Frugal Friends Podcast

77 EpisodesProduced by Jen Smith & Jill SirianniWebsite

Controlling your spending is hard to do. On every episode of Frugal Friends, we'll try to help you gain a little more control on one aspect of the countless directions your money is being pulled toward through frugality and a few laughs. If you're trying to save money, spend less, adopt minimalism, … read more

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How to Pay off Debt on a Single Income w/ Budget Girl, Sarah Wilson

September 20th, 2019

44:34

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Our Biggest Frugal Fails | Live from #FinCon19 BONUS

September 17th, 2019

8:54

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A big question people ask us is: What are our biggest frugal fails?

Jen: An RV. She purchased a large 5th wheel to flip and sell for profit. They didn't do enough research and got a deal but it …

Financial Independence Through Frugality | The Frugal FIRE Movement

September 13th, 2019

52:46

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How the Frugal Friends Met | Live From #FinCon19 BONUS

September 11th, 2019

7:50

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How to Start a Frugal Side Hustle Flipping Furniture & Used Goods

September 6th, 2019

42:44

ANNOUNCEMENT: Frugal Friends Meet Up TOMORROW in Washington DC, Sept 7 @ 5:30 at Kalorama Park

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A Simple Travel Hacking Plan w/Lee Huffman | Maximizing Travel Rewards for Beginners

August 30th, 2019

53:12

ANNOUCEMENT: Frugal Friends Meet Up in Washington DC, Sept 7 @ 5:30 at Kalorama Park

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Grocery Store Sale Cycles to Know About

August 23rd, 2019

40:29

Special Announcement: Frugal Friends Meet Up in Washington DC, Sept 7 @ 5:30 at Kalorama Park

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Create A Fulfilling Minimalist Lifestyle | Incorporating Minimalism into Your Schedule

August 16th, 2019

39:39

Minimalism is not just about how much stuff you own, in fact it's hardly about stuff! Minimalism certainly boasts clean open spaces, but how might these concepts permeate other aspects of our frugal lives? On this …

Front Loading Your Life with Robert Farrington | A Frugal Alternative to FI/RE

August 9th, 2019

44:33

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When Buying a House is the Frugal Move | Should You Buy or Rent a Home?

August 2nd, 2019

48:43

Housing is one of our biggest expenses in life, and oftentimes we’re not asking the right questions to determine the best and most affordable living …

Tips to Avoid Overspending on Back to School

July 26th, 2019

43:05

It's that time of year again! Dreaded for students, anticipated for parents; but something we can all rally behind is not wanting to overspend on …

Getting Into & Paying off Over $27K of Credit Card Debt with Chris Browning of Popcorn Finance

July 19th, 2019

48:20

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How To Use Cash Envelopes Effectively | Cash Envelope System 101

July 12th, 2019

51:07

We're so excited to have Allison Baggerly, founder of Inspired Budget co-hosting with Jill while Jen is on maternity leave!

Allison is psyched about teaching women how to budget, making savings second nature, and paying …

How to Get Your Spouse on Board with Frugality

July 5th, 2019

38:22

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Talking About Your Parents' Finances with Cameron Huddleston

June 28th, 2019

1:04:30

Many of us have never considered approaching this topic of finances with our parents, and for those who have, it can still make us want to run for the hills! It's the second most potentially awkward and dreaded …

How To Achieve Digital Minimalism & Declutter Your Online Life

June 21st, 2019

54:04

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Frugal Summer Fun | Free Ways to Have Fun in the Good Weatherg

June 14th, 2019

43:35

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Creating Soulful Simplicity In Your Life With Courtney Carver

June 7th, 2019

46:25

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Building a Frugal Culture in Your Community

May 31st, 2019

36:55

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When NOT to be Frugal | Prioritizing Value Over Cheapness

May 24th, 2019

48:13

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Saving For Kids' College & is a 529 Plan Right for You? with Abby Chao from CollegeBacker

May 17th, 2019

43:47

Welcome Abby Chao from College Backer!!

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What To Do When You Feel Like Giving Up | Staying Motivated While Paying off Debt

May 10th, 2019

49:05

We've all been there - whether in our financial journey, or other life circumstances - we reach a point of low motivation or down-right discouragement and we want to just give up! In this episode we talk about this very …

Frugal Hobbies: What To Do With The Free Time That Not-Spending Frees Up

May 3rd, 2019

51:10

Having a hobby is crucial to the frugal lifestyle - it can provide rest, encourage creative, foster community, keep us from wasting our time + money on less important activities and so much more! BUT hobbies can also be …

Balancing Paying Off Debt and Thinking about the Future with Erin Lowry

April 26th, 2019

45:53

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Maximize Yard Sale Shopping + ONE YEAR! | Garage Sale Shopping Tips

April 19th, 2019

1:03:15

We have been your Frugal Friends for one whole year now (ahh!) and what better way to celebrate than to talk about YARD SALES!? It's one of our …

Homesteading Tips for City Dwellers | Frugal Urban Sustainability

April 12th, 2019

50:27

Homesteading is becoming more and more appealing , especially in the world of frugality, but what can be done for those of us who don't sit on property or don't plan to invest in land? Have no fear! Homesteading is not …

The Truth About Student Loan Forgiveness w/Travis Hornsby

April 5th, 2019

1:00:47

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How to Save Money on Weddings - Part 2: Reception & Honeymoon

March 29th, 2019

50:37

If you missed Part 1, check it out here:
http://www.frugalfriendspodcast.com/episode-6-how-to-save-money-on-a-wedding-part-1/

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Frugal is the New Green: Why Frugality is Environmentally Friendly

March 22nd, 2019

49:12

Frugality pairs nicely with many things, including environmental friendliness! Practicing good stewardship of resources is something us frugal folks …

Creating a Capsule Pantry with Kristin Marr | How to Maintain a Minimalist Kitchen on a Budget

March 15th, 2019

51:20

We know the benefits of minimalism and how it fits so nicely into a frugal lifestyle, but can minimalsim be achieved in the kitchen also? Today we …

Warehouse Clubs: How to Save & Whether They're Right for You

March 8th, 2019

45:10

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Negotiating Tips for Lowering Bills, Prices, & Rates

March 1st, 2019

45:48

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Frugal Pregnancy & Parenting with THE Mrs. Frugalwoods | Saving Money on Baby The Smart Way

February 22nd, 2019

56:39

We love to have guests on the show and today is no exception! We have THE Mrs. Frugalwoods (A.K.A. Elizabeth Thames), author and blogger on everything frugal+sustainable. AND since Jen is currently pregnant, we seized …

DIY Cleaning Products: Do's & Don'ts | Save Money While Staying Clean (& Safe!)

February 15th, 2019

43:36

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Personal Finance Basics | What You Need to Understand & Care About to Thrive Financially

February 8th, 2019

44:54

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The Tenacity & Frugality it Takes to Pay off Your Mortgage w/ Andy Hill

February 1st, 2019

50:38

Today we’ve got Andy Hill from the Marriage Kids & Money podcast talking with us about how he and his wife PAID OFF THEIR MORTGAGE! Lots of people consider themselves debt-free even prior to paying off their house, …

How a No-Spend Month Can Help You Be More Frugal

January 25th, 2019

51:01

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Couponing for Extremely Normal People | How to Coupon Without Being Extreme

January 18th, 2019

50:15

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Frugal Fitness with Amanda Walker from Feel Amazing Naked | The Best Ways to Workout For Free!

January 11th, 2019

49:23

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How to Use the KonMari Method to DeClutter Efficiently and Frugally

January 4th, 2019

54:27

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Minimalist Budgeting | Why Frugal People Still Need a Budget & How To Do Yours

December 28th, 2018

50:02

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Modifying the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps to Pay Off Debt with Merilee of Easy Budget

December 21st, 2018

49:23

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Free & Easy Gift Ideas | Last Minute Gifts For Frugal Gifters

December 14th, 2018

42:54

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Frugal Christmas Fun | Free Holiday Activities For More Frugal Traditions

December 7th, 2018

53:26

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The Meaning in Minimalism With Joshua Becker | How Becoming Minimalist Can Change Your Life

November 30th, 2018

45:47

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How to Get Everything For Free | Buy Nothing Groups, Time Banks, & Craigslist, Oh My!

November 23rd, 2018

54:09

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Black Friday - Does it Save You Money?

November 16th, 2018

42:41

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Investing for Frugal Folks with Andrew Wang from Inspired Money | Low-Cost Investing for Beginners

November 9th, 2018

59:21

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All The Free Things Libraries Have to Offer & How to Optimize Your Library Usage

November 2nd, 2018

43:14

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Pawn Shops are a Frugal Gem | The Do's & Don't of the Pawn Shop

October 26th, 2018

41:45

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Frugal Cooking & Meal Prep Tips With Jess Dang of Cook Smarts

October 19th, 2018

53:07

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Frugal Beauty | All-Natural & Affordable Beauty and Skincare Products

October 12th, 2018

51:39

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Side Hustles | Side Gigs That Are Affordable to Start & Not a Waste of Your Time

October 5th, 2018

53:05

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DIY Home Maintenance Tips | What to Youtube & What to Leave to the Professionals

September 28th, 2018

42:40

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The Life-Changing Magic of a Shopping Ban with Cait Flanders

September 21st, 2018

1:00:52

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Frugal Date Ideas | Free and Cheap Dates to Take Yourself (or Loved One) on

September 14th, 2018

58:11

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Minimalism & Frugality | Do You Have to be a Minimalist to be Frugal?

September 7th, 2018

1:03:39

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What Comes After Debt Free? | Prioritizing Goals & Finding Financial Independence

August 31st, 2018

55:21

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Allison from Inspired Budget on Paying off $111,000 of Debt While Starting a Family

August 24th, 2018

1:03:28

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Finding Your "Why" For Frugality | Don't be Frugal for Frugal's Sake

August 17th, 2018

54:54

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Meal Planning On A Budget | Intro to Meal Prepping, Planning & What to do When You Just Can't

August 10th, 2018

58:24

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How to Save Money on Home Decor | Create a Space You Love & Decorate Your Home For Less

August 3rd, 2018

1:05:32

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Paying Off $133,763 of Debt with Amanda from Debt Free in Sunny CA

July 27th, 2018

43:53

Amanda shares tips on how they paid off debt, getting her partner on board, and even how to save on pet care and vet bills! We also discuss the importance of finding your "why" in this debt-free and financial …

How To Save on Student Loans | Student Loan Forgiveness, Refinancing, & Paying off Student Loans

July 20th, 2018

1:03:12

Go to www.frugalfriendspodcast.com for full show notes and links!

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How to Save Money On Healthcare | Health Insurance, Healthcare Sharing, & Preventative Care That Counts

July 13th, 2018

1:01:29

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What the internet has to say: Mila at The Balance

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How To Save Money on Travel | Frugal Hotel Stays, Spending Less on Food, & Should You Vacation While in Debt?

July 6th, 2018

48:11

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This article from Nomadic Matt outlines 7 tips for saving cash on accommodations while traveling. Included in the list are home sharing options, hostels, and rewards programs. …

Save Money on Car Expenses | Car Payments, Used vs New, & DIY Car Maintenance

June 29th, 2018

54:30

What the internet has to say: Kevin Mercadante Article

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    and explores 6 major …

Overcoming Your Financial Upbringing with Joel Larsgaard

June 22nd, 2018

45:04

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We ask Joel about everything from his history with frugality, money saving tips he picked up from Clark Howard, expert advice on rental properties, how he find …

Spend Less at Restaurants (Because Eating Out Is Still Allowed While You Pay off Debt)

June 15th, 2018

55:30

What the internet has to say: Eat This Article
This article shares 20 ways to reduce your restaurant bill. Some tips are obvious, some tips are …

How to Save Money on Flights (Hint: Incognito Windows are Your Friend!)

June 8th, 2018

47:02

What the internet has to say:

Thrifty Nomad Article

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How to Save Money on a Wedding When You Like to Party (Part 1!)

June 1st, 2018

55:21

What the Internet has to say: BuzzFeed Article

Rachel outlines 33 ways to save money on your wedding. Tips on everything from day of the week, to …

How to Save Money on Bills (Plugs, Internets, and Cell Phones, Oh my!)

May 25th, 2018

47:27

What the internet has to say: Lauren Greutman Article

Lauren shares 15 ways to reduce utility costs and covers everything from washer/dryer tricks to negotiating with your electric provider.

What Jen and Jill have to …

Save Money on Housing with House Hacks (& Why We Love Being Airbnb Hosts!)

May 18th, 2018

57:34

The Case for Renting

What the Internet has to say: Market Watch Article

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Save Money on Healthy Food (Because Saving Money on Groceries is Just Half of it)

May 11th, 2018

51:48

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What the internet has to say: Root and Revel Article

In this article, Kate lists 30 ways to save money and eat healthy on …

How to Spend Less on Clothing (Hint: Don't Waste Money at the Mall!)

May 4th, 2018

57:24

Show Notes:

---- Penny Hoarder Article
What the internet has to say: The article shares 20 ways to save money on clothes. Tips include saving, spending intentionally, and even preserving and properly washing clothing.

Frugality 101: Save Money & Spend Intentionally Without Being Cheap

April 27th, 2018

52:57

Notable Notes:

1: 4 Pillars - Categories to anticipate with Frugal Friends podcast episodes

  • Clothing/Shopping
  • Bills/Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Housing

Frugal Friends Trailer

April 20th, 2018

0:36

Hi! We're Jill & Jen, your new frugal friends. We're here to help you embrace frugality and all the benefits that come with it.

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