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  • 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...

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  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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...