Money Saving Monday: Three Thrifty Blogs for 2010

frugal goals for 2010“Trim the budget!” tops my list of New Year’s Resolutions. How on earth am I going to pull it off when I’m averaging three hours of sleep and even the thought of cutting coupons makes me nauseous? Starting today, every Monday during the month of January the Green Baby Guide will feature a few favorite penny-pinching resources to kick me into gear.

One of my favorite blogs is Frugal Babe because of her focus on simplicity and living with less. She’s incredibly resourceful—dumpster diving for free lumber, doing hydroponic gardening in the crawlspace under her house, and using baking soda instead of toothpaste or shampoo.  And she manages all this with a baby in tow! Her posts consistently deliver doses of down-home thrifty wisdom.

Can secondhand shopping can be utterly luxurious?  Yes!  Maybe it’s because I am addicted to the treasure hunt of buying used but I love The Thrifty Chicks. Its authors (Ms. Shopping Go Lightly, Ms. Gently Used, and Ms. Modern Mommie) encourage us to realize that thrift shopping isn’t about grungy gear but about finding high quality goods for much, much less.

With a little creativity and patience, living on the cheap can inspire artful play for childen.  Frugal family fun has all sorts of ideas for winter entertainment including “painting the snow”–which involves filling a spray bottle full of water and food coloring and letting the new fallen layer become a palette for your budding artist.  Or maybe you need to allow your children to enjoy “indoor ice skating” by using waxed paper and rubber bands to fashion ice skates for living room twirling.

Do you have any favorite frugal sites to share?  Next week we’ll have more money saving blogs to choose from. Feel free to make suggestions!


  1. Hi There, Green Baby Guide. I write for The Budget Ecoist ( 3 times a week regarding how to live eco-friendly on a budget. Our sister site, is AWESOME as well. Love your site! My daughter is 9 months old now, and I use your site often for green tips! =)

  2. Thanks! I enjoy your site too.

  3. Thanks for sharing! I am determined to be more frugal this year than ever before. I started trimming the fat by first getting rid of deparment store credit cards, down sizing magazine subscription and finally getting rid of my old cell phone carrier and signing up with StraightTalk for only $30/month for 1000 minutes! Now, if I can only work on clipping coupons and it would help if I remember to bring them with me to Publix!

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