Welcome to the latest edition of the Festival of Frugality. For those of you who are new to the festival, it's simply a sampling of some of the best money saving articles from top personal finance bloggers over the past week.
As is my "new" custom, I'm including the title of the post as well as a summary of the piece from the site itself or from the author's note to me. My thinking behind this is that there's no one better equipped to tell you what the post is about than the author. That said, here we go:
Summary: "Everyone knows that cooking your own food is much cheaper than eating out or even buying prepared food but sometimes it’s hard to sit down and plan your meals a week in advance. Planning meals will reduce the amount of food you end up throwing away, which in most households is 14% of their food, up from 7% twenty years ago."
Summary: Flexo's spending on food doesn't make him happy. Here are some steps he may take in 2006 to rein in his spending in this category.
Summary: Early Riser explains how to make some easy and almost risk-free money through your employer's stock purchase plan.
Summary: "Ways to save energy with your fridge."
Summary: "A frugal tip for a decidedly non-frugal vacation...Disney World!"
Summary: "Last Saturday I went snowshoeing in the Cascade Mountains an hour outside of Seattle. After an initial investment in gear (backpack, hiking boots, etc.) it is a very affordable pastime."
Summary: "Yep, Wenchypoo and Wenchmaster skip the holiday hullabaloo altogether and here’s why."
Summary: "Before visiting your local video rental store, you might want to consider making a stop at your local library since the selection at the library is continually growing."
Summary: "Another free source of information, this time for entrepreneurs. Hundreds of free sample business plans with supplementary materials."
Summary: "When things don't go correctly or you're not satisfied with something it pays to complain."
Summary: "Make it do, wear it out, use it up, or do without..."
Summary: "Discussion of a recent CNN/Money story on saving money on groceries."
Tour of Free Money Finance
I don't have an entry this week -- I'm just basking in the glow of all these other great posts. However, if you'd like to know more about Free Money Finance, you can take a mini-tour, check out my "Best" series posts to see what this blog is about, or see the top posts from a recent week.
Thanks for dropping in to this week's carnival!