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The complete Frugal February round-up

The complete Frugal February round-up

Another month has come and gone – can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday that we kicked off the Frugal February project on Don’t Ever Look Back yet two days ago signaled the end of the month and the end of our project.

What We Covered

Frugal February on Don’t Ever Look Back featured 17 dedicated posts, 10 awesome guest writers and nearly 200 comments on these posts. While we didn’t get to cover absolutely everything we wanted to (we’ve still got plenty of great savings advice stored for the next few months!), we still managed to cover a hell of a lot! Here’s the complete list of posts that were published…

The Challenges

We did plan on running 4 challenges throughout the month however only ended up doing 2.

Challenge #1 – Keep a money jar for the rest of February.
Our money jar contained $71.15! Can you believe that from just one month?! The $2 coins in Australia really helped boost this up to quite an impressive amount.

Challenge #2 – Sell at least one item on eBay or Craigslist.
As we mentioned in this post, we made a profit of $118 from selling two items on eBay.

From these two challenges we made nearly $200 – enough for at least 2 extra nights on our travel adventures! If you participated in either of these challenges, please let us know how you went by leaving a comment.

Frugal February Contributors

Huge shout-outs to the awesome people who contributed and made Frugal February the success it was! Click on their images below and follow them on Twitter, subscribe to their blogs and please do whatever else you can to support them!

Our Question(s) To You

Was Frugal February helpful to setting your travel goals and boosting your travel fund?
What was the most useful piece of advice we gave you?
Did you learn anything new that you’re going to put into action?

You don’t have to answer all of them but we’d love to hear your feedback in the comments section – feel free to add your own feedback as well, positive or negative!


  1. Posted March 3, 2011 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    thanks for including me guys! What a great idea…and a profitable one too! It’s always more fun to share the icky tasks with friends and that goes for saving money too. Great job! Cheers!
    Gillian@OneGiantStep recently posted..Twitter Travel Tips- Building Community

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for being involved Gillian – your post was the most popular post for the month and I think it was very helpful to a lot of people!

  2. Posted March 3, 2011 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout out and having me doing my first guest blogging. 🙂
    David recently posted..Takamatsu &amp Yashima from above

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

      Not a problem David – thanks again for being involved in Frugal February! 🙂

  3. Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    This was a cool feature. I wish I had something that could make $118 on ebay! I’ve sold off most of my valuable stuff… now I’m down to selling $3 CDs. But saving a few bucks here and there is definitely an important travel skill.
    Scott -Quirky Travel recently posted..Your guide to the Bonnaroo music festival

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      If all you’ve got left are a few CD’s then massive props to you! Most people have plenty of junk lying around their homes that is collecting dust rather than collecting extra money.

  4. Posted March 3, 2011 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    I would have to say using y’all’s progress chart has helped so much. Being able to physically cross off my financial milestones really brings what I’m doing to life. Also, adapting the “How Many Days in Thailand” game to my situation has helped me save more than I thought I could!
    Kristin M recently posted..Travel Tuesday

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      This is one of the best comments we’ve received on here – it makes all our writing and effort worthwhile to know that we’ve been able to help out! That’s so great you’ve been able to increase your savings – keep up the good work and you’ll be able to move to Savannah even sooner than you first planned! 🙂

  5. Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Thanks for including me guys – did you ever get around to trying the fool recipe?!
    Liv recently posted..Visit the Heart of England- The pub

    • Posted March 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

      No worries Liv – thanks so much for providing a great post. We haven’t tried the fruit fools yet, it’s on our to-do list! We’ve been very busy lately (and also been trying to eat somewhat healthy at the same time) but will let you know when we get around to making some and what we think of them.

  6. Posted March 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    I loved frugal February! Since I’m pretty much putting all of my energy in to saving money, I gained a lot of good ideas here. Thanks guys!
    Kim recently posted..Bolan Mountain Fire Lookout

  7. Posted March 4, 2011 at 5:36 am | Permalink

    I loved Frugal Feb, it was something very different and helpful to a fellow frugalerer! I’m making that a word now)

    • Posted March 6, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

      Haha great to hear it was helpful to all of our loyal frugalerers!

  8. Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    We tried both challenges. #1 we saved about $15 in change, not enough to roll, too much to count. But, with our new visa, we saved $50 in points! (mostly because of the expensive vaccinations we started getting).

    For #2, I sold an old 4×5 crown graphic camera for $265.

    We also hit our spending budget in February, all in all a good saving month.
    Mike Lenzen recently posted..One Year Since We Decided to Travel the World

    • Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Awesome work Mike! $15 doesn’t seem like much but if the average person saved this much over a year you’ve got another couple of extra nights on your travels (if you’re doing it on a budget). Credit Card rewards are another great way to contribute to your travel aspirations – may cover these in a later post!

      Great achievement on selling the camera… you guys really did kill it for Frugal February! 🙂

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