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As the year draws to a close, it is always beneficial to give the passing year a glance in retrospect to see what one did well, how things fared, and if there are any lessons we can glean from such for the future. The Frugalite is no different, and we’ve compiled a list below of the top ten posts of 2021 here at The Frugalite to help you see what it is that other people are interested in, and what are some of the more popular methods of saving money.
Let’s start by examining the top ten posts of 2021 that were original to 2021.
This means no re-runs or re-writes. The below list is simply content that was both written and posted here within the past year. Here’s the list:
- A Crash Course in Pantry Economics
- What People Ate During the Great Depression
- How to Make Homemade Pasta Without Eggs
- How Following a 1950s Housewife Routine Saved Me Tons of Money
- How to Radically Reduce Your Expenses So You Can Change Your Life
- Dirt Cheap: The Best Frugal Gardening Ideas on the Internet
- Save Money on Gas By Adding THIS
- You Used to Have Money and Now You’re Broke: How to Adapt to Financial Changes
- How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (and Why You Should)
- 99 Ideas for Remote Self-Employment
So, what can we deduce from the above top ten list of 2021?
For starters, we see people predominantly interested in how to keep their bellies full without starving their wallets. We can see an interest in building up one’s pantry, at gardening, that people still want to eat healthy on a budget, and that readers are interested in learning from our ancestors.
Food is a big thing for our readers, so much so, we even have a zero-egg recipe that’s made it to the top of our list! It’s interesting too to consider that pasta is one of the cheapest food items which one can cook – being about as budget-friendly as possible – so the case could even be made that people are on the hunt for economical recipes as well.
I believe the other predominant focus we can see from our readership from the above list is that they’re interested in reducing their expenses.
There have undoubtedly been a lot of changes within the world economy over the past two years and there have been a lot of job changes for people as a result. Perhaps this is the driving force we see behind people searching our site so often for ways to cut back on their monthly bills.
We can even see evidence of this with the #10 piece on our list, as people have begun to look at means of self-employment that can permit them to stay at home as they put bread on the table.
In short, a lot of things have changed for a lot of people of late, and people are trying to figure out ways to cope.
However, are there further trends we can glean by looking at the top 10 posts of 2021 for all of our articles?
If we include re-runs, do we get a different list?
Let’s take a look. Here’s the list:
- How to Stay Warm with Less Heat
- How to Feed Your Family When You’re Flat Broke
- What Feels Like a Food Shortage is Fairly Normal in Other Countries. Here’s How to Adjust Your Perspective.
- How Do You Keep Going When Everything Is Crashing Down Around You?
- 7 Lies People With Money Problems Tell Themselves
- 25 Signs You Might Be a Frugal Living Rock Star
- The Ultimate Frugal Casserole Formula
- 12 Ways to Save Money with Reusable Stuff in a Disposable World
- A Crash Course in Pantry Economics
- How to Keep Cool with NO Air Conditioning
We can still see a heavy emphasis on food from the above list. Once more, a recipe makes the cut – this time in the form of a casserole dish. It is interesting to note that many of these top posts revolve around drastic life changes for people within the world of personal finance as well.
People seem to feel the world is crashing down around them, are trying to find ways to become more frugal, wanting to reuse more and throw away less.
However, we also find from the above list that it’s not just food people are looking at, but avoiding extremes of temperature as well. Whether it’s dangerously cold outside or unbearably hot, people are trying to discover economical means of weathering the weather.
What is the final word?
There’s a lot of interesting things we can pull from this. At the moment, people seem predominantly interested in staying alive. How do we keep bread on the table, keep from freezing, and survive as the world crashes around us and what once was no longer is?
We once had money and now we don’t. How do we cope?
That seems to be what caught the interest of the majority of our readers in 2021.
Aden Tate has a master’s in public health and is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com, TheFrugalite.com, PewPewTactical.com, SurvivalBlog.com, SHTFBlog.com, ApartmentPrepper.com, HomesteadAndPrepper.com, and PrepperPress.com. Along with being a freelance writer, he also works part-time as a locksmith. Aden has an LLC for his micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has two published books, The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.