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:
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#1 My Zedbed Mattress
I have always been wondering what the difference is between a $200 mattress and a $2000 one. Everywhere I had lived, I was never impressed by the bed I was sleeping in. They all look the same to me and this is why I kept mine for 30 years (no joke!). But, I slept in a different bed in a hotel in Quebec City (Hotel 71 … the place to stay if you go to Quebec City!). I simply had a marvellous night (and I am talking about the kind of sleep I had… pervert! 😉 ). This mattress doesn’t have springs. It has different layers of foams and other stuff (inspired by NASA). It is just too much! So I finally caved and coughed up the 2 grand for the mattress. And everyday, I smile when I am about to go to sleep 😀
Baker presents The X-Men Guide To Unlocking Your Financial Mutant Powers  posted at Man Vs. Debt .
Super Saver presents Opportunity to Pay Zero Federal Income Tax in 2010  posted at My Wealth Builder .
Kristia presents Use Your Frugal Skills and ‘Adopt’ a Family This Holiday Season  posted at Family Balance Sheet .
#2 My 42” Plasma TV
4 years ago, I went on a crazy shopping spree during Boxing Day to find my TV. I had a 20” TV for 8 years and was looking for a change. I don’t watch too much TV but I watch a movie here and there since it is harder to get out to the cinema with 2 young children at home. Then again, plasma TVs were definitely not cheap 4 years ago. However, even today; every time I light it up, my TV holds up and I continue to appreciate the size and the quality of the picture.
FMF presents Mindless Spending: Frequency Matters More Than Height  posted at Free Money Finance .
Andy presents Weekly Wrap – Cheaper Online Stock Trading and My New Costco-Amex Card  posted at Saving to Inve$t .
Hank presents Living With Less: Social Security and Many Companies Are Cutting Cost of Living Adjustments  posted at Own The Dollar .
Peter presents 2 Compelling Reasons To Buy The Most Expensive House In Your Neighborhood  posted at Bible Money Matters .
#3 My Laptop
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 .
#4 My BlackBerry
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?