There is a simple, no bells or whistles website, THE FRUGAL SOURCE, that lists links to numerous publications, blogs and websites, all having to do with saving, investing, retirement, budgeting, minimalism, do-it-yourself and using money wisely.
In my attempt to stretch the budget even tighter, I have found many of these sites to be helpful. May you find something that can bless you too.
“A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” — Dave Ramsey, financial radio host and best-selling author
Everyone can benefit from budgeting his/her money, but having a chronic illness makes your financial life more complicated…….every dollar ( at least in my situation ) must be stretched in order to be able pay all the medical bills and their friends that come along for the ride!
Below are links to free budgeting apps, each a little different so you may be able to find one that fits your needs. If you know of anymore I would love to add them to the list, thank you.
“Beware of little expenses: a small leak can sink a great ship.” — Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers, inventor, diplomat, and the author of The Way to Wealth
Now that it is summer (and I am way late posting this), there are so many free activities taking place around the country. Just in my small mid-west town we have a free concert series, library summer reading programs, free movies once a week and free lunches every weekday for anyone who is hungry. So check out what is available in your location………you might be amazed how many free activities are available to you and your family and the free choices can be just as fun as the ones that cost money – without the guilt.
Below is a list of some free activities for adults:
Free admission into National Parks
Free admission into museums with Bank of America credit card or
Free classes for adults at home depot………yes, they offer free kid classes too
Free fishing days
Places you can volunteer
Free music app………..makes doing something not-so-fun, more fun with a personalized playlist
Whole foods offers free classes in some locations
Some Williams Sonoma stores offer free classes
I was informed of a website, ReSpectacle, that offers free eye glasses to those in need. I spent some time browsing their site and it looks as if anyone is able to order glasses free of charge, even shipping is free if you are unable to pay. Because no eye exam is done you would need to know your prescription and since the glasses are sent to you through the mail, there is no one to custom fit the glasses to your face. This is designed for individuals that have no other way to receive eye wear. Although this organization is based in the US, there is a link for those who live outside the county.
If you or someone you know is unable to pay for corrective eye wear, please pass this information along………thank you so very much!
Free lunches, and in some locations breakfast and even dinner, are available FREE to ANY child 18 and under throughout the United States. Check out the website below to find a location near you.
In our state, most elementary schools and large city parks distribute lunches Monday through Friday. The below website is good, but many places are probably missing as even our small community has a nonprofit organization, in addition to the government funded summer lunch programs, who also offer free meals for anyone Monday-Friday.
Please know that if you are struggling financially or physically there are places, especially in the summer, to get food. Please do not be embarrassed to reach out for help.
If you are looking for some free activities (cheap) for your kids, you may find something in this post.
When you are watching your pennies, or dollars if you are lucky, a freebie now and then is a nice blessing. Below is a list of stores who provide free weekly downloads. May you find something that can be a blessing to you!
Food 4 Less
Pay Less Supermarket
Quality Food Center
Here is a list of stuff you can get free on your birthday……….and in case you missed it, check out free food you can also receive on your big day!
Acme Comedy Company – free tickets
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – free movie ticket
AMC – free gift
American Eagle – 15% off coupon
Anthropologie – birthday discount
Banana Republic – birthday gift (possible coupon)
Bare Minerals – free gift
Captain Dizzy – free car wash
Colombia – free birthday gift & welcome gift
Container Store – free birthday & anniversary gifts
CVS – special offer on birthday month
DSW – $5.00 off
Famous Footwear – $10 off
Fresh – free gift
Harkins Theater – free $5.00 for concessions
House of Comedy – free ticket
J Crew – 20% off & free shipping on your birthday
Kohl’s – free gift
Lancome – special gift
Office Depot – special birthday offer
Old Navy – free gift
Out of Africa – free park admission
Payless – special birthday offer
Redbox – one free night rental
Sephora – free gift
Ulta Beauty – free gift
World Market – free surprise