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Personal Finance Round Up: The Real Truth Behind Being Frugal

By David Bakke

For some time now, those of us leading a “frugal” life have been getting a bad rap. Basically, getting a bad rap from the non-frugal bunch. We’re “cheap”, we’re wasting our time, life is too short to do some of the things that we do, and a lot of times, people just don’t understand why frugal people are frugal. Well, we will now attempt to solve the grand mystery! In all actuality, the real reasons behind why frugal people are frugal are quite elementary. Check out the article 5 Dead Simple Reasons Why People Are Frugal over at Wise Bread. I couldn’t agree more with their reasoning. For the non-frugal group, take a quick look at it, you might just learn something.

And here are several more great articles from some of our friends in the personal finance blogging world.

How To Save Money While Traveling. This article deals with international travel, and it offers some great tips on how to save money before and during your next international trip. (Get Rich Slowly)

Can You Get A Mortgage Loan With Bad Credit? You would think the answer would be a big fat “no,” but that’s not completely true. There are a few ways around it if you have bad credit and are looking for a home mortgage. (The Digerati Life)

7 Reasons We Decided To Use the Emergency Fund to Pay off Debt Check out this great example of an emergency fund coming in handy. We’re all about getting rid of debt to get rid of those high interest payments, and this is a great example of that. (Budgeting in the Fun Stuff)

These 9 Add-ons Will Not Improve Your Car’s Performance. You might think they will, but most don’t do much at all. (Popular Mechanics)

Mystery Shopping—Four Things You Need. I’ve often thought about diving into the world of mystery shopping but have yet to take the plunge. If you’re considering it, you might want to read here regarding some of the things you’ll need. (Little People Wealth)

6 Ways to Save Money When You’re Going on a Road Trip. Are you planning a road trip this summer to save some money? Here are some great tips to save even more money on your trip. Road trips are awesome! (Canadian Finance Blog)

Get Your Boss To Let You Work From Home. I think most of us dream of the ability to telecommute. But, have you ever seriously asked your boss about it? Read on for some tips on how to position yourself and the right way to ask your boss. (My Life Scoop)

How to Get The Best Deal on Mortgages Looking for a mortgage? Check out some of these sweet tips on finding the best deals from an awesome site. (Consumer Boomer)

5 Best Websites For Job Seekers. You probably have heard of most of these, but there’s even one that was new to me. (Brip Blap)

Come Just as You Are A fantastic post from a Christian perspective on the idea of eating meals together and the amazing stuff you can get out of such a seemingly simple act. (College for 10k)

Is It Your Patriotic Duty To Borrow Credit? Consumer borrowing does have an indirect effect on economic activity, or growth, in this country. Therefore, is it our patriotic duty to take on some debt? Read on. (Credit Karma)

10 Leadership Quotes A fun little post on 10 awesome quotes from various leaders. Check it out. (Conquering PF)

As always, we love to hear any comments, suggestions or feedback from our readers below.

(photo credit: csessums)

David Bakke
David started his own personal finance blog, YourFinances101, in June of 2009 and published his first book on ways to save more and spend less called "Don't Be A Mule..." Since then he has been a regular contributor for Money Crashers. He lives just outside Atlanta, GA and most all of his free time is taken up by his amazing three year old son, Nicholas.

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  • http://www.budgetinginthefunstuff.com/ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff

    Thanks so much for the mention! Nice picks too!

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