Frugal friends: 20 brilliant moneysaving blogs

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who's your favourite moneysaving blogger?

Who’s your favourite moneysaving blogger?

If I’ve learned anything since joining the MoneyAware team, it’s that there’s no limit to what the web can do to help you save money or get debt free.

This is especially true when it comes to bloggers; people just like you and me who’ve chosen to let the world in on their lives and share the lessons they’ve learnt along the way.

It’s probably no surprise that we love moneysaving bloggers the most. So, we wanted to tell you about some of the best out there (in no particular order!) so you can save too!

1.   Martin Lewis at MoneySavingExpert.com

Okay, so some of you might argue that with his celebrity status and regular spots on Daybreak, Mr Lewis doesn’t count as your average blogger. Let me tell you, he does.

Martin still faithfully updates his blog with debt news, special offers and hot deals. He also talks regularly with his Facebook and Twitter fans.

One reason why we love Martin: He played a huge part in  a recent landmark decision by Parliament to make financial education part of the national curriculum. Safe to say he’s a top bloke in our book!

2.   PennyGolightly

Penny’s motto is simple: “find a way to enjoy the finer things in life for less”. Her mission is to prove that you can enjoy yourself on a budget. Follow her blog for tips for smarter spending and you’ll see the rewards in no time! Penny also guest blogs for us from time to time.

One reason why we love Penny: the freebies and samples section on her blog.

3.   Blackbullion

Our friend Vivi released an excellent book last year to help kids get smarter with money. She’s got a finance background and has a special understanding of the problems that may arise in a person’s life with money. Sign up to her blog for updates and take a look at our review of Vivi Friedgut’s book ‘Money Smarter’.

One reason why we love Vivi: her article about kids, financial education and the piggy.

4.   Ask James at Experian

James Jones knows all you need to know about your credit file or history and what you can do to keep it in tip-top condition. Pop over to the Ask James section on the Experian website or send him a tweet.

One reason why we love James: His no-jargon responses to questions like “Can I avoid my husband’s debt mess affecting my credit history?” 

5.   Happier.co.uk

Just the title of this blog alone is enough to make us feel all fuzzy inside. We love the Happier.co.uk blog for its witty writing style, useful tips and no-nonsense outlook on money and debt.

One reason why we love Happier.co.uk: Their awesome guide on the 33 ways students can save money. 

6.   Help Me To Save 

You’ve got to love a blog that does exactly what it says on the tin. Canny lass Karen Bryan shares our mission to help you get the most out of life for less, and she’s got some great guides on her blog on how to do just that. 

One reason why we love Karen: The article she wrote to accompany Virgin Money’s infographic on the cost of lifestyle. 

7.   Baby Budgeting 

Before our colleague Pav went on maternity leave she found Baby Budgeting to be a lifesaver. It’s packed to the rafters with tips and tricks on how to save money on your bundle of joy. They also post links to some fantastic competitions! 

One reason why we love Baby Budgeting: Their plain English guide to the benefits changes.

8.   MakeDoStyle 

Girl about town Kate Battrick has lots of tips for looking chic on the cheap. She’s also the author of refreshingly funny eBook Girlynomics. It talks about the mindtricks we ladies sometimes play on themselves as an excuse to spend money. 

One reason why we love Kate: Read our review of ‘Girlynomics’ and find out! 

9.  MyFamilyClub 

This is a fantastic resource for parents (and non parents) to save money on their family and household all year round. On the blog you’ll find tips and guides on money-saving and budgeting, as well as vouchers, offers, deals and discounts, and where to find your household essentials at the best prices every week. 

One reason why we love My Family Club: They spoil us with this list of top 50 money saving tips!

10.  Moneymagpie 

If you’re stuck on ways to earn a little extra income, this is the place for you. The good folk at Moneymagpie, lead by journalist and TV personality Jasmine Birtles, are experts at finding those hidden opportunities in life to make some moolah, and want to share their expertise with you! 

One reason why we love Moneymagpie:  This fantastic bumper list of ways to make extra money.

11.   CashQuestions 

You can count on Cash Questions founder Annie Shaw and her team for sound money advice. Annie has also written an excellent article for us in the past about why you should never trust your finances to fate. 

One reason why we love Annie: Her hilariously-titled blogposts (e.g. Beware the hiss of an angry pensioner).

12.   Diary of a Frugal Family

We love seeing a journey of money mastery unfold before our eyes, and Diary of a Frugal Family gives you exactly that. Money-savvy mum Cass takes us through the highs, lows and in betweens of bringing up kids on a budget. 

One reason why we love Cass: Her step-by-step guide on how to organise a family funday for under £10.

13.   Skint in the City

From tips on how to make money selling lost luggage to finding out the best times for picking up kerbside treasures, Skint in the City has it all. There’s also some great guides on updating your wardrobe for cheap. 

One reason why we love Skint: her tongue-in-cheek observation of the most depressing day of the year.

14.   Savvy Woman 

Personal finance journalist Sarah Pennells is determined to help women everywhere become a little richer. Her website Savvy Woman was named 5th in ‘50 top websites to save you money’ by The Times earlier this year. 

One reason why we love Sarah: Her 10 easy ways to make the most out of your money.

15.   Miss Thrifty 

Miss Thrifty has also been featured in The Times ‘50 top websites to save you money’ and it’s not hard to see why! She tackles all cash problems: beauty, fashion, holidays, weddings, personal finance and food – all while bouncing a growing baby on her lap! 

One reason why we love Miss Thrifty: Putting together the 10 commandments of savings by the Thrifties. 

16.  And Then We Saved 

We don’t just limit our favourite blogs to the shores of Blighty, no sir. American blog And Then We Saved run by Anna Newell-Jones  is one of our faves for straight-talking money tips and encouraging success stories. 

One reason why we love Anna: Her jawdropping list of 56 things to do instead of spend money.

17.  Savvy Scot

From working as a bouncer and taking internships in Texas to studying a masters degree in mechanical engineering, SavvyScot certainly has experience in the upheavals life can throw at us. If you like your money advice with a healthy pinch of snark, you know where to go!

One reason why we love Savvy scot: Their straight-from-the-heart guide to living within your means. 

18.  The Frugal Path (UPDATE  November 2013 – no longer available)

The great thing about The Frugal Path is that its creator Justin knows that one person’s journey to debt freedom is hardly ever the same as another. You can read stories from various people taking their own steps towards their financial goals. 

One reason we love Justin: He has a simple guide to finding your financial path that anyone can follow.

19.   Chilli, Sage and Lemon

If you follow our Twitter account you’ll know that we’ve started a #cheapscran hashtag so we can share any cheap and cheerful recipes that we find. Jess and her hubby Dave at Chilli, Sage and Lemon have been a great source of inspiration for us!

 One reason why we love Jess and Dave: Their brilliant guide to preventing food waste.

20.   Discountcoder 

Katie and Jenny are dedicated to saving money, the environment and your social life. DiscountCoder will show you how to spend less on the things you genuinely need and how to get the best value from your hard-earned cash. 

One reason we love Katie and Jenny: 8 tiny money-saving ideas that build up to big savings!

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Rachel Connor has been with the charity for over 5 years, starting in Helpline before joining the MoneyAware team in 2012. Rach enjoys travelling, video games and creative writing in her spare time (currently penning her first novel). She had a previous life as head writer on Cartoon Network's Ed Edd n Eddy and as a copywriter for LivingSocial. She also writes comics and graphic novels for the animated series Regular Show.

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  • Thanks so much for mentioning my blog! I’m also really looking forward to checking out some of the other blogs you’ve mentioned for money saving tips 🙂

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  • Becky

    Thanks for including baby budgeting Rachel and I know have http://www.family-budgeting.co.uk for those with older kids 🙂

  • Thanks for featuring us in your steller round-up!

  • What a great list!

  • Jem

    Can’t believe this post misses out Mortgage Free in Three! http://mortgagefreeinthree.com

    • Thanks for the recommendation Jem.

      • Jem

        Pleasure – and thanks for adding to my budgeting blog list with some of the fantastic bloggers above 🙂

  • Thanks a lot for the mention guys! 🙂

    • No problem at all – you’ve got a great site!

  • The Money Shed

    Got to add another gem to this list and that is The Money Shed. It is a UK Based site dedicated to helping you earn month online AND live a general frugal lifestyle. It has a fantastic diary section which lets be chart their earnings each month. It is a great starting people for anyone wanting to earn money online but don’t want to fall in either handing over any money for a ‘get rich scheme’ or just generally get scammed. Take a look at http://www.themoneyshed.co.uk

  • Hi, it would be great if you’d take a look at Sylvia’s blog for any future updates to your list; http://moneyfacts-blog.com/

  • Colleen B

    Lovely list – missing http://www.magicfreebiesuk.co.uk though for free stuff!

  • Great list. Who do I bill for all the hours lost at work, since I’ll be spending time reading some of these blogs 😉

    As other have mentioned a few suggestions, I’ll chime in with http://www.moneysavinganswers.com

  • Doug Wheller

    Really enjoyed this post – we;re all on the mission to save some cash. There’s a new site dedicated to finding gifts for under £5 – http://giftunderfive.com. Some really awesome bargains to be found.

  • Andrew

    Great list, but I have to say it should have Richard Fenton’s http://www.DoesntGrowOnTrees.co.uk moeny saving blog in there better than most in the bottom 15 or so .. much love Andy

  • Thanks Andrew, I agree we have a great site, Step Change is a great service we recommend them to many of our readers, feel free to drop by a share your comments at http://www.DoesntGrowOnTrees.co.uk or even email me at the contacts section with any questions and or suggestions.

  • Marc RG

    Not so much a blog as a constant stream of UK freebies and the odd flash bargain and voucher code – perhaps Gratisfaction UK ought to be on this this? http://www.gratisfaction.co.uk

  • Make sure you take a look at LatestFreeStuff too. We are the UK’s largest freebie website. Got loads of freebies and samples! http://www.latestfreestuff.co.uk/

  • I’d really like to put my site forward for saving money. It’s called CheapestStuff.co.uk and it’s all about finding the cheapest yet fully functional stuff!

    http://www.cheapeststuff.co.uk

  • Pascal Baptista

    Take a look at this website YouKwoteMe.com where you can insert the work you need doing and traders will reverse bid on the job! They have a contract, daily diary logs, change requests, disputes resolution centre… This site has been compared to eBay and how it changed the way we sell and buy things with http://www.YouKwoteMe.com is in reverse. Saving loads of time and money! Really good idea!

    http://www.YouKwoteMe.com

  • Richard

    Check out http://www.cashsavvytips.com

    It’s a fairly new site but has some fantastic guides on all areas. Their most recent article is about self catering vs all inclusive and is a great read

    http://Www.cashsavvytips.com/self-catering-or-all-inclusive-lanzarote

  • Harry

    This isn’t as blog, but it is a way to save money nonetheless! Trade skills with other members instead of paying for cash. Definitely saves on costs
    http://wearethenet.com/

  • John

    You’re also missing https://www.freebiesupermarket.com from this list

  • Trudy Griffin

    everyone loves a freebie, you can get a free business listing here too

  • JIGS

    ZERO INVESTM ENT FREE JOINING UNLIMITED EARNING WORK FROM HOME

    I am Sharing this message because I want to make you independent financially .

    How?? Right Question…

    I am introducing you to the world of unlimited earning by just doing simple tasks from home using your android mobile phone. I have a plan in which you just have to work on from your android mobile phone for only 1 to 2 hours daily. And can explore the world of unlimited income which comes to your way if you seriously doing the work.

    Yes friend I am talking about a company like champion network pvt ltd. We are hiring girls and boys who have that desire to do something on their own.

    What you need to do??

    You just have to Download champ cash application from google play store. After that you register yourself in the app.

    For registration Refferal Id is Must and in that you have to enter 2321727.

    As you complete this step on the spot your id is generated which is very useful to you.

    So what are you waiting for!!!!!

    Take mobile download app register and earn unlimited with studies from home.

    If you have any doubt or query or problem share it with me on omeservices1221@gmail.com. I will be always happy to help you grow.

    Don’t Forget if you will not grab the opportunity your friend or someone else will definitely grab.

    All the best!!!

  • Great list. MoneySavingExpert.com is a number 1 about saving money and will be for a long time.