The Frugal 100 Awards: 2013 Edition

March 6th, 2013 - Posted by in Blog

FRUGAL 100 Winner

The Definitive List of the Most Influential Frugal Bloggers & Apps

Frugal living is the art of making do with less. Now, living with less doesn’t mean that you never buy anything for yourself or that you give all your money away…no – being fugal means that you spend your money wisely — on something you want, experiences (no – watching Dancing on Ice with a takeaway doesn’t count), and most importantly on things you need – not on what you think others expect you to have.

Living frugally is not easy – we’re always on the lookout for insights, tips, and strategies from savvy bloggers. From frugal fashionistas to frugal travel hackers – we scour the web daily for the best of the frugal blogosphere to share with you…

With that – we’re launching our annual Frugal 100 Awards – the frugal blogs we love, and read daily.

Here are the categories:

  • Best UK Frugal Blogs
  • Best International Frugal Blogs
  • Best Frugal App
  • Best Frugal Family Blogs
  • Best Frugal Fashion Blogs
  • Best Up and Coming Frugal Blogs
  • Best Frugal London Blogger
  • Best Frugal Travel Blogs
  • Best Frugal Green Blogs
  • Best Frugal Food Blogs

You’ll find a host of well known blogs alongside new emerging bloggers – bringing frugal tips and frugal shopping advice daily…

Best UK Frugal Blog:

  1. Frugalfamily.co.uk – 82.5
  2. Themoneyprinciple.co.uk – 79.1
  3. Savvyscot.com – 78.9
  4. Pennygolightly.com – 76.1
  5. Miss-thrifty.co.uk – 74.2
  6. Athriftymrs.com – 70.8
  7. Helpmetosave.com – 70.2
  8. Money-watch.co.uk – 68.5
  9. Notesfromthefrugaltrenches.com – 63.5
  10. Frugalfinance.co.uk – 61
  11. Fivepencepiece.com – 58.7
  12. Frugalincornwall.blogspot.co.uk – 57.8
  13. Littlemissmoneybags.com – 54.5
  14. Happier.co.uk – 47.4
  15. Frugalityuk.blogspot.co.uk – 47.4

 

Best International Frugal Blogs:

  1. Moneysavingmom.com – 92.2
  2. Budgetsaresexy.com – 79.5
  3. Ptmoney.com – 77.6
  4. Fabulesslyfrugal.com – 75.2
  5. Frugaldad.com – 74.2
  6. Freefrombroke.com – 70.4
  7. Threethriftyguys.com – 67.3
  8. Thefrugalgirl.com – 63.6
  9. Thenonconsumeradvocate.com – 60.8
  10. Suddenlyfrugal.com – 59.7
  11. Frugalconfessions.com – 58.2
  12. Thecentsiblelife.com – 57.3
  13. Yesiamcheap.com – 56.5
  14. Frugalbabe.com – 54.9
  15. Frugal-mama.com – 53.3

 

Best Frugal Apps:

  1. Get.ziplist.com – 82.7
  2. Quidco.com – 81.3
  3. Viber.com – 81.6
  4. Shopkick.com – 69.1
  5. Frugalflyer.com – 52
  6. Expensify.com – 43.7
  7. Thecouponsapp.com – 43.5
  8. Vouchercloud.com – 28.8
  9. Noseyparkerapp.com – 28.9
  10. Ihandysoft.com – 21.3

 

Best Frugal Family Blogs:

  1. Babybudgeting.co.uk – 63.7
  2. Aresidence.co.uk – 63.4
  3. Redtedart.com – 62.9
  4. Frugalfamily.co.uk – 62.5
  5. Family-budgeting.co.uk – 60.9
  6. Theanamumdiary.co.uk – 58.4
  7. Mrspriss.com – 55.4
  8. Athriftymum.com – 53
  9. Pennilessparenting.com – 51.6
  10. Fabmums.com – 47.8

 

Best Frugal Fashion Blogs :

  1. Collegefashion.net – 80.0
  2. Thebudgetbabe.com – 71.7
  3. Thebudgetfashionista.com – 71.5
  4. Thefashionablehousewife.com – 62.9
  5. Pennychic.com – 60.2
  6. What-the-frock.com – 59.7
  7. Therecessionista.com – 59.2
  8. Frugalbeautiful.com – 59
  9. Pennypincherfashion.com – 58
  10. Missbudgetbeauty.co.uk – 50.5

 

Best Up and Coming Frugal Blogs:

  1. Livingafrugallife.com – 72.5
  2. Thefrugalfind.com – 70.5
  3. FrugalZeitgeist.com – 67
  4. Letsstartsavingnow.com – 66.5
  5. Rainydaysaver.net – 57
  6. Thepennywisefamily.com – 54
  7. Thefrugalhousewife.com – 52
  8. Simplyrebekah.com – 51
  9. Frugalapolis – 47
  10. Gotitatgoodwill.com – 29

 

Best Frugal London Blogger:

  1. The-frugality.com – 66.5
  2. Piperterrett.wordpress.com – 58.5
  3. Frugalcitygirl.com – 54
  4. Highstreetsmarts.blogspot.co.uk – 20
  5. Rustiquepearls.wordpress.com – 10

 

Best Frugal Travel Blogs:

  1. Nomadicmatt.com – 88.4
  2. Budgettravel.com – 84.3
  3. Landlopers.com – 79.1
  4. Frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com – 73.7
  5. Eurocheapo.com/ – 70.8
  6. Frugaltravelguy.com – 66.5
  7. Theprofessionalhobo.com – 63.9
  8. Budgettraveller.org – 59.1
  9. Johnnyvagabond.com – 57.8
  10. Europebudgetguide.com – 56.4

 

Best Frugal Green Blogs:

  1. Frugallysustainable.com – 69.2
  2. Retrohousewifegoesgreen.com  – 60.4
  3. Liverenewed.com – 56.2
  4. Greenphonebooth.com – 53.2
  5. 1greengeneration – 52.7

 

Best Frugal Food Blogs:

  1. Lovefoodhatewaste.com – 84.5
  2. 5dollardinners.com – 77.5
  3. CheapEats.ie – 72
  4. Frugalfeeding.com – 68
  5. Utterlyscrummy.blogspot.co.uk – 64.5
  6. Thefrugalfoodiemama.com – 59.5
  7. Choosy-beggars.com – 57
  8. Frugalfoods.co.uk – 54
  9. Frugalfoodiefamily.com – 52
  10. Thecheapgourmet.com – 48

Now if you made the list – Congratulations! For those who want to know how we calculated the list here is the math behind it all…

Link Popularity

For calculating link popularity we used MozRank. It reflects the importance of any given web page on the Internet. Pages earn MozRank by the number and quality of other pages that link to them. The higher the quality of the incoming links, the higher the MozRank.

Web Traffic

Web traffic was ranked by Alexa. Alexa computes traffic rankings by analyzing the Web usage of millions of Alexa Toolbar users and data obtained from other, diverse traffic data sources. For the Frugal 100 categories we used US ranking for International categories and UK for local.

Social Influence

We used Klout scores to measure bloggers influence across their connected social networks. Klout Score incorporates more than 400 signals from seven different networks.

Combining the 3 metrics above – we we’re able to generate the top ranked blogs for each respective category. If you don’t agree with the rankings, or have a suggestion for a site we missed? Drop a comment below – and we’ll make sure to track that blog in our RSS readers throughout the year – maybe you’ll be in the 2014 edition?

Congratulations again – to all the Finalists. Thanks for sharing your stories, insights and frugal strategies! Keep spreading the word – I’ll leave you all with the words of Elise Boulding:

“Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.”

Peace.


  • http://www.threethriftyguys.com Aaron

    Thanks for including us in the list!

  • http://budgetsaresexy.com J. Money

    Sweetness, thx :)

  • http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk maria@moneyprinciple

    Thanks! This is the first thing this year I come so close to winning something :). On a more serious note, thanks for this and I feel honoured and humbled.

  • laura

    Good list but one of the up and coming sites hasn’t had a post for over 12 months!

    • Julian Hearn

      Good point Laura. I shall do some tweaking today.

      • http://www.budgettraveller.org Kash Bhattacharya

        Hi Julian

        Cheers for including BudgetTraveller in the list of frugal travel blogs-honoured. Europebudgetguide.com was my first blog but stupid mistake of me not renewing the domain meant someone else has taken it over and as you can see, has just one solitary article :(

        Thanks again and best wishes
        Kash

  • http://www.piperterrett.wordpress.com Piper

    Hey – thanks very much for including me in your nominations for best frugal London blogger!

  • http://www.expensify.com Ryan Schaffer

    Thanks for mentioning Expensify! We love our users and love simplifying their lives through our App. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the future if you’d like to talk or have any questions! Thanks again!

  • http://www.athriftymrs.com A Thrifty Mrs

    Thanks so much for including A Thrifty Mrs!
    (The site should be working)

    I’m off to check out all the other great blogs.

  • http://freefrombroke.com Glen Craig

    Thanks for including Free From Broke! We’re in some great company.

  • http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com Emma

    Thank you so much for this recognition for Love Food Hate Waste. Wasting food is a massive issue – both financially and environmentally – I live and breathe this campaign and the issue so its wonderful to be included here amongst so many brilliant blogs

  • http://www.frugalfoods.co.uk Frugal Faye

    That’s lovely, in at number 8.
    Many thanks to everyone Faye x

  • http://mrspriss.com Morgan | Mrs. Priss

    This is exciting! Thank you for including me. :)

  • http://www.the-frugality.com Alex Stedman

    Thank you so much for including me!

  • http://reachfinancialindependence.com Pauline

    great list! off to visit a few I don’t know.

  • http://tasmanianminimalist.blogspot.com Francesca

    I am an up and coming site,is that rude of me to sell myself like that?
    Thank you.

  • http://yesiamcheap.com Sandy

    It’s nice to be recognized by our friends across the pond. Thank you!

  • http://frugalzeitgeist.com Forest Parks

    Thanks for putting me in there :).

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  • http://frugalapolis.com Frugalapolis

    Thanks for the mention, I must keep up the efforts to make the other lists. Lots of good reading at all the sites!

  • The Cheap Gourmet

    Thanks so much for including The Cheap Gourmet as a best frugal food blog! We are honored to be included in this amazing group of talented bloggers. Will be sharing this on our Facebook page so our fans can find all these great blogs.

  • http://money-watch.co.uk Rob Lewis

    Thanks for including me on the list – there are some great blogs on there that I hadn’t come across before.

  • http://www.ecothriftyliving.com Zoe @ecothrifty

    Looks like a great list!

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