Archive for May, 2009


Frugal Fitness: Ditching the Gym

This past January, when most people were making resolutions to join the gym, I did the opposite. I quit it. I had just returned from a month on a small island in the Caribbean where I shared in my friend’s …

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The ATM: How to Save Money When You’re Trying to Save Money

[caption id="attachment_407" align="alignleft" width="136" caption="Money may not grow on trees, but does come on the roll."][/caption] Growing up, I thought banks were meant to hold onto the checks that

Memorial Day: Meditating on the Cost of War

[caption id="attachment_372" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="photograph by Tami Silicio"][/caption] This is just a short post to remind you that today isn't just an extra day off to relax, picnic,

On the Frugal (and Other) Pleasures of Doing Errands by Bike

[caption id="attachment_354" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Laura\'s bike"][/caption]By Laura King One of the deal-sweeteners of our recent move from the city to the suburbs, in my husband's view, was getting our

Powering Down: Why Manual Mowers are Better

The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but you still have to mow it. - Proverb When I moved into my house last August,

Molasses, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Scones

Sit Out City Brunch and Bake Scones Instead

[caption id="attachment_296" align="alignright" width="300"] Molasses, Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Scones[/caption] In spring and summer, brunch is practically a team sport for many New Yorkers – one requiring endurance, stamina,

Lessons Learned from a Minor Frugal Beauty Fiasco

I was recently thwarted in my efforts to be frugal! Here’s what happened: I ran out of shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer all in the same week, so I dutifully

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