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*Expired* 7 Ways Reading Blogs is Saving Me $$$

by Freebies4Mom on December 18, 2008 7:44 am

A favorite post I wrote last June, I want to share it with you again. All 7 ways I’m saving money still hold true. This post also includes a link to my all-time favorite free music download, you’ve got to go check-out Cartier’s LOVE album. I’m listening to it right now and basking in the wonderfulness of my frugal lifestyle. I can’t wait to hear how reading blogs (or blogging) is saving you money, so please share in the comments!

Inspired by Amanda’s post: 7 Ways Reading Blogs is Saving Me Money, I had to write my own list. Now, I have to first tell you to read Amanda’s list because it is quite different than mine. So you are really getting 14 ways that reading blogs can save you money. Of course everyone will probably find a few on my list and a few on Amanda’s list that will apply to them. It all depends on what stores you shop at and what you want to spend your time doing. And I have a hard time separating my blog reading from my blogging because they are intertwined, so my list is really kind of about how I’m saving myself money by blogging at Freebies 4 Mom.

Heather’s List of 7 Ways Reading Blogs (& Blogging) is Saving Me Money

1. I’m Spoiled with Freebies – Right at this very moment I am listening the LOVE album I downloaded for free from Cartier. I’m feeling spoiled with this new music collection, like someone could have given it to me as a gift all wrapped up with a bow. I like to try new fragrances for special occasions, and am having fun getting free fragrance samples in the mail. In general, I just like to try new products, everything from food to beauty, but now I’m doing it with free samples. So how is all this “spoiling” saving me money? I used to spend money on spoiling myself, but now I feel like I am getting treats in my mailbox and inbox every week and don’t have any desire to pay money to treat myself by trying something new.

2. I call it Home Sweet Home – I’ve been getting some new ideas from my favorite blogs on activities to do at home with my toddlers and ways to schedule our day to help run our household more efficiently. The Motherload on MomAdvice.com has got to be the blog at the top of my list of inspiring reads. I have always been a home-body but now I really appreciate the freedom I have to choose to be at home for most of the day and the resources to make the most of that time and enjoy it.

3. I Love Special Coupons – There are some really special coupons out there that can get you some great deals or even free stuff. These are printables or coupons you request by mail, and they are time-sensitive so you have to be “in the know” to be able to take advantage of them. I’m taking advantage of these coupons, and sharing them with you here. My pantry is full of FREE cereal by using these special coupons – what a nice break to not be spending money on cereal!

4. I’m Anti-Shopping – You’re not going to believe this but the longer I blog the less of a shopper I become. I’m more respectful of my time, my children’s time (and aware of how much gas I’m using), and have set-up a shopping schedule that corresponds to the most convenient times for my family to stop at the stores we enjoy shopping and saving money at. This means I’m shopping at less stores, and not making special trips to get “the deal” of the week. Well, sometimes I like to get out of the house by myself and go shopping during naptime on the weekend, but I assure you if I do that I’m most likely going to CVS for some free stuff.

5. I’m Engaging My Brain – I can’t tell you how muddy my brain was with a newborn on one hip and a 2-yr. old on the other. I literally started focusing on couponing one year ago to save my brain and our budget. I needed something to think about, numbers to add together, deals to analyze, facts to remember, basically I needed a hobby to engage my brain. Well, my hobby is this blog, and this blog has now become my part-time job. It’s keeping my brain engaged which makes me a happier mom who is smarter about how she spends money.

6. I’m a Saver – The more I read about personal finance on other blogs, the more I want to save money instead of spend it. I’m definitely more of a saver now than a year ago and I feel more financially secure because of it.

7. I’m Having Fun Blogging – I sometimes wonder what I would be doing if I wasn’t blogging? Probably more activities that revolved around shopping as a form of entertainment: window shopping, browsing stores both brick & mortar and online, shopping as an entertainment destination. Blogging and reading other blogs is a healthy part of my life now and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What ways are reading blogs or blogging saving you money? Please share in the comments here.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy December 18, 2008 at 8:01 am

Last year, I started a blog so our friends far away could keep up with our family. Then I ran into these wonderful blogs that teach me how to save money. With a family of 6, this has been wonderful. I am still pretty new at this but I never go to Walmart without at least 12 dollars worth of coupons for things I planned on buying anyway. I am a new CVS’r and love the freebies and $ saving deals. I have learned so much from blogs like this. Thanks for all of your hard work. I am sure to share all of my new deals with family and friends that are extremely grateful as well.

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Lea Ann December 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

Heather, reading your blog – and others of your ilk – kick-started my own muddled mommy brain into gear regarding getting stuff for free instead of paying for it, woke up my creative writing monster who proceeded to leap out of my head and onto the internet, and has successfully built a stockpile of food and household products no stock market crash, run on the bank, job layoff, plague, fire or famine can touch with a ten-foot pole. Specifically, I want to thank you for all the free coffee deals you have alerted us mommies to this year. Now that I’m drinking coffee full-time again after two years of coffee-cold-turkey, I wonder “What the heck was I thinking?” Thanks to you and coffee I am almost as sharp as the 25-year-old tack I use to be. Keep up the spoiling!

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Lady Magick December 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

I have a freebie tip for Freebie Friday. My favorite day of the week! It is a free Native American Themed Letter Set! It sounds really good. I have the details in my latest blog post. http://www.greenmarykay.blogspot.com.Thanks!! You’re still my favorite blogger!

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Trixie December 18, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Hi Heather,I really enjoyed reading your list. I read several blogs (this terrific one is at the top of the list:) as well as blog. I will wholeheartedly agree the great deals, coupons, freebies and special offers I’ve snagged just by hearing about it on the blogosphere are a wonderful perk. I sure never expected it, but my blog has started filling my bank account with a nice part time income — and for me it’s all about the fun of blogging and interacting with others. Thanks for posting this, can’t wait to check out Angela’s reasons. Take Care,Trixiehttp://farmhomelife.blogspot.com/

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Amy Starr December 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm

This post is a great one to help me clarify why I enjoy this “hobby” of frugality – I love the mental challenge of getting the most for my money, and getting freebies as well! Thanks for your excellent blog, it is my favorite!

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Kama December 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for this post! I really like it and agree that blogging has saved me tons of $$! I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work!

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Amy December 18, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Thank you so much for the sweet mention and your blog is a favorite of MINE too! Reading blogs and blogging helps hold me accountable to my goals and also aids me in being a more creative mom. I love finding inspiration from other bloggers to give me the kick in the pants that I need to run my home more effectively and be a more creative person.Thank YOU for your blog, Heather!

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Elizabeth F. December 18, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Last Spring I started following “Frugal” Blogs and was saving so much money! It was incredible. Since school started in the fall I have been super busy with the kids and their activities and fin dmuch less time to blog, read frugal blogs and shop for deals. I have notied that groceries seem to be costing me so much and blowing my budget lately. I realized the other day that it’s because I’m not blogging and being “in the know” on all of the deals. So, this is my wake-up call to get back on blogs and find the deals that save my family’s budget.

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Saver Queen December 19, 2008 at 9:48 am

Blogging has become such a time-consuming hobby that I have no time or real interest in shopping anymore! It’s great!

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alzheimersandmomblog September 7, 2009 at 8:41 am

I just started a blog. I will never get it to look as good as yours but it is fun. thanks for all the info.

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jennyboo October 31, 2009 at 11:55 am

I would love to know more about the whole cvs thing. I've heard a couple people talk about how they ge so much stuff for free there. I would love to get free tuff, I have one in walking distance and I take my son there about once every two months just to get out of the house. So I would loooove to know more.My e-mail is jtrem8@yahoo.comThank you so much!

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