Festival of Frugality #278: The Pure Peer Pressure Edition

Peer Pressure

Peer Pressure

Welcome to the Festival of Frugality #278: The Pure Peer Pressure Edition.    If everyone else was jumping off of a cliff, would you do it, too?  Maybe not, but what happens if you surround yourself with people who hold the same values as you and are striving for personal growth in the same way?  Peer pressure doesn’t have to be negative.

“Peer pressure is not a monolithic force that presses adolescents into the same mold. . . . Adolescents generally choose friend whose values, attitudes, tastes, and families are similar to their own. In short, good kids rarely go bad because of their friends.” – Laurence Steinberg

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Editor’s Picks:

Dinks Finance shows us a few ways to negotiate your mortgage fees.   Take a few minutes to read this post before you get a mortgage.

Money Ning reminds us that everyone needs a crappy job early in their working life.

Personal Finance by the Book is leading the fight against the 100,000 mile mindset.

Free Money Finance shows several ways to have fun dates on the cheap.   My secret is to make it look “creative” and “unique”  instead of “cheap”.  You don’t have to cave to the pressure of “expensive” to have a good time.

“Most literature on the culture of adolescence focuses on peer pressure as a negative force. Warnings about the “wrong crowd” read like tornado alerts in parent manuals. . . . It is a relative term that means different things in different places. In Fort Wayne, for example, the wrong crowd meant hanging out with liberal Democrats. In Connecticut, it meant kids who weren’t planning to get a Ph.D. from Yale.” – Mary Kay Blakely

The Best of the Rest:

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff talks about my favorite tax-funded institution: the Library.   I’ve easily save thousands of dollars since I started using the library consistently.

Babies are undeniably expensive.   Squirrelers provides some tips on limiting the early expenses.

“Don’t think you’re on the right road just because it’s a well-beaten path.”  – Author Unknown

Wealth Pilgrim shows how his daughter discover the secret to saving 80% on college costs.  The trick isn’t just going to a state school, but what you do when you get there.

ptMoney shares some copy-cat recipe sites.   I love making copy-cat meals with better quality ingredients for half the price.

“Every society honors its live conformists, and its dead troublemakers.”  – Mignon McLaughlin

Magical Penny recommends tracking your net worth.   Mint makes that easy to do.

Smart Wallet talks about going cash-only and the benefits of credit cards.  I am currently cash-only, but plan to transition to a good rewards card when all of the debt is gone.

Simple Life in France discusses radical simplicity and frugality in relationships.

“There’s one advantage to being 102. There’s no peer pressure.” – Dennis Wolfberg

I’m a bit of a foodie and more than a bit cheap, so when Not Made of Money talks about creative uses for some we stock up on, I’m listening.

Wanderlust Journey explains the Carnival Cruise loyalty program.  I’ve been on exactly one cruise and enjoyed it quite a bit.  It’s not the best method of travel for all possible destinations, but I can’t think of a better way to spend a couple of weeks in the Caribbean.

Beating Broke just saved a ton of money by switching to…wait, wrong venue.    Read how they saved money on a remodel.  Don’t be afraid to use your social capital–the skills of the people who care about you.

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”  – Anatole France

If you’ve got kids who are planning to play an instrument, you’ll want to pay attention to Budgets are Sexy‘s ideas on saving money on musical instruments.

Free From Broke talks about the hidden costs of home ownership.   A home is a never-ending money sink.

“Peer pressure has many redeeming qualities. It is the pressure of our peers, after all, that gives us the support to try things we otherwise wouldn’t have.” – Bill Treasurer

Suburban Dollar explains Swagbucks.

Money Help for Christians shares some tips to save money.  I particularly enjoyed the coupon walk-through link.

Provident Planning talks about someone living happily on $7000 per year.  I can’t imagine making it on that.

A “Normal” person is the sort of person that might be designed by a committee.  You know, “Each person puts in a pretty color and it comes out gray.”   – Alan Sherman

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    1. I loved the Peer Pressure Theme and quotes. Good stuff. Here is one by Jesus that reinforces that theme of not following the crowd: “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Mat 7:13,14

      Thanks for including my post. I am honored for the Editor’s Choice!

    2. Thanks for including me in the carnival. I really like the theme of positive peer pressure.

    3. Thanks for including me!

      I didn’t know that closing costs were negotiable…now I wonder how much we got taken for…oh well. 🙂

    4. Thanks for hosting!

    5. Thanks for the shout-out on the coupon tips!

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