Frugal Friday

Today seems like a good day to start Frugal Fridays. Today’s job report shows that more Americans are out of work, gas prices continue to rise, and I cringe every time I open my power bill. Don’t get me started on the mortgage industries and the stock market. With such poor economic news, now may be a good time to start cutting back!

So today, I start what I hope will become a regular feature on this blog, Frugal Fridays. Make just one change a week and you could see significant savings in your household budget.

Todays Frugal Tip …Visit Your Local Library.

Not Just Books

If you haven’t been in awhile you may be surprised to find that the library is not just for books anymore. Most of my family’s entertainment comes from the local library. Here are a few of the things we get for FREE from the library.

Free Movie Rentals

We usually don’t get the latest releases, but there is a great selection of movies at the library. There are plenty of classics, kid movies, and educational movies. I like trying out the exercise DVDs that are available. The best part about renting from the library is that you get to keep the movies for 3 weeks, not 3 days!

Free Audio Books (aka books on tape)

The best thing for a long car ride is a good audio book. When I have the kids with me I will choose a popular children’s novel. Our last trip we listened to Tom Sawyer. When I don’t have the kids, I have worked on my Spanish, listened to motivational books and books on business and real estate.

Free Wi-Fi

When I need to get away from the house for awhile I just grab my laptop and head to the local library. They have nice big comfy chairs and I can park myself there all day if I like, without needing to buy any overpriced coffee! If you don’t have your own computer you can use one of the library’s computers, you just need to sign up and reserve a spot.

Free Classes and Seminars

Saturday mornings my library has art classes for kids, taught by local artists. I might also find a seminar on recycling and the book readings by local authors is always a pleasure. Once a month, on Saturday nights, the library has an event for the young teens. Sometimes it is just pizza and a movie, but it could be a dance contest or other fun activity.

Free Books

And of course, there are the books. I have a family of voracious readers, and if I had to buy all the books we read we wouldn’t have any money for food! Become an expert at putting books on hold, and you’ll be reading the latest best seller in a week or two.

I estimate that by making good use of our local library, may family saves a few hundred dollars a month. So go see what’s happening at your local library. You might be surprised.

The “One Heck Of A Giveaway” Contest

It's contest time!If you are a blogger and you haven’t heard about this contest yet, I don’t know where you have been! , working with other bloggers, has come up with a list of prizes that is hard to beat! And what a great way to create buzz about your blog!

Here are the details from :

Well it’s technically not a “MILLION” dollars being given away, but you can say that this is going to be one heck of a big contest. It’s totally different from what other contests are about because you guys (my readers) are the ones that are running this. You guys are the ones that are providing all the items that are going to be given away. I’m sure all of you guys love these blog contests that have been running around the net for these past weeks. The main reason for blog contests are to gain some type of exposure and a community of readers. The contest I’m conducting now of course does benefit me, but I’ve changed it to give the sponsors all free backlinks from my blog and other blogs that choose to post about this contest. Now my blog is all about showing love to other blogs no matter what size and this contest should do the job by helping all the sponsors :)

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Blog Review – A Blog about Blogging

Do you spend more time reading about blogging than you do actually blogging? I certainly do, I am always looking for the great tip that will make my blog incredibly successful and profitable! Most of what I find out in the vast Internet is a rehash of old information. Recently I was pleased to find a blog about blogging that provides great advice that actually inspires me to get working on my blog!

NorthxEast presents an article a week on subjects of interest to bloggers. The writing is excellent, clear and to the point, while providing information that is truly useful.

This weeks article is on the Top 10 Habits of Successful Bloggers. There are some that we have all heard of before, like #3, They Blog Like Clockwork. (where I need to focus!), but also habits that were new to me, such as #1 They’re Super Efficient eMailers.

NorthxEast has gone into my bookmarks, as a blog I will be stopping by at least weekly to catch up on the latest advice on successful blogging.

Knowing the Numbers

Maybe I’m a little different from others, but I find it very helpful to “know the numbers”.  Little things like,  how long will it take me to become a millionaire.  Based on a calculator I found, it will only take 64 years for me to become a millionaire, if I live that long!  Other numbers that are fun to know are how long will it take to pay off my mortgage, and if I gave up my daily Starbucks and saved the money how much would I have? 

Over at Bootstrapper there is a list of 100 different calculators where you can find your numbers.   Let me know how long it will take you to become a millionaire!

Can BlogRush Really Bring More Traffic?

I am trying something new today. I have been seeing the BlogRush widget on websites I have been visiting, and I finally decided to sign up. BlogRush shows links to your posts on other websites. Here is a better explanation from the BlogRush site:

BlogRush is a free service that was created to help bloggers solve their #1 need:
More Readers For Their Blog.

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