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Festival of Frugality: The Spring Has Sprung Edition


I'm very excited to be hosting my first blog carnival, and I'm quite glad that it is the Festival of Frugality because it was one of the first carnivals I ever entered.  There are a ton of fantastic submissions this week, though it seems like that is true every week.  I hope that my regular readers will find all these great posts to be a valuable addition to their financial education.

Where I live, in the mid-Atlantic, spring has come with a vengeance.  Or maybe it is was well over 90 degrees today.  With spring comes many things:  people are graduating, the earth is turning green, all sorts of things are growing up, and people are getting out and about.  (I'll be the first to admit that I'm really stretching these categories, but I was determined to write about spring.)

But first, the Editor's Picks:

It's Frugal Being Green presents How to Want Less posted at It's Frugal Being Green.  This is one of the most important changes that I am always working towards.

Peter presents Days Like This Make You Realize What Is Important: It Isn't Your Possessions posted at Bible Money Matters.  So true!

MLR presents Breakdown of a Car Insurance Policy (What Do All Those Numbers Mean?!) posted at My Life ROI, Getting the Best Return On Life.  This is a great informative piece - I actively try to keep up on my auto insurance and I still get confused sometimes.

Jeff@StretchyDollar presents Don't Envy Debt posted at StretchyDollar.  I think we all get stuff envy sometimes, but it is a lot easier when you think of it as debt envy.  Ick!

FFB presents Don't Let Money Ruin Your Marriage! posted at Free From Broke.  I am thankful that I married someone who is financially compatible, but it was just luck.  Such a conversation would have been a smart thing to do before we got married.

And now, the rest!

Graduating and moving on to the next stage of your life:

Raymond presents Personal Finance Books Top Picks posted at Money Blue Book.

Nate Desmond presents 9 Essential Free Programs Every College Student Must Have posted at Debt-free Scholar.Momma presents How to stretch your budget and get free groceries! posted at Engineer a debt free life.

Pinyo presents How To Create A Budget posted at Moolanomy.

FMF presents 5 Key Sacrifices to Make if You Really Want to Save Money posted at Free Money Finance.

Jim presents Free FICO Credit Score posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

Renee V. Rouse presents Family Meals for Under $5 posted at Frugal-Living-Skills Blog.

Paul Piotrowski presents The Importance of Saving Money posted at Inspired Money Maker.

That One Caveman presents My Frugal Story: Generic Pain Killers and Pre-Buyer's Remorseposted at One Caveman's Financial Journey.

Savings Toolbox presents Squeezing More Savings Out Of Your Budget posted at Savings Toolbox.

Jeff Rose presents 7 Pointers On Buying First Home posted at Good Financial Cents.

ChristianPF presents Total Money Makeover Audio book giveaway posted at Christian Personal Finance.

Finance Tips 101 presents What You Need to Know about Academic Scholarships posted at Finance Tips 101.

Tushar Mathur presents How to choose a financial planner posted at Everything Finance.

d. ninja presents Dude, where's my negative net worth? posted at Punch Debt In The Face

Manshu presents Store Brands: Money Saving Idea posted at OneMint

Kate presents Steps For Stockpiling posted at Our Red House.

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents How to Make Chicken Stock posted at Cash Money Life.

Thursday presents 3 Steps to Take When Buying Used posted at Wealth Junkies.

Martin Roth presents MW Boone and Associates - interview with Christian Counseling Services posted at Christian Counseling Services.

Jenn Fowler @ Frugal Upstate presents A Full Cup Coupon Challenge posted at Jenn @ Frugal Upstate.

Destroy Debt presents My Credit Limit Got Lowered Below My Outstanding Balance posted at Destroy Debt.

Heather Levin presents Grocery Store Tricks And How To Avoid Them posted at The Greenest Dollar.

MoneyNing presents What Drives You to Be Frugal posted at Personal Finance Blog by Money Ning.

vh presents Bankbooks and Financial Records: Things people say about themselves posted at Funny about Money.

Raj Patel presents Ways to Use Plastic Wisely? posted at DebtGoal.

Madison presents SwagBucks Sign Up Bonus and Gift Cards posted at My Dollar Plan

Going Green:

GrrlScientist presents Meme: My Earth Day Resolutions posted at Living the Scientific Life.  Wren Caulfield presents Why Commute by Bike? posted at True Adventures in Money Hacking.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper presents Save Money and Plastic with Bulk Bins posted at The Conscious Shopper.

Make it from Scratch presents Homemade Carpet Refresher posted at Make It From Scratch.

Aryn presents Five Simple Ways Go Green in a Bad Economy posted at Sound Money Matters.

Kris presents 156 Cheap, Healthy Recipes for Ten Common Leftover Herbs posted at Cheap Healthy Good.

Tom Drake presents 10 Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bill posted at The Canadian Finance Blog

Elizabeth G (Modern Gal) presents My Modern Frugal Kitchen posted at Modern Gal.

Kristia presents Small changes in your home can protect your earth and your balance sheet posted at Family Balance Sheet.

The Smarter Wallet presents How To Sell Used Items: Profit From Your Gently Used Stuff posted at The Smarter Wallet.

RC presents 20 Ways To Reduce Your Household Energy Use posted at Think Your Way to Wealth.

Rob presents Learn a lesson with the Power Hog posted at Energy Saving Gadgets.

Joe Caterisano presents How To Save Money When Doing Laundry posted at Penny Pinching.

Fabulously Broke presents Receiving Gifts posted at  Fabulously Broke the City.

Growing Up (and on to more complicated stuff):Mark Aucamp presents Credit crunch means talking about money and the lack of it posted at Money Saving Expert. Investing School presents OptionsXpress Review posted at Investing School

Neal Frankle presents Investment Strategies That Work - Day 4 - Asset Allocation posted at Wealth Pilgrim: Money Management Advice, Financial Stess Management, Addiction Recovery Plan & Resources.

FIRE Finance presents Why do we get laid off? A complicated corporate work culture .... posted at FIRE Finance.

MBR presents Savings Account Rates posted at Monitor Bank Rates.

Bank Savings Review presents Is Citigroup Vikram Pandit's Job Safe? posted at Bank Savings Review. . 

Money Beagle presents Easy Way To See If People Are Cutting Back posted at Money Beagle.

DR presents Citi Forward Review posted at The Dough Roller.

Jason presents In This Economy … posted at Automatic Finances.

Steve Faber presents Is My Auto Insurance Company In Trouble? - Signs to Watch Out For posted at Cheap Car Insurance.

Miss M presents A Tale of Two Economies posted at M is for Money.

Mr. CC presents Costco Amex vs. Blue Sky Amex posted at Ask Mr Credit Card's Blog.

Jesse Moran presents How to Protect Everything You Have Worked For posted at Compgifts - The Frugal Way of Life.

Getting Out:

anotherjen presents The Next Rich Girl: 7 Cheap Luxuries to Soothe the Recessionista's Soul posted at The Next Rich Girl

J. Money presents Life Experiences Far Outweigh The Cost of Attaining Them posted at Budgets are Sexy.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Name Your Price With Priceline: Get A Bargain Vacation posted at The Digerati Life.

The Happy Rock presents $10 cheese - Living The High Life While Blowing The Grocery Budget posted at The Happy Rock.

kathryn presents Stretch the Budget for a Family Vacation posted at Out of Debt - Christian Finances and Debt Help.

Broke Grad presents Why I Never Bring My Lunch To Work posted at Broke Grad Student.

Submit your blog article to the next edition of Festival of Frugality using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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