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How to Buy a Used Car

I have tried to buy new cars, but the price tag is so staggering, the investment so depreciating, and the impact on the environment so great, that I’ve never been able to bring myself to do it. Instead, I’ve always …

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The Frugal Consumer

"We are seeing, what I call, the redefinition of the American Dream. People report having fallen out of love with the rat race. They are passionate about redefining


Lessons Learned During a Brief Obsession with Monopoly

My efforts to wean my family off the earn-and-spend treadmill hit an ideological snag a few weeks ago when my seven-year-old son became obsessed with Monopoly. We


Don’t Buy Stuff You Can’t Afford

Today, a friend reminded me of this funny Saturday Night Live skit in which Chris Parnell,

“It’s Not About the Money”–Interview with Brent Kessel

[caption id="attachment_1102" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="Brent Kessel"][/caption] I thought it would be appropriate for a site dedicated to frugal living to hear a few words from someone who spends his

This July 4th Declare Economic Independence

[caption id="attachment_1078" align="alignleft" width="590" caption="Aidan\'s Independence Day Decorations"][/caption] What does the recession (ephemistically referred to as "the current financial crisis") have to do with Independence Day? First read this:

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

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

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