Weekly Roundup: Weekend Reading Edition

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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!

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With that little bit of housekeeping out of the way, let’s get on with the roundup:

Favorites from The Money Writers

Favorites from The Life Skills Network

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.


  1. I too was stunned at Trent’s reported food budget for the month, especially considering that he gardens and bakes bread, as I do. I’ve been running an experiment over the last few months to trim my grocery budget (food only, nothing else) back to the bone. The challenge was to spend $50 or less per month for our family of two. I never quite made it, but I came pretty close several months. We also have laying hens, and we’ve been eating out of our extensive pantry and well-stocked chest freezer during that time. So maybe it’s not as radical as it sounds.

    I think we could have done it with a little more discipline and careful planning. In any case, it was interesting to watch how aiming for such a low figure changed our shopping habits. I can say that it didn’t lower the quality of the food we ate *at all*.

  2. Thanks for the mention. People think saving time means spending more money, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

    Trent’s article on his monthly food budget is a real eye opener!

    This week’s link roundup will keep me busy for hours. Thanks again, FD.

  3. Thanks for the mention FD, I really appreciate it. Hopefully as more people turn to freelancing, the mortgage market will adjust! As for TSD’s food budget, we spend $500 on just the two of us!

  4. Food certainly is expensive, and prices are continuing to rise. I can see a family of 4 spending almost $800 per month, particularly if they purchase a lot of premium ingredients, junk food, or pre-made meals. In Trent’s case, he values high quality food and ingredients and I would venture that he is willing to spend a little extra to enjoy good food. Families can certainly get by on less than that per month by buying in bulk, buying inexpensive staples, avoiding expensive sugary snacks, and not wasting food.

    Thanks for the mention. 🙂

  5. We easily break through $700 per month for my family of five. Two teenagers can eat you out of house and home…and I have a son that is coming on strong. We buy no junk and virtually nothing pre-made. They just eat A LOT. Sheesh.

    Thanks for the mention.