The best thing about being frugal is it allows for those times when you don’t have to be frugal. Saving smartly as you go can mean the chance to splurge later on, which these seven awesome sites know a lot about.
Our best frugal living blogs were chosen for their wit, wisdom, street smarts and knack for business.
Bragging Rights: cheerfully living on less
In sections like Reuse, Refresh, Repurpose, host Kristen shares her tricks for stretching that almighty dollar. Of course there’s couponing and looking out for sales, but her main approach is more philosophical and centers around learning to curb bad spending patterns over the long haul.
Social Clout: 6,116+ likes, 1,568+ followers
Bragging Rights: frugal by choice, but cheap by neccesity
Sarah is the voice behind Being Frugal by Choice, and she discusses how she’s retained her spendthrift ways even beyond when it was still really needed. This, she says, helped build a belief system against waste and a greater appreciation for what we have. For those germaphobes, there also are tips for cleaning more cheaply.
Social Clout: 5,906+ likes
Bragging Rights: from the mouth of a frugal living expert
Suddenly Frugal is a great source for the frugal-minded. Videos, essays and several forms of multimedia are used to train away those bad spending habits. Finding new value in your home is covered, along with tips for “Spring Cleaning Your Finances.” Bounus: All of the best coupons are shared, and the site has an active readership.
Social Clout: 3,832+ followers, 2,846+ likes
Bragging Rights: simple life, happy family
Frugal Mama Amy tackles just about every household expense imaginable in her quest to reign in spending. She finds tips and tricks through sales, bulk buying or even old-fashioned haggling. Travel and holiday expenditures get a lot of coverage, including ways to treat yourself in style without taking out a second mortgage.
Social Clout: 3,568+ followers, 2,637+ likes
Bragging Rights: a rich life without a lot of money
At Frugal Babe, the rich life is attained but without a lot of requisite money, at least according to our host, a 30-something suburbanite and mom. As she and her husband struggled to build a business together, she began blogging about finding real value and maintaining a certain lifestyle while on the cheap. It’s a very witty, touching and relatable site.
Social Clout: 2,343+ followers, 327+ likes
Bragging Rights: spend less. waste less. save more
At Frugal for Life, our host addresses why they choose to live more frugally than they have to and the benefits such a lifestyle can bring to anyone. They target everyday expenses (especially groceries) to pinpoint where waste occurs and where true value often gets overlooked.
Social Clout: 859+ followers
Bragging Rights: making a lifestyle change
The host at The Path to Frugality looks at those real-life situations that can drive sudden new spending patterns, like losing a job. She offers tips and advice for seeking better value, but she also deals with the mindsets involved with spending and the psychologies behind advertising. Clever and quick-witted, this site is a must-stop for frugal folks.
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