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THE JOY OF FREEBIES

By Annie Korzen

August 3, 2011 | 1:40 pm

I do love a low price, and you can’t get lower than Zero.  The good news is that there are a gazillion useful items out there that are just yours for the taking: everything from moving... read on

  • DOLLAR SUNDAYS

    By Annie Korzen

    August 1, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Jews are often characterized as being cheap – as in the joke about the new Jewish game show, The Price is Too Much! I refuse to take this as an insult: I am proud to be a thriftaholic.  I rarely buy anything that hasn’t been pre-worn, pre-used, pre-loved.  Among my frugalista... read on

  • CHEAP AND EASY RECIPES

    By Annie Korzen

    July 27, 2011 | 12:43 pm

    Everyday food preparation is a rushed, harried, nerve-wracking chore that consumes time I’d rather spend at something more profitable, like listing my garage sale finds in eBay.  I would gladly pay extra for a house without a kitchen.  You know that show, Thirty Minute Meals?... read on

  • SMALL APPLIANCES AT LOW PRICES

    By Annie Korzen

    July 25, 2011 | 11:25 am

    Waffle irons, microwaves and toaster-ovens are among the many appliances that can be picked up on the cheap at yard sales, thrift stores, etc.  I bought two George Foreman grills for two bucks each at a church rummage sale.  We then invited a gaggle of visiting Danish relatives over... read on

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  • YARD SALE SCAM

    By Annie Korzen

    July 20, 2011 | 1:02 am

    As with any addiction, there came a time when my bargain-shopping pleasure turned to pain. Every closet, shelf, and drawer in the house was overflowing with valuable stuff that was never used. I don’t wear the designer clothing because I live in sweatpants. I don’t use the... read on

  • MONEY-SAVING WEBSITES

    By Annie Korzen

    July 18, 2011 | 7:54 pm

    There are all kinds of thrifty living sites out there. 

    www.moneysavingmom.com is one of many mommyblogs that list supermarket and drugstore coupons and retail discounts.  I buy very little processed food, so a lot of this packaged, chemicalized stuff is of no interest to me.  I... read on

  • BARGAIN HUNTING

    By Annie Korzen

    July 13, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    I hate to go shopping when I need something.  I don’t enjoy having to race against a deadline to find the right thing at the right price.  I prefer to buy stuff when I spot a good deal, and then I have it when I need it. 

    My son was wandering through the mall a few weeks ago, not... read on

  • NEGOTIATING PRICES

    By Annie Korzen

    July 11, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    You’d be surprised how many store owners are open to friendly haggling.  For starters, you can always ask for a discount if you’re paying cash, or if you’re buying multiple items.  My Danish brother-in-law Søren is a champion negotiator who gets markdowns in clothing... read on

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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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