Tag Archives: Frugal

One Benefit To The Economic Mess: Less Pressure

While I’ve never been one to keep up with the Jones’, I’ve noticed a palpable sense of relief amongst many friends, acquaintances, and message board posters that the pressure to keep up, show off, and compete is off. At least … Continue reading

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It’s Wrong to Bring Your Own Drink to a Restaurant

I like to sip iced coffee when I drive. I am not sure that I like the coffee as much as I like crunching on the coffee-flavored ice, but for whatever reason, I like to have an iced coffee in … Continue reading

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When It’s a Good Idea to Pay a Fee

If you spend any time in the frugal/budget world, you’re likely to come away with the idea that you should reject all fees. If it means switching banks, changing how you pay for things, switching airlines, or dumping credit cards, … Continue reading

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Why You Want to Save Money and What You’re Willing to Do About It

One of the things I’ve learned along my own frugal journey and through helping others with their financial problems is that the reasons behind living frugally/saving money often dictate just how far a person is willing to go in order … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Save Money

By Rebecka O. Six years, 3 months and 13 days ago my mother died and changed the way that I look at money. She had always been frugal and a constant saver. When she passed away, she had an estate … Continue reading

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When Does Frugality Turn Into Theft?

Most of us who like to save money will, at some point, find ourselves faced with a chance to save money that is ethically questionable. Especially in a down economy when people are trying to save on everything, it is … Continue reading

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I Enjoy Being Poor

By Maureen K. If you had asked me a year ago if I would like being poor, I would have called you crazy. Both my husband and I had just lost our jobs and we were just coming to the … Continue reading

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Swap Meets

When was the last time you were invited to a swap meet? How many of us actually remember them? For those of you who are new to the ways of the frugalista, a swap meet is “An informal gathering for … Continue reading

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8 Ways A Recession Can Benefit You In The Long Run

In the midst of a recession, it’s easy to feel like things will never get better. The news is filled with reports of layoffs and stock market declines, the atmosphere at work is somber, and talk about the economy even … Continue reading

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A Requiem for CorningWare

I got a rude surprise when I recently asked for some CorningWare as a gift. You probably know the bakeware that I’m talking about. CorningWare was famous for their bakeware with the blue cornflowers on it. It came in other … Continue reading

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A Life Without Debt: A Debt Free Life Is a Creative Life

I hear many people complain that they aren’t creative. “I can’t paint or write,” they say. They assume that creativity is only relevant if you are creating some piece of art, music, or design. But creativity isn’t limited only to … Continue reading

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The Joy of the Do Over

The other day I went to lunch with a friend who is working on becoming debt free and simplifying her life overall. I asked her how it was going. “Ugh,” she said. “Well, I told you that Herman took a … Continue reading

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A Life Without Debt: Where to Cut When You

I’ve mentioned before that I really like saving money. To me it’s like a game to find new ways to reduce my spending. Constantly finding new ways to lower spending keeps me on my toes and protects me from slipping … Continue reading

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Financial Anger: A Plea For Kindness During The Economic Crisis

I hang out on a lot of finance/frugality related message forums and websites and I’m noticing a disturbing rise in the number of people being mean to those who ask for help. There have always been people who get their … Continue reading

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A Life Without Debt: Getting By In Tough Times

One of the things you learn when you live a life committed to being debt free is how to get by in tough times. We’ve had our share of lean years, emergencies, and layoffs and yet we’ve always managed to … Continue reading

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Walking The Line Between Frugality and Pack Rattery

A lot of frugal people have stashes and stockpiles of items that they are keeping for use “someday.” These may be retail items acquired for free (think free samples and toiletries acquired through couponing or rewards programs). Other items frugal … Continue reading

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The Frustrated Frugalite

The other day, a friend and I were talking about the things we do to be frugal. We were discussing all the tips and tricks we’ve learned to save money and cut down on waste. We were also discussing how, … Continue reading

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The Media, Recessions, History and Attitudes

The media would have us all believe that our beloved country has its foot to the floor in a race to heck. Everywhere you turn; there are reports of more business closings, higher unemployment and threats of losses in every … Continue reading

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Pioneer Spirit

I grew up in the 1970’s. Looking back, I realize ever more what a really cool time that was. I knew people who had lived through the Great Depression and both of the World Wars. They had grown up through … Continue reading

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