Saving Your Personal Economy By Sharing Collective Knowledge

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

Even though I’ve been avoiding the news like the plague to keep from being worried about the economy, I’m still hit with reminders nearly every day that the recession is here in full force. Friends and family are losing jobs, having hours and/or pay cut, you name it. Seems like everyone is struggling these days.

Worse, nobody really seems to know what we should be doing to save ourselves. People tell us to save, to spend, to keep money in the bank, to hide money under the mattress, to call upon unicorns and rainbows, etc, etc, etc. The hard truth is, there’s no easy and fast way to fix the economy; it will right itself eventually, but no matter what we do, times are hard right now.

What can a person do? Well, now more than ever, it’s time to use our heads for something other than a hatrack and do our best to hold on to what we’ve got. Back during the Depression, people banded together to help each other out, when and where they could. My grandma used to tell me about how they lived somewhat close to a railroad tracks, and on a tree near their backyard there was carved a kitty cat face. Why? It was the sign of a kind woman who was likely to share food with the hobos on the train tracks. My grandma said hardly a day went by when her mom wasn’t feeding extra folks at her table. It’s not that they had a fortune- in fact, my grandma never could bear to eat white rice because she said they had it at breakfast, lunch, and dinner for years and years.

Things have changed, people are probably less kind and giving than they used to be, but I think one of the greatest kindnesses exist today in blogs across the internet, people sharing their collective knowledge for the greater good. Sure, most of us are out there to make a few bucks, but almost all of the people I have talked to about their blogging endeavors would do it for free as long as they were helping people.

Sure, reading blogs won’t keep you from being laid off, or getting your hours cut at work, but they can help you save money, learn how to do things yourself that you might normally pay someone to do, learn things you didn’t know about personal finance, or maybe they’re not that useful, but are a great form of free entertainment.

Here are the blogs I find to be some of the most helpful/entertaining/informational/etc.

Like Merchant Ships– Meredith is part entertaining, part informational, part inspirational. I’ve said many times that this is my very favorite blog on the entire internet. It still holds true to this day.

Lifehacker– Want to streamline your life, from computer hints to just general hints on life? Lifehacker’s the place.

Frugal Upstate– One of my very favorite blogs about saving money, Jenn has a cool radio show AND her blog as well. She shows you how to do things as well as has some great personal commentary on various issues.

The Craftzine Blog– A fabulous roundup of the best crafty stuff on the web.

Oh No They Didn’t– Celebrity snark at its finest. The best part is the comments here, I think- they’re lulzy to the extreme.

And that’s just a few. I could do a post a day of my favorite blogs and it would take years to list them all. Tell me, Home Eccers, what are you reading? No fair linking to yourself, now, kids.



11 Comments

  1. Meredith on March 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    How did I miss this post?!?! I must have been so busy preparing for the birthday party that I skipped a few days in my feed reader.

    Thank you so much. That is the absolute nicest compliment I’ve ever had!

  2. george on February 13, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    Ok. Like Merchant Ships is a blog. Whatever.

    Anyway, good blogs include:

    Tammy’s Recipes–good frugal recipes good Christian attitude and a friendly and inclusive style of writing.

    http://www.tammysrecipes.com

    The Bean is hilarious–and awesome. Good for when other blogs tire your butt.
    http://themusicalfruit.net/

    No Appropriate Behavior–also very funny. THIS woman knows her legos.

    noappropriatebehavior.blogspot.com/

    Cha Cha.

  3. Badbadivy on February 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    If Like Merchant Ships isn’t a blog, I’m a monkey’s uncle. Just sayn’.

  4. gracie on February 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    ok this is not a blog but for folks in dire straights it is a good web page:

    http://www.justpeace.org/better.htm

    lots of information on do it yourself, recipes to go with the shopping lists, how to save energy etc….

  5. Cameron on February 13, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I like tipnut.com. Sometimes overwhelming, but in a good way. And there are sometimes good, useful things at kirtsy.com. Whipup.net is good for crafty-ness, too.

  6. imabug on February 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Instructables (http://www.instructables.com/) is pretty cool. lots of geeky DIY stuff to be found there.

  7. Pam on February 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Oh yes it is and it is excellent!!!

  8. george on February 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Like Merchant Ships isn’t a blog.

  9. Taylor at Household Management 101 on February 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

    For finances, I really like to read Get Rich Slowly (http://getrichslowly.org/blog/), and The Simple Dollar (http://www.thesimpledollar.com/). Both of these bloggers have been talking for years about being being thrifty and getting rid of debt — the tune that all of a sudden has become much more popular. I like to read them because this is not a new lifestyle they are adopting as the next big craze, but seasoned veterans providing their advice from years of experience.

  10. Susan on February 13, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I really like Money Saving Mom (http://www.moneysavingmom.com/money_saving_mom/) for lots of great deals and tips! I also use $5 Dinners (http://www.5dollardinners.com/) for great thrifty recipe ideas. I hope you find these helpful too!

  11. Jenn Fowler @ Frugal Upstate on February 13, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Awww *blush* and here I am thinking that Home Ec 101 is one of the most informative sites around. I’m pleased that you get so much out of Frugal Upstate and that you include me in such great company!

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