The Golden Rules of Frugal Friday

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Sharing money saving ideas is a great way to participate in Frugal Friday and to help others learn how to save money.

Last week I smacked down Frugal Friday abusers shared some ideas about how we can collectively improve this wonderful exchange of ideas called “Frugal Friday.” This week, I wanted to bring just a little more clarification to the guidelines that I mentioned last week. It appears that there was some confusion. So, let’s dispel it.

Here are the golden rules, if you will.

1. This is a forum to help folks save money.

The Frugal Friday carnival was established many years ago as a way for folks to swap ideas about how to pinch a few more pennies. My family personally has benefited from this forum for at least four years. We were deep in debt and it’s thanks to folks linking up here that we paid off those debts.

2. Time is money.

Readers visit the links on Frugal Friday in order to learn and to save money. Irrelevant links waste everyone’s time. The reader clicks through and finds something unhelpful. Waste of time. The irrelevant linker links up but later gets deleted for being irrelevant. Waste of time. Me and my team of minions spend time deleting irrelevant links. Waste of time.

Don’t waste  your time or ours by posting irrelevant links. Time is money.

3. Giveaways and deal posts are not allowed.

If you have a giveaway, there are other carnivals to participate in. Deal posts, those that list current sales at some store or offer coupon matching, are a dime a dozen. This is not the place for them.

4. Recipes are okay, but….

I mentioned this in the comments section last week, but it bears repeating. Recipes are acceptable. Cooking from scratch is a fine way to save money. Making homemade convenience food can save you money.

However, you must explain in the text of your post how this is a money-saving idea. For example,

My kids eat a box of cereal in one sitting. This costs me at least $2 at Trader Joe’s. However, I’ve found that I can make homemade granola for $1 a batch. We now eat healthy, homemade breakfast cereal and save $1/day.

Please make sure you spell it out for us how your recipe benefits us.

These are the things that come to mind. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extend of my law. I have a delete button and I know how to use it.

Now go save some money!

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  1. Thanks for hosting. I co-host 2 different link ups, so I really appreciate your rules. I put a lot of time into them and am occasionally discouraged by the “takers”.

    I am sharing my tips for buying wholesome foods on a budget.

  2. Thanks for making this opportunity available. It’s greatly appreciated. The post I linked up is on selling your unwanted books or donating them and valuing them for a tax deduction.

  3. “I smacked down Frugal Friday abusers” – Jessica, what a delightfully humorous way to start off my Friday. I’m still laughing! I didn’t link anything (those rules look pretty scary) 😉 but I have appreciated some of the great frugal ideas that I have gotten from links in the past. Thanks for hosting … and for the laugh first thing this morning! 🙂 Have a great week-end!

  4. I don’t “do” Frugal Friday, but as someone who regularly has to police grown-ups for various activities, I feel your pain. You’re exactly right. It makes me INSANE when grownups are “too busy” or above the rules. I call bull you-know-what. Good for you, Jessica. Have no remorse, suffer no fools, take no prisoners! 😉

  5. You get ’em, Jessica! I teach community college classes and am surrounded by “adults” who don’t read the directions and then complain because they suffer the consequences. Drives me nuts and as you say, it is an extreme waste of everyone’s time. So, so, so frustrating.

    I linked up a post today about the monetary cost of food waste. It was eye opening for me to write and I hope people looking for ways to save money enjoy it too. Thanks, as always, for hosting. I hope you have a fabulous weekend with your family.

  6. I want to thank you for hosting frugal friday. I always enjoy Fridays because of it. Education is key to being frugal.

  7. ::snort:: that first line made me laugh so loud! 🙂 … I have things to link but just busy and way behind schedule with this horrible cold … but appreciate THOSE who do follow the rules … I want to LEARN to be more frugal 🙂 Thanks for hosting Jessica and hopefully next week everyone can get it right on the first try!!

  8. Thanks so much for hosting Frugal Friday! I do “read the directions,” but there were a few reminders that as a relatively new blogger I was not aware of! Thanks so much for posting these helpful rules and reminders! I posted today about a frugal way to freshen and soften laundry.

  9. Thank you for hosting this link-up. Hopefully you won’t have so much editing this week.

    I shared a technique to make cottage cheese from out of date milk. Even if its a week “late” and getting sour, that’s okay because the first step is to boil the milk. Sometimes milk goes off because I forget it in the back of the fridge; sometimes I get to take advantage of a markdown at the store on the last day.

  10. Thanks so much for this link party! This is my first time linking up and I am loving checking out the other links.
    Love your blog!