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  • Humility and a Deal: The story behind the 99 Cents Only stores

    May 22, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    He founded a retail empire that grew to be worth about $1.6 billion, but Dave Gold, the man behind the popular 99 Cents Only Stores, lived a simple life focused on kindness to others, friends and family told the Journal.

    Gold, who died on April 22 at 80, at his home in Los...

  • Snagging bargains for shalach manot

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    March 2, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    Falling between the giving season of Chanukah and the getting season of tax refunds, Purim time finds households like mine searching for ways to keep holiday expenses down to earth without losing the mirth.

    What with the cost of fancy, professionally made kosher shalach manot (from...

  • A divided town, where the pursuit of bargains brings together Israelis and Palestinians

    February 16, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    In these days of frozen peace negotiations, most Israelis and Palestinians have little contact. Palestinians need a special permit to enter Israel, and Israelis need army permission to enter the parts of the West Bank controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

    In fact, just a mile...

  • Multi-function forms, friends, food

    By Melanie Chartoff

    October 19, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    As the world becomes shortage and space obsessed, I realize how ahead of the curve I’ve been in making myriad reuses of everything and everyone. Call me frugal/economical and/or exploitative/anal.

    I reuse big tissue boxes as snowshoes for a friend’s kids (kids become two-pronged...


    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?...


    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,...


    By Annie Korzen

    May 13, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    I’ve seen TV actresses and models prowling the racks at Goodwill. Most thrift stores have regular sales, senior discounts and 2-for-1 days. My fave is a chain in California and Florida called Out Of The Closet. The proceeds go towards helping Aids patients.

    Every Sunday at OOTC,...

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Three: Estate Sales

    By Annie Korzen

    April 7, 2011 | 11:04 am

    These are the upscale cousins of the yard sale. They are usually well organized by a pro who has been hired to liquidate the possessions of a deceased person. Since I’m on the hunt for vintage clothing and jewelry, and my husband collects rare books, we like buying from dead...

  • Bargainista Fashionista: Part two

    By Annie Korzen

    April 4, 2011 | 11:08 am

    There are actually two different kinds of yard sales. One is the private person who is moving, empty-nesting, spring-cleaning – whatever. You can find plenty of good stuff here, but it’s catch-as-catch-can. If you’re willing to wade through disorganized piles of worthless crap...

  • Bargainista Fashionista: Part One

    By Annie Korzen

    March 30, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Have you ever noticed how frumpy some rich women are? I’m thinking Barbara Bush. I’m thinking Margaret Thatcher. I’m thinking Queen Elizabeth. Well, it’s no accident: it’s deliberate. Someone from a ritzy old-money family explained to me that, “Being fashionable shows...

  • Live large, but pay little!

    By Annie Korzen

    March 28, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The market goes up, the market goes down. We’re in a boom, we’re in a recession, we’re in a depression. None of this economic see-saw has ever affected me, because I’ve been a thriftaholic all my life. As we follow this roller-coaster ride we call the economy, skills in the...

  • About

    By Annie Korzen

    March 22, 2011 | 10:47 am

    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 delivered commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition and appeared on Oprah. She was the recurring Doris Klompus on...