Save Money, Spare the Enviroment, and Simplify Your Life: 7 Frugal Living Blogs That Will Blow Your Mind

Earlier today, I wrote about how I like to keep track of how much money I save by writing lists. My lists chronicle just Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 4.21.18 PMabout everything I do that makes even the smallest contribution to my wallet or the environment (because little things add up to very big things). My favorite ways to save money? Mobile coupons (with SnipSnap!), running instead of driving, collecting free food (and loving leftovers!), using mobile gift cards (Wrapp), purchasing discount gift cards (, and knowing how to shop sales while setting limits for how much I’ll pay for food and wardrobe staples.

Where do I get my inspiration? Check out these colorful, quirky coupon Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 4.19.52 PMblogs that will truly change your life with their extensive, original, real-world money saving advice:

Budgets Are Sexy: The man behind Budgets Are Sexy, J. Money, may sound mysterious, but he’s actually just a regular guy who likes beer and has a baby. His home-grown personal finance blog is full of fascinating ways to save money and keep track of your savings. I’m in serious aw of his meticulous lists, charts, and graphs: his mortgage pay-off plan, his “baby cost tracker” (seriously, read this before you even think about having a kid!), and his collection of budget templates are really a must-have for budget-savvy folks (or just folks who aspire to be budget-savvy!)Screen Shot 2013-04-26 at 2.30.05 PM

Frugal Confessions: Amanda from Frugal Confessions writes a beautiful and smart blog; her posts about how to play the drugstore “game” and why you should drive a beater car (I’m SO in line with this!) will absolutely change how you think about spending your money. She also writes great, outside-the-box advice; my favorite post is her “Frugal Lessons from People Who Survived the Great Depression.”

Free Money Finance: The man behind Free Money Finance writes one of the most comprehensive, inspiring blogs (really, this blog is better than a book on personal finance!) about everything from how to shop for credit cards, how to score extra sources of income, and how to use the 80-20 principle to enhance your finances and your career.

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 4.58.45 PMOne Cent at a Time: SB from One Cent at a Time writes a wonderfully motivation blog about how to live completely debt-free, no matter what stage of life you’re currently occupying. His focus is on living a beautiful, rich life without suffering the financial pit-falls so many people succumb to in the pursuit of happiness. Check out some of his posts: 51 Ways to Get out of Debt and Conventional (and Unconventional!) Ways to Save Money While You’re in College.

Frugally Sustainable: I absolutely love Andrea’s blog; I adore her frugal philosophy that stems from an appreciation of nature + simple, delicious, and nutritious food + craftiness (check out how to sew adorable summer skirts from recycled bed sheets!)

Go Gingham: Sara from Go Gingham writes a fabulous blog about how to live frugally in good taste. Her posts make me feel like I can control absolutely every area of my life, from how to track my basic expenses, to what kind of pens to use (anyone else have a pen fetish?!)

Squawkfox: Kerry from Squawkfox isn’t just my personal finance hero; she’s also my personal fitness hero! Kerry’s completed two Iron Man triathlons (she breaks down the cost of being a triathlete here with advice on how to be a budget athlete). Basically, Kerry is a super-human encyclopedia of everything you need to know about saving money in every single facet of your life. (I’m loving her 32 cent frappucino recipe!)




Frugal Living Blogs That Will Change Your Life

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 4.11.06 PMI’m obsessed with getting things for free. If you’re someone who’s spent a significant chunk of his/her life in college and graduate school, you understand the immense pride that comes with resolving never to buy food accessories like ketchup, straws, or plastic forks again. (You can get them for free!) If you’re an athlete, you know that simple pleasures (like going for a run on a beautiful night) are much more enjoyable than complicated, guilt-laced (read: EXPENSIVE) pseudo-pleasures like “retail therapy.” You can truly become much wealthier than you ever thought – simply by measure of things you refuse to buy.

I love blogging about frugal living. I get super excited to share how I can score a sundress for five bucks, feed my cat for free, and manage my coffee addiction with mobile coupons.

Here are ten awesome frugal living blogs I read and want to share with you. Curl up with a cup of coffee this weekend and learn how to save a fortune from the masters.

Frugal Beautiful: Shannyn from Frugal Beautiful has a truly holistic approach to frugal living for 20 somethings. From writing a resume, to de-cluttering your messy apartment, to learning how to craft, or how to train for a road race, she’s pretty much tackled success from all angles.

This Beautiful Frugal Life: Melody from This Beautiful Frugal Life is an expert on getting out of debt, while being wife, mom, and extreme cross-fitter. Her blog is full of recipes (like homemade pantry staples) and fitness inspiration.

The Frugal Girl: Kristen from The Frugal Girl is a major inspiration; she’s mom to four home-schooled kids! Her blogs is full of practical, frugal living advice, from tutorials on how to re-purpose old clothes, to recipes for home-made grape jelly.

Frugal Mama: Amy from Frugal Mama maintains a beautifully written, honest blog about what it means to be frugal in today’s world. Her advice is extreemly soothing and insightful, covering topics ranging from how to get your kids to do chores, to how to home-make a stellar, last-minute holiday gift.

Simple Mom: Tsh from Simple Mom writes a wonderful blog about living simple, with purpose and focus and how to truly take care of yourself and your family, inside and out.

Frugal Dad: Frugal Dad is written by Jason and Trent, father and son who are both experts on how to pay for college and manage student loan debt.

Penniless Parenting: Penny’s blog is a really cool reality check about how you can raw, vegan, and gluten free on the cheap. (Yes, it is possible!)