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 (page 7)

Cheap and Easy Repairs for Wardrobe Malfunctions

At work, parties or other formal occasions, wardrobe malfunctions can be expensive. Sudden downpours, popped buttons and scuffed shoes can lead to quick-fix shopping sprees or expensive repair bills.But the annual ritual of preparing for hurricane season and other household emergencies has taught me to develop a survival kit for fashion emergencies. […]

Islands of Stability? Kiplinger's: 10 Best Cities for Jobs

"Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has named its 10 Best Cities of 2009, selecting areas offering solid employment opportunities and the talent to create new, well-paying positions. A healthy job market means these cities will suffer less during the recession and will have a head start toward growth when the recovery takes off.Kiplinger’s Best Cities of 2009:1. […]

Eating Out, Spending Less: Tips from Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports recommends the following strategies for spending less while eating out:"Look for bargains on the menu. […]

Catch Up With Me On ABC News Now: New Date!

* Editor's Note: Please Note The Date ChangeABC News Now has invited me to appear as a guest on Thursday, June 4, between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. I'll chat about kids and money. What kind of financial education should we give our kids? […]

Jeans for 99 Cents & Other Consignment Store Deals

Consignment stores offer value and selection. That's what my sister Debra discovered after she complained about the cost of maternity clothes at a national chain. A fashionable co-worker shared her money-saving secret:Try consignment shops, which include items that are new with original tags. […]

Loan Scams: How to Spot the Red Flags

This piece offers some solid tips about avoiding lending scams: "Challenging economic times, declining home values and skyrocketing foreclosure rates have homeowners looking for solutions to help them keep their homes. An appealing option for some is loan modification—which involves working with your current lender to alter the terms of your existing loan. […]

Cheap Drinks, Great Food & Other Low-Cost Party Tricks

Dinner parties and potluck meals provide inexpensive options for celebrating special occasions. And you don't have to sacrifice elegance when creating festive do-it-yourself events, according to Susan Gladstone, an adjunct professor of special events at Florida International University and owner of Susan Gladstone Productions. Here are a few suggestions:Elegant barbecues. […]

How to Be a Great Party Guest: 7 Mostly Frugal Tips

A friend of mine keeps a stash of vases -- pretty, but cheap vases from thrift stores and yard sales -- and uses them to deliver flowers to a dinner or cocktail party. Flowers delivered in water and in a vase offer a host-friendly gift. Here are other tips for being a great guest. Most of the suggestions are frugal and fun. […]