Frugal

The subtitle of a recent AARP article is “Spending is out, simplicity’s in.  Why the nation’s thriftiest people are also the happiest”.   This isn’t a story about middle class people giving up lattes and recreational shopping. Instead the subjects are members of Jeff Yeager’s miser advisor network surveyed when he wrote The Cheapskate Next Door .  These are people […]

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A blog post I read last week was lavishing praise on frugal habits during the depression with the point being that we could save money doing some of the same things today.  A nice sentiment and I don’t disagree entirely.  But we’re overlooking the elephant in the room. People were not being frugal by choice. They […]

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In the 1970’s I was a teenage girl with an 8 track tape player in my car enjoying Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac (among others).  When not in my car music options were radio and records.  While I still listen to radio it’s mostly for news.  I’ve found alternate venues for music. Internet Radio It […]

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One benefit of the housing bust is that homebuyers have turned away from “bigger is always better”.  I can’t wait to see this trend on house hunters. This article from Lew Sichelman analyzes a recent homebuyer survey by Avid Ratings of over 22,000 respondents.  It is useful to builders and architects as they plan for […]

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This is part four in a series on Internet Savings. Previous articles included an overview, freebies and deal blogs. A year ago I had no idea there were so many things being given away on the Internet.  If you read this blog regularly you know I share personal finance blog giveaways with you frequently.  But there […]

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