encouraging frugality

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If  you would like to be encouraged in your frugal endeavors and receive money saving tips, please follow us on Instagram @thefrugalsource

 

~ I am the author, under the pen name Charlie Lee Austin, of Frugal Seeds 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar

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frugal seeds

 

 

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The title of my blog gives away the fact that I live with at least one chronic illness.  Now, I don’t want to brag, but I actually live with several, and as interesting as it sounds, it is not a whole lot of fun.  Unfortunately I am not the only one in my family who lives with such a burden.  Every person in my immediate family lives with at least one chronic illness.

As a result of all of our medical bills, we have learned to live on a tight budget.  Over the years I have had to learn to be frugal and about 6 months ago I decided to put some of  my frugal ways into a book,  Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  It is now available in both paperback and e-book on Amazon.  The entire book can be read for FREE with an Amazon Kindle Unlimited membership.

You will notice it is written under a pen name.  This has been done as I working on additional books and I am determined to keep the lives of my children private.  Thank you for understanding.

 

 

frugality, budgeting, minimalism and saving money

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There is a simple, no bells or whistles website, THE FRUGAL SOURCE,  that lists links to  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 our budget a bit tighter, I have found many of these sites to be helpful.  May you find something that can bless you too.

I have written a book, under the pen name Charlie, Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  I would be honored if you would take a moment to check it out.

free activities for adults

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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

https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

 

Free admission into museums with Bank of America credit card or

https://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/what-guides-us/arts-and-culture.html#fbid=WooO27LGd7d/hashlink=museums-on-us

 

Free classes for adults at home depot………yes, they offer free kid classes too

https://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#change_store

 

Free fishing days

https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/how-to-catch-fish/free-fishing-days-2018/

 

Geocaching

https://www.geocaching.com

 

Places you can volunteer

https://www.volunteermatch.org/

 

Free music app………..makes doing something not-so-fun, more fun with a personalized playlist

https://www.spotify.com/us/

 

Whole foods offers free classes in some locations

https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/events

 

Some Williams Sonoma stores offer free classes

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/pages/store-events/store-events.html

 

I have written a book, Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  I would be thankful if you would take a moment to check it out.  Thank you.

learning for free

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Being chronically ill I spend a lot of time in bed or resting on the sofa.  If you are anything like me you have also accomplished two things through rest: One,  found the end of the internet, and two, watched more Netflix then you ever thought possible.

There are moments during my day when I feel as if I am wasting my time just watching tv.  Granted, there are days that I am doing my best just to focus on a show, but other days I know I could push myself to do a bit more.  So, I started brain storming ways I could use this time to expand my horizons beyond the four walls of my home.  So I started researching things I could reasonably do from home on a (very small) budget.

I first compiled a list of sites that offer free books so I could spend more time reading with no extra cost to me, unless I needed to print the book out for easier viewing.  Still a huge bargain on my part  (and no late fees from the library).

I then thought about taking a class as I have always loved to learn.  But, at this time in my life I am not able to consistently attend a class in a college setting.  So, I started searching for on-line classes and found that there are TONS of free college and continuing education classes available at our fingertips.  Below is a list of places that offer free classes to anyone willing to sign-up.

Happy learning!

 

https://www.coursera.org/

https://www.khanacademy.org/

http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses

https://www.edx.org/

http://academicearth.org/

https://alison.com/

https://www.class-central.com/university/stanford

https://www.edx.org/school/harvardx

https://oyc.yale.edu/

https://www.class-central.com/university/berkeley

http://oli.cmu.edu/learn-with-oli/see-all-oli-courses

https://ocw.mit.edu/about/

https://www.codecademy.com/

https://www.memrise.com/

https://mises.org/mises-academy

https://courses.fee.org/collections

https://christianuniversity.org/courses/api/grid/post_type/courses/sort%5Bcourse_number%5D/ASC/

https://www.open2study.com/

http://oedb.org/open/

http://mooc.org/

https://www.futurelearn.com/

https://thegymnasium.com/

https://www.saylor.org/about/

http://www.bolc.co.uk/free-online-courses-with-certificate

 

Wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  I would greatly appreciate it if you would take a moment to check it out.  Thank you.

Free Reading Sites

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Those of us who are chronically ill tend to spend our free time participating in less physical activities such as reading.  Since most of us are on a budget due to those endless medical bills, I have done my best to compile a list of websites that offers free reading material.  It is my hope that this list will be beneficial to even the biggest bibliophile.  Happy exploring!

 

https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/free-online

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/

http://rivetedlit.com/

http://www.readprint.com/

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

https://www.wattpad.com/

https://www.fanfiction.net/

https://www.bookrix.com/books.html

http://www.read.gov/books/

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

http://manybooks.net/

http://www.online-literature.com/author_index.php

http://freecomputerbooks.com/

https://librivox.org/

http://www.authorama.com/

https://archive.org/details/texts

https://www.questia.com/library/free-books

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.bibliomania.com/

https://openlibrary.org/

http://www.sacred-texts.com/

https://www.free-ebooks.net/

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/

https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/0/free/any

https://mises.org/wire/ten-books-read-free

https://fee.org/books

wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar.  I would appreciate you taking a moment to check it out.  Thank you.