If you are reading this blog post, I truly thank you! It means you’re interested in what I have to say, and perhaps are here because you’re looking for ideas on how to live fully on less. I got the inspiration for this blog when I realized a lot of the blogs I follow have one thing in common, how to manage money and be thrifty or frugal. These blogs have taught me a lot like how to create a budget, where to find the best deals and how not overspend. Since they’ve helped me as a reader I’d like to help you as my reader and share my list of 7 favorite blogs that can help you be thrifty and manage money.
Blogs That Teach You To Manage Money
Before you go off to spend money it’s a good idea to learn how to use it wisely. These blogs teach you how to do just that:
1. Every Dollar:
Every Dollar is created by Dave Ramsey, author of Total Money Make Over. My husband and I read this book and implemented his get out of debt snowball plan when we got married. We had great success and paid off thousands of dollars in credit card debt the first year we were married.
Every Dollar is a continuation of his book in web-form. It’s a a basic financial tool. Basic is good in that it is easy to follow and understand. For many people creating budgets can be intimidating but this tool makes it feel like you are capable of following a budget. The tool is fast, you can generate a budget in 10 minutes just by entering in your own numbers. There is also an app that helps you track your spending and follow your budget. If you get the free version you have to enter in your transactions manually. The paid version, $99 a year, automatically takes care of your debits and credits with your bank accounts.
Tracking your expenses on the app is nice because it lets you see how much you have spent or have leftover in each category as you do your shopping for the month. This can help you see where you are on target or where you overspend to help you see where you need improvement.
The web-site and blog also offers useful information and worksheets to help plan for getting out of debt and creating a savings plan.
This blog was the first blog that helped me realize that I could stay at home by working at home. It also acknowledged that having kids are expensive and living off of one income is difficult. How many of us moms struggle with wanting to stay home full time but feel the need to work. Or how many of us moms would like to work but don’t want to leave our kids. Thank you for understanding our predicament and helping us figure out what to do Affording Motherhood!
Shannon, the founder of Affording Motherhood, provides solutions to these problems. She empowers women to budget wisely and save money by offering strategies that address things like getting out of debt, following a budget and saving money on groceries.
She also teaches women how to work from home by starting a blog and how to monetize it. After I read Start A Blog I pretty much signed up for a WordPress sight and started my blog.
As her web-site says:
When you become a member of the Affording Motherhood community, you’ll get the information and inspiration you need to work from home and budget successfully, so you can spend more time with your family.
Money Saving Mom is run by Crystal Paine. Her web-site began after she and her husband learned to live frugally while he was in law school. She became an expert in pinching pennies and couponing and shared her skills with others.
This blog is very popular and I can see why so many people, including me, use it as a go to resource. Her web-site is chock full of information. There is an area that teaches readers how to manage money and use coupons. There is also a section with current deals at major retail stores. She also has information on how to make money from home through blogging or starting a home business.
Blogs That Help You Be Thrifty
Now that you have some great tools to manage your money here are some great blogs that can help you save money or get the most bang for your buck.
I came across this blog when we lived in Minnesota. This web-site is based out of MN. This is a great resource for those who want to find the best deal on town. Here you can find comprehensive shopping lists from major retailers and Amazon based off of current ads. They also offer tips on how to combine coupons or saving codes to use in conjunction with those deals. I love referring to these lists on my grocery shopping days when I want to get the best deals on things I need.
They also have an extensive list of freebies and cheapies for many things like apparel, furniture, kids items, electronics, and eating out. I particularly like the up to date Groupon deals they post, this helps our family save money when we go out to dinner.
While not the main focus of this blog there is a section on getting out of debt and making money, which again is helpful if that is an area that is of interest to you.
5. Mashup Mom
I don’t know about you, but I always felt I only had two choices when it came to groceries, save money but buy processed food, or buy healthy food at a high price. This blog changed my thinking because it show’s its readers how to buy healthy food without breaking the bank, plus the recipes on this site emphasize eating real food.
Rachel, the writer behind this life changing blog also provides free meal plans and shopping lists to go along with current specials at Aldi’s. Since using her plans for the last few months I have saved a lot of money on groceries. You can check out my full review of this experience here.
I’m a clothes junkie. I love fashion. If money weren’t an issue I would probably have an overstuffed walk in closet. But I don’t have money and I don’t have a walk-in closet. That’s probably a good thing. A girl can still dream though and look at fashion blogs. It seems a lot of the fashion blogs out there focus on high end, meaning high priced clothing. Not this blog.
The writer, Becca, offers a refreshing side on clothes shopping by providing information on affordable clothing. Places like Kohls, Target or Old Navy. I love seeing her show cute shoes or tops that I could actually afford, if I wanted to buy them. She also has posts on thrift store fashion. I’m a big thrift store shopper and her blog inspired me to try my hand at chronicling my thrift store shopping experience. You can read all about that here.
Becca also shares stories of her family and life as a mom.
Like the last blog above, Wear It For Less is another resource for finding great fashion for a bargain. Jessica is the creator of this site but her focus is on current deals without personal stories. She posts her outfits of the day and where she bought them.
I like to check out her ideas to cross reference what’s in style. I also like to look at her outfit ideas on days I’m staring at my closet and am thinking, “I want to wear something, but I don’t what other than looking put together instead of wearing my sweats.”
So there you have it. My current list of money saving blogs and resources. They each have their own unique niche, but the biggest take away message is finding ways not to overspend money. Do you have any favorite blogs that help you manage your money? I would love to hear about it and check it out.