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!
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.
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!
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!