Money is tight and you know you need to make a change. You have heard friends talk about being frugal; however sometimes it comes across sounding like they are a cheapskate. Now is time for you to learn how to live a frugal life and understand that you are not being cheap, but sensibly planning ahead.
So where to start? First and foremost, you need to understand that changing your spending habits is like dieting: until you change your daily life patterns, you will constantly be on a roller coaster. Right now you need to set up a realistic plan and embrace the goal of being frugal for life.
Here are some great websites to help you understand frugality:
About.com Frugal Living
The Frugal Shopper
The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living
Here are three website that are fabulous for doing all the dirty work for you. They tell what coupons to use when and where to shop for the best deals. The three ladies that run these sites make frugal living simple!
The grocery game This site offers a 4 week trial, then there is a monthly fee; however you will quickly see that you make the money back in savings within days!
The Couponess This free website offers tons of money saving deals from groceries to electronics and everything in between. It also alerts you to “best deals” and freebies. You can read lots of great articles about money saving tips, recipes and even creative ways to make money! This is a page you will want to bookmark and refer to often. Make sure to follow the couponess on twitter so that you can be altered to great deals!
Spend Less, Shop More This is a free daily blog that offers up tremendous savings all over town. The site not only tells you about the sales, but also attaches coupons to the article that you can print out and take with you. And they even attach rebate information! Sign up for this blog and you will receive emails about new post which include info about weekly sales flyers from several national chains. These emails are better than the sales flyers because the author tells you which deals are good instead of enticing you with pretty pictures.
Being frugal in Raleigh is the same as in other places; it is all about finding great deals and learning to appreciate different forms of entertainment that will enrich your life and won’t empty your wallet. Savor NC ran an article not too long ago entitled: Frugal Finds in Raleigh. It’s a great read and provides lots of great frugal living tips for folks in Raleigh, NC.
Living frugally isn’t hard; it just takes time and training. If you are a beginner at being frugal, find a friend and take the journey together.
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