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Posted on | March 23, 2010 | 36 Comments

The best frugal blogs of 2010? Yes, here they are–all 75 of them. Just for fun and a change of pace, we scoured the web looking for the best, coolest, most amazing blogs we could find that give great tips on how to save money or how to spend it wisely. We think each blog contains nuggets of gold on a variety of subjects.

We’re also pretty sure we’ve missed some great ones. What are your favorite frugal blogs? Please share.

Hortense P. Tightwad and Christy C.

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Baby Boomers:

Consumer Boomer offers advice on frugal retirement, including tips on tapping into your 401k without incurring a penalty and some interesting frugal places to retire you might not have thought of.

The Wealth Pilgrim is a video blog, mostly for boomers but others can learn. Recent posts on why you are a genius for NOT investing in gold and estate planning tips.

Business:

The Lean Blog focuses on management tips for running your business. Recent posts on problem solving and the age-old question of whether a rude customer is always right.

Coupons:

Coupon Mom lists grocery deals by state. You need to register, but it’s free and offers a daily deal e-mail list.

Deal Seeking Mom posts lots of dollar-stretching tips. Popular recent posts about how to get free magazines and also a freebies roundup.

My Savvy Savings is a Tucson-area blog run by a Mom who finds clever ways to avoid paying full price. You’ll find coupons and recipes and frugal tips.

Daily Deals:

Cities on the Cheap is your one-stop shop for nationally-available deals and steals. What is even cooler about this site is that it has links to bargains and deals in a host of cities in the U.S. and elsewhere. You can find deals close to you.

Tucson on the Cheap is . . . us! We offer entertainment and dining deals focused in Tucson, Arizona and the environs. If you’re even thinking about visiting Arizona, Tucson, or the southwest, this blog will help you find deals.

Debt:

Man Vs. Debt writes about paying off loans in a way that makes me laugh. This blog is about the journey of a family trying to pay off its debts.

My Year Without Spending is the story of a lady who swears off buying for a year. She occasionally falls off the wagon, but has cut back quite a bit.

Stop Buying Crap has great recent posts on crappy deals and 10 ways to feel rich without materialistic means.

Making Money Make Sense offers wonderful budget tools to help you get back on track. It’s written by a woman who is sensible, passionate about finance, and–at times–funny. Recent posts include one on how we deceive ourselves and 8 reasons we don’t save.

Get Out of Debt @DebtKid.com is the story of a man who hit rock bottom and worked his way back. Offers tips on reducing your wedding budget and the best credit cards.

Family:

Dumb Little Man shares money saving tips and resources to save money and increase productivity. Has cool post on 20 ways to Get Rid of Your debt for good and another on how to write a resume that will land you an interview.

Baby Cheapskate helps you save big bucks on baby stuff. Lots of good sales and coupons.

Frugal Village has fun tips on everything from saving money with houseguests visiting, to serving breakfast after sunset, to creative uses for binders.

Shoestring Magazine writes interesting recent posts on the Do’s and Dont’s at a free wine tasting and finding champagne that won’t break the bank.

The Centsible Life is run by a stay-at-home Mom with four kids. Looks for ways to cut corners without cutting quality of life.

Fashion:

Budget Fashionista blogs about looking stylish on a budget, and includes coupons to help. Fun blog.

Frugal Fashionistas follows celebrities and finds knockoffs that mimic that person’s style for way cheapo.

CheapChicDaily shows you how to look like a million without blowing your budget. Posts fabulous finds for girls on a budget. Nice search function.

CollegeFashion.net features fashion tips for students, beauty tips and style tips for twenty-somethings. Written for college students by college students, including one from UA.

Food & Wine:

The 99-Cent Chef is a foodie blog with lots of humor. Chef Billy checks for ingredients costing $.99.

Wasted Food blogs about avoiding so much wasted food. Tracks pounds of food wasted in U.S. since you loaded up the page.

Good Wine Under $20 is my go-to blog when I’m in need (which happens often) of a good, inexpensive wine. I must say I enjoy the educational aspects of this blog, as well as the wine suggestions.

$5 Dinners is the story of a family that budgets $60/week for groceries. Offers sage advice and cool recipes that taste great but are cheap.

On Food Stamps has great suggestions on living a healthy life on an affordable budget.

Freebie Blogs:

Freaky Freddie’s is a free e-mail list that offers coupons on everything from food to cat care, deals, to samples. It’s updated daily and serves up nationwide deals.

Hey, It’s Free focuses (as you might guess) on everything that’s free. Has lots of health and fitness freebies, free magazines, movie rentals and other free deals.

Frugal Freebies locates a splendid array of free stuff for U.S. citizens, Canadians, and other countries, too!

Free Stuff Times has a fine selection of free stuff. each deal has a write-up, and the blog is updated frequently.

General:

Life Hacker is endlessly fun and offers tips on everything from adjusting your car mirrors to get rid of blind spots to the easiest way to share large files with friends to getting over shyness a little at a time.

Half Off Deals sells certificates for great stores at half price. The blog claims 41,000 half-off deals and you can search by city or zip code.

Savings.com is run by a team of savvy shoppers who track down coupons galore for all kinds of internet deals.

Frugal for Life has fun posts on how to beat back “frugal fatigue” and frugal ways to fight off the flu.

Organizing Your Way supplies menu planning resources, tips on organizing your child’s crafts supplies, and a post on how to improve your diet without dieting.

The Frugalista is the story of a woman who has taken a vow of frugality. She schedules frequent “dine-in” weeks for top savings. Good tips.

Less is More Balanced is about changing your lifestyle to consume less and cultivate balance in life. Thoughtful posts on urban farming, slowing down and becoming more mindful.

Going Green:

TreeHugger is a cool eco blog with some money-saving tips (How to Go Green). Offers fascinating tidbits, such as a review of the Kalkhoff Electric bike and a post on the world’s first kite-powered fishing trawler and another on better helmet design.

The Greenest Dollar posts greenie tips such as frugal ways to start seeds indoors, amazing uses for baking soda (that ARE amazing) and how to get green energy for your home.

My Zero Waste offers lots of ways to stop wasting so much. Tips on re-using coffee grounds and recycling greeting cards.

Making Money:

Get Rich Slowly posts great articles on cutting your TV bill in half, how to say no to credit cards, and free ways to file your tax return.

I Will Teach You to be Rich shows you how to automate your investments and savings and go after the big wins. A personal favorite because the posts are richly original and not just a rehash of old ideas.

Free Money Finance shows you how to grow your net worth and how to retire abroad inexpensively. has interesting perspectives on buying precious metals and investing mistakes. My favorites are the posts on how to collect more money here and there.

Shrinkage is Good helps you save money in a myriad of ways and specializes in reducing everyday bills. Offers weekly money-saving tips and posts about the 12 Biggest Ripoffs in America and special tax breaks that can help.

Amateur Asset Allocator suggests ways to ask for a raise, how to start a business, and how to do automated savings. has a “best of” page worth reading.

How to Make 7 Million in 7 Years is the story of a man who started out in debt and made $7 million smackeroos in 7 years. Lots of useful tips.

Military Finance:

Military Finance Network offers helpful tips aimed to those in the military. Recent posts on using a credit card to build your credit score and why military personnel should open Roth IRAs.

Money for Military posts about family separation allowance, insurance benefits for military, something about free access to Rosetta Stone. Note: That particular post is from 2007, and I have no way of knowing if this deal is still available. Let me know if you find out.

Personal Finance:

Consumerism Commentary minimizes consumerism and uses seven zen principles to guide money and life decisions. Provides loads of tips on such questions as determining the difference between wanting something and needing it.

The Simple Dollar has a boatload of useful tips. Recent posts include one whether a tip is necessary if service sucks, one called Hindsight is 20/20 that discusses financial mistakes, and a post about when a child is ready for an allowance.

Lazy Man and Money has cool posts like How to Save Money with yard sales, 15 products that save time, money, and space, and top five paths to a Million Dollars.

Good Financial Cents writes posts informing readers on how much term life insurance they need and important questions to ask your financial planner.

Have you thought about bargain hunting as something more than a hobby? Bargaineering uses the science of engineering to maximize your time/energy. Posts articles on the best free checking accounts, the best student credit cards, the best online brokers

Money Smart Life has such worthy posts as “How to Cut Your restaurant Bill Big Time” and how to save money on magazines.

Wise Bread offers daily deals and also cool posts such as how to teach a teenager about credit and finding out if your budget is healthy.

Mint Life offers good info on money, including budgeting, saving, and investing. Recent blog posts include a list of 5 things you should buy at WalMart, credit lessons from real housewives, and an intective map linking to cities where new jobs are expected to be.

Fiscal Fizzle is a blog that offers spicy tips focusing on simplicity, principles, critical thinking, and paradigms.Popular posts include how to manage your financial vices and a thoughtful post on whether or not it is wrong to pay kids for good grades.

Frugal Dad is one of my favorites. Posts on how to use electronic coupons, how to make your resume stand out, and financial mistakes that will cost you.

Moolanomy has great money-saving articles such as how to have a no-spend weekend and where to buy cheap eyeglasses online.

Shopping:

Free Shipping Blog has a link to a site with free shipping coupons, but the blog itself offers tips such as a list of top employers for the over-50 crowd, proper laundering care for 18 fabrics, and 9 steps to managing debt overload, and top jobs that don’t require a degree.

Student:

20-Something Finance has great ideas on avoiding putting your bridesmaids and groomsmen in debt, how to build credit, and why graduate degrees are a ripoff.

Life After College has a very cool life checklist template, and posts about staying organized and how to establish values and goals.

Ask Uncle Bill is a blog written to help young people get a clue about finance, credit cards, debt, and careers. Recent posts: Is an MBA Worth it? ten Things to get you hired. Buying a house for 30% off.

Money Under 30 suggests best financial apps for your iPhone, the cost of an average wedding, and common investment mistakes.

Singles:

20-Something Finance has great ideas on avoiding putting your bridesmaids and groomsmen in debt, how to build credit, and why graduate degrees are a ripoff.

Life After College has a very cool life checklist template, and posts about staying organized and how to establish values and goals.

Money Under 30 suggests best financial apps for your iPhone, the cost of an average wedding, and common investment mistakes.

Tech Deals:

Tech Bargains features daily electronics deals and a free newsletter. The Chief Bargainmeister KNOWS electronics.

The Digerati Life is written in Silicon Valley but has tips appropriate for all. Recent posts include one on hedging your stock investments, another on whether kids should be invited to weddings, and another on how to create a blog for fun and profit.

Travel:

The Frugal Traveler shares tips on seeing the world on a budget, booking flight the frugal way,. All-around great tips from just about anywhere in the globe.

Euro Cheapo points you buckets of European tips, whether you are backpacking, studying, or touring. Recent posts include a list of three lesser-known free churches in Florence, shopping in Amsterdam, and Japanese, Vietnamese, and Korean food in Berlin under ten euros.

Frugal Travel Guy keeps a close eye on travel bargains, airline deals, best car rental deals and passes them all on to you.

Travels with Children offers Top Ten Family Vacation Tips, Finding a Hotel Room for a Family of Five, and other shrewd observations.

Cheap Destinations, written by renowned travel author Tim Leffel, features such posts as beers of the world and offers a roundup of cheap travel tips. An excellent source for family travel.

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36 Responses to “Best Frugal Blogs of 2010”

  1. Tara @ Deal Seeking Mom
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 7:23 am

    This is a great list you’ve put together. Thanks so much for including Deal Seeking Mom!

  2. Phooey
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    Thanks, Tara. We appreciate your comment . . . and your blog!

    Hortense

  3. Linda (minnemom)
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 10:29 am

    Thanks for including me in this excellent list!

  4. Phooey
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 10:33 am

    Hey, you’re welcome! You earned it!

  5. Kristen@TheFrugalGirl
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    Neat list! Lots of my favorites are on here. :)

  6. WiscoVixen
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    This is a great list. Thanks so much for including Savings.com!

  7. Melissa
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

    Nice job with your list — some really fabulous (some of our favorite) people. :) Thanks for including Shoestring Magazine!

  8. GE Miller
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

    Thanks for including 20somethingfinance on the list!

  9. Ben
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

    Wow, I could spend a whole week saving money with tips from all the sites you included! Thanks for including Money Smart Life.

  10. Kelly Whalen
    March 23rd, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

    Thank you for including me!

  11. Mrs Green @ my zero waste
    March 24th, 2010 @ 1:20 am

    Christy and Kate, thank you so much for mentioning our site. I’m honoured that we are in your list alongside some wonderful and inspiring people.
    Keep up the great work!
    Rae

  12. Brad
    March 24th, 2010 @ 2:53 am

    Just starting this blog:

    http://tenbiggestfinancialmistakes.blogspot.com/

    what suggestions do you have for making it better?

    thanks!

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    March 24th, 2010 @ 5:43 am

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  14. Zephyr
    March 24th, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    Thanks for including CF! You rock! Btw, we actually have two writers from the University of Arizona – one undergrad and one grad student. So lots of love for the school!

    xo

  15. Angela
    March 24th, 2010 @ 11:34 am

    Thanks for including me, how fun!

    It may be the first time I’ve ever been referred to as a “lady.”

    Cheers,
    Angela

  16. Phooey
    March 24th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

    Always a first time for everything .

    Hortense

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    March 25th, 2010 @ 10:09 am

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  18. Heather@TheGreenestDollar
    March 25th, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    This is an awesome list! I’m honored to be included. Thank you so much!

  19. Shelly
    March 25th, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    Interesting list, but you left off a few of my favorites. Moneysavingmom.com and Hip2Save.com are 2 great ones for finding deals at stores, on-line and finding coupons. Also tripadvisor is a great resource when you are planning a trip.

  20. AJC
    March 26th, 2010 @ 3:11 am

    Thanks for including me, even after our somewhat unusual exchange of e-mails … my misunderstanding for sure! :)

  21. Phooey
    March 26th, 2010 @ 7:56 am

    Hey, Adrian, I want you out there earning your next 7 million, ok? I’ve got my eye on you and am hoping for maybe $10 or $12 million!!

  22. Yakezia Challenge Round-Up
    March 28th, 2010 @ 4:54 am

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  24. Miss T
    March 29th, 2010 @ 11:04 am

    Thanks so much for the list. I have been a fan of a few of these for a while but now I have added more to my reading list.

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    March 31st, 2010 @ 5:04 am

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  26. Faith
    April 10th, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    Great list, but you left off one of my favorites…Frugally Fabulous Mom!

  27. Phooey
    April 11th, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    I’ll check it out, Faith. Thanks for the suggestion.

  28. Fru
    April 23rd, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Great list

    If you do one for next year please look at my blog. : )

    I’ve spent the last 2 years blogging about trying to pay my personal debt down

    http://www.yearoflivingfrugally.blogspot.com

    Fru xxx

  29. Phooey
    April 23rd, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

    Thanks, Fru : >>>

    I visited your blog, and think it is quite a good one. Btw, I am betting on you and think you will conquer debt!

    Good luck to you.

    Hortense P. Tightwad

  30. Couponboa
    May 5th, 2010 @ 8:40 am

    Thanks. Very useful list.

    It is always encouraging for the bloggers to be awarded by fellow bloggers.

    Keep it up.

  31. Ashley - Beauty4Moms
    May 21st, 2010 @ 8:16 pm

    What a great list!

    Thanks,

    Ashley
    Beauty4Moms.blogspot.com

  32. Fiona
    July 12th, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    Thanks for the list – I’m a frequent reader of a few of them, but will check out the others :)

  33. CouponsMom Glenda
    August 20th, 2010 @ 5:15 am

    Nice job with your list — some really fabulous (some of our favorite) people.

  34. Jenn
    August 20th, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    You forgot Savingsmania.com, http://www.savingsmania.com/

  35. Jim
    September 28th, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    I happen to really like Free Stuffin. The Schnorrer posts are especially funny.

    http://www.freestuffin.com/

  36. Mike
    January 22nd, 2011 @ 7:43 am

    Thanks a lot for the article! You might consider adding: http://www.freestuffspot.com/ on the list as well.


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