Frugal Friday Special Sunday Edition

There was just so much exciting frugal material in July that it took me an extra two days to sort through it all.

Christmas Tree Many of the posts in the best frugal blogs are seasonal, so it should be no surprise that July brought a wave of excellent tips on Christmas shopping. (For example, here, here, here, here, and here.) Being Frugal (the fourth link) suggested getting your family photo taken now when studios are not so busy. I think that’s better than paying more in November, but if you were really being frugal you’d just use the same picture every year.

Speaking of Being Frugal, its author has decided to go on a "change fast" for August. The plan is to not spend coins received in change and to save them instead. How could that not increase wealth? My plan is to visit the ATM every morning, withdraw $100, not spend it during the day, and deposit it back in the bank each evening. By the end of the month I will be rich.

Automatic Finances shared a tip on How to Save 70% Off Your Next Car’s MSRP. You wait until it is ten years old and then buy it. I think that getting the dealer to set it aside for you would be the hard part.

Funny About Money had a very unfunny assault on growing your own vegetables, basically insinuating that toiling your own tiny patch of land might not be cost-effective relative to buying produce grown on large scale and efficient farms run by professionals. That’s just ridiculous. It’s like saying I shouldn’t make my own paper.

Another example of homemade stuff that must be frugal is sunscreen. This set of posts tells you all you need to know to make it yourself with ordinary household items, such as micronized titanium dioxide. Don’t forget to wear your safety mask and gloves when mixing.

If you’re trying to find cheap summer date ideas, Bargaineering listed ten of them for you. First on the list are Renaissance faires, and the post is illustrated by a photo of a couple at a faire whose budgets are obviously unthreatened by excessive dating costs.

The Clever Dude shared a quick tip last month about CFL bulbs. To really save money, you still have to turn them off each time you leave the room. Good to know.

And finally, many of us have been frustrated by the many offers of free tampons we see all around. Sure, this is a great frugal benefit for pre-menopausal women, but what about the majority of us that cannot use tampons as intended by the manufacturer? Finally, Drugstore Divas rides to the rescue with a list and links to other uses for tampons. All are from the blog TamponCrafts, which I am 100% totally sure is not meant as a joke. My favorite is the seasonally appropriate tampon Chanukah Menorah.

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