Living the Frugal Life or Memoirs of a Dumpster Diver
( OR LIVING ABUNDANTLY ON A VERY LOW INCOME) by soulight
LOW INCOME LIVING
GARAGE SALE SHOPPING
THRIFT STORE SHOPPING
FREE ASSISTANCE FOR LOW INCOME CHALLENGES
FREE and BARGAIN
STUFF OF ALL KINDS :
Any other free , low cost or
great deals to share !
This site has suggestions about how to live with a very low income. We may not have much money but we can still live a life of abundance !
Why not start with the best stuff . My favorite : FREE ! ! !
THIS SOURCE HAS HELPED SO MANY PEOPLE I AM PUTTING IT AT THE TOP !
The Freecycle Network™
is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns.Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people).Membership is free.
To sign up, find your community by clicking on the region on the left. You may then go directly to your local group by clicking on "Go To" or you may immediately joining by clicking on "Join." It will generate an automatic e-mail which, when sent, will sign you up for the local group and send you a response with instructions on how it works.
Here is another site similar to Freecycle , but more global . It is nice , but I like the local part of Freecycle.
This is another free stuff to share site.
Help the Environment and your Neighbors!
This is a cool site that has links to other groups in the 'freesharing' movement . And I thought Freecycle was the only one ! There are many more .
Another similar site . This site is about altruism (Altruistic: adj : showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others)
Here is a free story . It is about a market in Ecuador. Enjoy !
More free stories can be found on the Help Others site. On this site there is much abundance , not a wealth of money , but a wealth of kindness and love shown to others.These stories are priceless.
Make sure you read these carefully . Some have requirements ,such as a disability , or being a teen for getting free stuff. Most are for everybody though.
Places where I regularly get free samples with no strings attached (no postage or handling and no buying requirements)
Free TOP BEAUTY STUFF -read the real expensive stuff - This is for fun more than for getting stuff for free. You have until noon on the day they offer it to sign up .Did you know that some top dermatologists say to use solid vegetable shortening(such as Crisco) for a good all-around moisture cream?
TWISTED BRANCHES This site often has freebies that are not listed on the other freebie sites that I use . I am not sure what their name means , but they have great freebies !
Would you like to get your kids clothing free ? How about CD's ? You can get both for free and tons more . Here is more information about how to do it !
At Kizoodle, the free site for parents, you can swap nationwide, hookup with other parents in your area, share family photos and ideas, and make great new friends.
Free printable' s sites are easy to find. This one is special ! In addition to thousands of free printable' s , they will notify you when they add new ones !
My daughter and I have what many frugal people call "dumpster dived" This is not for the weak at heart or muscle !
Also , be smart and don't touch really bad looking stuff. Most of the things we got were left next to the dumpster.
Here is a page about how to dumpster dive and do it in a clean and safe way !
This site used to be called " Hillbilly Housewife" and it is now called "Frugal Abundance" . Here is the link . It is about being frugal , living a healthy life , and having Faith. A great site !
The "old" site :
The Thrifty Fun site has very creative ideas as well as some infomation about living the low income life that I have not found on other frugal living sites.
This site has great advice and information . Scam alerts , saving money , spending less on consumer items , freebies , and tons more. There is a also a radio show that has the same theme . The site tells when and how to listen to the show.
Check it out ! CLARK HOWARD
Here is a site that is kind of quirky , but fun !It has tons of information about living on a low or moderate income.You have to do some digging , but that is part of the fun !
BE AWARE OF FONT-SIZE SHOCK WHEN YOU FIRST GO HERE ! : )
Here is the Better Times links page . These links lead you to all sorts of interesting , and some 'radical' ways of saving and living low on the budget scale :
This is a page has an alphabetical listing of TONS ! of topics dealing with saving money !
This is a store with a mission quite like freecycle. It is the Baltimore FreeStore !
It would be so nice if people were to give what they don't need ,and take what they do , without greedy attitudes about always needing the best new version of this or that. There is a small start here.
This site isn't as visually nice as some of the others , but it has great advice and links.
"You can afford to stay home with your children - work fromhome and practice frugal living! " Information on work at home jobs , being a stay at home mom , finances , and frugal living ideas.
This is a back to basics site. Scroll down and look in the left side bar to find topics of interest. Also , they have an active forum that looks like fun !
There are tons of ideas here . It is a LONG list of re-use and recycle tips .
This site has many articles about budgeting and finances . It isn't stuffy though , but very readable. Lot's of frugal tips too.
"Dedicated to Helping Families Live a Better Life,
"Home of the Penny Pincher E-zine and Tightwad TidbitsDaily" A great site with lots of resouces , but be cautious if you follow any links to free offers or deals ,and READ ALL THE FINE PRINT .
Here is a blog that talks about simple and frugal living. This particular page has 100 things that you can make yourself to save money . I am putting my own disclaimer on this list : It is frugal if you have all the equipment or can find it ( freecycle for instance ) for free. It is not frugal on time to make your own stuff , but you do gain satisfaction and sometimes a good workout !
Here is a lady that has an inspiring way of looking at things. Her web site is called COUNTING THE COST. This is her page covering how to be creatively frugal . The listing of topics ranges over a big area of frugal living about almost anything.
This site is called "Mrs. Fixit". It is a how-to and fix it yourself site , and if you go in the right side bar , there is a great page for alternative uses for things .
Here is a site that has tons of frugal tips and ideas . They also review other sites and have many 'sites of the day ' Some sites are about being frugal , and some are on saving money and finances . Others are ideas about where to shop on the net for the cheapest price on goods and services.
Here is a great site for getting debt free by low cost living , and then staying that way !
And here is the list of money saving tips from the debt free living page:
Here is another list of money saving tips :
This is a great blog . It has money saving ideas for saving on all areas of your life . Plus , it is a good "read".
Here is a tip site from the publishers of Readers Digest. There are thousands of great money saving tips !
This site offers free help in repairing your fridge , stove , washer , and other home appliances. They also offer parts , of course. But at fairly reasonable prices ,and their service is much cheaper than calling the repair man !
Here is a site that I have used in the past for finding the cheapest car,phone, and other companies . Look under "Choose a bill to Lower " slightly down on the left.
Another way to save money , especially if you have to buy a big ticket item , is to use a price comparison site. Here is a good one courtesy of my friend Elaine of TSA.
After you find the best price , if you want to save even more , look for a coupon code . This is a series of numbers or letters that you enter at the end of your shopping before you check out (online) . You usually save even more money , or you might get a free gift.Here is more information about coupon codes and how to find the one you want:
This is a site for saving money with shopping as well as TONS of money-saving tips of all kinds !
There are lots of great DIY sites. I wasn't sure whether to put this on this page , or my Re ! page , so it will go on both !
Here is the site description :
"What is Threadbanger?
It is an unfortunate fact that low income people have a higher incidence of cancer. Why ? Lack of good nutrition ? Lack of health care? Stress? Probably all of these plus more. Here are some free publications that we can get to try and help ourselves. It is a start. Health care reform is really what we need !
More ways to live a frugally abundant life page 2 :
I am picky about my hair. Maybe you are too and you are looking for some ways to save money with hair care. Here are at least 23 ideas that will help !
It is Spring and garage sales have started popping up all over the country. Here is a really cool tool to use to find and map out sales in your area of the country. It is called the Yard ( 0r garage or tag sale depending on your area of the country ) Sale Treasure Map
Re ! -( as in re-cycling,re-doing,re-creating etc.) - A site with more celebration of abundance in life !
***THE BAKING SODA PAGE***
A page by Good Housekeeping full of tips for low budget living :
"THE SIMPLE DOLLAR"
"Financial Talk for the Rest of Us "
So many of us are not looking into buying major stocks . We are just trying to live day to day and maybe put some money away for future needs. This site is for us :
"The Simple Dollar is for those of us who need both cents and sense: people fighting debt and bad spending habits while building a financially secure future and still affording a latte or two. Our busy lives are crazy enough without having to compare five hundred mutual funds - we just want simple ways to manage our finances and save a little money."
Health is so important . I speak from personal experience. You never know what you had until you've lost it. Here is a way to get vitamins and supplements for your health and earn points for free stuff ! A win-win !
Here is a cool idea ! Earn points just by searching the net like you usually do , and get gift cards for the points you earn . Nothing hidden here , just use their search engine. I tried the search engine and got results similar to what I get on any other search engine. Nothing to lose ! Just stuff to gain . I love this kind of deal ; )
Cleaning thrift store clothing. Sometimes we find a really nice outfit at a thrift store or a garage sale , but it is stained . Here are some links to pages that tell us how to
clean almost anything:
This site has many tips including how to make your own cleaning solutions :
(The cleaning tips site listed directly above has tons more tips for living a frugal but abundant life Here is the home page link :TIPS DOT NET)
Getting help with paying for utility bills can mean the difference between life and death ; literally. If you have a chronic illness , a small child , if you are a senior .....
There are tons of reasons for this first resource :
Getting a free mobile phone :
The process to qualify for Lifeline Service depends on the State you live in. In general, you may qualify if...
In addition to meeting the guidelines above you will also be required to provide proof of your participation in an assistance program, or proof of your income level.
The info. above is directly from the website . Go here for more information:
NOTE : THIS SERVICE IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN LIMITED AREAS . PLEASE CHECK TO SEE IF IT IS YOUR AREA . THEY ARE ALSO TRYING TO EXPAND TO MORE CITIES/STATES , SO KEEP CHECKING.
Being frugal doesn't mean being cheap . Always get the best that you can . On the other hand , the most expensive products are not always the best. So if you have to buy a big ticket item (if you couldn't get it through freecycle or any other thrifty source ) , make sure you research the best . Here are some places to compare quality and price of all sorts of items :
Walgreens is a store where you can really save if you do your homework. Be aware , though , Walgreens has a policy in their pharmacy that requires the pharmacists to make you wait at least 15 minutes for your meds. It has been proven that people spend about $40.00 while waiting for their meds if it takes this long to fill them.
Anyway , Walgreens does have some great bargains. Their coupons in the Sunday paper insert are usually really good deals. They have a cool rebate program too .
Here is a lady who knows how to maximize savings at Walgreens :
An online store that has great savings is Blair. Every Monday they reduce already reduced items by 10% . Then the items are reduced even more everyday until they are all gone. It is a great way to get a good deal ! And fun to "gamble" on getting the best deal . But don't wait too long if you really want the item . Also look in their 70% and 80% off sections that you can find in the left side bar.I found nice clothes listed for under $3.00 !
Need glasses but you can't afford them ? Think again ! Here is a place where you can get them for $8.00 ! From what I have seen , they go up in price all the way to a whopping( not) $39.00 !
What are salvage stores and is it safe to buy things at a salvage store ?
Following are links to listings of salvage grocery stores. They sell overstocks from major chain stores , dented things , things that are not manufactured anymore and some out of date items. Salvage groceries are safe , except for any baby foods or formulas ( that are out of date ) .These are regulated by the Food Administration . Still , make sure you don't buy cans that are bulging out , any food that has been opened before , and anything that smells or looks wrong.
Prepare to find so many bargains that you might want to rent a truck !
ANOTHER GREAT STATE BY STATE LISTING OF SALVAGE STORES(some of the stores listed are bulk food stores that can have bargains , however it is important to know prices of the same items at other stores for comparison )