Festival of Frugality #128: No Debt Plan Edition

by Kevin on June 3, 2008

Welcome to the Festival of Frugality. This is the 128th Edition of this esteemed institution, and I hope you enjoy the No Debt Plan take on things. Not to be outdone by Funny About Money’s 127th Edition of the Festival, I’ve introduced my very own Editor’s Pick graphic: No Debt Plan Editor\'s Pick This dollar sign will be placed next to my editor’s picks for this round of the carnival.

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General

These articles didn’t seem to fit into any of the other categories, so I bunched them all together.

Food

With the cost of food sky rocketing, anything you can do to save a dollar here or there is crucial.

Healthcare

Healthcare is expected to continue to rise indefinitely in America. Hip hip, hooray. These two tips should help you fight those increasing costs.

Family and kids

It’s hard enough for a married couple to keep the budget balanced. Throw kids into the mix and it gets especially hard. These two tips give you some free activities to do with the kids — entertaining and keeping costs down? Sounds like a winner to me.

Shopping

Making your dollar stretch further with every purchase is key.

Lifestyle

Sometimes the frugal lifestyle is not the easiest to live. Comments from friends, family, and co-workers can bring you down. And it isn’t just an easy thing to do either.

Cars / Commuting / Telecommuting

The price of oil has topped $135. Will it ever go down? If hurricane’s hit refineries in the Gulf this fall, will gas go to $6 per gallon? Money saved by not driving can make a huge impact on your budget.

Couponing

I’m beginning to learn that cutting coupons is a great way to save a great deal of money. It isn’t the “sexiest” thing to do, but an hour or two well spent can pay off for the whole month.

Travel

If you’ve got the money set aside for the trip, will gas prices make it unaffordable? Use these tips to keep your traveling as frugal as possible.

  • Living Almost Large presents Frugal Tips for Travelling | LivingAlmostLarge.
  • Save and Conquer presents Air Travel, saying, “Even with rising fuel costs, unless you can spend time taking in the sights, it seems that travel by air is still the way to go if you are traveling more than 400 miles.”
  • Our Fourpence Worth presents Frugal Travel Begins Before the Trip: Vacation Preparation Checklist saying, “The only way to travel frugally is to travel prepared. This includes making sure all is well taken care of at home as well as planning for common travel mishaps. This post contains a checklist of suggestions for preparing for a smooth vacation.”

Investing and Budgeting

Paying high fees can be disastrous to your portfolio. Don’t pay high fees and invest in index funds and you should turn out alright. I also don’t necessarily agree with Saving Advice’s anti-budget stance, but it is a well written article.

Housing

Owning a home is great. We bought our first home last fall. But it can also be expensive. As my Dad says, “It’s always something.” If it isn’t the water heater going out, it’s the bug infestation in your lawn. These tips help you keep your housing costs down.

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