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  • 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...

  • This week in power: Shalit, Netanyahu, Mosque burning, #OWS service

    By Danny Groner

    October 13, 2011 | 5:12 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Gilad Shalit’s release
    Kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit is coming home, according to reports on Tuesday. Israel and Hamas reportedly negotiated a deal that will release Shalit in...

  • Visit a Museum and Skip The Art

    By Annie Korzen

    October 12, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    My husband, Benni, loves art – especially modern painting.  I can’t say I share his passion.  We were just in New York where we went to a huge De Kooning retrospective.  Benni thrilled at each and every canvas while I sat on a bench and people-watched.

    I do, however, love...

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  • Free Love

    By Annie Korzen

    October 10, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    People pay big bucks to join dating services, but there are cheaper ways to make connections.  You might start with friends.  I was fixed up with Benni on a blind date.  We met in February and got married in April, because he had just arrived from Copenhagen and needed a green...

  • This week in power: Israel, Obama, Libyan synagogue, Banning circumcision bans

    By Danny Groner

    October 6, 2011 | 6:21 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Israel’s future
    The recent U.N. summit has people furiously debating the future of the state of Israel. “Abbas unwaveringly insists on the so-called right of return,which would...

  • 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...

  • Cheap Theatre Tickets

    By Annie Korzen

    October 3, 2011 | 12:44 pm

    I’m a theatre addict but tickets can be costly.  One great way to save money is to join www.Goldstar.com.  They offer discounts on everything from plays to comedy clubs to sporting events to antique shows.  Right now I have a friend in the cast of Steven Berkoff’s Kvetch at the...

  • Our Government Is A Big Fat Waste-Monger

    By Annie Korzen

    September 28, 2011 | 3:23 pm

    I would like to suggest a new cabinet post: Secretary of Frugality. Please note that I am available for the job. Here are a few items I would deal with.

    • I volunteered to be a polls worker on Election Day, and was obliged to take a. two-hour training class.  We were each handed...

  • 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...

  • This week in power: Hurricane Irene, Beck rally, Bachmann, Hollywood

    By Danny Groner

    September 1, 2011 | 5:06 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Irene takes its toll
    The storm struck hard last weekend, killing at least 40, causing upwards of $7 billion in damage, and leaving many people along the Eastern seaboard without power....

  • 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:...

  • Mother Love

    By Annie Korzen

    August 29, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    Journal Mother Love 8/29/11
    When our son Jonathan was a teenager, we made it clear that he was expected to get a summer job.  He tried hard but couldn’t find anything, so I asked my architect friend Charles to give Jonathan some office work.  We made a deal that I would pay...

  • 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...

  • The Secular Bar Mitzvah

    By Annie Korzen

    August 22, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Coming-of-age rituals are a part of growing up.  They exist in every culture: christenings, communions, sweet-sixteens, quinceaneras, debutante balls – whatever.  They can all take a bite out of your wallet. But, thrifty as we are, that is not the main reason we did not give our...

  • This week in power: Crown Heights, Bibi, Beck rally, Lieberman book

    By Danny Groner

    August 18, 2011 | 5:40 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Anniversary of Crown Heights riots
    The Brooklyn neighborhood infamous for the 1991 riot between blacks and Jews has changed over the past few decades, but memories of the mayhem are still...

  • 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...

  • This week in power: Tent City, Debt deal, Norway aftermath, Alan Gross

    By Danny Groner

    August 11, 2011 | 5:53 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    The politics of Tent City
    It’s perhaps strange to see a protest in Israel fueled by economic issues,and not political ones. But that’s the case for the quarter-million Israelis protesting...

  • Free Kidney on Craig’s List

    By Annie Korzen

    August 10, 2011 | 10:37 am

    A short while ago I was at a meet-the-authors brunch at American Jewish University, talking about my Bargain Junkie book.  At one point I said to the audience, “I want to hear your own greatest bargain stories.  The best one I ever heard was about a woman who got a free kidney on...

  • MORE FREEBIES

    By Annie Korzen

    August 8, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    MYSTERIOUS CLIPSHere’s a puzzling fact: for some reason, there are always perfectly good paper clips lying on the sidewalk.  Unless you’re germ-phobic - which is one of the few fears I do not have – you can pick up all manner of paper clips in varying sizes and colors any day...

  • This week in power: Border deal, Norway, Tent City, SF ban

    By Danny Groner

    August 4, 2011 | 5:23 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Hope for a new border deal?
    Peace talks look promising now that Israel has signaled it is willing to negotiate with the Palestinians based on the 1967 border of the West Bank, according to...

  • 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 boxes to mature trees.  And we all know how irritating immature trees can be.

    The enlightened...

  • 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...

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