Frugal Friends Podcast


Controlling your spending is hard to do. On every episode of Frugal Friends, we'll try to help you gain a little more control on one aspect of the countless directions your money is being pulled toward through frugality and a few laughs. If you're trying to save money, spend less, adopt minimalism, pay off debt or reach financial independence, we think you'll like the show.

Recent Episodes
  • How to Build and Break Habits That Cause You to Overspend
    Jun 2, 2023 – 01:02:12
  • The Circular Economy and Your Money with Ron Gonen
    May 30, 2023 – 01:10:51
  • Managing Money as a Single Woman
    May 26, 2023 – 01:02:39
  • How to Travel Full Time on a Budget
    May 23, 2023 – 01:03:29
  • Keeping Financial Secrets from Your Spouse with Caroline Vencil
    May 19, 2023 – 01:01:25
  • What We've Learned From 75+ Real People Budgets
    May 16, 2023 – 01:01:26
  • Money Made Easy
    May 12, 2023 – 01:00:19
  • Frugal Side Hustle: Virtual Assistant with Shatoria Smith
    May 9, 2023 – 52:07
  • How to Systematize Your Sunday Meal Prep
    May 5, 2023 – 01:00:23
  • Frugal Friends Summer Book Club: 4 Personal Finance Reads
    May 2, 2023 – 50:34
  • Intentional Strategies to Increase Your Income with Rich Jones
    Apr 28, 2023 – 59:04
  • Psychological Hacks For Sticking to Your Budget
    Apr 24, 2023 – 01:02:35
  • 5th Anniversary Special: Secrets Behind Starting a Podcast
    Apr 21, 2023 – 57:25
  • How Decluttering Saves You Money with Ingrid Jansen
    Apr 18, 2023 – 51:53
  • Frugal Living Tips From The Great Depression
    Apr 14, 2023 – 59:03
  • How to Say "No" to Family & Friends Who Want You to Spend
    Apr 11, 2023 – 01:01:24
  • Is Medical Tourism a Good Way to Save Money? with Dr. David Vequist
    Apr 7, 2023 – 56:32
  • No-Cost Ways to be More Eco-Friendly
    Apr 4, 2023 – 46:02
  • Tips For Living on an Extremely Tight Budget ​​
    Mar 31, 2023 – 01:00:30
  • Grocery Saving Strategies That Will Cut Your Bill in Half with Gina Zakaria
    Mar 28, 2023 – 40:13
  • What to Do if You Have More Debt Than You Make in a Year
    Mar 24, 2023 – 47:32
  • Frugal Living Tips For Spring
    Mar 21, 2023 – 46:00
  • Frugal Side Hustle: Cleaning Business with Ken Carfagno
    Mar 17, 2023 – 01:05:52
  • The Science of Simplicity & Your Money
    Mar 14, 2023 – 56:57
  • What To Do If You Have Nothing Saved For Retirement
    Mar 10, 2023 – 53:55
  • Going Plant-Based on a Budget With Toni Okamoto
    Mar 7, 2023 – 59:56
  • Is it OK to Have a Car Payment? & How To Avoid an Auto Loan
    Mar 3, 2023 – 51:32
  • Budgeting as a Contractor, Tipped, or Self-Employed Income Earner
    Feb 28, 2023 – 47:44
  • Eat Healthier & More Affordably with Cassy Joy Garcia
    Feb 24, 2023 – 01:01:04
  • Should You Try a No-Spend Challenge?
    Feb 21, 2023 – 50:31
  • How Your Parent's Finances Affect You And What to do Next
    Feb 17, 2023 – 01:01:17
  • How to Hack Your Next Vacation with Chris Hutchins
    Feb 14, 2023 – 01:00:59
  • Frugal Parenting Mindset Shifts
    Feb 10, 2023 – 58:34
  • Regaining Motivation When You Don't Feel Like Caring About Money
    Feb 7, 2023 – 01:02:38
  • How to Curate a Life With Less Stuff And More Intention with Christine Platt
    Feb 3, 2023 – 49:47
  • How to Take Care of Your Clothes (No sewing necessary!)
    Jan 31, 2023 – 50:41
  • Tips to Avoid Impulse Spending
    Jan 27, 2023 – 45:38
  • Frugal Side Hustle: Salesforce with Brad Rice
    Jan 24, 2023 – 01:05:58
  • Is Hygge The New Frugal?
    Jan 20, 2023 – 01:00:34
  • Which Debt Should You Pay Off First?
    Jan 17, 2023 – 01:00:12
  • Understanding Your Workplace Retirement Accounts with Delyanne Barros
    Jan 13, 2023 – 58:35
  • How to Align Your Spending With Your Values
    Jan 10, 2023 – 58:12
  • Why You Keep Self-Sabotaging Your Budget (& How to Stop!)
    Jan 6, 2023 – 58:20
  • Managing Money the Lazy Genius Way with Kendra Adachi
    Jan 3, 2023 – 01:03:36
  • The Best Money Saving Tips For 2023
    Dec 30, 2022 – 53:42
  • Top Financial Lessons Learned From 2022
    Dec 27, 2022 – 49:01
  • Listener Special: Your Burning Questions
    Dec 23, 2022 – 58:07
  • Why Paying off Debt is Important & Attainable
    Dec 20, 2022 – 01:03:36
  • Frugal Friends Book Club: 4 Books to Kick off the New Year
    Dec 16, 2022 – 56:03
  • Sustainable Minimalism & Frugality with Stephanie Seferian
    Dec 13, 2022 – 58:02
Recent Reviews
  • Cammie Sue
    Didn’t meet expectations
    Gave it a listen for a few months and got some good tips, but the episode on single women was disappointing and didn’t make me feel like that lived experience was actually understood or valued. They kept saying “this is basically the same for all people” without acknowledging the systemic issues that do impact women, which magnify if you’re single. Each small piece collectively can make a big impact, like the wage gap, the pink tax and cost of female appearance expectations, predominantly female helping professions being undervalued, etc… and while we can certainly change our behaviors, some acknowledgement of the system was needed for me to stay on board. This felt dismissive :(
  • urmomcalled
    Love this show and the advice!
    I love listening to two friends talk about finances and general life tips.
  • zimms zoo
    I have listened to a couple of podcasts. I learned nothing and it was ridiculous. I was hoping for so much more.
  • the20XX
    Listened to a 40 minute podcast and I’m not sure anything was actually said.
  • Hermanut
    April 14, 3023 show
    1) Yes! Read The Little House books! Classics. The big woods were in Wisconsin, the first in the series. MUCH better than tv show. 2) check out The More with Less Cookbook. Spiral bound ✅can get on eBay ✅ uses frugal principles to make tasty recipes Love your show and will call in soon with my bill of the week.
  • Andieo1997
    Love This Show!
    This show is a must-listen for any woman looking to take control of her finances. With practical tips and engaging guests, it’s an invaluable resource for anyone seeking financial freedom. Jen and Jill make every episode approachable, enjoyable and informative. Highly recommend - five stars!
  • merley melsey
    Love you guys
    You’ve made topics I thought I could never understand, accessible. You’ve made frugality , personal finance and investing feel attainable. I enjoy you two so much. I love the banter and the thoughtfully given information. I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. You have completely inspired me to take control of my finances….. and Jill’s possessed voice saying “lighting round” is a highlight for every episode. Thank you for clearly pouring so much love and care into this podcast. Mel
  • ACBoise
    Needs improvement
    I used to binge this show but there’s hardly any new information. I don’t like when they just read articles and re-release old episodes as new episodes. I want to hear practical tips that come from other voices in the community, not just an article they’re reading to us. Hope they improve so I can start listening again!!
  • erikka31
    Who knew financial advice could be so fun!!! I LOVE “The Bill of the Week”!
  • Dr Cindy Lou Who
    Nonjudgmental Financial Advice
    I love how affirming the hosts are. So many personal finance spaces rely on shame to motivate their audience but Jen and Jill focus on learning about yourself and your values. I appreciate when they talk about “seasons” of life and acknowledge that priorities change over time.
  • Molly Arnold
    Pretty good
    I like this podcast quite a bit, find value in all aspects of it, but the bill of the week/lightning round intros are absurdly corny. Update em!
  • Allie 0826
    Please beware!!!
    I have twice reported the abusive business practices of Leslie Tayne and her company Tayne Law group. They have not taken down the episode. This either means they were paid to have her on as a guest or do not take reports from listeners seriously. Take what you learn here with a grain of salt.
  • @NicknameTaken
    Ads don’t align
    I really wanted to love this podcast to get ways to save money and be a little more frugal. But I can’t take it seriously seeing that their ads are the complete opposite of what they’re trying to teach. Credit cards, grub hub, and pre ordering cars??
  • Sadie Marie 175
    Practical and relatable insights!
    I love this podcast! The hosts give practical and relatable insights and advice. Listening each weeks also keeps me motivated to keep my financial goals! Thanks for the great listen :)
  • Cc12347
    The Radical Middle
    I love the thoughtful and balanced conversations on this podcast. It is so rare to find people who can acknowledge that life is complicated, there is no one size fits all approach to finance, and ultimately the right choice for most of us will be somewhere in the middle. The fact that these ladies are also funny and entertaining is the icing on the cake.
  • HaleyyyBuggg
    Thank you🤍
    I’m diving into budgeting and working on being debt free. Im learning that just listening to podcasts ABOUT these topics is really helpful - even if I don’t take much from it. Episode 222 really impacted me. I’ve been scared to budget because I used to be NUTS about counting calories and dieting. I restricted and said “I can’t because Im on a diet.” Now, I have a healthy diet that is balanced and like second nature. It took about 5 years to get the hang of it. I don’t restrict but I am conscious! I never thought about budgeting like this! It will take time, I’ll purge, I’ll restrict too much, I’ll fall off track. But with slow, steady, intentional action it will become second nature. Thank you for the great podcasts!! I also loved “breaking the cycle of poverty” - it was my first listen and I felt immediately seen and related. I’m breaking A LOT of cycles. I also appreciated when you firstly mentioned your own privileges in that episode - something we should always consider when giving financial advice. Thank you ladies!!
  • Jordyn Bridge
    A different voice in finance
    I listen to this podcast when I need motivation to stay committed to my budget and financial planning! They have some fun tips and conversation. Not super involved in their online finance challenges outside the podcast. Some people have a problem with them saying anything negative about Dave Ramsay’s methods. I feel like they were quite fair in the podcast discussing DR’s methods they did not agree with. I still appreciate Dave Ramsey and what he’s done to help people. It’s okay to listen to a variety of views. Let’s be kind to one another! Jen and Jill encourage people to decide on their own. I respect that. I can listen to a variety of financial advice and take what applies to my situation. It’s not a competition. There’s room for several voices in the finance world. And Jen and Jill are good ones that work quite well for me.
  • Poodlecrab
    Helpful podcast
    I had read a book by Dave Ramsey a few years ago and was all fired up about budgeting and getting out of debt. Then COVID hit and I completely fell off the bandwagon. I kept hearing commercials for this podcast on the other podcasts I listen to and finally decided to give it a try. After a few episodes I was still in denial about how bad my finances were and wasn’t really considering taking their advice, but kept listening. After a few more episodes I realized the hosts felt like my friends and I began to open my heart up to their advice. Now I’m back on my debt payoff journey and feeling so much better about my life choices. I’m still quite a ways behind on episodes so you ladies will keep me company for months to come before I’m caught up. Who knows maybe then I’ll go back and start over again to keep myself motivated. ❤️
  • AnneofUpstateNY
    Went downhill when they joined iHeart
    They used to be my favorite podcast but I can’t stand all the commercials which don’t align with their content. They are making compromises that are degrading their brand.
  • amAliceHannie7
    Thank you!!! 💛💸💰🤑
    Episode 236 I can so relate! Thank you so much for this episode! 💛💛💛
  • sumthyme
    I used to be such a fan
    I loved this show, but I have grown frustrated with them rereleasing episodes and the poor editing since they joined I heart Podcast. If I wanted to listen to an episode twice I would just go back to it.
  • Tiggety Fluff
    I find this podcast to be so fun and approachable- I liked it initially but it grew on me fast, and now I look forward to every new episode and have gone back and listened to past episodes as well. Jill and Jen are informative, fun, practical and smart- they project a warmth that make you feel like you’re sitting down and chatting over coffee. The fun structure changes it up, so it isn’t just one big long interview, which I love. Keep it up, ladies!
  • Lindsey Stanley
    Informative and fun
    Jen and Jill are a couple of my favorite humans. This podcast has provided immense value to my financial life!! These ladies are inspiring and empowering. They rock at explaining different topics in a way that is understandable and fun. Thanks for being my favorite podcast!!!
  • Ren17493016
    So, I stumbled upon this podcast just a few weeks ago due in part to my love for budgeting podcasts, and man, I wish I found it sooner! I’m binge-listening (is that a thing?) to these episodes like crazy and I can’t say enough good things! To add to the fun, I’m right down the road outside of Tampa! What are the odds?! It’s meant to be, right?! Thanks for such a great podcast, gals!
  • #Mamacita67
    You’re right. I can choose NOT to listen.
    You had me until your review of Dave Ramsey… Seriously, an “old, white man?” OMG. Why can’t we we even listen to a finance podcast without having to subjected to this kind of crap!!
  • JulNyh
    So encouraging in a real way!
    I really like the tips and the way this podcast makes frugality feel actually doable. The discussions are very applicable to every walk of life and the realness is refreshing. I come to this podcast when I need a little push to keep going on the minimalist path and then I don’t feel alone in the journey.
  • Ed-Prof
    Tried to like this…
    But like another reviewer mentioned, gory aren’t really sharing anything substantial. It is a lot of just comparing their lives to others. I listened to a couple of episodes and when they bring on guests, they always interject their own experiences rather than just letting the guest share their story. Example quotes: “that totally describes me! I do ….” And “when I was in your situation, I did this and felt like that…” Just wish they’d let the guest share their story without constantly interjecting it with their own. After a while, I just shut off the episode because I found this annoying. I tuned in to hear the guest, not so much the hosts during the guest podcasts!
  • Jnd41211
    Game changing, no shame approach to Personal Finances
    I am a podcast binger and this podcast is worth the binge! Jen and Jill encourages their community to choose frugality as a lifestyle rather than a temporary tool to save money; focusing on a balanced approach to financial freedom rather than sacrificing everything (time, family and friends, mental health etc) just to make that debt payoff date one year sooner. Bravo! I feel like I can finally say I have found “friends” that have the same mindset of stewardship as I do!
  • mmjjpainter
    Love Jen and Jill!
    I listen to a LOT of podcasts, and this is in my top three! I love the camaraderie between Jen and Jill, and it spills over to the audience— I feel like I’m a frugal friend, too!
  • Sexy_Beasty_Angel
    Frugal Fun
    Love listening to Jen and Jill! Practical advice that anyone can apply, plus lots of laughs and grace.
  • JampsJample
    Practical and encouraging
    I listen to every episode of this podcast and really enjoy these ladies. I find it encouraging and full of practical tips for helping me stay on course with my financial goals. Thanks Jen and Jill!
  • pflaumenguste
    Learning every day
    I found out about this delightful podcast from an invitation to join the Spending Symposium. The enthusiasm and knowledge of Jill and Jen encourages this middle-aged woman to change her ways! I’m addicted!
  • Tina652
    New listener
    Hi Friends, Just started listening love the podcast! Thank you! If you do home visits. Count me in! That’ll take care! Tina
  • ilovetheatre4
    Such a fun and informative podcast
    I love listening to all of the wisdom given in this show. The hosts are relatable and they keep it real. I love their yearly virtual conferences, too!
  • pinkluvr13
    Love Frugal Friends!
    Jen & Jill are such a dynamic and fun duo that make learning about frugality, money, and living life a lot more fun! I have learned so much from them and this is one of the only podcasts I listen to weekly and recommend to anyone looking for this type of content.
  • AnciGonz
    Love, love, love Frugal Friends
    I just started following Frugal Friends a couple of weeks ago, and I am hooked!! I love and appreciate all the information that is offered, and I am actively trying to adapt the habits of frugality that will allow me to live my best life. Thank you, Jen & Jill. So happy that you’ll be offering two podcasts a week!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
  • jSteaches
    Excellent advice!
    Practical tips for being frugal without feeling deprived.
  • IwannagotoHogwarts
    Totally relatable
    I truly love listening to this podcast. It’s sensible doable not-radical ways of thinking about money. It has rejuvenated my appreciation for what I have and the potential of what I can have.
  • keilitahh
    Learning galore!
    Love learning from Jen and Jill. Their realistic nonjudgmental approach is so relatable and empowering!
  • Ljohnt55
    I thought I’ve heard it all
    But I am loving the tips and new frugality tips I’m learning. I especially love the food and meal planning tips, which is my hardest. Also the resell and eBay’s tips, thank you! Great distinction between cheap and frugal. Keep going!
  • KariHybb
    Wow I’m obsessed!
    I discovered your podcast last week, and I can’t stop listening! Not only is your content and advice amazing, but you ladies are both so personable and have such life-giving personalities. I can tell you both have such a passion for the podcast, and it feels like having a conversation with friends whenever I listen. I am currently a college student and your advice is so fitting for my season in life. Thank you and God bless!
  • Truecrime Christie
    Thank you!
  • Alvinisagooddog
    Creativity over consumerism with Miranda Anderson
    I like this podcast in total but this episode felt tone deaf. Miranda seems to come from a very privileged life position: rich housewife with a husband and who works full time and a house in the suburbs. She says that “most people have enough” as if every person has the same budget to buy $500 worth of containers or has pantries full of supplies. She references Pinterest as if every mom or person points to that as the ideal. In general, she talks about creativity over consumerism from a highly privileged upper middle class white mom perspective. My recommendation: take some time to reflect on your own privilege and wealth. Why was it so easy for you to not spend $ for a year? Do other people have the excess you have? Do other moms have the luxury to stay home? In general I found this content pretty inaccessible.
  • Belleniente
    The life coaches I’m too cheap to pay for
    Jen and Jill’s podcast is helpful for everyday life, making finances down to earth. I appreciate the very easy to implement ideas, from inexpensive plants to spruce up your yard to grocery ideas. So often, their frugal ideas from swapping to skimping are also the *sustainable* choice, and I love that!!!
  • lbryant1
    A great way to start the day
    Love learning from The Frugal Friends. They have great wisdom and advice at the crossroads of frugality, minimalism, and person finance.
  • letmereviewit
    Can’t get enough!
    I listen to a TON of personal finance podcasts, but I have been binging Frugal Friends for a couple weeks now and is currently my favorite personal finance podcast. Just can’t get enough of these fun, frugal, finance ladies! And every time they go “pew, pew, pew” it brightens my whole day and puts a smile on my face. Such good advice and amazing guests.
  • Nancygaye
    I’m so happy I found a frugal podcast that is more than “make coffee at home” or bring your lunch to work”. So many things they suggest I have been doing for years which totally endears them to me. But I have learned a lot from them as well. Their chemistry is great and they’re really funny. I listen on the way to work. Keep the frugal tips coming!
  • Radio junkie IV
    Giggles and Nonsense
    I’ve listened to two podcasts of these two and won’t make time to listen to the third. They don’t offer any solid foundations on how to build wealth. They give opinions which they can do but it’s like taking advice from Girl Scouts. I listened to their bashing of Dave Ramsey and they made me realize that I need to listen to Dave instead of them. They laughed and joked that he is an old white man. Wow, there would be an outrage if the two made a similar statement about “an old black man.” Well, maybe there wouldn’t be an outage as these two girls our not relevant. They bashed Dave and said how he makes money from his endorsements and ELP’s, yet immediately after that they said that, they were trying to sell Capitalize. They said they provide facts, not opinions then a minute later they gave their opinions. Stay away from these girls from Glee Club.
  • Jessicat848739924793
    Upbeat Advice
    Jen and Jill are the perfect duo to not only pull you from your debt ridden slump, but they give you tons of advice to really start fighting your way out of whatever over spending you’ve been doing! Especially if you weren't aware of it. A treat to listen to every week!
  • KSnomad
    Frugal friends
    I enjoy this podcast so much! They make budgeting fun. I enjoy their guests too, learning lots from them.
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