The Frugal Duchess

From Miami Herald columnist Sharon Harvey Rosenberg: a fun, frugal & fashionable way to save money & live well.

Latest Posts from The Frugal Duchess

Visit Me on Twitter

With only 140 characters,  I have become very frugal with words. Please follow me on Twitter -  @frugalduchess.BTW, I am now researching a  nonfiction book about Athletes and Mental Health. Watch this space for more details. Thanks, Sharon_____________ Here's how to buy my book: @ Amazon.com@ Barnes & Noble@ Borders@ Target.com […]

Frugal Duchess Moves to WiseBread.com & Starts a Video Channel

I'm going to the beach because reality has hit like an overdue bill: I need to get more rest and to work smarter. I need to be more frugal with my time.And for that reason I am relocating to Wise Bread as a steady blogger. I have also helped to launch a frugal video network with Myscha Theriault. […]

How to Trim Fat From the Family Budget

Small changes have reduced electrical charges in my home. On a year-over-year basis, we have used 20 percent less electricity due to two minor adjustments. We have switched most of the light bulbs to compact florescent bulbs (CFLs), an energy-saving option. […]

Currency Exchange & Other Tricks to Save More Money

Currency exchange is a thrifty tool in my home. To save money, my 11-year-old daughter has swapped five single dollars for a five-dollar-bill and has traded up for even larger denominations. She uses the larger bills to preserve capital.“When I see smaller bills, I think I have more money to spend,” my daughter said, adding that it’s tempting to buy treats with single dollars. […]

Kiplinger.com: 7 Lessons From the Financial Meltdown

In this guest post, Kiplinger.com offers 7 Lessons from the Meltdown, including: "1) Where's the money? You'd better know—literally. The reported $50-billion swindle orchestrated by Bernard Madoff and other fleece jobs should put to rest the notion that you can get rich from unpublicized investment opportunities unavailable to mere mortals. […]

Cheap Cleanup: Washing the Stove & Tiles With Vinegar

You don't have to spend a lot for eco-friendly household and personal care products. I use vinegar and water to sanitize my home without the expense or waste of harsher chemicals. Beyond toss salads, I use white vinegar for the following cleaning duties:•Kitchen surfaces: With two capfuls of vinegar and a half cup of water, I have cleaned and polished a white enamel stovetop. […]

Finding My Money Leaks: The August Report

Yup. I could have saved more and spent less in August. As promised, I paid careful attention to my spending, saving and consuming habits in August. We all have money leaks. Here are my downfalls & solutions:Lost items: I use paraben-free cosmetics from Origins and Burt's Bees. Unfortunately, while at the zoo with my kids, I lost my favorite lip gloss. […]

Poll: Saving $50 Beats Diets, Love & Time

If you had a choice between saving an extra $50 a week or gaining an extra hour daily, what would you do? I vote for the extra hour, (seven hours a week). But more money beat out diet, time and sex, according to this recent survey from allyou.com/Shortcuts.com. Here is a snippet from the full survey results:- Over half (57%) of those surveyed would rather save $50 an extra week- vs. […]

Cut Your Beverage Tab at Bars, Restaurants & Resorts

It's possible to spend less for drinks at bars, restaurants and resorts. Here's my list of do-it-mostly-yourself drink recipes.Spiked & flavored coffees: At bars, restaurants and resorts you can save a lot by ordering plain American coffee and a shot of Baileys Irish cream liqueur or other liqueurs. […]