Frugal Fun...

Finding a great deal is so satisfying. Here are some links that make it fun to be frugal for your family or gift-giving...

Money Saving Mom
This site is packed with great coupons, freebies, printables, organizational tips and tools and DIY tutorials. I recommend following her to keep up with the constant posts. At first, I was a little irritated at the frequent inflow of coupons and such on my dashboard but I've learned to scan quickly and carefully to find the hidden gems. I'm not a big coupon gal...It's embarrassing to admit but I just can't figure out how to print them off the computer... but some of you will be happy, happy, happy.

My favorite DIY post from last week? Do-it-yourself Microwave Popcorn.

You Can Make This
This shop is for the crafty among us who want instant gratification patterns! Everything is PDF; clothing, jewelry, clay, paper, kids' crafts, crochet, knit, embroidery, digital design, baking. There is a category labeled FREE... and that is the one you crafty, low-budget mamas should check out for fun, rainy day projects.

Sign up for their email newsletters and they'll send you a free ebook bundle for each subscription (5 different newsletters available) and offer occasional free ebooks through those emails.

If you are looking for an inexpensive gift for a crafty person, find a nice free project, print it off neatly and put it in a large labeled envelope. Then purchase the supplies needed for the project and put it all in a pretty basket.

(I received the apron pattern for free in a promotional email last year but it appears to only be available for purchase now.)

Fire Mountain Gems Book of the Week
This is another one for crafty moms. This website is a treasure trove of tutorials and resources but I recently discovered their Book of the Week feature. The books are all brand new and shrink wrapped. I was recently able to purchase several books for gifts for the kids at about $2.00 a piece. After shipping it was slightly more but still a great deal and I was very pleased with the purchase. I even found an excellent book for my son (who has no crafty inclinations) about how to start and run a small business. He's had his nose in it for days.

Feel free to add your favorites in the comments. I'm always looking for new resources! (But please, no coupons unless someone can finally teach me how to print them.)
Posted on April 29, 2011 and filed under "frugal finds".