Like most of the world, we at NerdWallet have caught World Cup Fever. Soccer and frugality don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand, but screw it, we decided this was the most apt theme to kick off the summer anyway. :-)
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Meanwhile, let’s kick this thing off!
Our Top Picks
Here are a few posts that really caught our eye:
jim w presents Start with frugal spirits, then graduate to premium ones posted at Scotch Addict. Because few things warm the soul better than cheap booze.
Ace presents Tax yourself posted at Ace of Wealth. A novel approach to socking some away for a rainy day – stop think of it as optional and start taxing yourself.
Jeff Rose, CFP presents Save Money By Not Eating Out For an Entire Month posted at Independent Financial Advisor. A bold move to save money, with an added health kicker – you’re a better man than I, Jeff.
The main event: Frugal living and budgeting tips
A few ideas on how to keep track of your spending, manage your finances, and save money:
Carmen Nesenson presents I’m Not Poor, I’m On a Budget posted at Go Banking Rates: Recent Articles.
Kristia presents U-Pick Strawberries: Buy Local, Save Money & Enjoy posted at Family Balance Sheet.
Trinidad presents Beach highlights done at home… for 4 bucks! posted at The Budget Socialite.
Miranda presents Comparison Shopping the Smart Way posted at Coupon Shoebox.
MoneyNing presents Three Expensive Habits that are Putting Your Financial Future at Risk posted at Money Ning.
vh presents Return Policies: It pays to shop where they’re generous posted at Funny about Money.
Squirrelers presents Squirreling Gone Wild #9: The Free Rider Effect | Squirrelers posted at Squirrelers.
Just in time for summer, a few tips on how to save money on your vacation:
Our own Tim Chen presents Using Hilton HHonors Points to Save Money on Travel posted right here at NerdWallet Credit Card Watch.
Craig Ford presents 25 “Must Visit” Online Travel Sites For Planning A Vacation posted at Money Help For Christians.
Some real-world advice on buying, selling, or financing a house:
Kim at MMI presents What to consider when your lease is up – Money Management posted at Blogging for Change.
Cheapskate Sandy presents Real Life: Foreclosure Easier Than Loan Modification? posted at Yes, I Am Cheap.
The other contenders
The best of the rest – advice on saving, investing, and finding a job:
nissim ziv presents Do you hate your job? Top Reasons why People Hate Their Jobs posted at Job Interview & Career Guide.
Neal Frankle presents Who Should Buy Guaranteed Issue Life Insurance ? A Surprising Answer posted at Wealth Pilgrim.
Cecil Dellison presents Citibank Is Giving $500 Cash Back On New Credit Card posted at Clear Choice Credit Cards.
That’s it for this week! Thanks for stopping by NerdWallet’s credit card blog, and be sure to check out Festival of Frugality to find out where the next Carnival will take place.