Frugal Friday 1/30

Ah, Friday again. Instead of coming up with my own content, today I pass along the very best of the many frugality tips from the past week or so in the blogosphere.

Free Money Finance has a follow-up on their controversial post from last week, Can You Pay for a Costco Membership by Eating Free Samples? This one has tips on maximizing the free samples you get on each visit. Oddly, the author says that he “debated whether or not to publish this post or not.” Apparently, he worries that “it’s a bit over-the-line” because, according to him, “there should be a limit to what we’re willing to do to save money.” I guess it takes all kinds.

And as if the frugal world needed more controversy, Living Almost Large asks if it is more frugal to take home half your restaurant meal to eat the next day, or to split that meal between two people at the restaurant. I’m not sure that this sort of debate can ever have a resolution, but it is important to provide a forum for a free and open discussion of these issues.

There is an insightful post on How I Save Money. It is #8 in a series on ways to save money on your wedding. I haven’t read the others, but this one suggests not feeding your guests so much food. The author makes clear that although she has no plans to get married, she does read bridal magazines, looking for ways to save money on a wedding. And that is not weird at all.

The group blog Queercents (The subtitle really is “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going shopping without coupons.” I could never make that up.) has a post on making homemade deodorant. The results are mixed, and at $6 a stick not really a money saver, but it is more than worthwhile because of the stereotypes it shatters. I thought gay people were much more particular about personal grooming.

Real Life gives a whole list of ways to save money on groceries. The one that you haven’t seen before is to save money on beef by getting together with a few other families and buying a whole cow from a farmer. Another list of tips comes from Debt Reduction Formula. He suggests saving on toiletries by shaving only once a week and ceasing to clean your ears altogether.

But this week’s winner for the best new way to save money is from Money and Values, which provides a link where you can download a printer font that is designed to use up to 20% less ink. I am such an idiot for not thinking of this myself. But why stop there? The truly frugal could save money by using shorter words. Also, why not avoid letters with big “ink footprints” such as w, e, and k, and favor eco-friendly ones like i, c, and l?

And in these times of economic and ecological stress, I think we should all do our bit by saving ink that otherwise would have gone to non-essential printing. In the UK, Birmingham City Council has voted to drop apostrophes from traffic signs. Even that small step, supported by a grassroots anti-apostrophe movement, was bitterly opposed by pro-ink pressure groups such as The Apostrophe Protection Society. Of course, in a nation where they spell color as “colour” change will come slowly. Here at home, with the new beginning of hope and change in Washington, isn’t it time that our nation’s leaders stepped up and endorsed spelling simplification and the widespread adoption of texting abbreviations in standard written English?

b/c if u cn rd ths, u cn sav $. ;)

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