November 24, 2009, 5:00 am

Festival of Frugality – My Best Purchases’ Edition

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Reviews
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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

How to save money for Christmas

Learn to trade stocks with 10 free lessons

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

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

zedbed mattress

#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.

GLBL presents Homeschool Finance posted at Gather Little by Little.

Peak Personal Finance presents 5 Financial Rules for Women posted at Peak Personal Finance.

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

Fabulously Broke presents Major Holiday Busters Part 2 posted at Fabulously Broke ….in the City.

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

MiddleWay presents Year End Utilities Review posted at Early Retirement the Middle Way.

Tyler Tervooren presents Give Yourself the Right Tools for the Job posted at Frugally Green.

Ash presents Costs, Part 1 – Opportunity Costs posted at Breathe-Smile.

42 inches plasma tv

#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.

Jeff Rose presents 3 Ways to Save Money During a Recession posted at Jeff Rose.

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

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

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

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.

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

Stephanie presents I made Fabric Bags with Ties posted at Stop the Ride!.

toshiba laptop

#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!

Elle presents Shopping Around for Painting Supplies posted at Couple Money.

Wise_Bread presents Get More Bang For Your Membership Buck posted at Wisebread.

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

Ray @ Financial Highway presents Best Credit Card posted at Financial Highway.

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

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

PT presents A Thanksgiving Stuffed with Savings posted at PT Money.

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.

Billeater presents Know Your Food Plan Levels and Save posted at Billeater.


#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.

The Smarter Wallet presents How To Live Debt Free With No Credit posted at The Smarter Wallet.

a.b. presents I Am So Cheap…..I reuse tape. posted at Modern Tightwad.

Barry presents Money Mangement As You Approach Retirement posted at Associate Money.

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.

Madison presents Black Friday 2009 Free Stuff posted at My Dollar Plan.

Miss Thrifty presents Get your digital photos printed for free posted at Miss Thrifty.

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

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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Thanks so much for putting this carnival together.

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!

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

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

Thanks for including us!

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Great Carnival. You seem to post a lot of Carnivals. They seem like they must take a lot of time to organize, but must be worth the effort as everyone loves to see their articles posted somewhere else. Good work.

Thank you for hosting and including me!

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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