Reading frugality blogs is great for developing overall strategies in living a frugal lifestyle. And I highly encourage you to keep reading. There are times, however, when you’re searching for a deal on a particular item, or you want to find out how to make homemade cleaning products. At those times, it’s often easier to find what you’re looking for on a forum.
Here are a few of my favorite Frugality Forums. They each serve a slightly different purpose, and I hope you find them as useful as I do.
1. Fishing For Deals. These ladies know how to find a great deal! If you want to shop smart, go here for sure! My favorite forum sections are Catch of the Day (for current online deals), Surf the Turf (for deals in brick and mortar stores), and Fishing for a Deal? (where you can ask the fishies if they know of any deals on something you’re looking to buy). You can’t see most of the forums until you register, but registration is well worth it. There’s a lot of good information to be found, and the ladies are really nice.
2. Teri’s Message Board. This board is aimed at users of The Grocery Game, but you do not have to be a Grocery Game member to register for the board. Everything you want to know about effective couponing can be found here. There are tips on finding coupons, organizing your coupons, making room for your stockpile…if your question has to do with couponing, more than likely you can find the answer here. There are tips for international couponing, too, so don’t feel that you have to live in the U.S. to benefit from this forum.
3. The Stretcher Forums. These people know how to stretch a dollar. If you want or need to stretch your paycheck as far as it can possibly go, this is the place for you. There are sections for cooking, shopping, homeschooling, self sufficient living, and many more. The people are really friendly and encourage you to jump right in. I’ve even recognized the name of a fellow blogger or two over there.
4. Living Like No One Else. Love Dave Ramsey? Then you’ll love these forums! Though they’re not formally associated with Dave Ramsey’s website, the members follow Ramsey’s principles for getting and staying out of debt. There are forum sections for each of the baby steps, as well as sections for home based businesses, budgeting, book reviews, frugal living, and more. If you need encouragement to stay on track with your budget, I encourage you to check these forums out.
5. Simple Living Discussion Forums. As the name suggests, this forum is geared toward voluntary simplicity. But even if you’re not completely sold on the minimalist lifestyle, there is a lot of good information here. Sections on the environment, housing, making a difference, transportation, and many more are sure to provide hours of reading for you. I’ve only recently discovered these forums, so I can’t give you the nitty gritty, but I will be hanging out there a lot in the near future. I can already tell there is a lot of good information to be gleaned from this site.
So there you have it. Five message boards dedicated to frugal living in one way or another. I hope you find one that you enjoy. And if you have another frugal living forum that you like, feel free to leave a comment! Or leave a comment telling me what you think of one of the forums I’ve already mentioned.
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