Archive for June, 2009

E-cards: if You Care Enough to Send the Very Best

I have a difficult time remembering important events like birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries. It’s a failing that bothers me greatly and probably bothers the people who are important to me even more. And it’s not just carelessness. I’m convinced that …

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Perfectly Good Things

By Carolyn Lengel I grew up frugal—or, as friends put it, “cheap”; my family had the whole reduce-reuse-recycle thing down, or at least the reduce and reuse part (municipal

5 Free Newsletters That Help Me Stay in the Know and On A Budget

You can Google “frugal,” but that won’t necessarily lead you to these newsletters (or their companion sites). Here’s to finding frugality in some unexpected places!

Rethinking Father’s Day

As a commercial holiday, Father's Day runs a distant second to Mother's Day. Americans spend less on dad, and this year spending is down even more. But

Frugality in Friendship (for the Sake of Writing)

This may sound strange, but one area of my life in which I’ve been practicing being more frugal lately is in my friendships. I’m not doing this in

Washington DC: Visiting our Nation’s Capital with Less Capital

To celebrate my mother’s birthday in February, my father assigned me the task of planning an affordable 4-day family vacation for 7 to Washington DC in April. I

Being Television-free

When I ditched TV ten years ago, it wasn't for moral reasons. It wasn't because I was worried that TV was rotting my brain, and it wasn't because


Do-It-Yourself Aperitivo

[caption id="attachment_667" align="alignright" width="333" caption="3 Prosecco Cocktails (+ a cordial glass of strawberry mint syrup)"][/caption] It’s easy to be a frugal foodie in Italy. Food, for the most part,


Brazil–Last Minute and on a Shoestring

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How in the Hell Do You Cook a Chicken?

My greatest expense is food, and in the past, the money I spent on food was predominantly spent in restaurants. In an effort to reduce this expense, as

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