the only thing available. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't always keep up with my appetite for books. But there are literally millions of free books out there to take advantage of. ...more

There is also Internet Archive.
They have almost 3 million ...more

Tips for a Great Garage Sale

I have a problem. You know how some people love to hoard things? I love to get rid of them. ...more

Rita Arens authors Surrender Dorothy and is the editor ...more

Five Lessons I've Learned from Extreme Couponing

It's been four months since I jumped on the extreme couponing bandwagon and I've learned all kinds of lessons I didn't expect to learn. Let me tell you about a few of them. ...more
sometimes walgreens has olive coupons for 89-99 cents...more

Kitchen Hack, Volume III: How to Easily Save Peels for Stock

Today's logical triumph has to do with how to save vegetable peelings for stock. It seems like an easy enough task, but I see a huge investment of time and effort. I usually don't wash my carrots or potatoes before I peel them, so to save the peelings I first have to add another step of scrubbing the produce. Then, I have to save the peelings....more

Making Contact...Again

By the end of the month, my girls look shaggy. Not shabby, mind you. Just a bit more unkempt. That one spot that always gets a tangle remains tangled. Hair is in their eyes. Bothering them. And unknowingly bothering me too....more

We cut our boys' hair. Or, my husband does. We let it grow longer in the winter between cuts, ...more