Big changes for Frugal Nation
Starting Monday, this site is joining forces with MSN Money Smart Spending. Here's why.
In 2009 I was given a biweekly personal finance column, and in February 2012 I was asked to start the Frugal Nation blog. Now things are about to change again: Beginning Monday this site will go dormant and I'll be joining -- I should say re-joining -- Smart Spending.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
The first year-plus at Smart Spending was shaped by the major recession that knocked so many people off their financial foundations. Karen and I focused on delivering specific, practical information about saving money on food, shelter, insurance, transportation and health care.
We covered unemployment, debt repayment, credit cards, couponing, student loans, the job search, raising children, frugal entertainment and just about every other aspect of surviving an economy turned upside-down.
The strongest possible mix
Over time Smart Spending has broadened its coverage of personal finance issues like budgeting, credit scores, entrepreneurship, debt repayment, homebuying and planning for retirement. There's also an increasing emphasis on financial news and how it affects the average reader.
By combining the two sites, MSN Money will ensure the strongest possible mix of personal finance, frugality and news topics. Five days a week the site will publish:
- Original reporting and writing from me and other contributors.
- Articles from partner sites such as Money Talks News, Wise Bread, Get Rich Slowly and Len Penzo dot com.
- Guest posts from a wide variety of personal finance bloggers.
That means you. Not everyone wants to become a captain of industry, but you should certainly want to captain your own financial ship.
Come over to Smart Spending and learn about smart money practices, clever frugal hacks and how the news of the day affects the non-newsmakers.
I'll miss Frugal Nation, but its focus on saving money and living intentionally will continue to be heard. I'm changing my address, not my philosophy. See you next week.
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Donna Freedman, a writer based in Anchorage, Alaska, writes the Frugal Nation blog for MSN Money. She won regional and national prizes during an 18-year newspaper career and earned a college degree in midlife without taking out student loans. Donna also writes about the frugal life for her own site, Surviving and Thriving.
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