This morning I have the honor of hosting the 119th edition of the Festival of Frugality! I’d like to lead off with an announcement: I gave my notice yesterday. As of April 12th, I will be a full-time blogger. After months of deliberation, I have decided to take Consumerism Commentary to the next level, and that can only be done without distractions such as my soon-to-be-former day job.
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If you can rent rather than buy, do it. Silicon Valley Blogger presents Rent Instead Of Buy, And I Mean Anything! posted at The Digerati Life. “Let’s take a tour of my virtual warehouse and check out the rental market for some of its items shall we? Not all lease ideas are money savers, but all exist to serve the purpose of filling a demand.”
Sharon Harvey Rosenberg from The Frugal Duchess presents Sell the Coach Bag? What I’m Willing To Give Up for Financial Security. If faced with a financial hardship, how far are you willing to go to sell off your assets? Here’s Sharon’s answer.
In Lovely Leftovers, P. Sycamore from She Laughs at the Days to Come writes, “Whether your leftovers come from the fridge, the freezer or the restaurant, the most important thing to remember about leftovers is that they’re like money… if you lose track of them, it costs you.”
Sarah from 20saver presents The beginnings of a frugal wedding. “Because we reused unwanted diamonds instead of purchasing a premade engagement ring, Jake paid considerably less for my ring than its actual value.”
Aryn from Sound Money Matters wonders: Is A Frugal Lifestyle Always Environmentally Friendly? No, but frugality isn’t about always going with the least expensive option.
Penny Nickel offers 10 ways you can use less artificial light — lower emissions and your energy bill! posted at Money and Values. Thanks for letting us know about Earth Hour.
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Matt presents >Car Maintenance: Spending to Save posted at One Million and beyond.
FMF presents Financial Details on My Trip to Disney posted at Free Money Finance. A Disney vacation can be frugal.
Does anyone other than me remember Jeff Smith from The Fugal Gourmet? Squawkfox makes Jeff Smith look like a big spender. Read the Top Five Frugalicious Breakfasts (A Visual Guide) posted at Squawkfox.
GP presents activities and frugal food ideas in Present Simplicity posted at Innstyle Montana- Come on Inn.
The Happy Rock writes about a recent sad item in the news. Frugality Gone Wild : Home Contents Stolen In A Craigslist Hoax. This is incredibly unfortunate, and I hope the true owners are made right.
Jeremy Zongker from Destroy Debt offers 90 Low Cost or No Cost Activities to Entertain Your Kids All Summer Long. You can’t go wrong with a Rubik’s Cube.
At Health Freedom Coaching, Ellen Landauer presents Dandelion: Herbal Liver Cleanse, Better Digestion, and More! Who knew eating dandelion could be healthy.
Megan directs her anger in No really, you don’t need a sign to tell me it’s more expensive posted at A Dollar a Day. “My plan is to continue with my same grocery budget and to just try to make smart choices in what I buy, watch for price drops, and stay away from convenience foods as much as possible.”
Is this akin to stealing? How far does frugality go? Prime Time Money shows us a way to Rent DVD Movies for $1 with The New Release and Redbox.
Deborah Barone compares herself with her spendthrift coworkers in A Quick Lunch Price Comparison, posted at Pennies To Nickels.
LJ from Mommy Gets PAID submits Saving Money on Organic Groceries.
Shanti presents How To Embrace Your Hobbies Without Breaking the Bank posted at Antishay Ventenne.
paidtwice from I’ve Paid For This Twice Already… wonders, Do You Save More With Your Automated Savings Plan?
From the “reusable” department, Madoline Hatter presents Thinking inside the box: Some Uses for Cardboard Cartons posted at Our Fourpence Worth.
Kyle James presents A Few Ways To Shop Smart posted at Rather-Be-Shopping.com, and says, “Whenever you are making a major purchase from stores like Best Buy, Circuit City, Home Depot, Lowes, and the like, you have power to negotiate.”
Going to find bargains at the outlets? Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Going Outlet Shopping.
Vh from Funny about Money got a good deal on shoes while she was On the Loose in Runamok Mall!
Kira Kowalski considers the value of a particular purchase in dot Mac discount $59.88 – maybe I?m not ?too cheap? posted at PF Under 30.
Investing Man offers 10 Tips On How To Negotiate, focused on getting bargains, posted at Wealth Building Lessons.
MoneyKing from The Money Kings is disappointed with your premium spending. You Need To Give Your Love Affair With Dining Out A Rest.
Elliott Russell presents Frugal Tips: Gift Shop posted at ElliottRussell.ca.
BeThisWay presents Saving by Delusion posted at Are You Going To Be This Way The Rest of The Time I Know You?.
Stephanie from Stop the Ride! presents a guest post about spending for a large family: Feeding the Multitude (clothing them and entertaining them too).
Michelle Dawn presents 10 Ways to Save When Your Child is Hospitalized posted at Frugal Parenting.
Bryce presents Thousands of E-books for Free posted at Save and Conquer with a link to Project Gutenberg. Also on the topic of free books, Zork Brauk presents Read Books for Free at the Library posted at It’s the Recession, Stupid!.
What’s more frugal than free? FIRE Finance presents FREE Land & Handsome Living Allowances!.
Raymond presents How To Repair Your Old Car With Used Junkyard Parts posted at Money Blue Book.
Lisa Spinelli presents Seventeen Best Links to (Really) Free Stuff | Greener Pastures: Personal Finance posted at Greener Pastures.
Joe D presents Make Less, Save More posted at Know The Ledge.
Oh. Happy April Fool’s Day, by the way.
Updated June 20, 2014 and originally published April 1, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.