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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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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 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...

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