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Written by Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money - Spend Smarter & Live Well on Less, Squawkfox makes frugal living sexy, delicious, and fun.

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Are you getting gouged at Value Village?

Something smelled foul at Value Village. No, it wasn’t the scent of grandma’s 50-year-old fur wrapped in decade long mothballs. Nope. But the smell was indeed stank and it seemed to stink up every corner of the popular Canadian thrift store, which is called ‘Savers’ in the United States. […]

Make a Mason jar sewing kit to mend costly clothing repairs fast

The salesperson offered the gal a 10% discount for a wool cardigan missing a button. If the picky gal hadn’t snubbed the deal, she would have saved $8.50 (plus tax) on a high quality sweater with a fixable flaw. […]

Make a last minute Halloween costume with an old pillowcase

Your linen closet is the perfect place to go shopping for a frugal last minute Halloween costume. Whether you need a kids Halloween costume or something more fitting for a teen or adult, the answer to your costume conundrum can be found in an old stack of used pillowcases. Any pillowcase color will do. White makes a great ghost. Green can become a hulking ghoul. […]

Pumpkin Stencils: Free pumpkin faces for some frugal Halloween fun

I don’t know why I’m doing this. Carving a pumpkin isn’t going to save you mega millions. Tracing a pumpkin stencil won’t significantly boost your retirement nest egg or help you pay back your student loan. I should know. I’ve done the mathy math to see just how much moolah you’d save carving pumpkins, and the savings are frightfully abysmal. […]

Make Honey Boo Boo’s ‘Sketti’ recipe healthier and for 12% less

I wanted to unsee the homemade ‘sketti’ recipe whipped together by Mama June and her 7-year-old daughter Alana, the stars of TLC’s new reality TV hit Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. For weeks I tried to pretend this likeable family livin’ on a tight $80 per week food budget didn’t really eat a microwaved ketchup and butter concoction dumped on spaghetti, calling the mess an “old family recipe”. But no […]

Paywalls: Would you pay $20 to read a newspaper online?

Go ahead and call me a news junkie freeloader, ’cause I love to read my newspapers online for free. And why shouldn’t I? Up until a few years ago most prominent newspapers were happy to publish well-researched stories written by talented journalists, and just give them away to online freeloaders like myself, for free. I believe these media outlets called us digital mooches ‘guests’. […]

Nursery Wall Art: Decorate your baby’s room for less

Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Who knew the cost of sticking a few animal-themed nursery wall decals around my baby’s room could be so pricy! While some sticker companies charge as little as (cough) $40 for a pack of tree wall decals with woodland creatures, others (like Dwell studio) will bill you $120 for some digitally reproduced canvas wall art featuring an owl in a tree. […]

Newborn Essentials Checklist: Save money with just the baby basics

The pretty pregnant lady zapping a bazilion baby products with her barcode scanner was driving me batty. Four crib bedding sets, three baby monitors (one with video and a Wi-Fi remote), two highchairs, and one hundred too many pieces of newborn clothing all rounded out her insane baby registry at Babies’R'Us. […]

15 Classic clothing pieces every guy should own

Special to Squawkfox: This article is by Carl. He’s a guy. Kerry (not a guy) tried to write about men’s fashion, but she sounded too much like a crazy ex-girlfriend. Since Carl has more experience with wearing men’s pants, he snagged a spot on Squawkfox. Enjoy! When Kerry posted her list of 12 Classic clothing pieces every gal should own, I was intrigued. Only 12? […]