The economy seemed to be top of mind this year — jobs, budgets and stock market swings.

This blog is all about taking those things into consideration and finding ways for you to continue doing the things that make life more enjoyable — living the good life without costing you more money.

Besides all the freebies and deals we let you know about, here is a recap of some of the more memorable topics we covered this year — the kind that can hopefully help you for years to come.

Travel Cheap

Budget Travel Reminders (Tips 1-5): This post includes tips to cut your spending when going on vacation — buying ticket bundles, renting a house instead of staying at a hotel and finding cheap gas.

Finding The Best Travel Deals (Part I): The sites that help you scope out travel deals may seem overwhelming, but this includes a breakdown about the pros and cons of each site.

Travel Deal Snafus (Part II): Don’t let an online site charge you for a shuttle from the airport when your hotel does it for free. This includes the pitfalls to avoid when booking.

Giving The Good Life (To Yourself, Too)

Creative Ways To Give To Charity: You don’t need a lot of money to give back. This blog had tips for giving while doing the things you do normally do — shop, browse the web, etc.

3, 2, 1 — Debt Detox!: This post shows you some quick ways to cut down your debt and put more money back in your own pocket.

Look Good For Less

Beauty Best Buys: We did a week-long homage to beauty products and looking your best for less.

Part 1: Makeup Money Savers

Part 2: All About The Hair

Part 3: Skin Savers

Clipping The Right Coupons

Not Your Grandma’s Coupons: Tips for doing a little digital couponing.

Hungry Kids? Feed Them On A Budget: This post had ways to keep those kids full and your wallet fat.

Saving Money? There’s An App For That

Our cell phones can save us money — with the right apps. We looked at some of the best ways to use your phone to scope out the best coupons, find the cheapest gas prices and balance your household budget.

Apps To Save You Money

Are Money Apps Right For You?

More Ways To Save Money With Apps

I hope you have a very happy New Year and wish you another great year of savings ahead!

Know of any other deals? Share them with other ‘Good Lifers’ in the comment section. You can also read more money-saving blog posts here and text WCCODEALS to 84816 for a ‘deals of the week’ reminder.