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The Difference in Being Frugal, and Being Cheap

This post found on FrugalDad.com:

The Difference in Being Frugal, and Being Cheap

What is the first word that comes to mind when I say the word frugal. Cheap? If so, you are not alone. Most people tend to incorrectly associate being frugal with being cheap, when in fact they are two entirely different ways of looking at financial life. Dictionary.com defines frugal as “prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful.” The same online dictionary service defines cheap as “stingy; miserly.” But the differences don’t stop with the words’ definitions. Frugal people spend, give and consume a little differently than their”cheaper” counterparts.

Followers of frugality generally believe in being lightweight consumers of resources, whatever those resources may be. For instance, many frugal people prefer to make meals from scratch rather than paying several times for the cost of equivalent foods at a restaurant. Cheap people also frequently look for deals, but still could be heavy consumers of resources. Many cheap people will buy things on sale just because they are on sale, not because they really need them. Frugal individuals hunt for sales, too, but buy only enough to live on for the immediate future. Continue reading The Difference in Being Frugal, and Being Cheap

5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

Found this article on Wise Bread, it’s good advice for how to shop on a budget:

5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill

Posted August 5, 2008 – 17:08 by Kate Luther | Filed Under: Frugal Living, Shopping, Food and Drink, Budgeting

If you’re like me, a trip to the store for a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk can easily run $30 to $40 bucks. Has inflation just really gone up in my neck of the woods? No… I just always seem to find other things I need.

But now that we’ve moved to the country – and I mean, really out in the country – running to the store is more than just a quick jaunt around the corner. In fact, going to the grocery store means “going into town” and that’s somewhat of an event all by itself.

So, to save on gas and to avoid multiple trips to the store, I decided to rethink the way I shopped. Here’s five easy ways to cut your grocery bill and get the most from your shopping trip: Continue reading 5 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill