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Simple and Frugal Living and Lifestyle Guide

Updated on June 6, 2014
The Ultimate Simple and Frugal Living Reference Guide
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In my quest for a simple and frugal lifestyle, I have come across many different ideas. I did a ton of reading and researching and have compiled all of the best ideas, how-to guides and advice. This article serves as a reference guide for all who wish to live a simple and frugal life. As I come across more great articles, I will add them to this guide for easy access.


Sometimes we need a little motivation, encouragement and rational reasons to do something even if we know it will pay off for us. Here is some guidance for those just starting on their simple and frugal lifestyle.

Making the Choice to Be Frugal

Has the unstable economy caused you to sit down and seriously think about the way you spend your money? Do you know what it means to be frugal?

Frugal Living: Ten Tips For Simple Living

Frugal living does not have to be about living in misery. It is entirely possible to live happily with fewer possessions.

Live Simple: Five Steps Towards A Simple Lifestyle.....Installment One

Five steps to take to begin making your life less hectic. A simple lifestyle is a frame of mind, and it begins with little steps and then becomes a new way of living.


Making things on your own instead of buying products from the store can save you a ton of money through the years. At first, some DIY projects may seem overwhelming. But, once you have got the whole process down; it's simpler, faster and enjoyable.

How to Make Your Own Laundry Soap

DIY Liquid Hand Soap: How To Save Hundreds Making Your Own.

An Inexpensive Utility Sink Built From A Plastic Barrel Half

How to Make Homemade Pickles Without Canning

How to Make Baby Food at Home

Saving Money on Utilities

One thing I hate paying so much money for is my utilities. If your not careful, those bills can cause you to go broke. Use these tips to help your wallet and even the environment.

Frugal Living: Money Saving Tips On Utilities

6 Ways to Conserve Water and Save Money on Water

Easy Tips To Reduce a High Electric Bill Next Month

Freezer Meals/ Once a Month Cooking

Freezer meals, also called bulk cooking or once a month cooking are a great way to save money no matter how big or small your family is.

Freezer Cooking: 10 Tips for Getting Started

What Are Foods That Freeze Well? Ways to Save Money on Food

Small Space Living

Living in a small house, room or apartment can save you a ton of money. Most American's spend about 30% of their income on their housing. Society has gotten too used to huge houses and it is a waste. Small space living forces you to de-clutter and downsize; making your life much simpler.

Frugal Storage Ideas for Small Homes: Creative, Unique Organization Methods

Cutting Costs

Sometimes, we spend money on things that we don't even realize add up. Household items that you think you need can be replaced or reused. Also, you don't have to spend money to entertained. Check out the ideas below for household and entertainment savings.

How to Save Money on 10 Common Household Items You Don't Even Have to Buy!

21 Things To Do That Don't Cost Money

Grow Your Own

Gardening can be a great hobby and save you tons of money on your grocery bill. Wouldn't you love to just walk outside and grab whatever vegetables you need for dinner, instead of driving to the store. Fresh veggies aren't always cheap. Growing your own makes a big difference in your budget.

Growing Vegetables Plants from Kitchen Scraps!

Easy Vertical Gardening Ideas for Beginners

If you have an article that you feel would add to this simple and frugal reference guide, let me know in the comments. I would be happy to check it out and add it if appropriate.

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    • Learning in Life profile image

      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Your Welcome

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      patchofearth 5 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      I'm totally bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sleepylog 5 years ago from Australia

      Awesome article! Thank you for posting it. I have included links to other hubbers' articles in some of my hubs, I think it's great that we help each other out.

      Maybe you could include links to some articles about home-made beauty products? I've written a few of them, including a couple of soap-making recipes.

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Y'all are very welcome. If I put your hubs in this, it truly means I find them valuable. I wrote this hub so I'd have an easy way to reference the hubs I plan on using in my life.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you my friend; very nice of you to include my hubs. Very nice job of organizing all of these. :)

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      collegedad 5 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      I second that. Great hub!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Nice index of money saving articles. Thanks for including several of mine! :-)