Weekly Roundup

Deal Radar provides “a free, fast and convenient way to stay on top of great savings opportunities and experiences available in your city. Each day we follow, index and categorize local deals to create a simple, time-saving way to find great savings in your city.”

2000 Freebies offers links to all kinds of free stuff, including samples, software, and coupons.

Trip Advisor can give you travel advice, help you to book hotels and flights and provides 1,000’s of traveler reviews.

Currently the debt held by the public and the government totals 13.3 trillion dollars. That sounds pretty grim, until you read this article that calculates the actual fiscal gap at $202 trillion!

The mission of Blip TV is to “make independent Web shows sustainable. We provide services to more than 50,000 independently produced Web shows. More than 44,000 show creators use every day to manage their online and offline presence.” Click around the site for some interesting, and sometimes very strange shows.

Some recent personal finance posts I enjoyed reading.

Here the author explains the philosophy of giving while living.

This post asks if you know how much your friends make.

Weekly Reminder – A reminder of a useful article you might have missed. This article is about how to make money with a booth.

The Frugal Getaway

Last weekend my wife and I drove up north to the little town where our daughter and son-in-law live to visit for the weekend. It turned out to be a very frugal getaway for several reasons.

  • We took our own food, so there were no restaurant expenses.

  • We took our tent and camped in their large backyard, so we avoided paying for a hotel.

  • My son-in-law knew of an old garage full of scrap lumber that was slated to be torn down so we loaded up a weekends worth of free wood to burn in the fire pit he made for his little backyard campground.

    We ended up having a great time visiting, swimming, fishing, playing pool in their basement, cooking over the fire, seeing a few local sites and…saving a little money!

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