The Simple Dollar: Practical Sites for Artistic Tightwads

I’m always lived frugally, cutting costs wherever I could. Most of us do this. However, with the recent layoff I’ve been forced to tighten up spending even further. No more sandwiches at the bar. No $15+ shows. No needless spending at Target. Easily doable. I’ll admit that over the past two weeks I’ve got a sadistic pleasure in seeing just how little money I can survive on. For instance, last week, Thursday’s dinner cost 81 cents. Thank you, Harris Teeter and your “Please Buy This Now Or We’re Tossing It” rack for the bag of bananas.

I bring up my financial situation only to introduce an invaluable blog for other dollar stretchers. The Simple Dollar has been in my blog reader for a few years now and though it’s not my first read of the morning I always find something to take away from it. In a nut shell, The Simple Dollar is for anyone seeking some direction in getting out of debt, saving some dollars every month or taking practical steps in accomplishing personal goals. The author, Trent Hamm, shares his story on how we dug himself out of “Financial Armageddon”, realigned his priorities and began to save for the things that mattered most. Along the way, he taught us how to make our own batch of laundry detergent.

Other resources I use:

Grocery Freak, a one-stop shop for weekly coupons.

Joseph Sangl. I attended one of his free workshops on budgeting, and that night I downloaded some of his spreadsheets and got to work planning out my week-to-week expenses and establishing something akin to a savings plan. After looking over my final numbers, I slept a little easier knowing that I wasn’t living in the red. I kicked myself for not planning sooner. As far as Joe’s site, I don’t think it’s a pay service, but if it is, just fire up a spreadsheet or a Google document and DIY.


  1. Always nice recommendations. I always like a few of the hacker sites out there for how to transform stuff on the cheap w/o having to pay for the top dollar brand name. Like furniture, food, etc. Lots of the recycling stuff you own to make stuff you want stuff. I also keep an eye for anything that I have to get on things like Sooner or later it comes across. Saves me a ton on my tech needs.

    PS, your thesimpledollar link is missing a .com 🙂

  2. doh! Thanks, Graham, for the heads-up on the broken link and the dealnews site. Hadn’t heard of it, but it looks legit. Appreciate the recommendation.


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