First, a CNN tagline caught my eye: Frugal families defend their lifestyle. It was a great article, actually about how frugality can increase your quality of life for less. The phrasing just struck me as odd—like there’s anything wrong with being frugal.

Ironically, I’d also like to announce that I finally have joint account holder status on the credit card. Finally. Yes!!! I apparently exist!

And in the PF blogosphere:

Patrick bought his wife’s love for $10. Ok, it’s a little more complicated, but it’s incredibly sweet and he gets 20 husband points. He particularly gets points for a) realizing that an inexpensive gift can be incredibly thoughtful and b) reminding us not to neglect our relationships when we’re saving money oh and c) making his wife happy.

Lynnae compiled a whopping 168 frugal tips with the help of her readers. Wow. Just wow.

Clever Dude alerts us to credit card skimming at redbox units and explains how it works. I don’t use them, but this is good to know. I’ve seen photos of ATM skimming.

Johnathan of My Money Blog tells us how to use an online piggy bank to save up for big things….and no it’s not the one you’ve been hearing about at various blogs this week. Great detailed explanation for those of you looking to use ING subaccounts.

LJ of Mommy Gets Paid reflected on her experience with credit cards. They’re not child’s play…

Emily of Remodeling This Life opened up this week about her husband’s depression. As someone married to a depressed man myself, I can identify with a lot of what she’s saying. It’s not easy. Some days it feels hopeless. Since someone found my site tonight looking for ways to talk to someone online about depression I’m going to take a moment to suggest Samaritans. In fact, you can e-mail [email protected] to talk with a volunteer. Sometimes it’s too hard to call or to speak or you don’t want to bother anyone. It’s the only suicide hotline I’ve ever used…and it worked very well.

This was a stellar week all around at the M-Network. Here are some great posts by my fellow M-Networkers. πŸ™‚

So that’s it everyone! Have an excellent rest of your weekend.


LJ April 6, 2008 at 12:00 am

Thanks for the mention! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Take Care


Looby April 6, 2008 at 12:09 am

Hostelling International, which I think is the largest federation of hostels has no upper age limit. I think the term Youth Hostel has just stuck around, many are now called Backpackers hostels or simply hostels.

Dad April 6, 2008 at 12:43 pm

Congratulations on your new existence in the world of credit! May it be hardly needed but it is good to have.

I appreciate the reminder about credit / debut card skimmers. They are a real hazard but they don’t happen that often as yet. The big thing is to be familiar with the card scanners you use and notice when something is different.

Emily April 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Thanks for the mention. I had no clue my ramblings would touch so many directly and cause me to spend much of my week thinking so much about depression and it’s staggering and sad effects on the lives of so many.

plonkee April 7, 2008 at 8:19 am

Generally the only places that have an age limit are in Bavaria (and may be one other Lander), and that’s only because it’s the law. I’ve stayed at youth hostels with wrinkly old people in them πŸ˜‰ .

Patrick April 9, 2008 at 9:56 am

LOL. buying my wife’s love… good one. πŸ˜‰

ON a side note, she did say it was more than 20 husband points, so that’s cool. I’ll try to do the little things pretty often, but not so often as they become commonplace or expected. You gotta keep your loved ones guessing. πŸ˜‰

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