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Frugal Living – Power in Numbers

Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

If saving money or the idea of frugal living is new to you and you’re just starting out on your quest for a more profitable way of life – you may feel as though you’re the only Frugal McDougall on the planet.  Rest assured you are not.  As always the power of the internet can bring you in contact with thousands upon thousands of like-minded canny characters who have turned saving money into an art form.

There any many online communities that have formed for the sake of saving a dollar – if you’re looking for encouragement and inspiration, you will definitely find it on these three sites:

Simple Savings – with a “Savings Vault” featuring some 9000+ tips on saving money, you will find a gold mine of tips, downloads and free stuff.  Membership to the Savings Vault is $47 per year – but you can sign up for the free newsletter to begin with and they have regular membership offers as well.   If you’re in need of some encouragement, the vibe on this site is uber-pumped!  With testimonials from successful savers all over the place to give you the inspiration you’re looking for. – Ditto.    Like Simple Savings, they have thousands upon thousands of savings tips that are growing in number every day.   Membership to Cheapskates is $29.20 per year.  But if you’re not yet ready to make that commitment, just like Simple Savings you can always sign up for the free newsletter and get a taste of what’s on offer.

Living off the Smell of an Oily Rag – certainly a more modest site, Oily Rag is the official site of the bestselling “Living off the Smell of an Oil Rag in New Zealand” by Frank Newman and Dr Muriel Newman.  The site has a great personality, a brand of humour I really enjoy and some excellent money-saving tips e.g. who knew you could made your own funeral casket?   You can also join the Oily Rag Club free.

For you, it may simply be enough to draw up a budget (i.e. actually be aware of what you’re spending you’re money on), skip a few luxuries here and there and get takeaway only once a week instead of 2 or 3.  But if you want to make the most out of every last cent you’ve got coming in – these sites will help you take it to the next level, to be the best Frugal McDougall you can be!

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