Festival of Frugality #213: Long-Term Planning Edition

untended fieldWelcome to the 213th Edition of the Festival of Frugality. The Festival is a weekly listing of frugal posts from around the internet. For more information about hosting or submitting a post, see the website.

Thank you for visiting CookingManager.Com.  I share tips and recipes for home chefs who want to save time and money in the kitchen, using fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch. I especially like to save  on water, gas and electricity so be sure to check out my series on appliances. I post recipes every Wednesday. You can get new posts by email or RSS reader, or join my Facebook fan page.

The picture is from a foraging expedition I did the other day with my kids.

As someone who likes to cook efficiently, I know you need a plan. At the start of a new year many frugal bloggers are making plans, for the short and the long term.

Personal Finance

DR presents 5 Financial Goals for Baby Boomers posted at The Dough Roller.

Wealth Pilgrim presents How You Should Be Planning Your Retirement? For Singles posted at Wealth Pilgrim: Money Management Advice, Financial Stress Management, & Resources.

With common-sense tips on saving for a rainy day, Sun presents Create Your Own Financial Safety Net posted at The Sun’s Financial Diary.

PT presents Are You Spending Less This Year? posted at PT Money.

Craig Ford presents Should You File Taxes Using Tax Software or Hire a Tax Specialist? posted at Money Help For Christians. I like his idea for starting off by using a specialist and teaching yourself at the same time.

Twenty million Americans do it. But Don’t Pay to File the 1040-EZ, posted by jim at Bargaineering.

Peter asks Is There A “Good Reason” To Get Into Debt? posted at Bible Money Matters.

Joe Plemon has a slightly different take on this question, with Is There Such a Thing as Good Debt? posted at Personal Finance By The Book.

Household Tips and Crafts

People who like to cook can overdo it. Erin aka Conscious Shopper presents The K.I.S.S. Method for Saving Time in the Kitchen posted at The Conscious Shopper.

Paula Wethington presents Outfitting Your Frugal Kitchen posted at Monroe on a Budget.

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents Save Money By Making Your Own Household Cleaners posted at Canadian Finance Blog.

Consumer Tips

MDP presents Score Free Stuff on Your Birthday posted at My Dollar Plan.

The Smarter Wallet presents Kids Eat Free Restaurants Offer Great Family Deals posted at The Smarter Wallet.

Daniel Packer presents The Pinnacle of Frugality posted at You Have More Than You Think.

Water conservation is a subject close to my heart. Rob presents Convert Any Toilet Into A Dual-Flush Water Saving Machine posted at Energy Saving Gadgets.

Jeff Rose presents Six Tips for Lowering Cost of Your Auto Insurance Premiums posted at Jeff Rose.

More Tips to Spend Less

jim presents Free Directory Assistance posted at Wanderlust Journey.

In honor of new year’s resolutions,Lynnae presents How to Lose Weight Without Spending a Lot of Money posted at Being Frugal.net.

FMF presents a roundup of links on  Where You Live Has a Big Impact on Your Finances posted at Free Money Finance.

Paul Williams presents Make a Will for Free posted at Provident Planning.

That’s all for this week’s edition. To view previous editions, host or submit, visit Festival of Frugality.


  1. What a comprehensive list of links. I’d need to print or bookmark it and keep it for when I have a lot of time. Thanks a lot.

  2. Thanks for hosting and including my post!!

  3. Thanks for inlcuding me. 🙂


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