Tag Archives: frugality

Frugality Buys You Time

We all know that time is our most finite resource. We all have a set number of days on this planet and we’re not getting any more. We can’t make or buy more time. Since we can’t make more time, … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

You Really Can’t Screw This Up

Here’s the great thing about frugality and saving money. It’s almost foolproof. When you make a commitment to getting your finances on track, living more simply, and putting money away for the future you really can’t fail at it, as … Continue reading

Posted in Food / Groceries, Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

It Never Hurts to Double Check

Recently my all-in-one printer/scanner/copier experienced a malfunction. During the initialization process, the print head moves around a bit, dancing a noisy little jig, and then the light on the scanner head illuminates, and the head moves out a few inches … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

eReaders and eBooks

As some of my more regular readers may recall, I also write a literary criticism column for Bibliobuffet. I have a long standing love of books and I would gladly give up my television before I would give up my … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Entertainment, Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

When Frugality Angers the Neighbors

Last fall we had new neighbors move in next door. They seemed nice enough until spring came and I started hanging my laundry out on the line again. One day the lady of the house came over and said, “Can … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Housing, Personal Finance, Relationships, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments

One Upmanship, Frugal Style

Last week some long lost relatives came to visit (well, not long lost but definitely not close relatives). Frankly, I wish they’d stayed lost. We let ourselves get talked into hosting these people by another relative who, knowing that these … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Relationships | Tagged , , , | 20 Comments

Does Frugality Equal Detachment?

The more I embrace frugality, the more I wonder if a frugal life equals a life detached from society. And then I ask myself: Is that a bad thing? I find myself less and less interested in “mainstream” society as … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money, Shopping | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

Ten Purchases to Help With Frugality

When I discuss frugality and money saving strategies with those who are just starting down the frugal road, one of the things they always want to know is, “What can I buy that will help me become more frugal?” I … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

A Nation of Shopaholics?

There is an image that the US has become an nation of shopaholics driven primarily by consumerism. Lee Eisenberg, the author of Shoptimism, believes that this is not truly the case. He sees that the average person still retains some … Continue reading

Posted in Financial Videos, Frugal, Personal Finance, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , | 7 Comments

How To Avoid Looking Cheap

I need to buy new sneakers today. I know this because when I took my dog for a walk this morning, the plastic heel guard in my right sneaker tore through the fabric cover and scratched my heel. More specifically, … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Relationships, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

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

Posted in Debt, Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money, Shopping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Entertainment, Food / Groceries, Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

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

Posted in Food / Groceries, Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , | 26 Comments

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

Posted in Budgeting, Debt, Frugal, Personal Finance, Saving Money | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

When the Poverty Mindset Threatens Family and Fun

Here’s a case study to think about: A member of my family has large retirement funds and savings accounts, a good income, no mortgage, and no other debt. She does not buy the top of the line in anything and … Continue reading

Posted in Frugal, Personal Finance, Relationships | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments

Week in Review Financial Reading

Posted in Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend Financial Reading Update

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: WSJ Tries Blaming Economic Woes on People Being Frugal Porn industry seeks federal bailout If You Don’t Need … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Weekly Financial Reading Update

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: How we went from $42,000 to $6,500 and lived to tell about it The difference between a recession … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Money Reading for the Weekend

Weekend reading is a round-up of personal finance and money related stories that caught the eye of our forum members this week: Americans’ debt shrinks – 1st time ever Trickledown Downsizing Eight of the market’s sharpest thinkers: The future is … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Finance | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment