Five Affordable South Florida Activities for Families

on July 20, 2018

South Florida doesn’t exactly have the reputation as an affordable family destination. While Miami and Key West can be ultra expensive, there are other places to explore that are just as much if not more fun for your family!

In this post, I’ll share six South Florida activities for families that are budget-friendly. These fun things to do are affordable alternatives to pricey tourist activities!

For more details on our budget trip to South Florida including where we stayed and a cost breakdown, check out this post. Read more...

Easy $2 DIY Cupcake Stand

on July 2, 2018

Cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting

I was gearing up for a little kiddo party and was in need of something to hold these yummy cupcakes. Of course I’m not going to shell out $20+ for a fancy cupcake stand, so I checked Pinterest for DIY cupcake stand ideas!

I found lots of ideas for homemade cupcake holders, like these from Sarah with an H. On my next trip to the Dollar Tree, I was on the lookout for supplies. Read more...

How To Get Deals on Myrtle Beach Hotels & Avoid Tourist Traps!

on June 23, 2018

I am one of the rare people who grew up in the 80’s near the East Coast and didn’t visit Myrtle Beach. I finally checked it out this year and am sharing how we avoided the tourist traps and got a deal on a fantastic resort right on the beach for under $75/night!

If you want an affordable beach trip away from the touristy scene that is Myrtle Beach, read on…

Where To Stay: North of Myrtle Beach

When I was researching a visit to Myrtle Beach, I noticed that most of the extremely touristy attractions were located in central and South Myrtle Beach. Read more...

Easy Father’s Day Gift Ideas for ANY Budget!

on June 9, 2018

Father’s Day is fast approaching but don’t worry if you haven’t found the perfect gift yet – I’m here to help! Here are a bunch of ideas for practical and thoughtful Father’s Day gifts for any budget.

Gillette Mach3 Gift Set for $7 Shipped

Get a fantastic deal on a Gillette Mach3 gift set here. Or upgrade to a monthly plan and keep the blades coming all year!

$25 Jiffy Lube Gift Certificate for $20 from CardCash

Head to CardCash and enter promo code FATHERSDAY to save an extra 5% on top of already discounted gift cards for Dad! Read more...

How Priority Pass Can Elevate Your Airport Experience + Special Father’s Day Discount!

on June 8, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

Can you imagine grabbing a hot shower, some delicious food, and complimentary alcohol all while waiting for your next flight at the airport? If you are a frequent traveler like I am then this probably sounds too good to be true.

Airport lounges provide an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of traveling, and it’s possible that you’ve walked past them before and never know they were there. Read more...

The BEST Deal All Year on a Costco Membership!

on June 6, 2018

If you have never had a Costco membership (or previously had a membership that expired before February 1st, 2018) then check out this fantastic deal on a Costco Membership Package from Groupon!

For $60, you’ll get:

  • a year of Gold Membership ($60 value alone) for you and another household member
  • a $20 Costco gift card
  • Coupon for a Free Kirkland Signature AA Batteries 72 ct ($19.99 value)
  • Coupon for a Free Kirkland Signature Disinfecting Wipes Variety 4-Pack ($9.99 value)
  • Coupon for $10 off Fresh Meat (beef, chicken, pork, or fish; excludes deli items), and
  • Coupon for $25 off an order of $250 on Costco.com

This is by FAR the best deal you’ll get on a Costco membership all year so jump on it if you are interested – this fantastic deal on a Costco membership package is only available for a limited time but you have until September 29th, 2018 to activate your membership. Read more...

Brandless: Quality Items All $3 Each + Free Shipping on Your First Order!

on May 27, 2018

I tried out some products from Brandless this week, a new site on which every item is $3. I try out lots of deals and new sites for the blog and I only share the winners with you. Brandless is one I think you’ll want to check out!

Brandless products aren’t tested on animals and they don’t use over 400 harmful ingredients like parabens, polypropylene, phthalates, and sulfates in any of their beauty products. Read more...

April 2018 Income Report: $3,433

on May 20, 2018

I’m sharing another income report to help answer the number one question I get asked about my work, which is “How do you make money blogging, anyway?”

I have to pinch myself most days that I am able to pay the bills thanks to the blog. I didn’t dare to dream it would reach this point when I started The Frugal South as a hobby in October of 2014.

But about a year ago I saw the potential for this blog to make money and decided to treat it as a business instead of a hobby. Read more...

Father’s Day Gift Idea: Gillette Mach3 Gift Set Only $7!

on May 15, 2018

Looking for an easy Father’s Day gift that won’t break the bank? Click here to get $3 off your first Gillette On Demand order – that brings the Mach3 starter set down to only $7 for the handle and four blades!

You can choose to continue sending a box every one to six months, or you can easily cancel online after the first box. I have personally given this as a gift and it was very easy to cancel. Read more...

The Easy Way to FINALLY Reach Your Savings Goals + $25 Bonus To Get You Started!

on May 6, 2018

I have a secret weapon for saving money and I’m sharing it with you today! I use a free Captial One 360 savings account to automatically set money aside for various needs every month. I’ll show you how to set up an account and automate your savings to finally save that money you have been meaning to save!

Before I had this savings hack in place, I struggled to put money aside in a savings account. Read more...

New MoviePass $7.95/Month Plan – What Do You Think?

on May 4, 2018

I’ve had a few friends try MoviePass – the in-theater movie subscription service – and I’m curious. I’m not a big movie-goer due to the cost involved, but I think I might have to give the service a try!

For a limited time, MoviePass is offering a $7.95/month plan that allows you to three movies per month and a three month trial of iHeartRadio all-access. They also offer a $9.95/month plan that allows you to see a new movie every day if you wanted. Read more...

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review: Is It Actually a Good Value?

on May 1, 2018


Walt Disney World resorts are split into three main categories: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Value resorts are the most affordable and the most basic in terms of amenities.

Today I’m sharing a thorough review of Pop Century, one of Disney’s Value resorts, with a focus on what you get for your money when staying there. Is Pop Century actually a good value? Read on to find out what I think!

What It Costs

What you will pay for a room at the Pop Century Resort varies greatly depending on what time of year you visit. Read more...

2018 Goals: April Update

on April 30, 2018

How amazing that we are almost a THIRD of the way through 2018 already! I figured it was time for a goals update since I did the first quarter review in my PowerSheets earlier this month.

I have come to love the PowerSheets monthly “Tending List”. It is exactly what has been missing from my goal-setting in the past, which is a way to translate my yearly and monthly goals into something I can work towards every day! Read more...

Instant Pot Ham & White Bean Soup

on April 22, 2018

Like many of you, I am IN LOVE with my Instant Pot (generic version, not sure what but it works).

I’m been trying out tons of recipes I used to make in my crockpot and I get a huge thrill when what used to take half a day is ready in like 20 minutes.

The recipes that have turned out best so far have been soups and chilis. I guess it’s because they have plenty of liquid to help the pressure cooker get up to pressure without any issues. Read more...

How To Start A Blog on a Tight Budget: A Cheapskate’s Guide

on April 21, 2018

As you may have guessed from the title of this blog, I am a cheapskate. I prefer to get as much as possible for free and HATE paying more than I think I should.

I started this blog as a hobby over three years ago on a super low budget. I’ve managed to keep my blogging expenses low and I now earn a full-time income from the blog.

In this post, I’ll share my strategy for blogging on a shoestring budget, and if you are a cheapskate like me, don’t worry! Read more...

2018 Free Dining at Disney World: Everything You Need to Know!

on April 19, 2018

Free Dining dates for 2018 have been released and you can book them now – get a free quote here!

Disney World’s “Free Dining” offer is by far it’s most popular promotion. It is pretty clear why… FREE FOOD at Disney? Ummm, yes please!

In this post, I’ll answer the most common questions I get asked (e.g. Is it always the best deal? How much can I save?) and share everything you need to know about Free Dining in this post. Read more...

Introducing My New Disney-Only Site, The Budget Mouse!

on April 10, 2018

I’m so excited to welcome my readers to the new home for my Disney content… The Budget Mouse!

The Frugal South started out as a place to share my money-saving strategies for everything from groceries to entertainment to travel.

Over the past few years it’s become clear that my posts about saving money on Walt Disney World travel are by FAR my most popular posts. So I wrote more Disney posts and The Frugal South grew into a place of about half Disney stuff and half other money-saving stuff… which made it a kinda confusing place! Read more...


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