Consumer Comeback Blog

20 blog posts to get you on the path to frugality

Being Frugal isn’t just a mindset, it’s a lifestyle. There are literally hundreds of tips and tricks that can help individuals and families save money. But for some, even though they know HOW to save money, they just can’t seem to turn it into a habit. For those people, we’ve put together a list of our 20 favorite articles and blog posts that outline how and where to begin a frugal lifestyle:

  1. How to start being frugal (BeingFrugal.net) – Certainly one of the best blogs covering frugality online, and definitely one of the best articles on getting started. My big takeaway and probably the best piece of advice for those struggling to get started: ‘Take baby steps: you can’t change in a day’. However, if you know this won’t work for you, the next article is for you…
  2. Become a debt killing machine in five steps (FrugalDad.com) – FrugalDad.com takes a more aggressive approach by suggesting that you make it personal. And while some may actually prefer the “cold turkey” method of becoming frugal, if you take this advice, the next step is vital: “Eliminate opportunities to go back into debt.”
  3. How frugality becomes counterproductive (OutOfYourRut.com) – This is an article that everyone considering a frugal path should read before they start. It’s a reminder that being frugal isn’t just about pinching pennies. It’s about budgeting (income AND spending) and thinking about money both in the long-term as well as the short-term.
  4. Four steps to being frugal (MoneyTalksCoaching.com) – This is a great article for those who are looking for some simple ways to be more frugal without making any drastic lifestyle changes. Being frugal doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the same things, just that you are more conscious about how you spend your money. Making your money go further, that’s what it’s about.
  5. Getting started with a frugal Lifestyle (CoupleMoney.com) – I love this “balanced” approach. It’s easy to get carried away with spending cuts which causes people forget to look for new income streams too. Being frugal doesn’t necessarily mean you have to make sacrifices on things you want, only on things you can’t afford – that’s important to remember (especially for beginners).
  6. How to get started on the frugal life (TheFrugalGirl.com) – Craving more specific tips for starters? This is your article. Some of the best and specific ways to start living a more money conscious lifestyle that anyone can maintain.
  7. Top tips for frugal living (ListVerse.com) – This is a great list of some general things anyone can start doing to get into the habit of being more frugal. Whether you’re the slow transition or cold turkey type, these tips can help.
  8. Are you cheap frugal or smart with your money? (DinksFinance.com) – For those who have tried, but failed, at being frugally minded, this article might be a must read. If you’re not careful, you can find yourself going backwards…this post outlines 5 ways in which that could happen leading to frustration and relapse.
  9. Staying frugal – you just need common sense and determination (FrugallyMinded.com) – The title just about says it all. Saving money with coupons, price comparison, bulk purchases, etc. are all fairly common sense. So why is it so hard? Because it takes discipline and determination. It’s a friendly reminder (with actionable tips) that you need to commit yourself to the cause or it might not work…
  10. The art of being frugal (BeingRetired.Wordpress.com) – This is a fantastic article written for the retired or newly retired crowd, but can apply to just about anyone. Not only does it have some great advice for how to make it a habit, but it has a nice list of specific places to start.
  11. Thrifty living: 7 tips to start being frugal & start saving money (Al.com) – Here is a list of 7 places to start when deciding to live more frugally. Some of them are more specific than others, but they’re all great places to begin.
  12. Top 10 ways to start living the frugal life (About.com) – Ten more specific ways for the frugally minded to start saving more money. Simple and actionable advice for those who need to start pinching pennies.
  13. Beginning a frugal lifestyle (AbundantlyFrugal.com) – This step-by-step process is great for beginners who are looking for a plan laid out in front of them to follow. Step 1. Learn to say NO! This is the hardest part, but if you succeed, you’re well on your way.
  14. Becoming frugal: start at the beginning (LittlePeopleWealth.com) – Start out slow, and bookmark this page. Not only does it have some great general advice, but this article also links out to more specific information and/or resources as well.
  15. Beginning the frugal life (BankingAdvice.com) – Having trouble getting into the mindset? This article is for you. It’s a reminder that living frugally doesn’t mean that you need to live without enjoyment. In fact, the final line says it all: “A frugal life can be a wonderful life. You have security, freedom, and an appreciation for all that you have.”
  16. 11 ways to immediately start being frugal (Stay-Frugal.com) – Most frugal advice deals with discretionary spending, but that’s usually only a small part of the problem. These 11 actionable pieces of advice are ways to cut spending without really changing your purchasing habits much at all…a great place to begin.
  17. How to: be frugal without being cheap (AskMen.com) – One of the biggest reservations for those who are looking to start a more frugal lifestyle is that they’ll appear cheap. Nothing is more disastrous to this commitment than that. This article can help avoid such a situation.
  18. 20 ways to stay frugal (iVillage.com) – General advice can not only seem obvious, but it’s rather useless for those who are having trouble making a lifestyle change stick. This article has 20 fantastic ways to get started coming from someone who had such trouble. Great read!
  19. Becoming frugal (DoingWithLess.com) – Tips for living a more minimalist lifestyle from a blog that’s design reflects just that. Nothing fancy, just exactly what you need to hear.
  20. How to become frugal (HowToDoThings.com) – Some great advice on how to live a frugal lifestyle with your own personal preferences. Asking yourself the right questions like “Do I need to buy this?” or “Can this item be fixed.” are essential parts of your budgeting mindset.

Comments