20 Frugal Living Tips You Can Completely Ignore (and still be frugal)

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Frugal bloggers love to write articles like “15 Things Frugal People Don’t Pay For”. And for people who aren’t naturally frugal, but want to be, these can be super helpful. They’re the ones googling “frugal living tips”, after all. They really do want to learn how to be frugal, and those kinds of articles can get them started.

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Cheap Useful Wedding Gifts: 16 Ideas for $20 or less!

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We recently received an invitation to a cousin’s wedding, which of course started the wheels turning: what could we find for a cheap useful wedding gift. Receiving wedding invitations is so different now from when we were a married without kids, dual income couple. Why? Attempting to find cheap useful wedding gifts can be a real challenge.

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Dollar Store Fridge Organization (for $5 or less!)

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The fridge in our current rental house leaves a lot to be desired as far as fridge organization goes. The interior has three measly (awful) shelves and two drawers – there’s not even a deli drawer! Our last apartment was a brand new, luxury building: I was spoiled, for sure.

For months, I lived with a less than ideal, disorganized fridge, but I constantly misplaced items, forgetting about produce or leftovers until it was too late. I definitely needed fridge organization help but didn’t get desperate enough to figure out a solution until last week. I finally got fed up with wasting money and time and started brainstorming.

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4 Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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It’s that time of the year again: tax time. When you’re a family paying off debt and living paycheck to paycheck, anticipating a windfall like your tax refund is like looking forward to Christmas. You’re not quite sure what that pretty package has in it, but you’re certain it’s going to be amazing! And you already have about fifty million exciting ideas for how to use that refund.

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5 Online Sources for Big Savings on Clothes

Online shopping has a bad reputation. For many people, online shopping triggers overspending and impulse buys. But for all its downsides, online shopping has the potential to be a vital source for saving a LOT of money on clothes. You just need to know where to start.

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7 Tips for Finding Hand-Me Downs (when your sources run out)

Any parent on a tight budget and a growing family knows that finding a reliable source for hand-me-downs is a key factor to saving big on clothes. Even with all the free brand new clothes I get, hand-me-downs still play a huge role in our savings on clothes.

But what if you run out of sources? Or don’t have any to begin with? Don’t despair! I’m going to give you several ideas on how to get your hands on some good hand-me-downs.

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My Secret to Getting Brand New Clothes (more than $500 worth a year!) for FREE

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After our second child turned a year old, my husband and I realized we both wanted a big family. We loved seeing the personalities of each child blossom, seeing the fun and unique people God made them to be. With that realization, however, came the money doldrums.

Have you been there? When all you can see is one [small] income for years and years as far as you can imagine? I was committed to staying home with my kids, but stretch that out for years with multiple kids, and you start to wonder how the numbers are going to work out.

Our sources for hand-me-downs were drying up (why oh why did my daughter need to outgrow not one, but two kids a year older than her?!), and I knew I needed a sustainable way to get the majority of our clothes for less…much less.

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How to Work Consignment Stores like a Boss (and get clothes for free!)

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Consignment stores are often viewed as thrift stores’ pricier, slightly better dressed cousin, at least that’s how I used to see them. To me, they were cut from the same cloth, but then I started shopping both types of stores more regularly. The differences became obvious, once I stopped to consider where each store gets its inventory. And by understanding that difference, I discovered yet another way to get clothes for free!

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How to Get Cheap K-Cups

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This frugal girl dreamed of a Keurig. It was just a dream though, mostly because I thought cheap k-cups were impossible to find. I simply couldn’t justify the cost, especially after reading articles that crunch the numbers and tell me that by using a regular coffee maker, I could save $400 a year! (source)

After receiving a Keurig for Christmas, I happily discovered I was wrong about cheap k-cups.

Keurigs: The Coffee-Loving Mom’s Essential

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Why You Should Quit Clipping Coupons

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I first read about extreme couponing in the Boston Globe sometime in 2011. The front page featured Kathy Spencer, author of How to Shop For Free: Shopping Secrets for Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing. Her minuscule grocery budget inspired me, to say the least, and I immediately jumped on the extreme couponing bandwagon.

We had a new baby, a boatload of student debt, and one income. I committed to being a stay at home mom out of deep conviction, but I itched to contribute financially. Like any good drug, extreme couponing filled a void, and I convinced myself that saving money was my most valuable contribution to our family.

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