The best blogs for advice on frugal living
Guy Hall • September 9, 2020
At Ting, we love helping people get the most for their money. That’s why when you visit Ting.com, one of the first things you’ll see is, “Get more for less.” Well, it turns out we’re not alone in our fascination with frugal living. In fact, there is an ever-increasing number of frugal bloggers who are dedicated to helping you hold onto your hard-earned cash.
In this post, we’ll be showcasing some of our favorite thrifty bloggers and what makes their sites unique. Even if you don’t follow their advice to the letter, there’s something to be learned from each of the frugality blogs below. From family budgeting to investing, you’ll get a wide range of tips that will help you save. And who doesn’t like a bit of extra money?
The Frugalwoods, otherwise known as Liz and Nate Thames, are amongst the better-known personalities on this list. Having been featured in major publications like Forbes, Business Insider and The New York Times (to name but a few), they could be considered celebrities of the frugal living movement, and rightly so.
Since 2014, when their blog began, there have been significant changes for the Frugalwoods family. Not only has their clan doubled in size with the arrival of their two daughters, but the Frugalwoods have renounced city living and headed to a rural homestead where they now live full-time.
This is one of the things that makes the Frugalwoods’ blog such a great resource for anyone interested in living on a budget. With over five years of content and such varied life experiences, the Frugalwoods have something for everyone. Interested in frugal city living? There’s a tab for that. Want to save money on pet care? They’ve got you covered. They even have articles on how to donate to charity in a financially efficient way! In essence, if it exists, the Frugalwoods have found a way to do it on a budget.
As an ex-stockbroker and veteran of the finance industry, when John Schmoll talks about money, you should probably listen. This, however, was not always the case. When Schmoll graduated college he had nearly $25,000 in credit card debt because he didn’t “understand the importance of living within [his] means.”
During his roughly 15-year career in finance, however, Schmoll gained the knowledge and experience needed to live free of financial burdens. Luckily for us, Schmoll didn’t keep this information to himself but instead chose to share it with his online community through his blog Frugal Rules.
What separates Frugal Rules from many other personal finance blogs is its investing section. That’s not to say that Frugal Rules doesn’t have a fantastic, and extensive, section dedicated to advice on frugal living. It does. But having a former financial professional answer questions like “how to start investing with $500 or less” is hugely helpful for anyone thinking of dipping their toes into the murky waters of investments.
Mr. Money Mustache
Another frugal figure with celebrity status, Mr. Money Mustache (MMM), has been in the game since 2011 and has appeared in many prominent publications such as Forbes and The Economist.
MMM, real name Peter Adeney, worked several “standard tech-industry cubicle jobs” before retiring from “real work” at the ripe old age of 30. He started his blog out of exasperation with his peers, who were surprised that their lavish lifestyles were hindering their hopes of early retirement. A proponent of the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement, MMM hopes to teach his “mustachian” following how to create a better life than their current one – a life that costs around 50-75% less.
Unsurprisingly, after eight years, MMM has covered a vast variety of subjects and it is all too easy to get lost in his website bouncing from one article to another. That said, our favorite feature of MMM’s site is the forum. With around 32,500 members and over 2.2 million posts, this truly is the Library of Alexandria for those interested in frugal living.
MoneyCrashers is a personal finance resource that focuses on creating a community of people who are able to make financially sound decisions.
“What sort of financially sound decisions?” you may ask.
Well, MoneyCrashers has got you covered on just about everything, depending on what you want to do with your money. Their website is divided into six categories that address separate financial goals.
Looking to make money? They’ve got you covered.
Maybe you’re simply wanting to save money? No problem! In fact, one of our favorite pieces on the whole MoneyCrashers site is their fantastic article providing 19 top tips for cutting back on your monthly budget.
Thinking about dipping your toes in the stock market and wanting to invest money? MoneyCrashers has got a tab for that.
Their small team of passionate experts has a wealth of financial experience between them. Some of their team have worked in hedge funds, others in real estate investment and others in income tax planning. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
This range of experience has led to MoneyCrashers developing an extensive portfolio of articles that can tell you pretty much everything you need to know about making financially sound decisions.
So, no matter what your financial goals are, why not head over to MoneyCrashers and start making the most of your money!
Three Thrifty Guys
Three Thrifty Guys is a blog run by Charlie, Eddie and Aaron, who are… three thrifty guys. Our frugal fellows work in a variety of professions, from IT to teaching, but share a passion for keeping hold of their cash.
What makes their site stand out is the review section. Here, they provide detailed analyses of a variety of products and services, broken down into an easily digestible format. They finish each review with a summary of the pros and cons of each product, and a simple rating out of ten.
We’d recommend reading each article in full, but if you’re looking to compare products in a rush then this section is for you! There’s even a review of a wonderful sounding cell phone provider called Ting.
The Frugal Girl
Last but not least comes another aptly named blogger, The Frugal Girl. Kristen, who runs the site, is a mother of four and has been blogging for 10 years. On top of being a mindful spender, she describes herself as “a friendly introvert” and a DIY-er, as well as being camera-happy.
It is the latter of these qualities that make her blog so great. Not only does Kristen’s conversational writing style make for easy reading, but her articles are littered with pictures allowing you to feel genuinely connected to Kristen and her stories.
Kristen updates her blog very regularly, sometimes as often as 6 times a week! She covers a vast range of topics, from DIY projects to recipes (I hear the yogurt is amazing). Our favorite topic though is her Contentment category. Here, Kristen offers tips on how to make the most of what you have, and how to be grateful for it. When you’re focusing on money, it can be all too easy to lose sight of what’s important in life. Kristen does a wonderful job of reminding her readers that contentment is often just around the corner.
Why Frugal Folks love Ting
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