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Public Transportation & Another Frugal Friday

When I lived in France during college, I did not own a car. I either walked or took the bus, metro, or train wherever I went. It was a fun lifestyle and one that was unencumbered by gas prices, car repair, or foreign traffic. But, life is different in much of the United States and […]

Frugal Friday: Couch Repair Q and A

Since I’m a know-it-all big sister, humility has come hard over the years. But, I well remember a graduate school class on Socrates and how true knowledge is knowing what you don’t know — and then finding out the answers. I’ve tried to remember that over the years. It’s okay not to have all the […]

Frugal Friday: Shoe Repair Will Save Money and Your Soles

Back in the old days, clothing and shoes were items that people wore for a long time. In fact, if an article of clothing became torn or worn, it was repaired, or even remade to present a freshened look. If they couldn’t make the adjustments themselves, women took their family’s clothing to seamstresses and tailors […]

Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so. How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg? Try […]

Frugal Friday: How We Saved $15,000 on a Bigger Minivan

Car seats cramping your style — and your car? Thinking that another baby requires you to buy a bigger vehicle?┬áIf you have multiple young children, then you know what it can be like to pack several carseats into the backseat of a car or van. We upgraded from a car to a minivan when our […]

Frugal Friday: Be Willing to Be Weird

Last weekend, I went to a grocery store in a rather upscale neighborhood where I don’t normally shop. It was on our route and so it was convenient. I was getting three items, two of which were going to be free with coupons. When I handed the two coupons to the checker, she was dumbfounded. […]

Frugal Friday: Organize Your Wallet

It sounds funny to say so, but one great way to keep money in your wallet is to look in your wallet — often. If you don’t have a good idea of what’s in there, you may be liable to spend more than you have or to let great savings opportunities slip through your fingers. […]

Frugal Friday: New Year Goals

Happy New Year! I love January 1. There’s just something invigorating about it. We get a fresh start! While 2009 was great in its own respects, I’m looking forward to growing and improving in 2010. This Frugal Friday is dedicated to any financial goal you might have. There’s safety in numbers. It always feels better to […]