Festival of Frugality #278 – Military Money Edition

The Festival of Frugality is a weekly roundup of financial articles designed to help readers learn how to save money and more importantly, be better stewards of what we have been blessed with. That means more than just saving money with coupons or finding good deals. It also means being frugal – reusing things, recycling, and being creative with what we have – or being creative finding alternatives to what we want. It can also mean spending consciously on the things you like and finding ways to cut back in other areas so you can enjoy the life you want to enjoy without the constraints of a limited budget getting in the way.

The following articles were hand selected out of over 60 entries. These articles are varied in nature and represent a variety of opinions, stories, testimonies, and examples of how you can better use the resources at your disposal to live the life you want to live. I hope you enjoy them.

Saving Money on Banking:

Saving Money on Entertainment:

Saving Money on Food

Saving Money on Housing:

Saving Money on Living Expenses

Saving Money on Shopping

  • Neal Frankle presents What is Groupon and Why It?s Evil posted at Wealth Pilgrim: Money Management Advice, Financial Stess Management, Addiction Recovery Plan & Resources, saying, “You’ve probably heard about Groupon and how it’s the best thing since sliced bread. I don’t like it because it’s going to result in lots of people struggling with how to get out of credit card debt (you’ll see why in a moment).”
  • Melissa Batai presents My Experiment: Is It Worth the Gas to Shop Multiple Grocery Stores? posted at Mom’s Plans, saying, “My husband complains that I am probably losing the savings from grocery shopping at two stores because of the high cost of gas. So, this week, when I went shopping, I priced out items at both stores and the amount of gas the trips took. Here is what I found:”
  • Money Beagle presents Cut ALL Your Coupons With Scissors posted at Money Beagle, saying, “We all want to be frugal, but make sure you’re not hurting your store (and yourself in the long run) by going overboard with coupon clipping. Keep it simple and don’t ruin it for the rest of us!”
  • Fanny presents 4 Extreme Couponer Blogs to Follow posted at Living Richly on a Budget.

That concludes this edition. If you want to participate in next week’s Festival of Frugality you can submit your entry with this submission form, courtesy of Tom at the Canadian Finance Blog. (BlogCarnival.com has been inconsistent over the previous few weeks).

Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.

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Date published: May 3, 2011. Last updated: April 4, 2012.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years in the USAF and also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google


  1. Thanks for hosting and for including my submission!

  2. Ryan,
    Great carnival! Thanks for hosting and including my submission.

  3. Thanks so much for hosting and including my post!

  4. Thank you for putting so much time into the project — and also for choosing something I wrote.