Welcome to the 103rd festival of frugality. Since it is St Lucia’s Day this week, I thought I’d go with a Swedish theme.
On St Lucia’s Day, traditionally girls dress in white with a crown of candles round their head, sing traditional songs and hand out saffron buns. Although I’m not in Sweden (I’m in England) I’m going to a St Lucia’s Day celebration on Thursday night for some frugal entertainment.
The Oresund bridge is the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, and connects Malmo in Sweden with Copenhagen in Denmark.
One of the Swedish success stories of the post-war period is Ikea (who also do bathrooms). The founder Ingvar Kamprad is one of the world’s richest men and still flies economy.
The only Swedish food that I’ve ever cooked myself is meatballs in tomato sauce – although I am also partial to good clean Swedish vodka, it’s nice mixed with apple juice and a hint of cinnamon.
Kris presents Cheap, Healthy, Environmentally Friendly Seafood (Recipes) posted at Cheap Healthy Good. Recipe ideas for fish and seafood that don’t contribute to overfishing. plonkee’s pick
The Happy Rock presents Skip The Baby Carrots. Cheaper, healthier, and better. posted at The Happy Rock. It’s funny how you don’t call the big carrots adult carrots, isn’t it.
Houses in Scandinavia (including Sweden) were traditionally built of wood, one of the primary products of the region.
Raymond presents How To Find a Great Apartment Rental and Get Cash Back posted at Money Blue Book. Some nice ideas for saving money on a rented property.
cashmoneylife presents Save Money With an Air Vent Booster | Cash Money Life posted at Cash Money Life. Reduce the need to run air cooling or heating with an air vent booster. Maybe you should ask for one for Christmas?
Sweden has it’s own special Christmas soft drink, Julmust, which significantly outsells Coca-Cola during the festive season. Unlike in the UK, the main focus of the festive celebrations is Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day itself.
David presents Making And Sending Christmas Cards For Less Money. posted at My Two Dollars. I too used to make Christmas cards at school, maybe I should take it up again.
Silicon Valley Blogger presents How To Find The Perfect Gift For The Lady In Your Life posted at The Digerati Life. Some tips for getting the most bang for your buck.
Penny Nickel presents Holiday Gifting: 14 Ways to Give More Meaning and Less Stuff posted at Money and Values. Give more with less – what a great idea. In fact what 14 great ideas.
Despite being officially neutral throughout the second world war, Sweden granted asylum to all Danish Jews who sought asylum there. Most of them escaped via small boats and survived the war in Sweden.
Free From Broke presents I Want To Save But I Want To SPEND, SPEND, SPEND!! posted at Free From Broke. Give your advice on saving or splurging.
glblguy presents Ways To Spend Your Health Care Flexible Spending Account Balance posted at Gather Little By Little. It’s use it or lose it, so here are some ideas for making the most of that money.
John presents WWYD: Buy Temporary Jeans, or Wait Until Old Ones Fit Again? posted at Queercents. Me, I’d probably buy temporary jeans.
NCN presents Day 31 of 33 Days And 33 Ways To Save Money And Reduce Debt: Stay Away From The Mall posted at No Credit Needed. Well I’m much less likely to spend money if I’m not near a shop. What about you?
PT presents Workout with Podfitness for FREE (30-Day Trial) posted at Prime Time Money. Yes, I was convinced this was a spam post too when I saw the title. But it seems like it’s actually not. Don’t forget to cancel at the end of any free trial if you don’t think the service is worth it.
According to an EU study, Sweden is the best country in the EU at helping immigrants to integrate into the local population. Lest you think that’s simply because they don’t have many immigrants, 12.5% of the population were born outside of Sweden – about the same as the US and considerably more than the UK at 7.5%.
Ryan presents Is Financial Peer Pressure Keeping You Poor? posted at Building Millionaire Money Habits. My mother used to say “if all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”. Good point, really.
Frugal Duchess presents “So When You’re Rich, You Won’t Have To Be Frugal,” He Told Me posted at The Frugal Duchess. No, when I’m rich I can be as frugal as I like, just like the Frugal Duchess.
- planning for christmas presents
- too late to have an expensive Christmas?
- starting on the Christmas gifts