Welcome to the Festival of Frugality – My Best Purchases’ Edition! Frugality is about saving money and spending wisely when you have to do it. This is why today’s edition is about the items I bought that have lasted or that help me save money. If you are new to The Financial Blogger, you may want to read some of my (attempted) frugal stories:
I have always been wondering what the difference is between a $200 mattress and a $2000 one. Everywhere I had lived, I was never impressed by the bed I was sleeping in. They all look the same to me and this is why I kept mine for 30 years (no joke!). But, I slept in a different bed in a hotel in Quebec City (Hotel 71… the place to stay if you go to Quebec City!). I simply had a marvellous night (and I am talking about the kind of sleep I had… pervert! 😉 ). This mattress doesn’t have springs. It has different layers of foams and other stuff (inspired by NASA). It is just too much! So I finally caved and coughed up the 2 grand for the mattress. And everyday, I smile when I am about to go to sleep 😀
Baker presents The X-Men Guide To Unlocking Your Financial Mutant Powers posted at Man Vs. Debt.
Super Saver presents Opportunity to Pay Zero Federal Income Tax in 2010 posted at My Wealth Builder.
Kristia presents Use Your Frugal Skills and ‘Adopt’ a Family This Holiday Season posted at Family Balance Sheet.
4 years ago, I went on a crazy shopping spree during Boxing Day to find my TV. I had a 20” TV for 8 years and was looking for a change. I don’t watch too much TV but I watch a movie here and there since it is harder to get out to the cinema with 2 young children at home. Then again, plasma TVs were definitely not cheap 4 years ago. However, even today; every time I light it up, my TV holds up and I continue to appreciate the size and the quality of the picture.
FMF presents Mindless Spending: Frequency Matters More Than Height posted at Free Money Finance.
Andy presents Weekly Wrap – Cheaper Online Stock Trading and My New Costco-Amex Card posted at Saving to Inve$t.
Peter presents 2 Compelling Reasons To Buy The Most Expensive House In Your Neighborhood posted at Bible Money Matters.
For once, I didn’t have to pay a fortune to get something solid! When I started The Financial Blogger 3 years ago (3rd birthday is approaching, make sure to come back for the giveaways!), I decided to buy a brand new laptop to be able to write in the bus. Well 3 years later, I am still with the very same laptop and I just love it! It’s a Toshiba Satellite (the cheap one) and it is very solid! (Trust me, I am not the perfect gentleman when it comes to handling these things 😉 ). This little square piece of plastic has become my new best friend!
Joe Plemon presents 6 Steps on How to Prosper by Celebrating Your Marital Differences posted at Personal Finance By The Book.
Silicon Valley Blogger presents ING Direct Review: Electric Orange, Business Savings Accounts posted at The Digerati Life.
Wren Caulfield presents Couchsurfing to Save Money and Make Friends While Traveling: Our Experiences. posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking.
DR presents Sccusesufl Peosrnal Finnace Deos Not Riqueire Perftceion posted at The Dough Roller.
Speaking of best friends, my BlackBerry is now more than a friend (maybe I could say it’s my 3rd child… just kidding 😉 ). But seriously folks, I was not convinced about the added value of having a BlackBerry. I was reading about people getting addicted or paralyzed as they were trying to do too many things at the same time. But with the company growing, I had no other choice but to try it in order to improve my productivity. I can tell that once you have found a balance in your life and you have shown your BB who is the master, it is the most useful thing I carry with me everyday!
debt kid presents 7 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Save When All You Want to Do Is Spend posted at Debtkid.
Craig Ford presents 50 Christmas Gift Ideas: Make Your Own Personalized Gifts posted at Money Help For Christians.
Sun presents The True Cost of a Coupon posted at Earn More Invest Wisely at The Sun’s Financial Diary.
MoneyNing presents Are 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards for Life Possible? posted at Money Ning.
So that’s it for the Festival of Frugality! And you, What was your best purchase?
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