I can’t believe we’re already deep into the month of November. I’m working hard to get my shopping done before the Thanksgiving holiday, but I’m still ironing out a few ideas, first. Some people are hard to buy for!
Most of the blogs I read have been really focused on the holiday shopping and sharing the deals, but I have read a few things that have caught my attention:
I just finished reading a review copy of Crystal Paine’s new book The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year and while a lot of the information on saving with coupons and menu planning is familiar to me, I was very impressed with her approach to budgeting and enjoyed her conversational tone. I’ll be writing a full review here, soon, but you should definitely put this book on your reading list.
Get Rich Slowly shared an interesting reader question: When do you know when you have enough money to have kids? As I said in the comments section, the answer is that you can’t know. There are always unexpected things that crop up when you have kids. You should never ask if you have enough money to have kids. You should ask if you have enough time and love to give a child. Because if you have enough time and love to give, you will find a way to make it work financially.
When you make the decision to live frugally, it is often done with the idea of paying down debt or growing your savings. And it is so hard to be patient. Read The Two Biggest Mistakes People Make When Starting to Live Frugally at Wise Bread and remember that frugality is a marathon, not a sprint.
Frugal Dad talks about the options you have when you are Too Broke to Buy Christmas Presents.
So many people talk about how great money-tracking services like Mint.com are. But I am just not at all comfortable giving out all of my private account information to a company that works for free. Trent at The Simple Dollar shares a lot of my thoughts in his post Online Financial Tools and Security.
LIfe…Your Way has some excellent tips for taking clutter in the post How a Broken Refrigerator Can Motivate You to Clean Your Desk.
If you haven’t seen it already, be sure to read my 8 Frugal Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress also at Life…Your Way.
Food Adventures with Charity taught me how to make homemade Freezer Fries. This should save our family a bit of money!
The Consumerist has an interesting post on How Deep Does a Discount Have to Be Before You Call It a “Good Deal?” It makes you think about whether the “original retail price” has been jacked up in order for the discount to seem bigger.
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