I’m reading about personal finance and frugality all the time on this journey to a debt-free life. Finding new content and approaches to frugal questions and budgeting issues is one of my favorite things to do. Periodically, I want to share with you the top frugal articles. This is a collection and brief summary of what I found this week:
- Teriyaki Noodle Bowls by Budget Bytes
Beth is the creator and inspiration behind Budget Bytes. Every couple days she publishes a new frugal food recipe with an exact cost associated. As I begin my own efforts to cut down on eating out, her website has been a terrific hub for great ideas. This weeks fabulous recipe is for Teriyaki Noodle Bowls. This dish is easy on the budget and tastes great! Head on over to her site to see how to make it for about $1.60 per person.
- Did I Flush $80,000 Down The Drain By Renting? by Living Rich Cheaply
Recently, I was interviewed by USA Today. The interviewer asked me what I thought about buying a house down the road. I let her know that I couldn’t imagine getting into mortgage debt after tens of thousands in student loans. I just didn’t want to owe anyone anything down the road. I was sick of the debt and struggle that resulted. Well, Living Rich Cheaply beautifully stated and focused in on this debate of renting versus buying. In the detailed, financial overview of their decisions, the author realized that renting actually worked out best for them. An important read, because many people assume you’re flushing money away by renting.
- Cut Crap You Don’t Use and Sell Your Stuff by Moolanomy
The title of this article says what you need to do, but the resources inside tell you how to get there. As a failing minimalist, I’m a firm believer that budgeting, personal finance, and frugality are all intertwined with minimalistic attitudes. It’s just stuff. Kevin Mulligan of Moolanomy Occam’s Razors the topic and gives the advice you need to hear. Don’t need it? Sell it.
- The Philosophy of Frugality by The Simple Dollar
Trent, of The Simple Dollar, is a frugal master. He’s been writing about frugality, saving money, and creating income for years. In this latest article he gets to the very core of frugality. What is it? How do we define it? What ideals does this term encapsulate? The largest takeaway is that this is a lifelong journey, and it takes constant practice to excel. In the end, this is for a greater freedom in life.
- I’m Debt Free*! by Frugal Portland
Since creating and writing this website, I’ve used the word “debt” hundreds of times – thousands more in casual conversation. Debt can be distracting and destructive to psychological health. It’s important to realize what this journey is really for. Becoming debt-free is a dream of mine. Reading about my journey and others’ can help. Kathleen, of Frugal Portland, recently wrote about paying off her credit debt in a jubilant new post. Amazing and motivational work she’s done. Be sure to congratulate her!