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Thriftiness: A Lensography

Updated on April 23, 2013

My Lenses on Thriftiness and Saving Money

I am the queen of thrifty living and I have written a number of Squidoo articles, or lenses, about thriftiness. If you are looking for ideas and tips to help you save more money, you will find it here!

In today's economy, when everything is going up except our incomes, it is essential to be as economical as possible in the way we run our households. With so many people being downsized, companies closing, and budget shortfalls, no job seems secure in this day and age. So, it is important that we save as much as possible when we do have an income, to prepare for that unexpected emergency such as a job loss, illness or other catastrophe that could affect our ability to earn money in the future. Many experts recommend having enough money in the bank to survive for six months. In this economy we probably need even more than that!

If you are looking for some helpful suggestions from someone who has been forced to live frugally for a number of years, you will appreciate my articles. I have had to learn some of life's lessons the hard way. Hopefully, I will spare you some of the pain that my family has had to endure when I share our experiences.

Check the Table of Contents below to navigate to a specific topic, or scroll down to browse through all of the thriftiness lenses I have written at Squidoo.

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Thriftiness and Food Costs

Thriftiness at the grocery store will only pay off if you buy nutritious food. Focus on the outside aisles.

Thriftiness at the grocery store will only pay off if you buy nutritious food. Focus on the outside aisles.
Thriftiness at the grocery store will only pay off if you buy nutritious food. Focus on the outside aisles.

Thriftiness and Utility Costs

Thriftiness: Heating with wood warms you twice.

Thriftiness: Heating with wood warms you twice.
Thriftiness: Heating with wood warms you twice.

Raising Children with Thriftiness

Thriftiness with kids can be a challenge, but will pay off in the long run when children learn the value of money.

Thriftiness with kids can be a challenge, but will pay off in the long run when children learn the value of money.
Thriftiness with kids can be a challenge, but will pay off in the long run when children learn the value of money.

Simple Living and Thriftiness

Thriftiness and a simple life make for a wholesome childhood.

Thriftiness and a simple life make for a wholesome childhood.
Thriftiness and a simple life make for a wholesome childhood.

I appreciate your comments and suggestions on this thriftiness lensography. Please let me know what you think! Feel free to share any money saving tips or your experiences with thriftiness.

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      Ingo 

      3 years ago

      wow sis! ang ganda ng header!!! gaanyn dn gsuto ko header ung mga pagmumukha namin ehehehh )Thanks for joining at im glad na inspired kita LOL ;D NWEis ang saya naman ng mag aama mo .d bale sa lahat naman ng family may knya knyang ups and downs .its normal ehhehe ung iba dyan d lang naglalabas ng downs ehehhehe )See you nest week!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      One of my favorite sayings is that if you can save a dollar in one area then you have it to spend in another.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      6 years ago from Royalton

      There are many ways that we can be thrifty or frugal. Thanks to your reminder, I noticed that it had gotten light out so I shut off the light next to me.

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      marsha32 

      6 years ago

      Still working my way through :) I love being frugal.......I just put the laundry in the dryer! I need to take it out and put it on the line. It's a pretty chilly day out but not chilly enough for the clothes not to dry.

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      Helene-Malmsio 

      6 years ago

      What a great lens! checking out the site... I also save money in all the sensible ways, cut my own hair, do manicures etc. and just use common sense!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I might challenge you on the Queen of Thriftiness title! Or maybe we could share? ;) I have such a fun time finding new ways to be thrifty. My latest is making my own laundry detergent and saving $$!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Great lens. I love your topics.

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      mgs249 

      6 years ago

      I work in retail sales, so am low income. I am always thinking of ways to save and frequent the dollar stores. Some people just don't seem to understand and give me the pity look when I say that I went to the dollar store. I quit trying to justify/explain to them. Thanks for the ideas. I am fairly new to squidoo and also wrote a lens, "Stretching the dollar".

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      E L Seaton 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      You rock the thrifty world. Thanks for sharing again great tips to squeeze a dollar till George Washington cries for relief. Great lensography. Can't wait to read more.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Your thrifty tips are practical and doable. My son cuts his own hair with a gizmo that cost practically nothing. He used to spend $25-$30 for a haircut. That one little thing has saved him a tremendous amount of money. My gripe about cutting back on electricity is that, every time we cut back our usage, they charge us more, because they're "not making enough money." So that in itself doesn't seem to work here. But I do love your thrifty tips, because back in the day, this was the way we were taught to live, and we should still be doing those things instead of having a disposable society.

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I always enjoy reading your thrifty tips!

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      anatomyphysiology101 

      7 years ago

      Yes, raising kids can be very expensive. But it doesn't have to be that way. Children crave attention, assurance, love, understanding etc and not expensive toys, clothes etc. Great lens with useful links.

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      Joan Haines 

      7 years ago

      I love that you emphasize good nutrition, and that buying junk is NOT being thrifty.

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      Well done. This is the perfect time for people to take advantage of the knowledge you have to offer here. Learning how to be "thrifty" is essentially getting back to basics that us older folks understand and younger ones need to be taught. Well done. Blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      Great collection of web pages on this topic. It is greatly needed right now with everyone discovering thriftiness

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