OCT sign in - Favorite frugal resources

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OCT sign in - Favorite frugal resources
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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 10:06am

Of course this board is our all time favorite resource, right? :)


What are some other references you use? For example, cook books, frugal living books, finance books, videos, places to visit, people in your life, other boards here on ivillage, websites (don't include direct links, but you can name them) and/or any other resources?


What were some of your first and most helpful resources when you first got started? What would you recommend to newbies? If you are a "professional" frugalite, what are some that you still refer to all the time?


Don't forget to include a little bit about yourself, if you'd like.


For anyone who is a newbie or lurker, what kinds of resources would like recommendations for?

Leslie

Leslie
cl-lfbennett @ Frugal Living

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 10:10am

Honestly, my favorite resource IS this board. Seems like someone always has an answer for me sooner than I could look it up anywhere else. :)


I love to learn how to make things from scratch, too. My most often used cookbook is Fanny Farmer. If I cant' find it there, I look on Martha Stewarts' website (haven't yet made a recipe from there that didn't turn out great), and sometimes the Food TV website.


I haven't read many frugal living books, but did check out the Tightwad Gazette from the library. I would like to get my own copy of that one.


Leslie -- SAHM to Josie (3) and Henry (8 mo)

Leslie
cl-lfbennett @ Frugal Living

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 2:03pm
The Tightwad Gazette for sure! hands down this has been the best for me over the years. The first time i read it, there was a lot of stuff that seemed extreme to me, but a lot of stuff that I could use, do or modify to meet my needs. I have read it cover to cover several times since and each time I find new stuff to meet my needs and help me become more frugal. It isn't just about the money, but the environment as well. This book is awesome in both respects.

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 2:49pm
Well Dave Ramseys Financial Peace started us on the road to frugaldom. Then I read Miserly Moms (so I could sah), tightwad Gazette and of course this board. My fave frugal cookbook is Tawra's Not Just Beans-my dh's pay really goes down in winter and that book is my lifeline while I am using up everything in my house for those 3 months! My favorite frugal things to do are this board, yard sales, cloth diapering. I never ever thought I would love cloth diapering it seems so gross. But it's not and I love it! I love to use things up, reduce, and recycle. It just seems to be my little contribution to our planet. One of the smartest things I ever did to achieve my sah status was start titheing to our church. You really have to have your finances in order to be able to tithe. Seems crazy but we always have enough of whatever we could possibly need now that we tithe. Another of my favorite tips is taking one meal and turning it into 2-3 more. I now do that and I never would have before. Iwould have just thrown that food away and not thought about it. That's a tip that really gets us through the winter also. I guess that's enough about me.

Have a blessed day.

Dina

Mom to Brennan 6 Noah (1 tomorrow!!!!!) and 5~i~'s

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 3:18pm

ITA with everything that you said. When I 1st read

Amy, mom to Em(5) and Casey(2)
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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 3:32pm
My dad! He's the most frugal person I know. He ran an *extremely* frugal household when I was growing up, and if I'm in the market for almost anything, I can count on him to tell me where to get the best deal (and how to get a rebate on it).

-Emily, decidedly un-frugal of late -- time to get back on the wagon!

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Thu, 10-09-2003 - 8:48pm
My mom got me started by teaching me to take care of things and making them last longer and also the value of not wasting things. When I wanted to be a SAHM I read the Tightwad Gazette and that really helped me to look beyond the obvious ways of saving money. This board continues to amaze me with all of your truly creative and unusual ideas. Thanks!

Jackie, Mom to Alex (5), Sam (3), and Lydia (5 mo).

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Fri, 10-10-2003 - 10:21am
I think I've checked out almost every book in our library that refers to frugalness the Tightwad Gazettes, books on budgeting, Confessions of the Organized Housewife, The Millionaire Next Door, cookbooks, books on canning, gardening, self home maintenence, ect. I take tidbits from each. But mostly I get my best info from this board and I also frequent the family finance board.

My parents set a good example for me, they just seemed to manage there money and planned for their futures well. We do pretty good, but there is always room for improvement!!!

Paula, 38 DH Rick,40 two DD's 16 and 14 from Northern MI.....where we are setting records for warm weather this week it has been close to 80 and to think it snowed last week!!! YUCK!!

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Sat, 10-11-2003 - 12:04am
Well my life and the way I "manage" it is driven by the desire to be healthy, environmentally sound, AND thrifty. Soooo, I spend a great deal of time researching natural health, simple living, etc. There is another website I spend a great deal of time(too much time) at where I learn a lot about simplifying my life(Sage Parenting). This group started in a whole other place(Mango Mama Natural Parenting) and I have migrated with them to all the new locations. They influenced my choices to breastfeed, cloth diaper, reduce reuse recycle, eat more naturally(less packaged junky stuff, more whole foods), etc. This falls directly into my frugal nature IMO, because if I live frugally(for example, reusing cloth towels instead of a roll of paper towels, growing my own herbs, etc), I can spend a little more on a healthful food items, more natural home products, etc. Then I feel better about how I am raising my family in general :)