Can you believe it’s already the second week of November? Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and then we’re full-swing into the holiday season. It’s a wonderful time of year, but it’s probably one of the most difficult times to be frugal. We’re entertaining, taking time off of work, visiting family, and often pressured into buying gifts. This can create a big drain on the bank account or credit cards if we’re not careful.
Even though it’s harder to save money this time of year, that just means this Festival of Frugality couldn’t come at a better time. This week you’ll find tips that range from saving money immediately to planning your finances for a frugal 2011. So, get ready to save some money and if you are on Twitter, be sure to follow me for even more money-saving tips.
- Joe Plemon presents How to Live Frugally Without Being an Extremist posted at Personal Finance By The Book – I really enjoyed this piece because a lot of people associate being frugal with being extremely cheap. That’s not the case at all, and you don’t have to go to terrible extremes just to live a frugal lifestyle.
- J. Money presents The No Restaurants in November Challenge posted at Budgets Are Sexy – Like I mentioned above, it’s tough to save money this time of year. It might be more difficult, but it isn’t impossible. That’s why I like J. Money’s challenge of not going out to eat at all in November. Can you do it?
- Jason presents 6 Ways to Stretch a Meal posted at Live Real, Now – I love this because food is near and dear to me. I’m a huge advocate of saving money by learning how to cook great meals at home. This is a great roundup of some staples to really stretch your grocery budget.
FIRE Finance presents 15 Financial Failings That Will Prevent An Early Retirement! posted at FIRE Finance.
Rachel presents Hidden Money: How to Find Miscellaneous Fees posted at MomVesting.
MoneyNing presents Should We Shield Our Kids From The Economic Reality? posted at Money Ning.
Lauren presents 3 Reasons Why We Keep & Buy Crap posted at Richly Reasonable – Money, Saving, Living, Playing.
Roshawn Watson presents Good Old Middle Class or Wealthy – You Decide Redux posted at Watson Inc.
freefrombroke presents Getting Free Premium Cable Channels â€’ How Paying Attention Netted Us HBO, Cinemax, And More posted at Free From Broke.
Ken presents Buying a Town house: What You Should Know Before You Buy One posted at Spruce Up Your Finances.
Jason presents Time for Cheaper Electricity Bills | Save Money! posted at One Money Design.
Tim Chen presents How Will a Charge Card Affect My Credit Score? posted at NerdWallet Blog – Credit Card Watch.
Miss T presents 8 Ways to Save Money on Clothes | Prairie EcoThrifter.com posted at Prairie Eco-Thrifter.
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Thank you for selecting my piece on the Entertainment Book. Don't let the marketers trick you into overspending.
Thanks for hosting. I'm trying to be frugal but ultimately something will come up at the last minute that will blow my budget!
Thanks for hosting. Yes, this particular carnival is especially appropriate for the holidays. I am hoping to not only be frugal with my money, but also with my eating. Hmmm. Maybe one out of two isn't bad. Thanks for the mention. Editor's choice is a true honor!