Ask the Readers: Could You Learn More about Frugality? (Chance to Win!)

By Linsey Knerl on 20 September 2010 (Updated 26 September 2010) 25 comments
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***Congrats to our winners! ***

  • $20 GC Comment winner:  Carmen - We've come a long way in becoming frugal, but there are still more steps we could take. I'd love to figure out how to connect our computer to the tv so we could drop satellite. I need to convince my husband that either meal planning or OAMC (once a month cooking) would be a good idea.
  • Conference tickets winner:  Karen   - I am in the Atlanta area (Decatur) and I would love to go to the Coupon workshop. I have picky eaters and no spare time. I have been trying to coupon but can't prepare well enough and then I don't save that much.
  • $20 GC Twitter winner:  oshkoshbgosh123   I'd like to learn how to motivate others into being more money conscious (specifically my fiance!)
  • $20 Facebook winner:  Courtney Kline Humphreys

Are you a know-it-all? Or do you feel that you still have something to learn about frugality? Some of our readers come here to find out how to live better on less. Others come here to share their knowledge with the community. Even others come to make fun of us and leave comments on how they know more than us (just kidding!). Whether you're a seasoned frugalist or a newbie trying to make ends meet, we at Wise Bread want to know what you want to know! You could even win an Amazon GC or event tickets just for sharing your answer.

Here's more info on the Atlanta-based workshop that you could win two tickets to:

550 Trackside presents The Coupon Workshop for Atlanta area residents, and we've got two tickets for a lucky winner! The Budget Author is thrilled to partner with some amazing, local sponsors to provide you with an outstanding event! A few of the perks? You’ll get to tour an incredible facility, and taste amazing food from McCray's Tavern on the Square, Aristeacrats, Costco, Rita's Italian Ice, and Truffleluscious! Have kids? No worries. Their friends at College Nannies & Tutors will take care of them for you, for free. The Coupon Workshop is the opportunity for you to learn how to reduce your grocery budget by 50-70%, without spending more than 30 minutes per week. The tickets are valued at $35 each, and Atlanta-based readers can win them by including that you'd like to win them in your comment. (You'll still be entered to win the Amazon GC, too!)

Due to the workshop being held so soon, we'll be closing the giveaway a few days early — so get your entries in! Just tell us what you'd like to learn about frugality (if anything) and be sure that if you live in Atlanta you comment that you'd like to be entered for the workshop prize, as well.

Win one of three $20 Amazon gift cards (and event tickets!):

We're doing three giveaways — one for random comments, one for random Facebook "Likes", and another one for random tweets.

How to Enter:

  1. Post your answer in the comments below, (be sure to let us know if you're in Atlanta):
  2. Go to our Facebook page, "Like" us, then "Like" the update mentioning this giveaway (you can comment, as well — but you don't have to for entry.)
  3. Tweet your answer. Include both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" in your tweet so we'll see it and count it.

If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest ends Saturday, September 25th at 11:59 pm CST. Winners will be announced after September 25th on the original post and via Twitter. Winners will also be contacted via email and Twitter Direct Message.
  • You can enter all three drawings — once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.
  • Only tweets that contain both "@wisebread" and "#WBAsk" will be entered. (Otherwise, we won't see it.)
  • Only those who have "Liked" both our Facebook page and the contest update will be entered.

Good Luck!

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Karen

I am in the Atlanta area (Decatur) and I would love to go to the Coupon workshop. I have picky eaters and no spare time. I have been trying to coupon but can't prepare well enough and then I don't save that much.

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Olivia

Even though I'm a die hard frugalista, there's always something more to learn. Right now I'm exploring foraging. It's fun and free. Our local nature center gives twice yearly seminars, (mostly to Scout troups). These past few years I've added purslane as a vegetable, wild raspberries, mint (to put in iced tea), and dandelion wine to the repetoire.

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Raina

I'm young (23), so I'm sure there are some things I'll probably end up learning over the years, things that really just come from experience. But I actually feel like I have an excellent balance in my life at the moment and am saving far more than my peers. I like to visit sites like Wise Bread to learn from others' experiences and see if there's anything that might be applicable to my life, but I think my parents instilled some really great financial values in me.

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Patrick

Yes, I could learn more about frugality. I'm always curious about what others are spending, using comparable situations as benchmarks. And I consistently appreciate knowing what deals are available on retail goods and services and how to save money on utilities (phone, cell, power).

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Kristy

I'd like to see an update to the Tightwad Gazette, you know, black-belt frugality for the digital age. (Hey, that's a pretty good subtitle for a book.) I've got the basics down, but I'd like more inspiration and advanced techniques!

ps: Not in Atlanta, sadly.

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Anita

I started couponing almost a year ago and have done really well, especially being able to give grocery and household items to needy in our area. However, The Coupon Workshop would be a great place for me to learn even more as I feel I am still spending more than I should.

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Anita

and I am in Atlanta area (north of Perimeter) Thanks.

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kasey

I'm not near Atlanta at the moment, but that sounds like a great event!!

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Jennifer

I would like to go to a the Atlanta coupon workshop. I am trying to learn alot about saving money but I always like to learn more.

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fairydust

I can ALWAYS learn more!

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Kelli

I am constantly learning new things, especially about frugality, and I know there will always be even more to learn in the future. Daily life is full of lessons on spending and saving!

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I don't really "coupon" because I think it is too time consuming. However, if I could leanr how to do it in 30 minutes per week or less, I'd love to!!

Plus, Im an ATL resident!

I'd love to win a GC or event tickets!

Thanks

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Laura D

I consider myself pretty savvy about frugality, but there's always more to learn. I can't believe how far I've come since I got married three years ago. Having the whole household budget dropped suddenly in my lap was a good crash course!

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Courtney

I'm a stay-at-home mom from Atlanta that would love to learn more about how to reduce my grocery bill (please consider me for the workshop ticket prize)! Thanks!

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Chioma

I have never commented before, but I live in Atlanta and I would like to be entered for both the Coupon workshop and the Amazon GC contest.

I consider myself an intermediate- advanced frugalista, but what I would TRULY- SINCERELY-LOVE to know more about is how can I up my frugalista-factor and save time doing it? Being a frugalista takes a lot of time which has deterred me from picking up more frugal habits and I am sure probably prevents many from considering frugality in the first place. So the question remains, what are some recommendations for how someone can simultaneously live frugally and save time too?

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Bev

I'm still learning because I'm always coming across new tips and ideas that I want to try! My most recent blog post is related to this topic: 10 Lessons I've Learned from My Homemade Lifestyle. Here's the link:

http://themakeyourownzone.blogspot.com/search/label/Articles%20and%20Advice

And . . I'm not in Atlanta

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Betty

Not in Atlanta, and certainly don't know it all! I do think I do a pretty good job with being frugal, but really could use help creating a budget that works.

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Carmen

We've come a long way in becoming frugal, but there are still more steps we could take. I'd love to figure out how to connect our computer to the tv so we could drop satellite. I need to convince my husband that either meal planning or OAMC (once a month cooking) would be a good idea.
(not in Atlanta)

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Guest

I think that once you get bitten by the Frugal Bug its addicting to learn new ways to be frugal. I hot the itch about 2 years ago and pour over the internet and library oon new ways to save all the time. Keep bringing on the great information! My favorite is still all the wonderful uses of Vinegar and Baking Soda. Going green and going frugal go hand in hand and that info hit it out of the park for me!

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Lynda

I'd like to learn how to motivate others into being more money conscious (specifically my fiance!)

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Lenora

I want to learn how to do without a car and how to get free health insurance. I've learned so much from WiseBread. Thank you to everyone who contributes.

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Michelle

I think there is always more a person can learn - it is truly ignorance for a person to think they know it all....

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Phyllis

I've had it with being frugal, how do i win the lottery??@wisebread #WBAsk

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Marie

I'd like to learn more about how to cut my grocery bill besides the usual "make a list and buy generic" advice that personal finance authors usually give. Thanks!

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cwaltz

I could definitely learn more but I'm not that close to Atlanta. I'd love to see the workshop closer to Appalachia. I live by the border of WVa, NC, and TN in SW VA.

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