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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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How (and Why) to Compost

This weekend I got in touch with my inner eco-nerd by purchasing a tumbling compost bin, installing it in the side yard, and feeding it kitchen scraps


Reinventing Valentine’s Day

I've been looking for a Valentine's Day alternative for years and am totally on board with Sasha Dichter’s idea to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day.


The Art of Life

Scattered Light in Madison Square Park from Kimberly McCaffery on Vimeo.

I have a stressful job, and today was particularly harsh. After


The Pursuit of Frugaltopia

Frugaltopia was born on a crisp January day in 2009, not long after the Great Recession began. I was having a lunch with Jen, my best friend


1000 Awesome Things

The best things in life are free, and Neil Pasricha is keeping track of them on his blog, 1000 Awesome Things. Watch his TEDxTalk to hear

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Budget-Friendly Bubbles for the Frugal Imbiber

[caption id="attachment_1936" align="alignleft" width="203" caption="Budget-Friendly Bubbly"][/caption]One of my best girlfriends is 3,000 miles away right now, but she just called and proposed that we drink our first

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Homemade Holiday Candy: English Toffee

It's hard to go wrong when there's butter, sugar and dark chocolate in the mix. This is the recipe for the English toffee I made as part

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Homemade Holiday Candy: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

In my previous post, Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts, I mentioned that I was planning to make some dark chocolate peppermint bark and English toffee as


Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts

I have to admit that I share Kim’s disdain for crafting, but each December I do enjoy playing a bit of Santa’s Workshop and making

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