Here is a list of money saving websites … for you, as well as a reminder for me … how I can implement frugal living in the New Year and grow my savings account! I added a list to almost every website on nice big list on ways to save money.
Top 10 Money Saving Websites to Help You Get Debt Free in the New Year
The last two and a half years has been eventful, to say the least. It’s amazing how your life can change in only one year, never mind in two. And, with the ushering in of 2017, we come to our New Year’s resolutions.
It seems like I add “saving money” to my list every single year. I mean, I like money. I always need more of it. Money is partially the reason that I went back to school. You see, there are two ways to saving more money. The first way is to cut out your expenses. The second way is to earn more money. Going back to school will help with the second way – upon graduation, I will be able to earn more.
But … this post is about the first way, to cut your expenses.
I have, again, added “saving money” to my New Year’s resolution. I know this year, I can try to squeeze out a little bit more than last year. This is even with an added job. After all, I did better this year than I did last year. My biggest savings this year came in the way of brown paper bagging it for lunch. My husband and I both learned to take lunches to work/school. At least partially.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I always find others to be an inspiration for me. To help me save more money, I plan to visit these web sites often.
So here is a list of the Top 10 Money Saving Websites that I visit on How to Save Money:
(Please note: This blog post contains affiliate links, which help support my web site.)
- The Simple Dollar
I really like this website because, well, it’s simple. Simple format, minimal ads, good writing, practical advice. Trent is also down-to-earth, so you won’t find any band-wagon jumping posts. (Remember the oil cleansing craze? Washing your hair with baking soda? Both very bad ideas.) You might want to start off with 100 Ways to Save Money.
- The Art of Manliness
“The manliness of frugality cannot be overstated.” Despite the name, this site is written by husband and wife team Brett and Kate. Many posts have an underlying stereotypical “manly” tone. For instance, his first piece of advice is to change your own oil in the article 80 Ways to be Frugal and Save Money. (I actually disagree with this advice, as I have found that using a coupon at several name-brand oil places can be just as frugal as changing one’s own oil … especially if you factor in the cost of ruined clothing. However, it is also sound advice.)
Written by Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods, who dream of owning a house in the woods. This couple just celebrated a child, so some of their older posts about baby-free advice. They seem down-to-earth, caring, and compassionate, which are important qualities to me. Read How a Year of Extreme Frugality Changed Us.
- Zen Habits
The name initially attracted me, although I’m not quite sure if he’s a Buddhist. Leo can be a bit of an extremist, e.g. a self-named cheapskate and minimalist, but sometimes the best way to learn how to manage your money is from a cheapskate. Read The Cheapskate Guide: 50 Tips for Frugal Living.
- Wellness Mama
I like this website because it’s all about healthy living, with a side of frugal. Katie can be a bit of an extremist (such as the oil cleansing method, above), but I like most of her advice for pairing down my kitchen and house to more simple ingredients, growing my own vegetables, and all around eating healthier. Check out her 10 Ways to Eat Healthier on a Budget article.
- Redesign My Existence
Another simple, frugal web site. One thing that I like about Keith is that he knows How To Be Frugal Without Being Cheap. Sometimes, I think that people can be obsessed with saving money just the same way that others can be obsessed with spending money. It’s about balance.
- Melissa Knorris
Melissa is a homesteader. I live in the middle of Amish country, where the farmer’s markets are speckled with white caps and fresh vegetables. Something about homesteading really appeals to me, although I don’t think that I will ever go that far. (My husband has an aversion to farm animals. And, really, I don’t like the smell.) Read 16 Ways to Save Money & Live Frugally, advice from her great grandmother.
- Frugal and Thriving
Speaking about great grandmothers, how about our ancestors who grew up in the Depression Era? I remember watching the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl movie. Ever since then, I wanted to make my own dress out of a potato sack and raise chickens for free eggs. (But, remember, I hate the smell …) At any rate, read Melissa’s advice about 47 Tips from our Grandparents’ Era.
- The Parsimonious Princess
This site is a relative newbie on my list, although I don’t think it’s a new site. I like reading her practical advice. Too many times, the advice I read is just not realistic. Try 100 Painless Ways to Save Money.
Of the list, Wisebread is a “commercial” web site, written by a variety of people. Take that to mean you will be spammed by ads and all sorts of affiliate-ladened blog posts. However, because many people contribute to this site, you can find lots of different advice in one spot. I like some of Max Wong’s advice. They even published a money saving book: 10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget.
If you’d like some books to inspire you to save more money and be more frugal … then check out Thomas Stanley’s book series. (Please note: he has since passed away.) Stop Acting Rich: …And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire, The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, and The Millionaire Mind. These books definitely have a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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What are some of your New Year’s resolutions?