This past year, many families from all walks of life had to readjust the way they spent money. As gas prices soared, food prices followed while families suffered financial losses due to layoffs or higher bill expenses. While the economic crisis worsened, many online sites began offering solutions to the everyday family’s issue…how to save money. Becoming “frugal” became the biggest trend.
From offering coupons to your favorite stores, to giving you tips on cheaper cleaning and cooking styles, these frugal sites were every mom’s best friend…especially for a mother three like me. I have searched day in and out for tips to save my pennies, and while I found a great amount of information on numerous sites, the five sites that I have added here are among the best sites for frugal living information and money saving tips.
This was one of the first sites that I added to my favorites list when I began my journey to cutting costs. This site was created by Michelle Jones, who is a mother of four. She has written and published a number of e-books that are available online as resources on how to save money.
The information and tips that she gives on the website are extremely helpful. Many of the things that I used for my own home were inspired by her website tips. From budgeting help, to recipes, you will find a wide range of helpful (and easy to follow) suggestions and information that will definitely save you money in the long run.
Frugal Living on About.com
What can’t you find on about.com these days? Again, another very helpful site that I have used personally that gives great tips and information on how to become more frugal. One of my favorite articles is a starting point for many who are just beginning their cost cutting days called “Top 10 Ways to Start Living the Frugal Life”. There are also great tips on DIY cleaning for home, pest control, and home repair. Erin Huffstetler is the guide for the Frugal Living section of the website. She also has a published blog with additional information that will help you along your frugal way!
Similar to how you can find just about anything on about.com, ehow.com is a very helpful and informative site to help frugal natured families learn how to do things themselves. There are tons of DIY recipes and guides on household cleaners, food recipes, home repair, building and so on. I have used this site as my primary source of information on how to make some of my family’s favorite foods from scratch! Everything on ehow.com is user submitted information, so many times you will find multiple articles on the same recipe (for example, how to make homemade bread), but each one will have a tip or something unique that will help you to make your creations a bit more personal.
This site gave me some ideas that had me wondering “why didn’t I think of that?” One of my favorite tips on this site was on making homemade laundry detergent. Yes detergent!! And it works wonderfully! I have to wash twice a week for a family of five which includes my fiancé, me, and three busy dirt-loving boys. This homemade laundry “goo” works great on stains and smells great. I can go on and on about that alone, but there are also great tips on budgeting, saving money, and more. One of my favorite websites indeed.
Another wonderful site full of useful information on how to save money. There are great tips on other little ways to can save money here and there on everyday activities that we do. I have used this site to come up with other ideas to use for my own family and there are some neat extra tips given in comments to posts. One other great thing about this site is that there is a blogroll that connects you to other similar sites and blogs that contains more information.
If I could award one site the “Frugal Website Champion”, I would have to make it a tie between betterbudgeting.com. Over all the other sites, this one has helped me in multiple areas of my family life and savings. The tips and information that I have found on the site I share with others on a regular basis and I keep it saved on my favorites list so that I can check back daily.
I recommend anyone who is interested in becoming frugal to check out these five websites. You will feel better about the money you save, and making things with your own two hands gives you a better feeling than buying products because you know exactly what you are giving to your family. You spent time, love, and dedication to help your family during this economic crisis…that matters more than anything.