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  1. Danelle Ice says:

    You know, it’s interesting what you say about “being poor” as a mindset. Tony Robbins always talks about the negative associations people have with money, but it works both ways (having negative associations with NOT spending money- like being embarrassed about the garage sales).

    It’s kind of a relief to know that we have so much control over our lives, all with the power of our thinking!

    Danelle Ice from Homemaker Barbi

  2. Penny Malley says:

    My hubby and I are taking Dave’s course now… I love his quote, “Live like no one else, so you can LIVE like no one else.” That gets me through the rough spots! :)

  3. Jenn @ Beautiful Calling says:

    Wow. I was just thinking about doing a post on this area since I am still in middle of it. When we first got married we had all kinds of money. Due to income loss for my husband and me now at home with a baby and a 2 year old. We’ve made the decision for me not to go back to work….but we’re having a tough time adjusting our $ mentality since before we shopped at the grocery store with no list and purchased whatever struck our fancy. Many times while clothing shopping for me or my first, I’d buy without looking at prices. I had a similar wake-up call to you!
    What a blessing to have read this and know that I wasn’t the olnly foolish one out there (no offense!)

  4. bassackwards mom says:

    I usually do a bit on Thrifty Thursdays… so if it’s alright with you I’ll marry that with Frugal Fridays when you do it!! I love thrifty frugal ideas!!!

  5. Funny, I wrote about money in my childhood, too!

  6. I think keeping up with “these” Joneses will actually make you feel good–we’re so easy to pass up! :) A great post!

  7. The Happy Housewife says:

    We have learned so much from Dave Ramsey too. On Oct 26, 2007 we called his show to yell “We’re Debt Free!” It was awesome and we have never looked back. I agree poor is a state of mind. My husband makes a good income but we choose to live on about half of it. I would rather save and give, than spend every penny we make.
    Great post!

  8. I’ve been doing the frugal thing (sorta) for a few years now in the hopes of getting out of debt. So far, the best thing is that I’ve kept my head above water.
    The second best thing is that I’ve found this can actually be fun. I mean, can anything give you a better ‘financial high’ than 45% off your groceries? (Hooray for sales and coupons!)
    And thirdly, I bet you’ve also seen that things you totally and completely had to have just plain don’t matter now!

  9. Katie @ goodLife {eats} says:

    Being organized about my shopping list and sticking to the list has helped me save money. No more multiple trips to the store and wasted gas because I’ve forgotten something. No more impulse shopping! I really like to use Cozi to help me with my lists and staying organized.

  10. My husband and I took the Dave Ramsey FPU class two years ago. We almost “got it” and paid off tons of debt. But, we didn’t really get it because we let things slide and didn’t go gazelle on our Emergency Fund. Now, our economy is a mess and people are losing their jobs left and right. We are now back into the DR thing and working hard to get rid of ALL debt and load up our emergency fund. If you haven’t checked Dave Ramsey out…you must. He’s SOOO right. I am so glad we “get it” now and we are never going back.

  11. Frugal Homemaker says:

    Great post! Thanks for hosting Frugal Fridays!

  12. Brianna @ Heart(h) Management says:

    I love this post. It has taken me a while to not chafe under the feeling of “living poor”, but I think I’m getting there. As my mindset has slowly changed to look forward to what CAN be if we live this way now, it’s easier to realize that I’m *choosing* this and not forced into it and that feels better. Live like no one else, baby!

    Welcome to your first hosting day of Frugal Friday, FishMama! Thanks for hosting it for us.

  13. I love the quote “act your wage”! And realizing that it doesn’t matter what other’s think.

  14. thejoythejourneythejob says:

    Thanks for hosting. I look forward to reading your blog.


  15. Saver Queen says:

    What an excellent post. It’s so true – it’s easy to make spending decisions based on what we think we “should” have, or what success “looks like” rather than what we truly need or even want. Thanks for hosting!

  16. Thanks for hosting! I chatted a bit about meal planning!

    Being frugal rocks!

  17. My husband and I also took Dave’s class about 2 years ago. We started his plans and then had some job changes and now are starting over. Thanks for hosting, today was my first time to join in. I have read your blog a few times before. Thanks for hosting!

  18. I have recently started living more frugal, becasue I want to not because I had to thank goodness; and it is fun! I just got back from Walgreens, and that is what I was going to link up for today.

  19. I'm not sure if I linked in right down there- so I'm going to put my link in here, thanks!

  20. This week's frugal blog is "Home Made Kids' Meals." Check it out at!

  21. I wrote about making hand-me-downs appealing. Check out the post at

  22. This entire week I blogged about Frightfully Frugal Halloween costumes, all created from Goodwill items. You will be amazed at how beautiful they turned out. BONUS: no sewing involved!!

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