TFF’s Frugal Roundup: Week One

TFF’s Frugal Roundup: Week One

Last updated on May 1st, 2019 at 10:56 pm.

I’ve been talking about starting a post roundup for quite some time. Honestly, it feels like I’ve been talking about it forever.

In reality, it’s probably been more like a few months. But since this blog is coming up on its first anniversary (wow!), I guess it makes sense that a few months would feel like forever.

I also don’t necessarily have a particular “mission” for these posts yet. One of my inspirations for starting it is Angela of Tread Lightly, Retire Early and her Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays.

However, there would be nothing particularly intriguing or compelling about a men’s personal finance roundup – for reasons that will be obvious to most PF bloggers out there. Actually, one of the posts mentioned below kind of gets at one of the reasons.

Anyway, for now, I’ll just stick to posts that I find useful, or interesting – or both.

1. The Ultimate Guide to Save Money

Much like my own money saving tips post, Ryan of Arrest Your Debt has compiled a list of a ton of ways you can save money. Even more than I did! For example, did you know that energy is cheaper at night? This means tasks like doing laundry can actually be cheaper at non-peak times.

There are just a TON of different ways to save money. And while the reality is that most of our focus should be on the “big three” – rent, transportation, and food – it can be fun to focus on smaller items once we’ve optimized the bigger ones.

Be sure to check this post out for even more ideas of how you can save a lot of money.

2. 11 Startling Facts About Women and Money – Where Can We Do Better?

There are definitely a lot of “big facts” in this post from Early 20’s Money. Did I use “big facts” right? Probably not.

Either way, it’s true. There are a lot of money inequalities that exist when comparing men and women. I may not talk about it a lot on this particular blog, but I do believe that equality should be a right – not a privilege.

Much like I mentioned in my post about the financially disadvantaged, I’m not sure there are a lot of explicit actions we can take to change this. However, if it’s something that is important to you, electing more women into positions of power is probably a good place to start. It shouldn’t have to be this way, but it’s difficult to see equal treatment without equal representation.

3. Unpopular Opinion: Car Dependency Is Killing Our Wealth And Health

I really enjoyed this post from Dave of Accidental FIRE. This is something I personally have come to realize only in recent years. The fact is that the US is highly car-dependent. This is especially true if you compare us to large parts of Europe and some Asian cities as well.

I sometimes wonder if this was done intentionally to help sell gas. Yes, I may or may not have my tinfoil hat on right now. Maybe it’s just that city planners thought this would be more convenient. Or that the zoning Dave mentions would be really nice because we wouldn’t have to deal with pesky businesses in our neighborhoods.

This is yet another problem that will be difficult, if not impossible to fix, but I still feel it’s food for thought. Being too car-dependent will become an increasingly significant problem as climate change accelerates, so it is something we really need to keep in mind.

Thanks for stopping by!

I kept this pretty short, but the reality is that there are a ton of posts out there every week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t possibly have time to go through every one of them.

Also, even though I just decided to start publishing these, I may not do so while I’m out of the country. However, I plan to keep doing so in the future.

In any case, I hope you enjoyed the few I picked out. I am going to make it a point to keep doing this every week. Hopefully, you find it valuable – let me know what you think.

Bob Haegele

Hey there. My name is Bob and I blog about personal finance here at The Frugal Fellow. In particular, I focus on topics related to student loans, investing, credit cards, and sometimes sustainability. Interested in starting a blog? Find out how to become a blogger!

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Great point about focusing on the smaller items after knocking out the big three. Keep pushing and striving for frugality efficiencies. Every time you go shopping question your purchases down to the point of “DO we even need this!?!?”

    1. No. The answer is always no. 😂

    1. My pleasure!

  2. Congrats on your one year anniversary! I’ve just started blogging and can’t even imagine how that feels. Thanks for the suggested posts/blogs. I’m learning of more every day.

    1. I have a separate post for that coming up in two days, so you’ll have to come back to congratulate me then. 😉 Congrats on getting started! It’s a long journey, but can be very rewarding.

  3. Nice suggestions! I haven’t checked out Early 20s Money before, so I always appreciate people like you who put in the work to find intelligent articles from unique places.

    Also, looking forward to the lengthy post about your job situation. It sounds interesting. Hope all is well! Take care.

    1. No problem! And it’s good to know people are looking forward to it. Things are going well, yeah. Same to you!

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