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  • 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?...

  • 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...

  • This week in power: Debt ceiling, Argentina inquriry, Fracking, JDub

    By Danny Groner

    July 21, 2011 | 5:38 am

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

    Impact of debt ceiling talks
    As the Aug. 2 deadline creeps closer, and the Obama administration and Congress grapple with compromising on a proposal, they are once again floating a...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • This week in power: Boycott ban, Beck, Obama, Polygamy

    By Danny Groner

    July 14, 2011 | 5:05 am

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

    Israel’s boycott ban
    The Knesset passed a law this week penalizing anyone who boycotts Israel or the settlements, a measure that one leader said is intended “to protect the citizens of...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • More Facts, Questions and Things I Will Never Understand or Have Answers To.

    By Julia Bendis

    June 29, 2011 | 4:22 pm

    1. Why Oh why do people insist on asking how you are doing, when they don’t plan on listening to the answer?  Just say “Hello” and keep walking!  But don’t ask people how they are, and then interrupt them mid-sentence to tell them how late you are and need to run!

    2. Why is it that...

  • 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...

  • This week in power: GOP race, Beck rally, Russell Crowe, Yale

    By Danny Groner

    June 16, 2011 | 5:57 am

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

    Israel and the GOP race
    “Israel was absent as a topic during the first Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire” on Monday night, reported JTA. The absence of Israel from the...

  • This week in power: Hillary Clinton, Tony Kushner, 2012 race, bin Laden

    By Danny Groner

    May 12, 2011 | 6:16 am

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

    Hillary Clinton cropped
    Hasidic newspaper Di Tzeitung removed Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason from an iconic photo of the Situation Room, prompting intense outrage that resulted in the...

  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Sister Wives, Polygamy, not too bad of an idea…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 14, 2011 | 9:50 pm

    I have to admit that watching the show “Sister Wives” on TLC made me think about what it would be like to have so-called wives in my family.  To tell the truth, it doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea.  If you think about it, the only bad part are too many children by all those...

  • On Writing on Love

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 10, 2011 | 2:59 am

    The Santa Anas have been blowing and this is never a good sign for me. Sometimes L.A. gets these hot winds that blow in during the winter.  It’s weird because it’s warmer than it should be at night in a desert climate, but also so blustery that it’s miserable to be outside. I always...

  • Super Bowl XLV

    By Julia Bendis

    February 8, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    As we all sat around watching Super Bowl last Sunday, and I watched the commercials, I couldn’t help but cringe every time an inappropriate commercial came on.  I wouldn’t even care so much if the kids around the country weren’t watching it, including my 5 and 11-year-olds.  The...

  • Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

    By Julia Bendis

    January 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    I really don’t understand what’s all the bruhaha all about!  Why is everyone so upset with Ricky Gervais, and his performance at the Golden Globes?  Last time I checked, Ricky Gervais was a Comedian, and the Golden Globes committee hired him to host the show knowing that he is a...

  • Not Your American Summer Camp…

    By Julia Bendis

    December 1, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    When school was ending last year, I started looking for summer camps for my kids.  As I started looking, they started whining…  What kid complains about going to camp?  Not only complains, but begs not to be sent to one?

    That’s when I decided that it was time to sit my kids down,...

  • If ‘Lost’ had been based on a flight from Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 3, 2010 | 12:37 pm

    I never got into “Lost.” Instead, I made the mistake of falling for “Heroes”—only to have my heart broken when the plot collapsed in its second season. (It was briefly resuscitated that spring, but has been among the living dead since at least the fall.) That being said, I didn’t...

  • Embracing the Jewfro

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 29, 2009 | 11:09 am

    It’s definitely that Jewfro time of the year for me. Fortunately, I’m in good company. After all, Friday was Jesus’ birthday.

    The Jewfro is a Greenberg family tradition. (So is the mustache, but that had to stop at my generation.) My dad has been rocking the Brillo pad since being a...

  • Another AAR honor

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 19, 2009 | 1:59 pm

    This is the Sabbath. My first semester of law school is over, and I’m sitting on the couch with nothing to do. Amen.

    I’ve definitely neglected to mention many things over the past month, but here’s a bit of overdue shameless self-promotion: I placed second in the American Academy of...

  • If I could be like Baron

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 10, 2009 | 7:44 pm

    Aside from a post last night on the Lord of the Gingers, it’s been quiet at The God Blog. Why? Well, because I’ve been drugged up and trying to study. See, a few minutes after I blogged about Jewish basketballer Len Chenfeld, I went down to the Wooden Center for a little study...

  • Mr. T pities the procrastinator

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 27, 2009 | 2:19 am

    Speechless after watching the UCLA Bruins get stomped on by the Portland Pilots. (Hey, that’s a Jesuit school.) Now I’ve got to hit the books, lest I face the wrath of Mr. T.

  • Top ghetto Jewish names

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 23, 2009 | 1:10 pm

    This video reminds me of a moment from my undergrad days, when a friend snapped my photo and then, unbeknown to me, used the and a fake quote for a feature in the Daily Bruin.  At least he gave me a fake name, too. It was the Jewiest thing that he, a gentile, could think of: Ezekiel Goldbergstein.

  • ‘But your name is Greenberg’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 12, 2009 | 11:55 pm

    The following op-ed probably sounds familiar. It’s similar to my exit piece for The Jewish Journal, but this article was for JTA’s High Holiday coverage. I’m interested to see what papers pick it up.

    I’ve republished the entire piece below:

    “But your name is Greenberg.”

    It was...

  • The end of an era: UCLA kills Undie Run

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 30, 2009 | 4:49 pm

    In case you’re wondering what I’ve been working on this morning, I’ve been fielding media calls to discuss UCLA’s killing of the Undie Run.

    “What started out as a UCLA student tradition to relieve stress during finals has turned into a free-for-all event attracting large numbers of...

  • Reflecting on my Jew-ish journey

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 28, 2009 | 5:13 pm

    It seemed pretty obvious that the week before last wouldn’t really be my last at The Jewish Journal.

    After packing up my desk, I still needed to pen my reflections on being a Christian reporter for a Jewish newspaper. And, not surprisingly, I struggled to get it done.

    So last...

  • Forgive me Godbeat: A brief farewell to journalism

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 17, 2009 | 5:46 pm

    The beginning of Shabbat will bring to a close my two years of wandering in the Jewish community. But this has been no desert.

    Since joining The Jewish Journal in May 2007, I’ve had some amazing experiences—grilling the Israeli prime minister, interviewing my journalistic hero,...

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