During my weeks of Frugal Boot Camp, not only have I been reading the books upon my book shelves and scanning Pinterest for interesting money savings tips, I've been reading the archives of some of the blogs from my favorites list. Some of these bloggers are fairly new to me. Some, like Rhonda and Annabel I've been following for a good long while. I spend a good bit of time online (don't ask how much, please. You'd be shocked I ever get a thing done!) Some may be new to you. This is a shortened list because I follow other's blogs on a less regular basis but I follow them. I just prefer to keep my favorites list short and then I'll do a marathon reading day and catch up with others. But I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.
Can I just share how I go about reading blogs? I follow a few weekly. I visit some on a routine basis throughout the month. Now and then I take time to go to a blog I've enjoyed and read all the archived posts. Another day when I've a need to rest harder I'll go to a blog and read through their blog rolls, the blogs they've listed in the side bar that the follow. I've found some terrific blogs this way.
The blogs I'm featuring here today are here because they boost my frugal thinking power. I've learned things, I've thought harder about the things I do and why, I've been inspired by the bloggers I'm listing below. Some you may be familiar with as well.
http://thebluebirdsarenesting.blogspot.com/ Annabel started blogging about 3 years ago after she left a group list I'd stumbled upon. I've followed her ever since. Annabel adds elegance to being frugal. She makes the most luxurious things and yet none of them are pricey. She's a great one for 'getting the look for less'.
http://ifyoudostuff.blogspot.com/ I've known Rhonda via email, various groups and her blogs and mine for years upon years. We've raised families together and seen life changes together and I count her as a true friend. Years ago when I was having trouble staying motivated, I posted Rhonda's blog title on my kitchen bulletin board. "If you do stuff, stuff gets done." It was just the daily reminder I needed when I was gazing at a project I had been procrastinating tackling. Rhonda's money saving skills are spot on. She cooks from scratch, she sews, she decorates, she gardens. She works hard in her home and she's an inspiration to me every time we 'talk'. And if you're looking for a recipe, check Rhonda's. I've never ever tried a recipe she recommended and not liked it!
http://aworkingpantry.blogspot.com/ I'd heard about Patsy for years before I visited her the first time. I thought I wasn't much interested in her blog at first, as I seldom use canning to preserve anything, but there came a moment when I realized that Patsy had a lot to teach me about building a pantry. Over the years I've come to appreciate what she has to offer.
http://www.theprudenthomemaker.com/blog/ Brandy has a lovely blog. She is a talented gardener as well as photographer and she too has seen the hard times and lived to tell the tale. She is such a gracious spirit and truly does her best to make things beautiful. Her blog is fairly 'new' yet but she has a world of information and such on her website so explore it fully.
http://gdonna.com/ Sarah mentioned this blog to me about a year ago I think. I let it go unnoticed for a bit but after her second mention of it I went and then another reader mentioning her to me, I went ahead and checked it out. It's such a charming old fashioned sort of blog and interesting as can be. It's full of good solid thrift.
http://atrayofbliss.blogspot.com/ I discovered Mimi's blog about the time I did Annabel's. I've only recently gone back to read her archived material. It's a blog full of gems...which suits Mimi's sparkling style.
Now there are many more I read, but I don't have time or room to share them all. However, if you'll start with these few and read some of those featured on their bloglists, you'll soon have a world of new bloggers to boost your frugal fitness.
P.S. Sarah mentioned in comments about Laine's letters. How could I possibly forget? I've got that link in my favorites list as well! And yes, she was very influential in my early frugal years of homemaking!