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These weekly roundups are beginning to resemble carnivals (“The Frugal Dad Carnival” has a nice ring to it) because I am finding so many excellent articles to share with readers. At some point I may have to split these into a twice-weekly list, but for now consider this a mega reading list for the weekend!
- As things settle down I’m trying to diversify my freelance work by picking up a project I’ve had sitting around for a while now. Fellow parents out there may be interested in TipDad.com, a site where I share posts on a range of parenting/marriage/money subjects from a dad’s perspective. It’s a work in progress, but it is slowly picking up steam and I’d love to have you along for the ride.
- The Frugal Dad forums has now attracted over 75 members and we are having some good discussions there on frugal living. If you are not already a member, head over to the forums and sign up for free!
- If you are visiting Frugal Dad for the first time, or just have the site bookmarked, I want to invite you to sign up to receive daily content from Frugal Dad via email delivery, or directly to your favorite feed reader. It’s a great way to keep up with articles here, and best of all, it’s FREE!
With that little bit of housekeeping out of the way, let’s get on with the roundup:
Favorites from The Money Writers
- Easy and Cheap Home Remodels. Before you spend hundreds of dollars upgrading appliances, consider this DIY project to modernize your appliances.
- Would You Take a Better Job for a Lower Salary? It’s an interesting question. Yes, I would take a job for a lower salary if the benefits spelled out in the post were preferable compared to my current job.
- Water Fun Activities to Cool You Off This Summer. Summer is winding down in some areas, but temps remain warm where I live. This article shares some great ideas for cooling down (and their financial implications).
- How to Increase the Value of Your Home 5%-11% With Little Effort and Little Money. Here’s a hint…look out your window at the front lawn.
- This Food and This Life. I enjoyed this post on food and money, sort of a frugal approach to diet.
Favorites from The Life Skills Network
- Spring Cleaning for Normal People. Simple Mom has released a fantastic ebook. Just like the title says, this is a great resource for “spring cleaning for normal people!”
- What Could You Accomplish If You Truly Freed Yourself? This post really fired me up to take up a few challenges that I’ve been holding back on. Read this is you are ready to knock down some barriers in your own life.
- 20 Questions to Help You Overcome Barriers and Find Your Passion. Still need help overcoming those barriers? Discover your passion by answering these 20 questions. Excellent read!
- 70 Things to Do Before Having Children. Yes, some of these can be done with kids, but if you have the chance to get some adventures behind you before kids enter the picture, take advantage.
- 70 Great Things About Having Children. Speaking of having children, Jeff shares some great things about having kids. I agree on all accounts–having kids was the single best thing I’ve ever done!
- Myth Busted: $7,500 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit is Not a Credit. Lots of articles floating around on this “tax credit,” which Madison eloquently explains should be referred to as a “loan.”
Favorites From Around the Web
- Save Time and Money in the Kitchen. Once you get that food home from your efficient grocery store trip, check out these tips to save time and money in the kichen.
- Qualifying for a Mortgage as a Freelancer. As more of my income is derived from freelance work, I have my own concerns for qualifying for our next mortgage.
- What’s an Appropriate Home Food Budget for a Family of Four? Trent is spending over $700 a month on food. I first thought that sounded pretty high, but a recent $400 trip to the grocery store (laundry supplies, paper products, etc. included) has me rethinking my own family’s food budget.
- The Idea of Having. I’ve been on a kick recently to get rid of as much as possible. Some things we are planning to sell, but most items we’ll just give away. I’ve finally reached a point in my life where stuff is just that…stuff.