From Theory To Practice: The Festival of Frugality

Welcome to I’ve Paid For This Twice Already… and the 117th Edition of the Festival of Frugality! This edition of the festival shows the ways people are thinking about frugality in their own lives – the “tips” posts outnumbered the “mindset/thinking” posts by almost 3 to 1! In our lives now, there is a need for practical applications of frugal principles that we can put to use in our own lives and really see the difference. Hopefully you can not only learn to think more critically about frugality from this festival, but learn several tips you can immediately put into practice in your own life. I sprinkled some relevant frugal quotes as food for thought throughout the sections. Enjoy!

Editor’s Picks

“Great minds have purposes, others have wishes”- Washington Irving

Developing a Frugal Lifestyle

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Frugality, Cheap, or Efforts Thwarted

“They can conquer who believe they can”-Vergil

  • Not The Jet Set discusses the Frugal vs Cheap distinction and where they draw the line in The Buck Stops Here. I have had that cheese. I had to throw it out. They’re right that if you spend less but waste it, that’s not frugal at all.
  • Savvy Frugality shares about freegans in Extreme Frugality: Freegans. Is that frugal, or cheap, makes sense, or is frightening? You decide.
  • College of Cash tries to be frugal and get coupons, but is thwarted in Where are the Good Coupons?.
  • A Dollar A Day struggles against their internal tendencies and tries to simplify with Living a simpler life.
  • Money Under 30 asks if money trumps love with Is it Okay to Get Married With Debt?

Frugal Tips For the Home

“The chains of habit are too strong to be felt until they are too strong to be broken”– Samuel Johnson

Frugal Tips For the Car

“He who does not economize will have to agonize”-Confusius

Frugal Tips for Events

“The more we do, the more we can do”-William Hazlitt

Frugal Shopping Tips

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship”– Benjamin Franklin

Other Frugal Tips

“Consider the postage stamp; Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there”– Josh Billings

That’s it for this edition! Be sure to pick your favorite entries and share them with your readers! Have a frugal day!



  1. Four Pillars Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Nice job on the carny! Thanks for including us! :)


  2. Laura Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 7:45 am

    I love the Festival. Great job!

  3. Stephanie Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for hosting! Looks like a good one this week!

  4. Value For Your Life Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    The carnival looks great,and the theme of practical applications of frugal principles is going to be extremely helpful to all of the readers. I am honored that you chose my post as an editor’s pick–just the kind of encouragement I needed as my blog is still in its baby months! Sincerely, Amanda

  5. Jinger Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I was glancing at the front page of my local paper online this morning and the title Snowflaking jumped out at me. Take a look: Scroll down to Life and Arts-Life Guide.


  6. emilyg Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Thanks so much for including my post!

  7. Lisa Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for hosting this week!

  8. paidtwice Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Jinger! Wow! Thanks for pointing that out to me! :) :)

    I find it amusing the quote they took from Blueprint is a guest post I wrote for him :)

  9. Jinger Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    My curious nature is back again…do you and your husband have a weekly or monthly allowance for personal items just for yourselves? I am trying to give myself a small set amount a week in cash.


  10. Funny about Money Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Terrific festival! It’s interesting to see how many people are thinking along the same lines as we watch the economy implode.

    Thanks for including Funny’s Make It from Scratch post!

  11. paidtwice Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 11:48 am

    @Jinger – we don’t right now, but that will probably change with April’s budget. We were good about it for a long time but it is time now to create a little more wiggle room in the budget. :)

  12. Bryce Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Thanks much for listing my post. I have been picking up other great frugal ideas from this Festival.

  13. RC@ThinkYourWayToWealth Says:

    March 18th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Great Carnival! Thanks for including my post!

  14. Ken Says:

    March 19th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Just FYI – The link for the TheFinancialBlogger site doesn’t seem to be working.

  15. paidtwice Says:

    March 19th, 2008 at 11:49 am

    @ Ken – hmm it worked when I posted it, maybe his site is down. i will investigate. Thanks!!

  16. Kris Says:

    March 19th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Hey PT – thank you so much for running this week’s festival, and for including my post. Also … Sandra Lee … oy vey. She’s a piece of work, isn’t she?

  17. squawkfox Says:

    March 20th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Thank you Paid Twice for including my article! I’ve linked back via Carnivals. Thank you for hosting this fine festival!

  18. Emmie Says:

    March 21st, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I will have to spend days going down that list, but they will be days well spent!

  19. PT Says:

    March 23rd, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Great job on the carnival. Thanks!

  20. deepali Says:

    March 23rd, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Thanks for the link!

  21. Russell Says:

    March 29th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I’ve scanned through your work and was so taken with it that I bookmarked it for later reading. Just wanted to say that it is very interesting and some good lateral points of view which I will be following through.

    Thanks for it all and I’ll watch out for more.