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  • L. A. Bargains at Rent.Food.Broke.

    By Annie Korzen

    October 24, 2011 | 1:40 pm

      www.RentFoodBroke.com is an L. A. based website that was started late one night by some friends who were looking for low-cost fun.  The basic belief which drives the site is that you can have a good life even with limited financial resources.  I certainly wouldn’t argue with...

  • Turning a Shopping Addiction into Income

    By Annie Korzen

    October 19, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    My name is Annie and I’m a shopaholic.  Years ago, I was at a dinner party in New York and I was talking to Garrison Keillor’s then-wife, who was Danish.  She told me how insulted she was that her new American friends invited her to go shopping.  “Shopping? Why? Is there...

  • Good Deals on Phones

    By Annie Korzen

    October 17, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Whenever you buy the latest thing in electronics, you can be sure that it’ll be smaller, faster, and cheaper six months later.  I pity all those suckers who slept in the street the night before the first Iphones hit the stores.  A superior, less expensive version hit the market...

  • Some People Are Just Too Cheap

    By Annie Korzen

    October 5, 2011 | 1:10 pm

    I’m all for thrifty, but some folks take it a bit too far – especially some rich folks.  Like the wealthy women who invited us to her penthouse apartment for lunch, handed out takeout menus, and collected our money when the food came!

    One thing I’ll never understand is...

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  • Wasteland

    By Annie Korzen

    September 26, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    One of the most disturbing moments in any film is at the end of Titanic when Gloria Stuart flings the priceless blue diamond necklace into the water.  I know we’re supposed to be moved by that extravagant, romantic gesture:  Instead - thriftaholic that I am - I am horrified by the...

  • Pop Quiz: Are You A True Bargainista?

    By Annie Korzen

    September 21, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    These questions will test your thriftyhood. (Hint: the correct answer is always B.)

    1. You are about to leave a restaurant, and there is still some bread left in the basket. You

        A. Are not at all agonized by the thought that it will all be dumped into the garbage.
        B....

  • Saving on Utilities

    By Annie Korzen

    September 19, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    My darling husband, Benni, is a utility hog.  He leaves the lights on in the bathroom, the TV on in the living room, and the gas on under the coffeepot.  Since we both work at home, this means that I spend my day turning off, switching off and clicking off.  I’ve asked hubby many...

  • The Shop Around The Corner: Local Merchants

    By Annie Korzen

    September 14, 2011 | 11:55 am

    I had an ink stain on a silk cocktail dress.  My fancy neighborhood cleaner wanted twenty dollars, with no guarantee that the stain would come out.  Since I had only paid two bucks for the dress at a rummage sale, I decided to shop around.  I tried another local place, and they...

  • Bargain Sites: Not Your Mother’s Coupons

    By Annie Korzen

    September 12, 2011 | 7:22 pm

    So many coupon sites and mommieblogs are restricted to small stuff like supermarket mac ‘n cheese, diapers, and pet food.  There are more substantial savings to be found if one knows where to look.  Here are just two examples.

    www.Dealcatcher.com  They point you to online...

  • More Recycling Tips

    By Annie Korzen

    September 8, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    Journal More Recycling Tips • I never buy garbage bags.  When they ask “Plastic or paper?” in the supermarket, I just take the plastic and then use them for trash.  This has gotten problematic, because I’m trying to reduce my big fat carbon footprint.  I now bring re-usable...

  • Waste Not Want Not

    By Annie Korzen

    September 6, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    I am allergic to waste: I just can’t abide the thought of perfectly usable things being dumped into the garbage.  Besides the ecological consequences, there’s the offense to my compulsively thrifty nature.  If there’s such a thing as reincarnation (which I strongly doubt) I...

  • Labels: I Don’t Promote Them – And I Don’t Believe Them

    By Annie Korzen

    August 31, 2011 | 8:33 pm

    Every primitive tribe has its status symbols.  Who owns the most goats?  Who wears the most beads?  Who has the largest lip plate? In the supposedly advanced culture we inhabit, people strut around proudly displaying their labels.  Maybe we’re not as advanced as we think we are:...

  • Boomerang Kids

    By Annie Korzen

    August 24, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    ENOUGH ALREADY!
    In most cultures in the world, grown children are expected to feed, clothe, and house their elders and in many cases it’s the mother-in-law who runs the family.  What an excellent idea! In our society, however, parenting seems to have become a lifetime job.

    After...

  • Thrifty Parenting, Part 2, Educating Your Child

    By Annie Korzen

    August 17, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    THE BIG E
    If we want our kids to have secure financial futures, we have to pay the price of educating them. The more nerdy they are as teenagers, the more successful they’ll be later on.  Brains earn bucks, and nobody knows this better than poor immigrants.  I grew up in a...

  • Thrifty Parenting, Part 1

    By Annie Korzen

    August 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    When my son, Jonathan, was little, he used to ask me why he didn’t have any brothers or sisters, and I would say, “We didn’t have more children because we got the one we wanted.”  This was almost true.  What I left out was that kids cost money.  They demand costly things like...

  • Thrifty Parenting, Part 1

    By Annie Korzen

    August 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    When my son, Jonathan, was little, he used to ask me why he didn’t have any brothers or sisters, and I would say, “We didn’t have more children because we got the one we wanted.”  This was almost true.  What I left out was that kids cost money.  They demand costly things like...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 nothing shameful in trying to get the best price for something, but it is evil to have your house...

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