The First Thrifty Families Blog Carnival

I’m delighted to welcome you to the very first Thrifty Families Blog Carnival. It is the creation of myself, Jen (a Thrifty Mum) and Cass (Diary of a Frugal Family) and our aim has been to draw together all the brillaintly creative, resourseful, thrifty blog posts we know are out there. These aren’t dry, boring and miserbale posts about putting away every penny and depriving ourselves of any fun, indeed not! These posts are creative, savvy, green, fun, insightful smart and just so good they HAD to be shared.

We absolutely  have to thank the wonderful new website My Family Club  for supporting this carnival too. My Family Club is all about saving families time and money and is filled with wonderful blog posts and savings. Do pop over and check them out. They have an  awesome site.

my family club

You will find our wide range of bloggers to have some lovely qualities about them and they have been grouped accordingly. May we present those bloggers who are…..

Fabulously Frugal about Food

Our first post presents 3 frugal family recipes using 5 ingredients or less  from Rebecca at the Natural Mothers Network. What  delicious winter warmers to add to your meal plans. Michelle at Utterly Scrummy is looking at food cost and has written a very practical and comprehensive guide entitled  Our family’s tips to help you reduce your food bills Such a useful post. Over at Thrfty Mummy we are also learning about saving money on food shopping. Saving money: 5 easy ways to adopt  Thank you ladies.


Warm and Cuddly

Mums World shares some great tips on saving money and keeping warm this winter (her favourite is snuggling! ) Make do Mum has some homemade natural cold remedies (try them at your own risk!) Short, simple and extremely useful is Jen at A Thrifty Mum’s  post  3 money saving tips now the clocks have changed  Keep cosy!

Photo Credit: Bohemian on the Edge

Creative and Gorgeous

Karen at the White Approach is Making a thrifty living and never has thrift been more glamorous and sophisticated. This blog is a touch of class. Maggy from Red Ted Art is showing us how to make the most of an odd pair of socks or some too small tights with her post How to make a sock monkey and it is a simple but gorgeous craft as usual. The wonderful Tim at Bringing Up Charlie has created Tracey island out  of pure rubbish. You have to see this ….it’s really impressive!

Photo Credit: Deb Roby

Savvy Savers

Lyndsey The Queen of Easy Green shares with us how to Be green and redeeem money this Christmas 2 things we should all be striving for. Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger too shares with us a Fantastic savings voucher scheme she has found that we can all use.

There’s a great post here from our supporters My Family Club who have five top tips to save your family money  And to totally reduce our need to spend money 15 reasons to buy borrow or be given second hand items  by Ecothrifty makes a good case for not buying new. Nap Nap blog is sharing some Nifty Thrifty parenting tips too  and they have some good advice!

Next up we have Mini Break Mummy who shares her Success in cutting her credit card bill. Rebecca at Two Become Four is telling us how she makes money in How to be a frugal ebay seller  Cass at Diary of a Frugal Family encourages us to Change how we shop you will see her photo and wonder what on earth she is up to!

Photo Credit: Images of  Money

Purse friendly Party Planners

Spend Less Mum does what it says in her name and tells us how to go about Childrens party planning on a budget Tieing in very nicely Living it Little share their first ever thrifty post with Purse friendly presents  To coordinate perfectly Amanda at The Ana Mum Diary shows us how to make Christmas tags- being thrifty And  over on my family budgeting blog I  share 10 top diets tips for those on a budget ( yes number one is eat a bit less!) which might come in handy post Christmas partying!

Photo Credit:AngryJulieMonday

We hope you enjoy this first thrifty carnival . Do have a good look around and I hope you feel inspired,



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  2. November 10, 2011 / 9:54 am

    Fabulous carnival. Well done for organising.

    Need to sit down with a LARGE cuppa and have a good old read. x

  3. November 10, 2011 / 2:38 pm

    A great idea for a carnival, and thanks for including my post. I’ll be reading through all the entries later with a notebook to hand! 🙂

  4. Becky
    November 10, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    Fabulous x

  5. Becky
    November 10, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    You might need two Liz! do joinin next time!

  6. November 10, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    Great carnival, thanks for including my post 🙂 Off to read the other entry’s now for some fab ideas!

  7. November 10, 2011 / 9:20 pm

    I love that so many people have joined in with the carnival and the few posts I’ve read so far have been fab x x

  8. November 11, 2011 / 8:22 am

    This is a great idea, look forward to reading the posts and picking up some tips 🙂

  9. Becky
    November 11, 2011 / 9:13 am

    They really are fab Cass! so imopressed with the quality and the diversity

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