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#FrugalReads – December 17th, 2013

December is always a cheerful month because of the holidays. However, even with all the lights, snowmen (depending on where you live), and the vacation days off work, it can also be a time of pressure, worry, and stress. I think the truth is most of us feel the some sort of strain, whether it comes from our wallets, free time, our brain power, or somewhere deep in our hearts for any number of reasons.

Here at All the Frugal Ladies, you know we try to cover a range of topics regarding the overall frugal lifestyle and we’re always on the look-out for timely news and advice pieces.

Our Holiday Season Round-Up of Frugal Lifestyle Articles

Here are 5 posts that really stood out to us these past few weeks as the holiday season kicks into full-gear:

3 Step Method to Saving Money Online This Holiday Season from The Family CEO – We really enjoyed this article that gives a solid list of coupon, rewards, and money-saving websites for being more cost-efficient shoppers. Julie walks us through great online options and also gives us her own personal perspective, telling us where she has had great success and giving us small tips here and there to help us along the way.

Coping With the Worry of Debt from Money Rebound – A great read and reminder of how we can resolve debt problems. Their biggest advice is to stay balanced – both in terms of your spending and budget, but also in the allocation of your time. One of the best things about Christmas time and the upcoming new year is that it reminds us to be more appreciative of what we have. It’s also a time for giving ourselves second chances at budget management and taking the right steps for the fresh new year.

How to Avoid Shopping for Yourself During the Holidays from See Debt Run – (We promised you a humorous post to lighten up the mood). A fun, light, and quick read to give you a smile and chuckle as you try and come up with your own ‘prevention plan.’ However, when they tell us that “Americans will dish out an estimated $586.1 billion dollars in November and December alone,” you might stop laughing and think more seriously on how you can be more watchful of your cash flow.

5 Ways to “Get” Money This Holiday Season from Young Adult Money – A helpful and clear list on how we can save money when it comes to the shopping and gift-giving. Getting email-notifications from retail stores was one of Victoria’s tips and it was impressive to hear how she has personally saved hundreds of dollars this way.

Year-End Review: 2103’s Love List from Frugal Portland – Like All the Frugal Ladies, Kathleen is not just a frugal writer, but injects lifestyle pieces and her own personal experiences along the way. We are in awe of people like Kathleen who have the discipline to be able to write such a wonderfully comprehensive Year-End Review. We recommend reading this article for pure inspiration. She lists out over 20 goals she had last year and reflects on her accomplishments and experiences. She’ll also get you curious about her saving strategies, (e.g., How on earth did she increase her net worth by 50%?!)

About Jessica J.

A native New Yorker, Jessica left behind the Big Apple almost 4 years ago to pursue new adventures around the world. Powered by caffeine and a relentless curiosity, she has now settled in Tel Aviv Jaffa with her husband, American cat, and a new appreciation for budget management.

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  • Hey thanks for the link!

    • Jessica J.

      Our pleasure! Your list of accomplishments this year are really commendable!

  • Adam @ Money Rebound

    Thanks for the include Jess, really appreciate being mentioned in such good company!

    • Jessica J.

      But, of course Adam! MR always provides great articles to get our heads straight around finances!

  • Carla WorkingMommyJournal

    I like the how to avoid shopping for yourself post! So easy to do and awful in the long run – thanks for sharing these posts

    • Jessica J.

      Yep! We also enjoyed that one!

  • WoodArtsUniverse

    wonderful tips!! Thanks for sharing

  • Kim- Wandering Walters

    Great post! Around the holidays we all need all the help we can get!

  • candy

    we need this so much. thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you so much – honestly we have hardly a two pennies to rub together this year so all tips are very much welcome. x

    • Jessica J.

      Wish you all the best, Sarah. It’s not an easy road, especially around the holidays. Just stay the course and don’t lose yourself in the process!

  • A Plus VA Services

    Great articles and perfect for this time of year.

  • Elizabeth

    Very timely. It can be so hard to stick to a budget, but honestly, it makes the new year suck so much less.

    • Jessica J.


  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Sticking to a budget around the holidays is HARD. It is one of my New Years resolutions!

  • Thanks for including Victoria’s post! Appreciate it.

    • Jessica J.

      Our pleasure 🙂

  • Thanks for the great tips,Holidays will do it to you

  • Jennifer Brown

    It’s always good to remember key ways to stay sane during the holidays – thanks for the tips

  • Liisi Carr

    Great tips! These are really good topics, I’ll have to come back and read more. Thanks

  • Craft Dictator

    These are great tips! I’m awful at spending way too much around the holidays! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jennifer Williams

    We rarely shop this time of year because the prices are always higher. I go shopping after the holidays for next year. Our kids do not care if they have the latest and greatest, just that they get something.

    • Jessica J.

      Great point, Jennifer! It’s best if people are able to do their shopping earlier ….

  • Maria

    Great tips!! I definitely need to read a few of those!

  • Jayne Townsley

    I have really gone minimalist this year. Two outfits (on clearance and I’m a 50% or 70% clearance shopper) and two toys. Little ones had a budget of $50 and older ones had a budget of ::::gasp::: $20. A couple of things were wins from giveaways.

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    I need to take a good look at the round-up of money saving sites as I’m pretty sure there have been better ones introduced since I started using them. I need to be using the best!

  • Katherine Bartlett

    Great ideas on saving money! Bookmarking this!

  • Jessica Hehir

    Great tips! Thanks for the reminders this time of year. We try our best to stay on budget but it’s hard when deadlines loom.

  • Still DatingMySpouse

    Love the tips….We all need reminders to stay on budget & don’t overly splurge this time of year.

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    This is a great round up. I am always looking for ways to save, specially around the holidays!