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BARGAINING DOS AND DON’TS

By Annie Korzen

July 7, 2011 | 12:04 pm

A lot of people are embarrassed to question the price of something because they’re afraid of looking Cheap.  But there’s a big difference between being Cheap and Frugal.  There’s... read on

  • COSTLY MEDICINE

    By Annie Korzen

    July 5, 2011 | 11:50 am

    I had a buzzing in my ears, and the doctor gave me a prescription for a nasal spray.  When the pharmacist told me it would cost $135, I was one flabbergasted frugalista!  This was not a medicine that the doctor guaranteed would cure me.  It was more a case of ‘Try this.  It might... read on

  • FREE SUMMER FUN

    By Annie Korzen

    June 29, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    HITTING THE STACKS
    Libraries are the biggest cultural bargain around.  Not only do they offer books, magazines, CDs, videos, and internet access, but they have lectures, exhibits, classes, and special events for kids.
    I take advantage of the system right in my home office. Let’s... read on

  • JERRY SEINFELD MADE ME FAMOUS - SORT OF

    By Annie Korzen

    June 26, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    This blog is about thrifty living, and one of my mantras – especially for chronically unemployed free-lancers like myself – is “Say yes to everything.”  I figure a day’s work is better than staying home and re-organizing my spice rack. 

    My agent called one day with an... read on

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  • I GO ON OPRAH

    By Annie Korzen

    June 22, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    People see me as your “typical Jewish woman,” and maybe it’s true:  I’ve got curly hair, opinions on every subject, and I do not go backpacking.  Plus, even after years of speech classes, I still have an identifiable Bronxiness in my voice.  When I walk into a room, someone... read on

  • HELPFUL HINTS FOR RESTAURANT ADDICTS

    By Annie Korzen

    June 19, 2011 | 1:20 pm

    The internet is a treasure trove of restaurant discounts. 

    My fave is www.RESTAURANT.COM where you pay ten bucks for a twenty-five dollar restaurant voucher, but they go on sale regularly for two dollars.  Someone is paying me twenty-three dollars to eat out.  That’s a deal no... read on

  • EATING OUT ON THE CHEAP

    By Annie Korzen

    June 15, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    I often picture myself as a guest on “Inside the Actor’s Studio,” and when James Lipton asks, “What is your favorite word?” my answer is “Restaurant!”  I would pay extra for a house without a kitchen. I love eating out. I love the whole ritual of studying the menu,... read on

  • HOSPITAL AND CHURCH STORES ARE CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP.

    By Annie Korzen

    May 17, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    I was spending a few weeks in New York when the early spring weather suddenly turned unseasonably cold and I hadn’t packed any winter clothes. I wandered into a church thrift store that was having a half-price sale on all winter coats. I found a barely used fur-lined raincoat for ten bucks. That puppy kept me toasty warm while the March winds blew. Yes, I sometimes wear fur. There’s nothing warmer, and down coats makes you look like a king-size duvet on legs. Besides, I eat very little meat.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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