Resource Page: Frugal Living for Real Families

Frugal Living Resources

Let’s face it, we live in a world where frugal living is NOT the norm. In fact, even with the depressed economy, living within or below your means is still considered a bit wacky!

Your friends might tell you that everyone carries credit card debt nowadays and why should you be any different?

Well, I’ll tell you why!

You don’t have to go into debt to provide your family with food, fun or happiness. You also don’t have to churn your own butter or sew your own clothing to avoid going into debt (although, if you enjoy those things…go for it! Do the things you WANT to do to save money and let me help you with shortcuts for the rest ;) )

Here are some resources we use to live on less without going to extremes on either side of the fence. Our tagline here on Family Friendly Frugality is Frugal Living for REAL Families. Which means you will NEVER find me guilting anyone into one specific way to save money. You choose what work best for your family life and your schedule!

Amazon Prime

I know, I know…probably not the best way to start out this resource page. Why? Well, Amazon Prime cost money.

How much money? $79 a year (OR they just recently started a $7.99 month to month option. This is a more expensive option overall throughout the cost of the year though).

However, we can often find deals on Amazon we can’t find elsewhere. Free 2 day shipping can make a HUGE difference in a price point for us. Not only that, there’s the convenience of just adding items to our cart and checking out, knowing we don’t have to head into the stores with 2 kids in tow. Sometimes that’s even worth paying just a bit more.

To learn more about why we enjoy Amazon Prime, I encourage you to read this post here.

Printable Coupons

I’m going to just go out on a limb here and assume that if you follow my site, you stand a 50-50 chance of at least dabbling in couponing. Whether you do OR you don’t buy a paper every week, you can still reap the benefits of printable coupons.

I wrote a post about where you can find coupons, but here are some of my favorite spots to go hunting for printable coupons (and please after you write out your shoppin list each week, take a few minutes to plug your items into my coupon database to see if there might be a coupon out for it. If you are buying it regardless, might as well spend less!):

I forget to buy papers on Sunday more than I care to admit (remember…we’re a REAL family! LOL), so printable coupons  (and digital for that matter) have saved our budget many many times!

You can read more about how I shop and how to strategically shop here.

The Drugstore Game

This might be a bit egotistical since this resource is actually a tutorial of MINE. Seriously though…the Drugstore Game is gold. Read up on it here and give it a try. Even if you don’t coupon in the grocery stores, you will want to coupon at the drugstores. You can get SO MUCH stuff for free or cheap!

Entertainment:

Netflix- Honestly we use the Instant Streaming on our phones, computers, the TV, the iPad (gosh we’re not sounding very frugal right now? LOL…we are technology freaks…I admit it!), etc. It’s so worth it to us. This is great entertainment for our whole family because we LOVE movies! It pays for itself every month in the time we get to share as a family enjoying good movies and television shows together.

Gamefly- My husband has written a VERY thorough review about why Gamefly is a very frugal entertainment choice for our family. If you have any family members that play video games, you’ll want to read his (very well written….yes I am the one with the blog, but my husband is the one who can WRITE!) review.

Daily Deal Sites

I have some of my favorite Daily Deal sites listed here. We don’t typically find many “needs” on daily deal sites, but it helps us take care of our “wants” for a bit less!

We’ll be adding to this list as time permits! I hope you enjoy using it as a resource for your frugal living needs!

Tell us what you think:

  1. debi affrunti says

    Great article I use all of the above except the gamefly and I have saved so much I cant imagine never using these L) Happy holidays

  2. William B Simkins, Sr. says

    “Family Friendly Frugality” Always send us so really great deals and information about contests and great merchandise… You have a great service here and we thank you for that… Once again thank you “Family Friendly Frugality” !!!

  3. sandra davis says

    i use Amazon Prime and i use coupons all that time. Since i got laid off a few months ago i have to use all the means i can to save money.

  4. Nancy Stinson says

    I can see amazon prime could be a money saver, but I just don’t purchase enough products on-line for it to be worth the money.

  5. Jenna says

    I really love this website and I use it frequently. I also love the frequent postings on Facebook. Your hard work is searching out great resources to save money is so much appreciated. Thank you!!

  6. Jeanine S, says

    Thanks for all the helpful hints, deals, and free sample alerts. I cannot remember the last time I purchased a razor.

  7. says

    I just joined this page, but I have already seen so much kindness and love that is rare to find these days. I am not a naturally frugal person and have trouble finding deals and coupons. This page is a lifesaver to me and so many others. I know this takes A LOT of work and I hope that you and you family have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings and thoughts to you and everyone on this page! I love Amazon Prime! I use it almost more than anything else except to buy groceries! This is an amazing tip!

  8. Debbie ritenour says

    Good info! We dont have cable anymore due to netflix! We love it! I have never tried gamefly but we dont game very much except for a Ds my daughter has and we sell her games on a yardsale site when she is done with it and buy them on that site too! It works while she is still young but as she gets older she will probably want the latest and greatest games! Also i tried Amazon prime and just dont use amazon enough to get my moneys worth but if you shop amazon alot then its great!

  9. Shana Carnes says

    Your site has helped me tremendously this year. I subscribed last year right around Christmas and I’m not sorry I did. I work 2 jobs, have 3 kids, and a husband. I don’t have time to find all these deals. I used to spend hours (that I didn’t really have) scouring the internet before buying something. You have helped save me a ton of time that I can now devote to my family! Thanks!

  10. says

    This article really does make me feel like a frugal mom. I use most of the resources you listed! I guess the only thing I would add is “make time”. All these things are awesome and they work but they do take a lot of time. Granted once you get good at it, it doesn’t take as long…LOL. Thanks for the great article!

  11. Tania H. says

    So grateful for your daily posts helping all of us find/take advantage of deals — it’s like a little bit of Christmas all year round!

  12. says

    I love Amazon Prime (and I’m thankful for the monthly option – even if it is an extra $16 over the course of the year, it’s easier than that big hit all at once). My family is scattered all over the place, so free shipping helps me hit birthdays and special occasions, but allows me to get deals instead of having to put the whole $25 in my cart the way I used to! :-)

  13. Kelli says

    FFF is my go-to page when I’m looking for information about great deals. You always send us great deals and information about giveaways. Everything you do for all of us is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!

    PS…The drugstore game is probably one of the most helpful things I’ve ever read!

  14. Robin Halbach says

    I have gotten so many good deals from your site. I just cant imagine going without it anymore. The deals are so diverse there is something for everyone. Thanks so much for all that you do.

  15. Henry D says

    Merry Christmas
    You asked us to post a genuine comment
    I have several.
    1.. thank you for dedicating your time to this website. There are many of us who benefit from your energies.
    2. I enjoy following your viewer’s postings. Its like Im not alone in this battle.
    3. I wanted to say, Merry Christmas!
    4. Also has anyone tried groupon or livingsocial? I love the discounts they offer.

  16. GinaH says

    I’m so glad I found your site! We are a very frugal family so honestly, it has surprised me the deals you’ve brought to my attention that I otherwise would have missed. Thanks so much for keeping us all posted on great deals & products! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year :)

  17. Jennifer says

    Thank you for helping me save money this Christmas season. I made my Christmas list and was surprised to find many of those items at the cheapest prices through your Facebook posts. I really appreciate what you do.

  18. Amy H. says

    I need all the help I can get! I live in a rural town with one grocery store and a Walmart, so I can’t participate in all the deals, but I share the info!

  19. Jayme Q. says

    I still haven’t decided if an Amazon Prime account would pay for itself for me, or not. Now is probably a good time of year to look back at my purchases and figure out how much I’ve spent on shipping, to see if I should invest for the next year. With a new baby coming and my husband in college, I try to save money anywhere we can. I don’t get the paper every week, but I use coupons when I can, and when I remember to. I have to say that since I started following this blog last fall, I’ve saved a ton just watching and waiting for deals and freebies. Thank you for what you do!

  20. nova conover says

    Thank you for all you do for us all year long! Save so many of us time & money! My boyfriend has done a lot of his Christmas shopping online and through ebates! Wonderful if you do any online shopping. You get a cash back check every quarter. I like to use groupon deals if it is something we normally do or if I am wanting to try a place out. Love it!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  21. Amy says

    I had a trial for Amazon Mom but didn’t renew. Now I’m thinking I might want it. I use Swagbucks and am quite successful at getting a $5 gift card about every 7-10 days. With the free shipping it is a HUGE savings, time and gas especially.

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