A Critique of ThriftyFun?

Susan - Chief Cook and Bottle Washer

We've been running ThriftyFun and it's origins for nearly 5 years now and are looking for ideas to make ThriftyFun and our newsletters better. What parts (newsletters, website sections) do you like and/or not like?


Because there are more and more sites of this type online, are there any ways in which you find it's existence still important. Please be honest. Because ThriftyFun has been based on reader participation, all of your comments positive or negative are very important to us. Please include how long you have been receiving our newsletters.

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January 28, 20020 found this helpful

I have been getting ThriftyFun for almost a year now & like it so much that I have it saved in my Favorites. What I would like to see though is at the bottom of the page instead of 900 pages is some way to go to a page without having to use next all the time.


I would like to see all the tips from #1 on but don't want to flip through all 900 pages..

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January 29, 20020 found this helpful

I like the newsletter because it is small and it comes daily. There are
many sites which carry the same type of information. Most are bigger
and have more to offer - but I rarely find time to read them. When
Thrifty Fun comes I know it will only take a minute to read through it.

I also like the way you can get more immediate responses. On a website if someone asks a question it may sit there for months before a response is forthcoming. Here a Brainstorm is proposed and put out there.


Anyone who has something to offer does, it there are few responses you drop it and go on to something else. It stays fresh.
Peggy Hoehne, Contributing Editor

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January 30, 20020 found this helpful

I really have to agree with Joan. There are times when I go to look-up and older tip that I know is around a certain post number and have to sit for some time just clicking next page after next page. Listing a page number/link at the bottom of the pages would be a great idea. Even if you only did one main page that had a link to each page of tips by number, that would be a little less work for you.
- Kathy

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February 1, 20020 found this helpful

I also really enjoy the daily newsletter. It is also nice to know that you can go to the Website to look at past tips.

Maybe the website needs some kind of extensive index.


- Heather - Long Beach, CA

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February 4, 20020 found this helpful

I love the Big Index and the Search Page. This will make it so much easier to look things up on the site. Thanks so much!!!

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February 4, 20020 found this helpful

I like your little newsletter, and have added my 2 cents worth to the topics several times. But I hardly ever post to your site. I don't care much for the procedure you use. When I want to add something to a post, my desire is to do so when I am visiting the site. I don't like


having to go to my mailbox to find the URL that you send me to be able to post and then go back to the site to most times, I just don't bother to add my post...but just leave the site. There must be a faster and simpler way to do this. I don't have to await an email message for the many other message boards, forums, and such that I post to. Well, that is my 2 cents worth.

- Harlean from Arkansas

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September 23, 20040 found this helpful

I have only been using this site for a short time but I love it!!! The tips are so helpful and I have used many of them to save time and money! Keepup the great work !

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February 8, 20050 found this helpful

I've been getting ThriftyFun for 6 months or so now and really love it too. The tips are great and I've used many of them but would prefer that the recipes weren't mixed in with them. Maybe the recipes could be on a separate page?


I look forward to getting my ThriftyFun everyday...Thanks

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April 4, 20050 found this helpful

Heck with American Singles!! The site is great. But I do agree with the lady before me. I have never made it to the end because I'm new to compuers and it takes too long as it ties up my phone service. Is there any way there could be a main page that could allow you to choose the main things you would like to look up, and every time I click on to something I have to go all the way to the front again.Maybe I just don't understand what I should be doing.I don't think i've ever made it past the 800's and it drives me crazy--sometimes I get up at night to try and find something I might have missed. What can I say----I'M ADDICTED!!!!!!

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August 23, 20050 found this helpful

A lot of the ideas are great, plus it gets me thinking about things that I can share with others. Love it!

I don't get the newsletter, because I want to read for fun and ideas only when I want to, not just because it's there. I'm easily drawn into spending more time on the computer than I should.

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February 9, 20060 found this helpful

I only found this site recently and must admit I'm hooked! I enjoy getting the newsletter and look forward to it. I do admit that I probably spend too much time here looking over the posts but I have found sooooo many good ideas! I've posted many ideas and comments too. Keep up the good work!

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By Carol Churchill (Guest Post)
April 18, 20060 found this helpful

I just love the website - all the tips and ideas! Not so good at understanding the mechanics of the computer though, so I'll leave the proposals for improvements to those who are.

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June 21, 20060 found this helpful

i absolutely love thrifty fun the best hands down of all the websites. my only gripe is that you can't type in the page number of where you want to go back to get to the tips where i left off at. and i love to read them and see what i can learn. the only thing i have figured out to do (and it isn't foolproof) is to bookmark the page under favorites with the tip number at the end. then when i finish that day put in the new tip number where i left off. only problem is when i am sleepy and forget like i did yesterday, lol.

Editor's Note: Because new tips and content is added nearly everyday, another thing to do is go to our Index by Date

You can click on the year, month and day and see the tips from there. That way you could just note the last date that you covered and move on from there. If the date is gray, there is nothing new that day, if it is green, that is the date you are on.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By Willem (Guest Post)
June 29, 20060 found this helpful

I have noticed that the same questions are asked and answered several times. Is there maybe a way to "marry" all the advice under one question so that it's not necessary to look through all the old postings to find what one wants? Good tips may be given to the same question at different times, and marrying the advice will make it easier to look up ALL advice at once. Hope I have explained well what I have in mind!

Editor's Note: Because the database in the site goes back to 2000, there's a lot of information. We always working on marrying the data but it all needs to be done by hand. One way you could help is tell us what they searched on or the web addresses of the duplication and send them in as feedback.

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July 21, 20060 found this helpful

I'm pretty much a newbie to the site and the newsletter and I have nothing much to say other than thumbs up to Susan and the whole ThriftyFun crew. (Maggie too!) You're right, there ARE a lot of other sites like this out there, but the "atmosphere" here is different. No snobbing or dissing and everything feels so homey and down to earth. Judging from the comments and ideas given, the members here seem so sweet and goodhearted and truly interesting in helping others. In my otherwise fastpaced life, this site for me is like dropping in at a neighbours house for a cup of coffee and a chat on the porch. Don't ever doubt, your hard work isn't truly appreciated. Hugs to the lot of ya! :o)

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By Gertrude (Guest Post)
October 25, 20070 found this helpful

I have only been receiving these for a short period of time, and I love it. There are other sites like yours out there, but I like yours best. The ideas are great, the site is neat, and there are really some cute ideas on it. I like the ideas that have pictures with them, and perhaps you could more of those, but I am satisfied with this site and will continue to use it.

Editor's Note: Gertrude, thanks for the encouragement. Almost all of our photos are posted by fellow readers like yourself. We would love to see photos of your pets, craft projects, garden or yard, or anything else you would like to share with the ThriftyFun community.

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

gosh I don't know how long I have been receiving this newsletter.........forever it seems
what would I improve ?can't really think of anything. you guys all do such a wonderful job
and are very nice and freindly. quick to respond to emails
I am always telling friends about this or that, that i found on this site.there are many things i have learned and a few tips and recipes I have given. I truly enjoy this site and hope it's here for many more years.
kudo's to all the people who devote their time to it
I know I am speaking for many when I say we all appreciate everything you guys do

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

A friend sent me this site as a link about 2 weeks ago. I was going to delete it thinking it was just people making chit chat. After I saw that on one page you see craft ideas, helped needed topics of all kinds. I thought I'll read a couple ideas then delete it. Well needless to say, I book marked it right then and have been here almost daily. At the end of the day even for a few minutes I read post and see what new craft ideas went up. I love it. My hubby thought I was ebaying. It's that interesting. And I think I like most that when you post a question, so many people are willing to offer there help. I have not even checked out the whole web site, I can't get past the post. I like it that there are no foul language written on anything or any where. It seems so far to be a very respectful and maintained helpful site. I have sent it to everyone I know since receiving it. I hope it never leaves. just when I find a good thing it seems to go.

Editor's Note: Thanks so much and glad you like it. We are just about to our 10th Anniversary and are not planning on going anywhere. We work hard to keep it family friendly and respectful.

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

if any of you are having the same problem I am,that there is no link to click on at the bottom of the page to go to the next page ...simply go to active topics and you can send replies that way...
not sure why this is happening. is anyone else having this problem? or just me ?

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By Lourna (Guest Post)
December 29, 20080 found this helpful

I have been receiving newsletters for so long time , and I am visiting this site almost everyday since I enjoy reading some ideas of crafting in less expenses.. for me there is nothing to change..
I am deeply sorry for our loss of Susan...but her
ideas still remain in our hearts through our crafts..

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By oredwine1933 (Guest Post)
December 30, 20080 found this helpful

I am truly saddened at the loss of Susan. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. She is missed already.

I love this site and read it daily. I have been getting it seems like about 2 years now. I especially like the fact that when a question is asked, an answer comes quickly and
and I am notified of a response to my question. When reading a question, I click for any answers and at the bottom is a place that I can respond then. I also like that no bad words or language is used. It is truly like stopping to visit with a friend and you can leave when ready, but I usually wind up staying and reading past the time I intended. I say keep up the GOOD WORK! Thank you!

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