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Festival of Frugality – My Best Purchases’ Edition

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:

How to save money on a wedding [1]

How to save money for Christmas [2]

Learn to trade stocks with 10 free lessons [3]

How to cut your grocery bill by 20% while being lazy [4]

**** Don’t miss our 2X  $50 giveaway at Gather Little By Little with our SmartyPig Review! [5]***


zedbed mattress [6]

#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 [7]… 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 [8] posted at Man Vs. Debt [9].

GLBL presents Homeschool Finance [10] posted at Gather Little by Little [11].

Peak Personal Finance presents 5 Financial Rules for Women [12] posted at Peak Personal Finance [13].

Super Saver presents Opportunity to Pay Zero Federal Income Tax in 2010 [14] posted at My Wealth Builder [15].

Fabulously Broke presents Major Holiday Busters Part 2 [16] posted at Fabulously Broke ….in the City [17].

Kristia presents Use Your Frugal Skills and ‘Adopt’ a Family This Holiday Season [18] posted at Family Balance Sheet [19].

MiddleWay presents Year End Utilities Review [20] posted at Early Retirement the Middle Way [21].

Tyler Tervooren presents Give Yourself the Right Tools for the Job [22] posted at Frugally Green [23].

Ash presents Costs, Part 1 – Opportunity Costs [24] posted at Breathe-Smile [25].

42 inches plasma tv [26]

#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 [27] posted at Free Money Finance [28].

Jeff Rose presents 3 Ways to Save Money During a Recession [29] posted at Jeff Rose [30].

Andy presents Weekly Wrap – Cheaper Online Stock Trading and My New Costco-Amex Card [31] posted at Saving to Inve$t [32].

Paul Williams presents Raising a Cow for Beef: Month 3 [33] posted at Provident Planning [34].

jim presents How to Cancel Your Cable TV Service [35] posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity [36].

Hank presents Living With Less: Social Security and Many Companies Are Cutting Cost of Living Adjustments [37] posted at Own The Dollar [38].

Peter presents 2 Compelling Reasons To Buy The Most Expensive House In Your Neighborhood [39] posted at Bible Money Matters [40].

J.D. Roth presents How Much House Do You Need? [41] posted at Get Rich Slowly [42].

Stephanie presents I made Fabric Bags with Ties [43] posted at Stop the Ride! [44].

toshiba laptop [45]

#3 My Laptop

For once, I didn’t have to pay a fortune to get something solid! When I started The Financial Blogger [46] 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!

Elle presents Shopping Around for Painting Supplies [47] posted at Couple Money [48].

Wise_Bread presents Get More Bang For Your Membership Buck [49] posted at Wisebread [50].

Joe Plemon presents 6 Steps on How to Prosper by Celebrating Your Marital Differences [51] posted at Personal Finance By The Book [52].

Ray @ Financial Highway presents Best Credit Card [53] posted at Financial Highway [54].

MLR presents How to Evaluate the Rent vs Buy Decision [55] posted at My Life ROI, Getting the Best Return On Life [56].

Silicon Valley Blogger presents ING Direct Review: Electric Orange, Business Savings Accounts [57] posted at The Digerati Life [58].

PT presents A Thanksgiving Stuffed with Savings [59] posted at PT Money [60].

Wren Caulfield presents Couchsurfing to Save Money and Make Friends While Traveling: Our Experiences. [61] posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking [62].

DR presents Sccusesufl Peosrnal Finnace Deos Not Riqueire Perftceion [63] posted at The Dough Roller [64].

Billeater presents Know Your Food Plan Levels and Save [65] posted at Billeater [66].

blackberry2 [67]

#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 [68] posted at Debtkid [69].

The Smarter Wallet presents How To Live Debt Free With No Credit [70] posted at The Smarter Wallet [71].

a.b. presents I Am So Cheap…..I reuse tape. [72] posted at Modern Tightwad [73].

Barry presents Money Mangement As You Approach Retirement [74] posted at Associate Money [75].

Craig Ford presents 50 Christmas Gift Ideas: Make Your Own Personalized Gifts [76] posted at Money Help For Christians [77].

Sun presents The True Cost of a Coupon [78] posted at Earn More Invest Wisely at The Sun’s Financial Diary [79].

Madison presents Black Friday 2009 Free Stuff [80] posted at My Dollar Plan [81].

Miss Thrifty presents Get your digital photos printed for free [82] posted at Miss Thrifty [83].

Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog presents Save Money This Christmas With LED Lights [84] posted at Canadian Finance Blog [85].

MoneyNing presents Are 0% Balance Transfer Credit Cards for Life Possible? [86] posted at Money Ning [87].

So that’s it for the Festival of Frugality! And you, What was your best purchase?

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23 Comments To "Festival of Frugality – My Best Purchases’ Edition"

#1 Comment By Craig Ford On November 24, 2009 @ 5:54 am

Thanks so much for putting this carnival together.

#2 Comment By Tom @ Canadian Finance Blog On November 24, 2009 @ 8:26 am

Thanks for hosting Mike! My TV is probably one of my better purchases as well… Got it a couple years ago for $1400 when it was selling for $2500. There was a receipt floating around on Red Flag Deals and people all over Canada were using it to get this awesome price match!

#3 Comment By FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com On November 24, 2009 @ 8:52 am

Thank you for including my post and thank you for hosting 😀

#4 Comment By MiddleWay On November 24, 2009 @ 9:17 am

Great theme for the festival. Thank you for including my article!

#5 Comment By WrenC On November 24, 2009 @ 7:49 pm

Thanks for including us!

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#8 Comment By FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com On November 25, 2009 @ 9:11 am

Thank you for hosting and including me!

#9 Comment By Tyler On November 25, 2009 @ 9:16 am

Hey, thanks for hosting. I guess I still need to show my blackberry who the boss is because I definitely feel owned by it sometimes.

Best purchases was a great format for this.

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Thanks so much for hosting! I really appreciate all the trouble you’ve gone through. And I loved reading your list, it made me smile 🙂

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