10 Popular Money Saving Posts That Will Help You Become A Thrifty Ninja


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After 5+ years of writing money saving posts, I have quite the library to help you become a thrifty ninja. Today I thought I would share with you my top 10 most popular money saving posts of all time.

Consider it your cliff notes for my money saving tips library.

These popular money saving posts will help you save money on groceries, Christmas expenses, gardening and more.

Top 10 Money Saving Posts Of All Time

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1. Christmas On A Zero Budget

When I wrote this post I had no idea that it would become so popular so fast. Within a week it went viral on Facebook and then the following winter it went viral several times both on Facebook and Pinterest.

Even though I wrote almost 3 years ago, the step by step process can still help you have a low to no cost Christmas.

I also expanded on it by writing a mini eBook that is yours free when you subscribe to my email list.

A related post you will love: How To Plan A Christmas To Remember On A Super Tight Budget Series

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money on Groceries.

2. 10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Groceries

I still use the tips in this post to keep the cost our our groceries low. These are classic, no frills tips.

A related post you will love: Step by Step Grocery Shopping With A Thrifty Person

250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money.

3. 250 Ways Thrifty People Save Money

Find out what thrifty people do to save money on just about anything in this wildly popular post.

A related post you will love: 12 Purchasing Habits Of The Ultra Thrifty

One Little Known Way to Save More Money at Aldi

4. One Way To Save Money At ALDI That You Are Probably Overlooking

If you shop at ALDI, did you know that you can save even more money by using the tip in this post?

A related post you will love: 6 Apps That Will Help You Save Money At The Grocery Store

41 Websites and Apps Thrifty People Use and Love

5. 41 Websites & Apps Thrifty People Use To Save Money

This post contains a list of websites and apps my family uses to save money on all types of everyday purchases.

A related post you will love: 20 Websites Thrifty People Use To Save Money On Clothes

10 Ways Thrifty People Landscape

6. 10 Ways Thrifty People Landscape

Learn how to create a backyard that will be the envy of the neighborhood for much less than you might think with these tips.

A related post you will love: How Thrifty People Fill Their Flower Gardens For Less Money

10 Ways Thrift People Renovate.

7. 10 Ways Thrifty People Renovate

Our family has renovated four homes for much less money than those DIY shows on TV. In this post I spill some of our best money saving tips for home renovations.

A related post you will love: 10 Ways Thrifty People Decorate Their Homes For Less

10 Ways to Save Money on Camping

8. 10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Camping

As I type this our family is on week 13 of a 22 week RV trip, but you don’t have to go camping for that long to reap the benefits of our favorite ways to save money on camping.

A related post you will love: 10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

3 Ways Thrifty People Purchase Kitchen Tools for Less

9. 10 Kitchen Tools Thrifty People Use

You might not agree with every item on this list–it all depends on what type of food you cook and how you like to cook it, but you should be able to use some of the items.

A related post you will love: 20 Quick & Simple Dinner Ideas: Helping You Save Money By Avoiding Takeout

What to BuyDuring After Christmas Sales

10. What To Buy During After Christmas Clearance Sales

Hint! Don’t think Christmas. Yep, this list shares things that you should look for in after Christmas clearance sales that you won’t stash away for next Christmas. Instead they will start saving you money right away.

A related post you will love: 6 Ways To Earn Money For Christmas All Year Long







10 Spring Date Ideas That Cost Zero


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It’s spring, which means love is in the air! Too bad money isn’t growing on the newly budded trees, but that is okay because with these 10 spring date ideas that cost zero you won’t need money to keep your blooming romance growing.

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10 Spring Date Ideas That Cost Zero

 1. Go Star Gazing

You might need to bundle up a bit, but snuggling under a blanket while staring at the stars only adds to the romance.

 2. Take A Spring Bloom Walk

Go for a walk around your neighborhood and see if you can find spring flowers such as pansies, tulips and daffodils starting to burst through the spring soil.

You can also go to a city park known for its gardens or hike a local trail and see if you can spot any wildflowers starting to bloom.

3. Trip To Your Local Garden Store

Spring time stirs the desire to plant a flower garden into the minds of many. Indulge in that urge by going to the local garden store and strolling the aisles figuring out what blooms you would plant in your dream garden.

4. Dust off Your Bikes, Roller Blades, Or…?

Spring is a great time for dates and exercise to collide. Dust off your bikes and go for a bike ride around the neighborhood or hit the local bike trails. If biking isn’t your thing, what equipment do you have? Tennis rackets? Roller Blades? get it out and get active together. If you don’t own anything, there is always walking or hiking or you could borrow equipment from friends.

5. Go On A Picnic

Dig in your cupboards and create a lunch for two with what you have available. Find a container to put it in and a blanket to sit on and then head out on a sunny spring day to a local park and have a picnic. You don’t even need to go to the park if you don’t want to–your own backyard will do.

6. Attend A Local Festival

Spring time is full of all sorts of festivals and most of them cost nothing to stroll through. If you don’t know of any in your area usually all it takes to find them is a visit to your area’s tourism website. Facebook friends can also be handy in helping you find a good festival. Just ask in a Facebook status if anyone knows of great spring festivals in your area.

7. Take A Walk In An April Rain Shower

I am not talking about going out for a walk in a heavy downpour–just a gentle spring rain. There is something about taking a walk in a spring rain shower while huddled under one umbrella (psst, golf umbrellas are plenty big enough for cuddling couples). 

Go ahead and act like kids and splash in the puddles as you walk (well, that is if you both own rain boots or don’t mind wet feet). When you are done, head inside and warm up with cups of hot chocolate for the both of you and one blanket to share.

8. Grab The Kids’ Sidewalk Chalk And Let Your Creative Sides Shine

If you don’t have children you can borrow sidewalk chalk from a friend or you can try this simple sidewalk paint recipe that uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen cupboards.

You can either come up with a theme and work on a mural together that will cover your driveway or sidewalk or you can divide your space in half, then take pictures of each half, post them on social media and have your friends vote for who did the best art work. Winner makes the loser dinner.

9. Write Out Your Summer Bucket List

Thrifty people love to plan ahead and planning is free. Also creating a summer bucket list can be so much fun so why not make a date out of it. Grab your favorite cup of whatever and dust off the patio furniture and sit side by side and dream up all the things you want to do together as a couple during the upcoming summer season.

No idea is too expensive or too out there to be on the list. This is a dream list after all. Once you are done circle your top three and then start strategizing how to make room in your budget and life to make those events happen.

You can throw a yard sale, start earning gift cards doing things you already do online and purchase in-store or start selling your things through Facebook Buy and Sell groups.

10. Head To The Playground

Acting like a kid for a short period of time can be fun and bonding. Head to your local playground (preferably one that is fairly empty) and see who can swing higher, slide faster, and hang upside down the longest.

Other 100% free date ideas:

10 Summer Dates That Cost Zero

10 Fall Dates That Cost Zero

10 Christmas Time Dates That Cost Zero



Thrifty Low Fuss Valentine’s Day Date & Gift Ideas


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Looking for some inexpensive and low fuss ideas for Valentine’s day? As a wife who has been celebrating Valentine’s Day with her hubby for over 20 years now I have plenty to share with you.

I know some thrifty people argue that Valentine’s Day is a commercialized holiday forcing us to show love and affection to our spouse when we really should be doing it on a daily basis, but I disagree. I think Valentine’s Day is great for reminding us to honor our loved ones just a bit more now and again than we do every day.

Dozens of inexpensive and low fuss Valentine's date and gift ideas.

Since I have been writing this blog for just over 5 years now I have shared quite a few thrifty Valentine’s ideas. Today I thought rather than try and put a new spin on already good material I would just share the links to all my posts pertaining to Valentine’s Day and/or thrifty dating ideas.

Valentine’s Day Themed Date And Gift Ideas

10 Ways Thrifty People Celebrate Valentine’s Day For Less

Play A Game Of Hide And Seek Valentine’s Day Style

4 Creative Ways To Use Post It Notes For Thrifty Valentine’s Day Fun

Simple Sweets To Make Your Sweetie For Valentine’s Day

5 Last Minute Thrifty Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Dozens of inexpensive and low fuss Valentine's date and gift ideas.

Thrifty Dating Tips

How To Get Out Of A Date Night Rut Without Blowing The Budget

Where We Save & Where We Splurge On Our Weekend Getaways For 2

5 Date Ideas For $5 Or Less

10 Ways Thrifty People Dinner Date

10 Dates Thrifty People Take

How To Earn Enough Swag Bucks To Pay For A Dinner For Two Each Month (point guidelines are a bit outdated, but the information can still help you figure out Swagbucks and start earning gift cards for date night)

Got a thrifty Valentine’s  date or gift idea? Share it with me and my readers in the comment below!