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Credit Crunchista Carnivale – the frugaletarian free for all is here!

Hello you thrifters and penny pinchers, welcome to the Credit Crunchista Carnival.

This surely is frugaletarianism at it’s absolute best, happy reading.

Bin there…
First I bring you The Rubbish Diet , better than a bogof (‘buy one get one free’ for the uninitiated), it has a great round up of eight or so ways to keep your bin empty, your belly full and change in your purse.

Charity Begins at Home

Shoestring Alley is a great take on living for less and putting aside money for the future. So the lucky girl will be having a great holiday and a cushy Christmas in 2009.

I really like Potty Mummy’s new frugal ways – I’ve been taking a few notes, especially on the meal planning side…and you can save yourself a thousand quid or so, not bad eh?

Violet Posy shares her shabby chic style and tells us about her chair make over.

London for Free

The lovely Susanna at A Modern Mother sent me this post which makes me proud to be a Londoner. Our melting pot metropolis is possibly the most expensive city in the world, yet we still manage throw open the doors of our great institutions for free. Find out how you can have a free workshop at The National Gallery.

For Frugal Fashionistas

Bargain hunters will be delighted to discover Recessionista Sister who is up on all the latest high street deals so check out her posts, and keep yourself plush and lush for less.

Buying Designer Clothes has tips on customising your wardrobe and keeping on trend for just a few quid.

Sharon Rose has a fabulous Fashion Thrifting blog and waxes lyrical about her designer bargains.

Effing Had Enough of this Crunchy thang

Writeonmum bucks the trend of hiding behind the sofa when the bailiffs arrive and shares her peace love and crunchiness to solve our financial woes.

From Across the Pond

Mom Most Travelled gives a tutorial on how to make colourful play silks for the kids – just swap food colouring for Kool Aid and it’s a winner.

Almost Frugal has some reading tips – The Tightwad Gazette and Your Money or Your Life for a start – and asks what unlikely reads are helping to shape your journey towards frugality as she shares her own – and there are a few surpises.

Tighten Your Belt is happy to share advice with regular tweets on making every cent count. Sign up to the updates and check out the first top 20 tips here.


My top tip? It’s a state of mind.   ! I’m getting on a cheap flight and heading to the sunshine for a few days to stay with some very good friends and spend time rather than cash…who knows, I may have a job soon and my lady of leisure lifestyle will be over.

Thanks everyone, please send us your top tips too, I hope you all enjoy new and interesting ways to live more for less!

And let’s not forget

“Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.”

- Dorothy Parker
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15 Comments to “Credit Crunchista Carnivale – the frugaletarian free for all is here!”

  1. LOL – am dead chuffed to be better than bogof (hee hee). You’ve got a great carnival here and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has been up to :-D

    Almost Mrs Average’s last blog post..It’s not just how, it’s also about why!

    • admin says:

      Thanks very much – I hope we get more tips – I’m confounded by our new recycling here in sunny W4 – one bag for plastic, one for paper, one for garden waste, two boxes for food, a box for bottles – I know it’s gone too far when I load my dishwasher with glass for the recycle bin…I spend hours doing recycling and I’m wondering when we’ll get the bin police round – maybe the traffic wardens will double up??

  2. Peter says:

    We’ve already got a lot of recession tips but I think I’ll put a link to this page around our organisation today. Many, many smart ideas.

    Peter’s last blog post..Recession Tips

  3. Saving money is my favorite subject! :)

    The Tightwad Gazette might be my favorite book, ever.

  4. Some great tips here darling, THANKS!

    A Modern Mother’s last blog post..Attention PR: How to engage a mummy blogger

    • admin says:

      Thanks to you and the rest of the crowd! Congratulations on your top 100 Mummy blogger status, well earned and well deserved…

  5. Potty Mummy says:

    Will be printing them all off (though not sure I’m quite ready to redo a chair when it took me an hour and a half to make a pompom for my son – don’t ask – yesterday…

    Potty Mummy’s last blog post..Hoist by my own petard…

    • admin says:

      pompoms, you mean those things where you wind wool around two cardboard doughnut shapes – you cheated? My Mum did mine too for a school display. You’re obviously enjoying this craftiness non? Chairs are easy, try and make a seat shape and then go at the underside with a staple gun, imagine that your least favourite people are on the receiving end, and hey ho, you’ve got 8 chairs done in a flash!

  6. Shoestring says:

    Thanks for the mention and well done for bringing so many ideas together in a positive way! Down with the credit crunch – long live the Carnivale!

    Shoestring’s last blog post..So-called spending advice

  7. mark says:

    thanks !! very helpful post!

  8. mark says:

    I want to say – thank you for this!

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