Becoming Frugal, Starting at the Beginning!

Being frugal can eventually become second nature, but you have to start somewhere! My biggest tip for becoming frugal is to start out slow! That way you can learn what frugal tips work for you. Everybody is different and nobody is wrong.

Frugal Food

  • Couponing is the easiest way to start your frugal journey. If you are not ready to jump completely into couponing then start with the magazine All You, and internet printables. Both have high value coupons that are easy to get. You can move on to newspaper coupons if you find that you like and my couponing post will help you with organizing tips!
  • Saving your leftovers will save money, and you can even make new meals out of some leftovers. I have quite a few Dinners under $10 recipes that are healthy and delicious!
  • One of the biggest questions I am asked about frugal living is if you can be healthy on a frugal budget. My answer… of course!! Nutritious meals can be served on a budget. You can even get organic on a budget (here are seven organic tips to help you out). Shopping at ethnic stores and farmer’s markets can also help. I love to make my own yogurt and baby cereal and both are cheap and super healthy!

Frugal Entertainment

    • You do not have to give up going out and having fun! Get an Entertainment Book (you can get one now for only $4) and use the B1G1 coupons to save lots of money. You can also use Restaurants.com to buy gift certificates for less! Of course, you do not have to go out to have fun! Young children love all kinds of activities including cloud watching and making your own restaurant!

    Frugal Living

      • You can save money during the holidays too! Use a gift box to save money on birthdays and Christmas. There are lots of frugal ideas for Valentines Day and I have a couple of fun kids crafts you can do at Easter. You can use these Memorial Day travel tips anytime of the year :-)
      • Do you have a baby? There are lots of ways to save on a new little one! I love using my cloth diapers, but if they aren’t for you then there are ways to find disposable diapers on the cheap. You can also sign up for freebie parenting sites and you will get lots of coupons and samples. If you do not want to breastfeed then you can still save money on formula. Remember to start your Upromise account to help pay for your little ones college!

      Extra Income

        • Sometimes you need to bring in a little extra income. I use Swagbucks to pay for Southwest plane tickets. I use Refund Cents to help alert me to great refunding deals. IRazoo and Cashcrate brings in a little extra spending money. If you want to earn more than what those sites can bring you then you can always sell on ebay or become a mystery shopper.

        Remember, it’s never to early to start saving because a penny saved is MORE than a penny earned!

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        1 coupon challenged June 8, 2010 at 4:56 am

        Love this post as well. We have a dish we call garbage can soup that we laugh about and the kids think it is funny to tell friends we are eating. It is a freezer container that I dump all leftovers of meat and veggies and rice into and then I saute some onions and celery and whatever is the majority of meat (chicken or beef) I will add some broth and you have a cheap meal. I call it free really using what is around but nothing I really shopped for. With a batch of homemade corn bread-Yum!!

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        2 LittlePeopleWealth June 10, 2010 at 2:46 am

        Thanks :) That sounds like a great idea. I must say I am not that creative with leftovers (I usually just have them for lunch the next day).

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        3 melandria June 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

        your site is really useful.

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        4 Dorothy L June 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

        ~Pain..watching him leave out the window…maybe tis why they call it 'window pain'~

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        5 LittlePeopleWealth June 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

        thanks melandria :)

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        6 Carmen Araneta June 27, 2010 at 5:12 am

        Hey, those were good frugal tips for wise living. Thanks.

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        7 LittlePeopleWealth June 28, 2010 at 4:05 am

        You're welcome

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        8 elvie July 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

        hey, your tips are useful. by the way, just grabbed your badge. check it out in the blog roll. grab mine too :-)

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        9 LittlePeopleWealth July 7, 2010 at 3:25 am

        Thanks elvie

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        10 edward July 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm

        If you want to gain financial freedom then be frugal but not stingy. Living simple life away from tempting gadget and not so important things is the solution.

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        11 Petula July 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm

        Lots of great ideas and resources. Fabulous post.

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        12 jh3riz24 July 14, 2010 at 5:57 am

        sounds like a great idea

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        13 LittlePeopleWealth July 15, 2010 at 1:16 am

        Thanks :)

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        14 Auntie E July 17, 2010 at 11:48 am

        We have a couple entertainment books since we live close to two states. We are always go to see Movies and eating out. We pay Zero to see the Movies and save half the price to eat out. I love it.

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        15 LittlePeopleWealth July 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm

        The entertainment book saves us a TON of money too!

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        16 Vernz July 22, 2010 at 12:10 am

        we're used to frugal living in the Phils. since we only have little to move around .. HUH!

        BTW, I’m having a Link Exchange Project, I’m inviting you to join, please visit Petty Things in Life and click the badge to join. Thank You and hope to see you.

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        17 Badet July 27, 2010 at 3:51 am

        These are very nice tips! You're lucky that in the US, you also have coupons available in the Internet for you to download.

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        18 LittlePeopleWealth July 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

        Thanks Vernz.

        We are getting more and more printable coupons here in the US, Badet. Hopefully you will have some soon!

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        19 oya June 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

        Lots of great ideas. Great post. Enjoyed reading it

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        20 Heidi June 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        Thanks :) Glad you could get some ideas from it!
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