Frugal Friends Podcast
Summary: Controlling your spending is hard to do. On every episode of Frugal Friends, we'll try to help you gain a little more control on one aspect of the countless directions your money is being pulled toward through frugality and a few laughs. If you're trying to save money, spend less, adopt minimalism, pay off debt or reach financial independence, we think you'll like the show.
Travel! For many of us, it's what we look forward to, work for, and talk about; AND unfortunately it can also be what propels us into debt. We know some people get to see the world on very few dollars; so we talked with Lee Huffman from the We Travel There podcast to pick his brain on travel hacking and how even the most inexperienced can do it!
Groceries are one of our biggest monthly expenses, so it makes sense that we want to cut costs and save money where possible; while still eating well of course! Beyond clipping coupons and shopping discount grocers, we learned that tracking sales cycles can be a big money saver! Listen in as we chat about shopping in season and staying on top of discounts.
Minimalism is not just about how much stuff you own, in fact it's hardly about stuff! Minimalism certainly boasts clean open spaces, but how might these concepts permeate other aspects of our frugal lives? On this episode we're exploring how minimalism might impact the way we approach our daily lives and schedules and how this too might assist us in obtaining our financial goals and ultimately creating a fulfilling lifestyle!
We all know it's a good idea to start saving money when we're young, but in what other ways should we be making the most of our youth? Robert Farrington answers this question as he explores this concept of 'front loading' our lives and encourages young people to capitalize on the energy, capacity, and ability to risk-take when we're younger in order to experience greater financial freedoms and benefits later in life.
Housing is one of our biggest expenses in life, and oftentimes we’re not asking the right questions to determine the best and most affordable living solutions! There are great arguments on both sides for renting vs. buying and we explore it all to help you determine what’s right for you! In this episode we’re taking a look at the the factors to consider when buying, the benefits of renting, whether we should be focused on paying off debt or investing, and a few alternative housing ideas!
It's that time of year again! Dreaded for students, anticipated for parents; but something we can all rally behind is not wanting to overspend on back to school supplies! It seems the lists get longer and longer each year, so we’re talking about how we can send kids back to school prepared without breaking the bank. And to top it off we have Allison from Inspired Budget co-hosting the show and giving her expert knowledge as a personal finance writer AND a fellow teacher! Don’t miss it!
This one is a long time in the making, but we are delighted to have Chris Browning from the Popcorn Finance podcast on the show! Chris has a lot of great insight when it comes to personal finance and becoming debt free, and we admire him even more for sharing with us how he and his wife paid off $27K of credit card debt! We talk a lot about paying off student loan debt on the show, so we're excited to bring some hope to our fellow frugal friends who are facing this sort of debt and provide hope for freedom through hearing Chris' story!
There are many budgeting techniques out there but today we're taking a look at the envelope system. It's an extra special episode as we have THE Allison Baggerly from Inspired Budget acting as co-host while Jen is on maternity leave! Allison and her family have actually used the envelope system for years and she brings a helpful perspective to this topic! Many of us have 'cut our teeth' in budgeting by using the envelope system and still more have fallen off the wagon - but let's talk about how might make this practical method work for us!
Setting and achieving financial goals is all fun and games, but what about if your spouse is not on board? Embracing frugality, much like minimalism, can't be forced on others - but there are ways to negotiate and become unified on this journey toward financial freedom! Join us as we look at some basic tips to help open the lines of communication and seek common ground regarding finances and important money decisions!
Many of us have never considered approaching this topic of finances with our parents, and for those who have, it can still make us want to run for the hills! It's the second most potentially awkward and dreaded conversation right next to 'the talk' you received as an adolescent, but no less important! Thankfully, we have Cameron Huddleston, personal finance expert+author, on the show to discuss how to have these crucial conversations and the importance of opening this dialogue before it's too late. Cameron shares her own insight and experience, and even some cautionary tales to motivate us to do the hard, but valuable thing!
Now that we've de-cluttered and minimized our homes, it's time to simplify our digital lives! Beyond deleting files from your computer, we also talk about being more mindful about how we are spending our time and money online. Mindless technology use can lead to mindless spending so let's talk digital minimalism!
School's out, sun's out...now what? If you're like us summertime means a lot more get-togethers, vacations, day trips, and activities - but how do we make the most of summer without blowing our budgets? On this episode we talk all about frugal ways to enjoy the summer along with some of the pitfalls and misguided tips for saving money during this season.
We know minimalism and simplicity have great benefits for our lives, but knowing where to start or how to achieve this lifestyle can be daunting! Thankfully Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity and creator of the minimalist fashion challenge #Project333 breaks it down for us on this episode! Courtney shares her own minimalist journey and offers a great way to approach simplicity with your wardrobe!
It’s important to have friends - especially when setting and reaching goals. Our friends can either support us or derail us, and while we would never advocate kicking anyone to the curb - we will give tips on how to surround yourself with a community that will assist you on this frugal journey!
Believe it or not SOMETIMES the most frugal option is the more expensive option! Today we talk about the areas where it's worth spending more because of the savings it could provide in the long run. We also discuss some common frugal tips that are misleading at best, and usually not worth following!