Saving Money Around the House: 4 Blogs to Get You Started

Here at FinancesOnline, we are all about finding new ways to save you (and ourselves) money! There are a million books out there that have ideas in them, but I personally can’t afford a million books, and most of us couldn’t afford the time to read them anyways. A cheaper, faster, and easier option is to look for tips online. Because blogs are so easy to make, a lot of people make them–and a lot aren’t very good. I’ve gone through the swamps of the internet and found five gems, so the hard parts over. Read on to find some great tips and

ideas for how to save money around the house and beyond!

Suburban Pioneers

These fabulous gals write a few times a month, and every time they they are brilliant and hilarious. Do you want to know how to build a compost bin from discarded wood, or a funnel from discarded drink bottles? They have the answers to these questions and to a great many more that, frankly, I would never have thought to ask. In between home improvement tips, they sprinkle in a healthy amount of recipe ideas, although fortunately the recipes themselves aren’t always healthy (although they always sound delicious). Whether you want backyard chickens or homemade vanilla extract, want to know how to dye clothes or whether diapers are compostable, this blog is great.

This is the Little Life

One way to save money: buy less stuff. One way to save space, stress, and eventually money: downsize your life! In addition to downsizing her life to owning just 200 items, the author Lina lives in a tiny house called a yurt. One smart connection that she makes is that it’s easier to downsize your own life if you can upsize the amount of things nearby! In other words, location location location: find a small house in a big city and you can depend more on the city having the things that you don’t. For instance, you can save money by not owning a car, and instead using a car-sharing service like Zipcar on the occasions that you need one. Lina also talks about smart ways to spend more money, that can save you money in the long run, like that buying more expensive but sturdier clothes that last longer can save more. All in all a tiny house does not mean a tiny life!

Frugal Mama

Two recent posts highlight a great approach that this blog features: how different families can take the things they normally do, swap with another, and wind up both much happier! In one post, the Frugal Mama suggests that instead of playdates for their kids, families could alternate babysitting chores so that the parents could enjoy nights out without paying a babysitter. It’s a simple idea that makes sense: if you’re already watching your own kids, what’s the matter with watching more? And taking turns means nobody has to cover the cost of a sitter, a big stumbling block for cost-conscious families. In another post, the same logic is turned towards vacations: instead of paying for a hotel on top of plane tickets, why not find a family in your destination town who’d like to visit your home? If you live somewhere reasonably nice, then you can swap spots and both stay for substantially less than you would at a hotel–plus a normal kitchen means being able to save on meal costs, leaving more money for traveling. These are just two of the many excellent ideas on offer on this blog.

Penniless Parenting

Of course, there are time when I really need to save money, and finding cheaper ways to travel doesn’t help if you can’t afford to travel! Penny at Penniless Parenting has tips for these times. Some of her ideas are pretty extreme, like moving a family of four into a house that’s half the size of your old one at under 500 square feet. But many people in other countries live in tight quarters, and, when life hands you lemons, there’s no reason you shouldn’t move into a smaller spot (and then make home-made lemonade with the lemons, of course). Penny also specializes in healthy foods on low budgets, all served up with a side of sass.

Do you follow any blogs that help you save serious cash?
Leave a comment and let us know about them!

Nestor Gilbert

By Nestor Gilbert

Nestor Gilbert is a senior B2B and SaaS analyst and a core contributor at FinancesOnline for over 5 years. With his experience in software development and extensive knowledge of SaaS management, he writes mostly about emerging B2B technologies and their impact on the current business landscape. However, he also provides in-depth reviews on a wide range of software solutions to help businesses find suitable options for them. Through his work, he aims to help companies develop a more tech-forward approach to their operations and overcome their SaaS-related challenges.

Bankruptcy Attorney says:

Great list, may I just add, I think everyone should have discipline first when handling money. No matter what age we all need to know that we can face a financial problem at any time. We have to set our mind into saving a percentage of our check no matter what, and to achieve this we need to have discipline other wise we'll just form part of the big percentage of people who don't know how manage their money and blows it up the first pay day.

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