Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Joany: Earn $25 Cash + Get Help With Health Insurance!

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Picking a health insurance plan that will save you money and cover what you need can be an overwhelming task. That’s why there are companies like Joany to help people decide on the best plan for their needs.

Joany is a healthcare “concierge” service for people that buy their own health insurance. It is totally free to use and you’ll earn $25 when you take their healthcare survey!

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What Are Your Financial Goals? + $50 Cash Giveaway!

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I’m incredibly lucky to have frugal habits that help me live a rich life on a limited budget. I’m not sure when or where I learned these habits, but when I look back at my life I realize I’ve been developing them for almost 20 years!

With this blog, I want to help you develop frugal habits that will enable you to reach your financial goals. Your goals might include:

  • paying off debt
  • staying under budget each month
  • having money for travel
  • saving for retirement or college
  • stop living paycheck to paycheck

While it has taken me more 20 years to develop my habits,

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17 Ideas For A Family No-Spend Weekend

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Taking on a no-spend challenge is a fun way to create a little breathing room in your budget. Weekends are often a time when families spend money on entertainment, eating out, and activities, so they are the perfect place to start!

Here are seventeen ideas for having a super fun weekend with your family without spending a dime. As you can tell from the pictures, we have done ALL of these ourselves at one point or another!

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CardCash: Extra 5% Off All Restaurant Gift Cards

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Sale!

Through 11/19, take an extra 5% off the already discounted prices of all restaurant gift cards from CardCash when you enter the code THANKFUL at checkout. I regularly buy from CardCash and highly recommend their discounted gift cards!

I scored a $35 P.F. Chang’s gift card for only $25 after the code. I’ll use it for a date night dinner with my husband next month!

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How to Earn an Extra $300 for the Holidays with Lyft!

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Right now you might be looking for ways to make extra money for the upcoming holiday season – I know I am!

If you haven’t already heard of Lyft, the ridesharing app that matches drivers with passengers requesting rides, it’s an easy way to earn money – and be your own boss.

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How I Save Up To 70% at Michaels (Great For Holiday & Birthday Gifts)

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Here is another post in my series on how I save money during the holidays!

I love Michaels for craft supplies, but you might not have considered it when you are shopping for Christmas gifts for friends and family.

First of all, Michaels is almost always offering a 40% or 50% off coupon for one full-price item. I suggest downloading the Michaels’s app,

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12 Cheap & Easy Snacks for New Moms

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Guest Post by Natalie Michele from Maternity at Home

New motherhood comes with the huge challenge of feeding yourself as you keep up with the demands of your newborn baby. As a new mom, you will be sleep deprived, and your body will need nutritious foods as you recover.

Here’s the good news – there are plenty of ways to make certain that you eat healthily while you care for your baby!

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Blogging Goals + Income Report For July 2017

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Blogging is such a great gig because you get to help solve people’s problems, build a community, and make money in the process!

Many bloggers who I follow and admire are transparent about their income. I periodically share an income report here at The Frugal South in an effort to be transparent as well, and to answer the #1 question I get asked about blogging: How do bloggers make money,

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How I Earned $50 Cash For Completing Joany’s Health Care Survey

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Yesterday I earned $50 cash from Joany by completing a 10-15 minute survey about my experiences with health care. This is a legitimate opportunity for some easy money so I had to pass it on to my readers! Read on to see if you qualify for the survey.

Joany is a company that aims to be a “health care concierge” by helping folks find the best insurance plan for their needs.  

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10 Weeks of Easy & Budget-Friendly Dinner Recipes

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Lots of inspiration for getting dinner on the table! Easy and budget friendly recipes for dinner on the cheap.

Readers often ask for easy, budget-friendly dinner recipes here at The Frugal South. So today I’m sharing LOTS of recipes in one post!

For a year I shared my weekly dinner meal plan here on the blog. I made affordable, healthy, and easy dinners a habit, so now I have a huge collection of go-to dinners that I make regularly!

So here’s ten weeks’ worth of my favorite dinner recipes from my year of meal planning…

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3 Essential Habits For Becoming Debt Free

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Guest Post by Jacob from Dollar Diligence

Becoming debt free is not easy by any means and if someone tells you it is, he or she likely did not have a lot of debt to eliminate.

When I first looked at my student loan balance statement, I was scared. I mean, truly scared for myself.

I owed a lot of money.

Money,

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2017 Goals Update: $3,300 in Debt Payoff and More…

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It’s hard to believe 2017 is already half over, isn’t it? I try to remember to review my goals every quarter, and though I missed the first quarter (oops), at least I’m checking in now.

Goal #1: Pay Down Debt

My first goal for the year was to pay down the $5,000 in debt we acquired during our kitchen remodel last year. I ‘ve been monitoring the balance every month and am happy to report that I’ve already paid down $3,300 of the balance!

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GlassesUSA: 55% Off + Free Shipping = Prescription Glasses from only $22!

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Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for this honest review.

When you visit the eye doctor, do you order your glasses through their office?

I always suggest getting a copy of your prescription (which by law they must provide) and ordering your glasses online. You’ll save hundreds of dollars by ordering directly from a glasses manufacturer such as GlassesUSA!

I haven’t bought new sunglasses in years so I was thrilled to get the chance to try out some new sunnies from GlassesUSA.

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Wet’n Wild Emerald Point: A Fun & Affordable Way to Stay Cool This Summer!

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Tips for visiting Wet'n Wild Emerald Point in Greensboro, NC! Why Wet and Wild North Carolina is great for families with little kids, a discount on 2017 tickets, advice for getting a season pass for your family and more.

When you live in the South, finding a way to cool off is essential to surviving the summer!

My little one loves the pool (if you couldn’t tell), so a few years ago I began looking for an affordable way she could swim all summer. I was SHOCKED at how expensive pool memberships are…

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How To Find A Safe & Easy Way To Start Investing Your Hard-Earned Money

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Guest Post by Andrew Altman from Slick Bucks

You work hard for your money, and you understandably want to see your money work hard for you in return. By properly investing your funds, you can watch the value of your portfolio grow substantially over the years. The stock market is one of the primary investment vehicles that investors choose to use.

You may be well aware that there are risks for financial loss when investing in the stock market,

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My BEST Tips & Tricks for Saving Money on Groceries!

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Are groceries the second biggest expense for your household after your mortgage/rent? They are for us, so I am always searching for ways to spend less on groceries without sacrificing quality.

I’ve found a bunch of creative ways to save money on groceries and household items, so I’m sharing my best tips and tricks in this post!

Buy Essentials at Costco

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Shopping for essentials at Costco (or another warehouse club) has the potential to save you a ridiculous amount of money!

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106 Resources Every Mom Should Have for 97% Off!

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Recently I began working with the team over at Ultimate Bundles and I’m thrilled to share their newest product with you – The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

It’s a package of resources that was created to make homemaking easier and smoother, and it’s put together for moms, by moms.

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The bundle has 106 products (including 21 eCourses, 50 eBooks, 14 printables and more) to help you:

  • Increase your productivity (while still taking care of yourself!)
  • Stop living paycheck-to-paycheck
  • Build relationships with your kids
  • Rekindle romance with your spouse
  • And a whole lot more!

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How To Save Money with Amazon Subscribe & Save

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Almost every month a box from Amazon’s Subscribe & Save program arrives at our house, and I estimate I save about 25% off of store prices with this program. If you aren’t familiar with how to use it to save time and money, here are all of the basics!

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Subscribe & Save is a program available to  Amazon Prime Members that allows you to have items that you use regularly delivered (for free!) at a set interval to your home.

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