Frugal Living Websites

Great Depression Cooking – 93 year old cook and great grandmother, Clara, recounts her childhood during the Great Depression as she prepares meals from the era. Learn how to make simple yet delicious dishes while listening to stories from the Great Depression. The video featured is the most recent one made, so if you would like to start at the beginning, look for Episode 1.

Fractured Frugal Friends – With both free and premium (but inexpensive) content, F3 is a tightknit community of members dedicated to frugal living with very active message boards. You will find articles about bulk cooking, frugal living, and a variety of other topics to help you save money. There is periodically an edition of their online magazine/newsletter in which all content is free; past content is only available to subscribers.

Living on a Dime – No matter what your income level, this site will challenge you to think about how your money is spent. Founded by two women who each paid off an extraordinary amount of debt on income that is close to the poverty level, the site contains articles and a blog that will impact the way you think about spending any amount of money.

Frugal recipes from Miserly Moms

The Dollar Stretcher – TDS is one of the oldest and best frugal sites; be sure to check out their articles on how to save money on groceries and food.

Miserly Moms – “Through the use of the tips I share and the other resources recommended, I hope that many people will be able to afford to cut back on working hours or quit altogether in order to spend more time with their family.” (Jonni McCoy)

The Budget Decorator – Being on a budget doesn’t mean your home can’t be warm and inviting.

Smart Spending Resources – Home of the Smart Spending Guide, this site is from Faye Prosser and offers a variety of articles and resources to help you save money and live frugally.’s Frugal Living – A variety of resources from

Better Budgeting – Stretching your dollars and resources for a better life

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

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