MoneyNing hosts the 161st Festival of Frugality this week, with a very large selection of highly entertaining and interesting posts, among them (possibly not highly entertaining, but at least making the grade) is Funny’s report on the success of the space heater at cutting power bills. Christian PF has a really goodlist of legal places to score free movies and TV shows, which I’m bookmarking forthwith. Single Guy Money has made up his mind to kick the killer weed (by which we mean the truly toxic one, tobacco). Tiffany at NatureMom’s Blog talks about saving money (!) on organic foods. And if you’re in the market, as I am, for recipes that will produce several days’ worth of meals, check out Cheap Healthy Good’s list of 65 such dishes…plus the adorable George Clooney photos. ?
The Make It from Scratch Carnival is hosted at A Dusty Frame this week, with a presidential inauguration theme. Funny’s recipe for slumgullion made the cut here. For those of you who are enjoying temperatures in the negative numbers, HomeEc 101 offers some serious (fancy!) comfort food. Sherry at Happy to Be at Home offers a series of tasty-sounding recipes for ground beef, plus some good advice for how to handle ground meat; we’ll be bookmarking that one, too. Here’s one from Fine Crafts Guild that I wish I’d had a few years ago: How to make your own stencils. And speaking of DIY, learn to make your own bath salts from Mrs. Accountability at Out of Debt Again.
I’ve much enjoyed the renamed and redesigned Pecuniarities, which this week hosts the 188th Carnival of Personal Financewith a fun and pretty Jane Austen theme. Funny’s report on house-swapping appears in this round-up. Sound Money Matters holds forth on one of my favorite hobbyhorses: are we morally obligated to spend ourselves stupid? Speaking of hot topics in my frying pan, as I’m struggling through editing a textbook for personal trainers, FruGal’s post on how to get the best from a gym membership rings my bell. And speaking of heat and space heaters, as we were, check out the good survey of space heaters at The Paycheck Chronicles.
Pimp Your Finances came up with a very cool presidential theme for the 48th Money Hacks Carnival, with nifty and apposite presidential quotes. Funny’s squib about the importance of reading contracts before signing them appears under (gasp!) Ronald Reagan’s handsome photo. Budgets are Sexy brings up the question of pet insurance again. Here’s something interesting: The Strump has a thoughtful article about working for a family-owned business, a subject about which I once, in my magazine-writing days, published a long feature article. Living Almost Large has a moving story about her family’s escape from poverty. Are you military? According to Military Finance Network, you’re eligible for free tax preparation. (IMHO, you should be eligible for no tax at all…but that’s one woman’s opinion, I guess.)
So it goes. Funny will host the Carnival of Personal Finance on February 2 and the Money Stories Carnival on February 10. Looking forward to both—and hope to see something from everyone! Be sure to send your stuff in!