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  • Stay frugal during the holiday season

    photo by tinywhitelights This holiday season, many families are avoiding advertising and consumerism and are opting for a simpler celebration. Some call it an old-fashioned or homespun holiday, but the common thread is the desire to set...

  • Find first-rate buys at secondhand stores

    Bargain shoppers of all ages and incomes know that thrift stores have hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, such as surprise deals on home furnishings, books, antiques, clothing and electronics. Many items are new and make wonderful...

  • Holidays: What frugal women want

    photo by tbisaacs The holiday season is almost here. For some men, shopping for the women in their lives is a frustrating mystery. I’ve witnessed many men shopping around the holidays, and they appear not only clueless...

  • Reader tips save the day

    photo by sensescape Our lives are often filled with small frustrations, like peeling boiled eggs, getting the baked-on grease off bakeware and the cabinets that you’re afraid to open for fear items will launch an offensive. Help...

  • Save the CDs, save the cash

    DEAR SARA: Have you tried Disc Doctor or similar Compact Disc/DVD repair kits, or do you have a frugal way to repair a fairly scratched disc? — Denise, Colorado DEAR DENISE: I have tried repair kits and...

  • Pearls of wisdom from another generation

    photo by sylvar Personal budgeting is a life skill that, sadly, isn’t taught often enough at home or at school. It never ceases to amaze me how much some young adults owe and own these days. Today,...

  • Frugal and proud of it

    You’re happily coasting along with your frugality and enjoying the money you’ve saved. Suddenly, you realize, not only are some people whispering around you, some are bold enough to make comments. Some of your family and friends...

  • Girls’ parties don’t have to cost a fortune

    photo by jef poskanzer Planning a unique party for girl ‘tweens can be difficult and costly. With the latest trend being hotel parties and amusement centers, budget-conscious families are challenged to please their kids while offering low-cost...

  • Know when to step away from the table

    photo by cortomaltese “Financial freedom has everything to do with your belief system.” — Ron Blue A common misconception is that frugality is voluntary poverty, deprivation or selfishness. Frugal folks aren’t cheap misers with the world’s largest...

  • Send good wishes, not your retirement fund

    photo by laurenatclemson I’m not a total cheapskate, but I rarely purchase greeting cards. I am tempted on special occasions, but I resist. Looking through the card aisles, all I can think about is what I could...

  • Centsible breakfast starts day off right

    photo by jslander Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but with the price of boxed cereals and milk so out of control, it can become the most expensive meal of the day, too....

  • I should have thought of that!

    Am I the only one who makes her own iced mochas by using leftover coffee, ice and chocolate syrup? Today, readers share tips they swear they thought up themselves. Are any familiar?