FIRE Finance has hosted a great festival of frugality this week – it’s pretty just to look at, before you even get into the articles. Nicely done FIRE! Here are some of my favorites this week:
How being frugal and being green often overlap from the Art of the Coupon. I completely agree – frugal and green are two of the things that most strongly define who I am, and I find that they almost always coincide.
Francois from Liberta has a post about how staying healthy, eating well, and exercising will save you money as well as make you happier. I agree – this is how my husband and I live our lives. Although for my American readers, I wouldn’t advise switching to a hospital-only health insurance policy, since there’s a lot of outpatient treatment that can cost far more than what most of us have in an emergency fund. But you might want to consider an HSA-qualified health insurance plan with the highest deductible you can get. You’ll still be paying out of pocket for doctor visits and prescriptions and smallish claims, but if you have a 100% plan, you can feel safe knowing that if something big comes up, it will all be covered after the deductible, rather than just the hospital part of the claim. And by the way – congrats to Francois… he just got engaged last weekend!
John Cain has a fantastic post about parents, kids, materialism, keeping up with the Jonses, cell phones, and treat bags at birthday parties. Amen. He says it all perfectly – hop over to Saving Advice and check it out. I agree with every point he makes.
And any post that’s all about kale gets a thumbs up from me. Greener Pastures has an article extolling the virtues of kale, with a few recipes thrown in. I often add kale to our green smoothies, and we’re going to be adding kale to our hydroponic garden so that we can stop buying it.
Chicago – cheap! wonders if your thrift is actually costing you money. Great article, great points.