Interested in starting a blog?
Here on Twins Mommy, I want to share with you successful and popular blogs from moms like you.
They are all in different types of niches to help you see that it’s possible to make money with your passions and hobby.
To help you, check out how these moms make money blogging:
- 14 Lifestyle Blogs that Make Money
- 17 Writing Blogs to Start and Grow Your Passion
- 12 Best Tech Blogs for Moms to Start
- 13 Knitting Blogs You Can Start (& Make Money)
In this post I want to share how you can start a frugal blog and how you can monetize it.
You might be scratching your head and thinking – well if my audience is coming to me for frugal living ideas to save money, why would they open their wallets and buy from me?
Well, I have some ideas to help you serve your audience with money saving tips but also help you earn an income from it!
But, for now if you’re already a frugal person, starting a frugal living blog is a no brainer.
Why not share about how you meal plan to save money or tailor your kids clothes so your don’t have to buy them new stuff every time they put a small hole in their jeans?
There are plenty of people out there that could use a little extra help learning how to be a little more frugal.
Being self-employed and a mother to twins, frugal living comes naturally to me.
But there are people out there – new families, large families, single moms – that need help budgeting and saving money.
So share your knowledge with the world and help others to start their frugal living journey!
How to Start a Frugal Living Blog
The first step is thinking about what you want to blog about on your new saving money blog.
Even though frugal living is a blogging niche in and of itself, there are certain ways in which you can niche down even further to help find your core audience.
Your true fans, so to speak.
Pinterest is a great way to start to drive traffic to your blog when you have it up and running, so why not start there?
Find Your Niche Topic
If you go to Pinterest and type in “frugal living” Pinterest presents you with a whole list of options that people are actively searching for.
These include topics like:
Frugal living for beginners, tips, with kids, groceries, recipes, hacks, and DIY, just to name a few.
So if any of these are something that you can write a lot about, then start there.
While you don’t necessarily need to niche down, it is a good idea when you are getting started. You can always expand from there later on, once you realize what your audience is looking for and really enjoys reading about.
For example, if you want to only blog about how to save money for large familes you can have categories on your blog like:
- Meal ideas on the cheap
- Hacks to save money with a large family
- How to raise a large family on one income
- How to save hundreds by cutting costs
Another way to find your niche topic is to look at other bloggers in similar niches.
What kinds of topics are they writing about?
How can you take those topics and write about them in a different way, in your own voice?
You don’t want to go around copying other bloggers, you just want to find out what kinds of topics that people are interested in reading about. This will then give you a good head start on the topics that you can and should be writing about.
When you know what is already popular, that gives you an advantage. You want to be sharing information that people are interested in and that they want to read about, not just stuff that you want to write about.
Look at This Tiny Blue House. Jenn decided early on to focus on creating massive list post of frugal living tips.
You can toot around and see on her blog that she has a section on printables.
You can do a quick SEO search on Ubersuggest to see if printables is a high-searched keyword.
It is! If you are design savy you can create printables like a budgeting printable, calendar printables and more.
You can niche your entire frugal living blog to providing this type of resource for your audience.
Once you have a good handful of blog post ideas (I would suggest 25 at minimum) it’s time to make your blog live so you can start getting eyeballs on your articles.
Get Your Frugal Living Blog Live
Before you start publishing your blog content all over social media, you need a place for your content to live.
If you are planning to eventually make money from your blog, you need to self-host.
This simply means that you pay a company to host your blog rather than having it on a free platform.
The major benefits of this is that you have more control over all of your content and what you can do with it (like placing ads on your site).
You can also have a normal sounding domain name, like yourdomain.com rather than yourdomain.wordpress.com. It is a much more professional way to start your blog, not to mention, easier to say!
Most bloggers now start their blogs on WordPress (.org not .com).
With WordPress.org, you purchase hosting and a domain name then install WordPress on your site. This is what gives you the ability to have a domain that does not include .wordpress.com.
When it comes to hosting, I personally use Bluehost.
They are a great hosting company that many top bloggers use to host their sites.
They have amazing customer service and can easily help you get set up, even if you are not a techie person. It is also very affordable to get started hosting your blog using Bluehost, Twins Mommy readers even get a special discount.
Once you have purchased your hosting, domain, and have your blog all set up, you can easily start promoting it on your social media platforms and start building a following.
Pinterest has been instrumental in building my blog and generating quality traffic. I highly suggest that you start there!
Top Frugal Living Blogs (You Should Be Reading)
Frugal living is all about finding ways to cut down on your expenses and save more money. This can be anything from canceling unnecessary subscriptions to extreme couponing.
Living frugally is about getting the most out of your money, not just about being cheap.
Here is a list of nine popular frugal living blogs that will help you to cut your spending and make your money work harder for you.
1. The Penny Hoarder
The Penny Hoarder is a huge blog that covers everything from frugal living, investing, and just about everything else money related.
Started by Kevin Taylor, The Penny Hoarder has grown into a massive media company.
Their articles are written by a variety of contributing authors and are often quick, easy, and informative reads.
What I really like about The Penny Hoarder is even though they are a massive media company with (I’m guessing) hundreds of writers, it still reads like it’s your friend talking to you about things like, how to save on back to school shopping and how to make extra money selling your old clothes.
2. Fun Cheap or Free
Fun Cheap or Free is run by Jordan Page, the self proclaimed fun cheap or free queen, a spunky mom of soon to be 8 (at the time of this writing she is currently pregnant with twins) where her blogs moto is “where frugal gets a facelift.”
Jordan has been featured in well-known shows like, the Today Show, Rachel Ray, and Good Morning America.
Her blog originally started as a frugal living blog and has blossomed into a lifestyle blog over time, but she still offers some really great frugal living tips and tricks, especially when it comes to living frugally with such as large family.
3. Millennial Money Man
Run by a former high school band director who paid off over $40,000 in student loans through side hustling, the Millennial Money Man (aka Bobby Hoyt) shares tips and tricks on how to save money, make more money, and paying off debt.
He is no stranger to sharing his side hustle ideas and giving advice on how to pay of debt without having to give up those little luxuries in life, like Starbucks!
4. Living Well Spending Less
From founder Ruth Soukop Living Well Spending Less is so much more than a blog, to many, it’s a movement.
Ruth not only shares tips on frugal living and spending less, while living well, she has also created some pretty nifty planners to help keep your life and your finances organized.
5. The Daily Change Jar
The Daily Change Jar is run by Keegan Kraemer, a frugal mom of 5 kids (and foster mom).
She shares frugal living tips and hacks as well as a lot of frugal food related recipes. Like Instant Pot recipes for beginners and frugal dinners for when you’re broke.
6. Money Saving Mom
Run by Crystal Paine, she shares different tips and tutorials on how to live frugally with a family on Money Saving Mom.
She also shares a lot of specific sales and coupons, like certain toys on sale at Target (great for price comparison while Christmas shopping). If you are looking for a blog packed with deals and giveaways, this is the site to be on.
7. The Krazy Coupon Lady
This is another great site for finding specific deals for certain stores and coupons. If you are looking for the latest deals for back to school or Christmas gifts, then The Krazy Coupon Lady is a great place to start.
They even offer an app to keep up to date with all the deals.
8. The Busy Budgeter
An informative blog run by Rosemarie Groner all about budgeting.
She has also been featured on some high level publications, like Forbes, Country Living, and Entrepreneur. The Busy Budgeter isn’t just about budgeting, she also shares a lot of great tips on making money and organizing your home without spending a lot to do it.
Rosemarie’s blog was also one of my first frugal living blogs I read when I first started blogging!
9. The Frugal Convert
Gina runs The Frugal Convert, a blog all about paying off debt and frugal living.
She is all about saving and frugality without having to give up actually living. She offers tips on how to save on your grocery bill and money skills that you should be teaching your kids.
10. Freebie Finding Mom
Kelli is the mom behind the Freebie Finding Mom.
Her frugal living blog is highly niched down to coupons, deals, freebies, giveaways and more. If you are in a pinch and need to find the best deals on a product make sure to visit Kelli’s blog first!
11. Believe in a Budget
I love Kristen’s blog and her story.
I’ve been a long-time reader and subscriber of Believe in a Budget. Back in the day Kristen was a freelancer and when I started freelance writing I wanted to know all about how she managed her business and grew her income.
She has evolved to a course creator and VA teacher!
12. Life and a Budget
I see Latoya’s pins everywhere mama! She is rocking it on Pinterest!
Life and a Budget helps women and families create better fiancees. Her blog is filled with helpful advice to help you save money during the holidays, when you work at home and more!
13. The Budget Mom
Miko is behind the Budget Mom. She is an inspiration to all moms! She struggled hard with saving money and giving her son the life she desperately wanted.
She had to look internally and realize that she had the tools to do this, she just needed a the push. Her blog shares her best tips to helps mom organize their finances and live the life they want.
14. Frugal Confessions
Amanda L. Grossman, a Certified Financial Education Instructor, is behind Frugal Confessions. Her work has been featured in Real Simple magazine, Woman’s World magazine, as well as at US News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Business Insider, Lifehacker, and more!
I love how she writes in a relatable way so you feel like you can take her money saving tips and actually do them. Her frugal living blog helps CFOs (Chief FAMILY Officers) control their finances so they can save money and live life on their own terms.
How Frugal Living Blogs Make Money
There are several ways these popular blogs are making an income.
Many of them are using an ad agency like Mediavine to make money.
They place ads on their site and people who view their blog or posts means the blogger earns an income.
If you want to start using ads, here’s my guide on how to boost your income with your ads using Mediavine.
Another way these frugal living bloggers are earning an income is through affiliate marketing.
They are sharing money saving products like Ibotta that helps their frugal audience, but also helps them!
Finally, another popular way these bloggers earn an income is with products.
These can be printables, eBooks, courses or masterclasses.
They create something to help their audience and since their audience trusts the blogger behind the blog, the gladly will buy what they offer!
To help you grow that engagement on your blog, check out this post!
There Ya Go!
Frugal living is one of the 8 most popular blog niches that I suggest as a niche if you are serious about blogging.
If you are a saver, penny-pincher or love to find deals, you can start a frugal living blog!
Do you have a frugal living blog? Share it in the comments!
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