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Frugal Fun and General Frugality Resources at http://www.frugalfun.com. Over 40 articles: Archives of (and sign-up form for) the Monthly Frugal Fun Tipsheet, book excerpts from The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook, and original content to help you have more fun and spend less money. Also articles by other frugality experts, some of whom are so thrifty they make Frugal Shel look like a spendthrift!

Articles

The Frugal Mindset
Frugal Inspirations
Environmentally/Ecologically Frugal
Finances, Budgeting & Credit
Reducing Household Expenses
Vehicles & Maintenance
Frugal Homekeeping & Gardening
Crafts & Home Decor
Special Events, Holidays & Gifts
Frugal Fun With Kids
Frugal Learning
Healthy Frugality
Frugal Travel
Consumer Advocacy
Frugal Romance
Recipes
Frugal in Business

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Celebrate Frugal Fun Day, the first Saturday in October. Over 100 great ideas, by dozens of readers of Frugal Fun Tip Sheets and visitors to this website.

My plan has paid for itself many times over in just ten months. I saved over $1,000 on cleanings, fillings and wisdom tooth extraction.

The Frugal Mindset

Fun, Frugal Summer Deals
By Adam Coholan

Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream
By William Powers

Your Words Have Power--Choose Them Carefully
By Jim Donovan

How I Plan to Live to 120
By Ted Nicholas

Fresh Eggs: A Glimpse of How it Was Not Very Long Ago
By Stewart Ogilby

From Conspicuous Consumption to Conspicuous Frugality
By Maggie Van Ostrand

Frugal and Sensible Decisions Make Tough Times Easier
By Paula Langguth Ryan

Trash to Treasures: 10 Tips for a Successful Garage Sale
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
By Bill McKibben

Growing Up And Slowing Down
By Charlie King

Creating Abundance Out of Adversity
By Paula Langguth Ryan

Make Calm Your Default Setting
By Bob Burg

Anti-Resolutions: What Not To Do To Help Make 2005 Your Best Yet
By Kathy Gates

The True Cost of Everything
By Paula Langguth Ryan

When the Displaced Corporate Woman Goes Home
By Susan Dunn

Truly Rich and Truly Poor
Author Unknown

More Meaning in Life
By Doris Dobkins

Creating the Best Year of Your Life
By Sopan Greene

Success on Your Own Terms: Time, Money, Camels and the Necessity of a Microwave
By Barry Maher

One Habit at a Time
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

The Divine Right of Capital
By Marjorie Kelly

A British Back-To-The-Lander Raises Goats
Excerpt from Graham Irwin's book, A Farm of Their Own

A Fathering Moment to Remember
By Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC

Triumph Over Adversity Becomes a Book--and a Book Tour in the "Purple Magic Schoolbus"
By Dorie Mactino

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Frugal Inspirations

Ya Gotta Believe
By Al Canton

Happiness: Contentment and Thankfulness
By Edi Sowers

Children Peace Music Project
By Mohammad Iqbal Behleem & J Michele Bodine

Forty Lesson Learned The Hard Way--So You Don't Have To
By Lee Silber

Your Next Goal in Five Minutes a Day
By Andreas Ohrt

Harness the Abundance Principle: How to Manifest Your Ideal Life
By Ed Spina

"I Didn't Get In It for THIS"
By Susan Dunn

Truly Rich and Truly Poor
Author Unknown

More Meaning in Life
By Doris Dobkins

Creating the Best Year of Your Life
By Sopan Greene

Are You Afraid of a Budget?
By Terry Rigg

Revering the Crayon Marks
By Susie Cortright


Environmentally/Ecologically Frugal

5 Easy Tips for Making Your Home Green
By Jane Hughes

How to Go Green without Breaking the Bank
By Chris Martin

5 Baby Nursery Ideas That Are Eco Friendly
By Tania Tod

How to Reduce your Carbon Footprint
By Nicolas D'Alleva

Why You Should Recycle Cell Phones?
By Sharon Housley

Your Green Home
By Stephen Morris

Healthier Living with Organic Products
By Fran Black

Chocolate, Unchained
By Lee Hall

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me!
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Home Energy Briefs Help Consumers Save Money
By Rocky Mountain Institute

And We Lived Happily Ever After—or—Some Realities and Myths of Recycled Paper
By Rick Meis

Lower Your Water Bills
By Shel Horowitz

10 Free/Cheap Ways to Cut Hundreds of Dollars off Your Home Energy Bills
By Shel Horowitz

Save Time And Money By Fixing Your Own Appliances: It's Easier Than You Think
By Chris Hall, President of RepairClinic.com

How to Double Your Car's Life Expectancy
By Kyle Busch

18 Tips for Saving Money on Gasoline
By Fisher Swanson

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Finances, Budgeting & Credit

Frugal Living Habits for All: Begin with Yourself First
By Zinaida Grace

Alternative Ways to Budget
By Ian Williams

Why Certain Products Are Cheaper to Buy Online
By Joel Arnold

Don't Feed the Beast
By Jeeni Criscenzo del Rio

Compare Prices Online Before Shopping
By Josh Graham

Live Below Your Means
By Bob Bly

Playing the Credit Card Game: Avoiding Late Fees
By Creditorweb.com

The Debt Elimination Dilemma
By Terry Rigg

Tips for Avoiding Credit Card Fraud
By CreditorWeb

Are You a Slave to Your Possessions? A.K.A. Stop Buying Junk
By John L. White

Scam Alert! Don't Become A Victim of Identity Theft!
By Christopher Eakes

Why Budgets Don't Work and How to Fix It
By Terry Rigg

Never Pay Retail--Ever!
By Kimberly A. Griffiths

What the Tax Software Companies Don't Want You to Know
By Stephanie Gallagher

How to Stay Out of Trouble With Your Checking Account
By Terry Rigg

10 Steps Toward a Debt-Free New Year
Deborah Taylor-Hough

Take The Time To Get Organized
By Terry Rigg

How to Clean Up Your Own Credit Record, For Free
By Laura Quarantiello

Are You Afraid of a Budget?
By Terry Rigg

Don't be "Phish" Bait--Easy Steps to Protect Yourself
By Wally Bock

One Saved IS Two Earned
By Doris Dobkins

Money Is Just A Tool
By Doris Dobkins

Turbo Slavery: Money, Debt And Reality
By J. Walter Plinge

Learn How to Bank
By Kimberly A. Griffiths

Pay It Off Or Keep It?
By Doris Dobkins

Ten Easy Ways To Get Extra Cash
By Doris Dobkins

The Truth About Mortgage Loans
By Doris Dobkins

Can You Spare a Dime?
By Deborah Taylor-Hough, author of Frozen Assets

Compound Interest-- Simply Wonderful
By Tom Koziol, editor of Cashclique.com Dollar$ign Newsletter

Plan for a Sound Financial Future: 5 Do's and 5 Don'ts
By Doris Dobkins

How to Find an Ethical Debt Relief Company

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Reducing Household Expenses

Stretching the One Income Dollar: An A-Z Guide for living on less
By Monique Rowe

Frugal Fashion Tips

30 Ways to Save Money
By Kimberly A. Griffiths

More Easy Ways to Cut Your Utility Bill
By Richard Chapo

How Much Do You Really Spend Commuting?
By Kimberly A. Griffiths

Easy Steps to a Mailbox Brimming with Refunds
By Heather Wallace

Home Energy Briefs Help Consumers Save Money
By Rocky Mountain Institute

6 Saving Tips When Moving
By Kimberly A. Griffiths

Thirteen Easy Ways to Reduce your Food Budget
By Monica Resinger

Lower Your Water Bills
By Shel Horowitz

Lower Your Phone Bill
By David Wood

10 Free/Cheap Ways to Cut Hundreds of Dollars off Your Home Energy Bills
By Shel Horowitz

Never Pay Retail--Ever!
By Kimberly A. Griffiths

Tapping Into The Internet - Dialing Without Dollars
By Phil Philcox

Save Time And Money By Fixing Your Own Appliances: It's Easier Than You Think
By Chris Hall, President of RepairClinic.com

Confessions of a Bottom Feeder, Part 1: When Frugality Becomes a Survival Skill
(Anita Sands shows how to REALLY live on nothing while still eating well and getting adequate health care)

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Vehicles & Maintenance

Cars - Fuel Efficient, but Roomy on the Inside
By Kyle Busch

How to Sell a Car in a Hurry
By Craig Garber

How to Save Big Bucks on Expensive Car Repairs, By Thinking Differently
By Kyle Busch

How and Why to Buy a Used Car
By Kyle Busch

Lowering the Finance Cost on Your Next Vehicle Purchase
By Kyle Busch

Higher Fuel Prices? Wheels That Will Keep You Rolling
By Kyle Busch

18 Tips for Saving Money on Gasoline
By Fisher Swanson

Honey, Can I Drive It to Work? Buying and Restoring a Used Tractor
By Donald Harris

How to Double Your Car's Life Expectancy
By Kyle Busch

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Frugal Homekeeping & Gardening

10 Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips
By Maria Gracia

6 Organizing Tips for the Summer
By Maria Gracia

Famous Last Words
By Stephen Morris

Selling your Home, Cutting Down on Expenses
By Gloria Smith

10 Quick Tips To Help Sell Your Home By Owner!
By Michael E. Hart

'Tis the Season -- Garage Sale Season, That Is!
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Simple Security Measures to Protect your Home
By Tonli Paardekooper

How to Relocate Without Dislocating
By Liz Franklin

Moving? 10 Ways to Create a Joyful, Less-Stressed Experience
By Carolyn Beale

Closing Up Your Container Garden
By Debbie Rodgers

Keep Your Home Happier
By Kathy Gates

Home & Family Matters: Keeping a Kitchen Journal
By Rachel Paxton

What Foods Don't Freeze
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
By Monica Resinger

Preventing Rust and Maintaining Your Garden Tools
By ThriftyFun.com

Celebrate Your Senses: An Evening Scented Garden
By Carolyn Beale

First Aid and Emergency Kits
By Kitty Werner

28 Practical Uses for Vinegar, Nature's Magic Cleanser
By Michelle Shaeffer

Five Frugal Cosmetics Tricks
By Deborah M. Sanders, editor of The Penny Orchid

Cooking with Cast Iron
By Michelle Shaeffer

Naturally Frugal Cleaning
By Michelle Shaeffer

The Manifold Magic of Baking Soda
By Deborah M. Sanders, editor of The Penny Orchid

Revering the Crayon Marks
By Susie Cortright

Get your Family Racing to Complete Chores!
By Monica Resinger

200+ Ideas for Summertime -- or Anytime -- Fun!
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Five Ways NOT to Clean Up Your Office--Even if They've Always Told You Differently
By Jan Jasper

And We Lived Happily Ever After—or—Some Realities and Myths of Recycled Paper
By Rick Meis

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Crafts and Home Decor

Homemade Craft Paper
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

How To Quickly Design Your Own Doll Dress
By Maria Vowell

Cozy Home Decorating Ideas for Winter
By Liz Hekimian-Williams

Wheat Weaving: A Simple Family Craft Idea
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Kids: Inexpensive Art/Craft Projects and Birthday Parties
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster

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Special Events, Holidays & Gifts

Shared Gift Buying Made Easy
By Rowan Fletcher

Start Thinking Now About Making Next Year's Holidays Greener
By GREEN Northampton

Elegant Christmas Dinner on a Dime
By Kristina Wyatt

8 Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Gift with Newspaper
By EcoArtWare (on YouTube)

Will Holiday Habits Set You Back for 2009?
By Jack Canfield

Collaborative Gift Buying Made Easy
By Rowan Fletcher

How Your Event Planning Can Make a Difference in Farmers' Lives
By Michael Tabor

Fun Party Planning Ideas: 4 Fabulous and Unique Party Activity Tips
By Lesley Mattos

Tips to Save Money on Restaurants and Entertainment
S. L. Simmons

Collecting Music Memorabilia
By Shaun Mushike

Frugal Gifts for Those Who Have Everything
Contributed by Readers of Frugal Fun Tips

Frugal and Healthy Easter Baskets
By S. L. Simmons

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Park
By George Thomas Clark

"Green" Alternatives to Gift Wrap
By Emily Darling

Green Holidays
By Reena Kazmann

Bridal Fan Wedding Favors
By Maria Vowell

Low-Cost/No-Cost Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Gifts
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Terrific Tightwad Weddings: Two Approaches
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster

Creative Giving: Spend Less While Giving More
By Mim King

Simple Autumn Craft Ideas
By Deborah Taylor-Hough, author of Frozen Assets

Eco-Friendly Holiday Ideas
By Reena Kazmann

Teacher Appreciation Ideas
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Frugal, Creative Gift and Decoration Ideas Will Keep Your December From Bustin' the Bank
By Deborah Taylor-Hough, author of Frozen Assets.

Kids: Inexpensive Art/Craft Projects and Birthday Parties
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster

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Frugal Fun With Kids

Top 20 Things Every Parent Should Know When Their Kid Plays Competitive Sports
By Brian Presley

Back to School Quality Time Without Spending a Dime!
By Britt Michaelian M.A.

Let's Play "Hide-and-Sneak" with Veggies!
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

14 Ways to Show Love for Your Child
By the AAP

Am I Really A Stroller-Monger?
By David Leonhardt

They're on The Ball
By Leah Lauber

Blogs for Kids
By Sharon Housley

Kids: Inexpensive Art/Craft Projects and Birthday Parties
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster


Frugal Learning

Educating Yourself: Ivy League Courses Popping Up Online for Free
By Joel Arnold

Google Is More Than Just a Search Engine
By Sharon Housley

How To Get 400 Additional Hours of Learning Every Year
By Sean D'Souza

Ten Ways to Help Your Child Get Ready to Read
By Carol Boles

The History of Chocolate is a Record with Centuries of Appreciation
By Nicole Martins

How to Win Lots of Scholarship Money
By Dale Clifton

An Education in Saving on Textbooks
By Heather Wallace


Healthy Frugality

The Blender Girl's Top 30 Natural Uses For Lemons
By Tess Masters, a.k.a. The Blender Girl

Chart Your Healthy Doctor-Patient Relationship
By Lorene Burkhart

Healthier Living with Organic Products
By Fran Black

Insomnia: How to End the Frustration
By Michael Lee

Getting Off The Roller Coaster
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Health Medication: No Side Effects, Costs Nothing
By Susan Dunn, MA, Emotional Intelligence

Cutting Cholesterol Naturally
By Dr. Rita Louise

Why Aren't the French Fat? What We Can Learn About Weight Loss From A Cream-Loving Culture-AND From Winnie the Pooh
By Dr. Will Clower

Don't be the Main "Mosquito" Attraction
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

28 Practical Uses for Vinegar, Nature's Magic Cleanser
By Michelle Shaeffer

Five Frugal Cosmetics Tricks
By Deborah M. Sanders, editor of The Penny Orchid

Naturally Frugal Cleaning
By Michelle Shaeffer

The Manifold Magic of Baking Soda
By Deborah M. Sanders, editor of The Penny Orchid

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Frugal Travel

Birdwatching in the UK
By Jackie Gee

Used Clothes in Guatemala
By Richard & Amanda Ligatozz

How to Get the Lowest Airfares Possible
By Emiser Largent

So You Want to be a Housesitter?
By Susan Holtham

How to Dine Cheaply and Well in New York: Four Neighborhoods in Manhattan
By Shel Horowitz

Cruise For Free When You Have Your Own Business
By Russ Coire

Beginning Skiing
By Pansap Suriyasak

Family Camping Tips
By Anders Yerst

3 Steps to a Low Fare
By Charles Leocha

Is Home Exchange Right for You?
By M.T. Simon and T.T. Baker

How to Make the Most of Your Foreign Travel
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster

A Week in Greece...$23.85 Per Day For Transportation, Lodging, and Food
By Shel Horowitz

Homeowners On Vacation Can Enjoy Peace of Mind Through Housesitting Services
By Ian White

An American Hitches Through Europe in the 1950s
By Teddy Mayer Milne

Secrets of Success with Priceline
By Lorilyn Bailey

Vacation Home Exchange - Trade Homes and Save!
By Maurice S Clarke, Holi-Swaps

34 Ways to Slash the Cost of Your Next Vacation
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster

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Consumer Advocacy

Blogging Can Be A Dangerous Game
By Sharon Housley

Consumers Can Fight Back With FTC Do Not Call Registry
By James H. Dimmitt

You Will Be Charged Extra to Read This Column
By David Batstone

Five Ways To Complain And Get Results -- Without Playing "The Blame Game"
By Terry Levine

Intelligence From Presidential Tax Returns
By Larry M. Elkin, CPA, CFP

Don't be "Phish" Bait--Easy Steps to Protect Yourself
By Wally Bock

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Frugal Romance

10 Frugal Ways to get Cupid on Your Side
By Stephanie Roberts

17 Great Romantic Dates for Penny-Pinchers
By Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook and FrugalFun.com webmaster

Frugal Romantic Ideas from Michael Webb, the "World's Most Romantic Man"

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Recipes

Asparagus Soup
By Monica Resinger

Leftover Turkey? A Gourmet Treat!
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Emergency Kitchen Substitutions
By Deborah Taylor-Hough

Reuse Your Jack-O'Lantern--Leftover Pumpkin Ideas
By Shel Horowitz

A Quick and Easy Gourmet Winter Pick-Me-Up
By Shel Horowitz

In-Home Gourmet Meals for Pennies
By Shel Horowitz

Cheap and Interesting Summer Beverages
By Shel Horowitz

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Frugal in Business

50 Ways to Create or Restore Beauty in Your Business
By Molly Gordon

Tips and Resources for Switching to a Green Collar Career
By Brian Jenkins

10 Ways to Be Happier and Healthier at Work
By Brant Secunda and Mark Allen

6 Tips to Protect Your Health in a Virtual Environment
By Michelle Jamison

Efficiency in the Office
By Lillian Brummet

Cure Cash Flow Problems Quickly
Ryan Healy

Setting Up Your Home Office on a Shoestring Budget
By Michelle Shaeffer

Going Green, Saves Green
By Sharon Housley

Kinds of Podcasting Content
By Sharon Housley

The New Shopping Model: Different For Vendors, Different for Consumers
By Rod Aries

How Long Do I Really Need To Keep This?
By Maria Gracia

Yes! Throw Away Your Business Cards
By BIG Mike McDaniel

How to Pick a Phone that Makes You Sound Great
By BIG Mike McDaniel

15-Minute Marketing
By Cathy Stucker

Tax Tips for Home-Based Business Owners (Part 1)
By Vishal P. Rao

Home Based Business Tax Deductions (Part 2)
By Tara Grant

How Internet Auctions are Changing the Face of Commerce
By Victoria Wadelly

Can't You See I'm Working?
By C.J. Hayden, MCC

Starting a New Business in a Very Small Town
By Cathy Goodwin

The Ten Tenets Of The Surplus & Salvage Industry!
By Robert C. Potter

Your Best Tax Strategy—Start a Side-Business
By Doris Dobkins

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