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The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.

When you're forking out several hundred dollars for a cell phone, the thought of spending even more money to keep it scratch-free seems a no-brainer. But I'm cheap. And I don'

Book Review - In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue by Lauren Weber

In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue is a book that explores the morality and practicality of being frugal from the beginnings of America to 2009. The a

Armor Etch can be a cheap fix for your scratched eyeglasses

Have you heard the rumor that goes, "Did you know Armour Etch can fix eyeglass scratches?" I had to see (ha!) if it was true for myself. Read on to find out what happened...

6 Reasons I Still Don't Have a Cell Phone Plan (yet)

If you ask most people what they can't live without, many would say their computer. Just about as many would say their cell phone/PDA/Crackberry. I agree with the first one – I c

Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!

Very quick and super deal for you folks, to follow my vent on mortgages. And considering what I was saying, we need to save every penny we can. Anyway, Sears is going a little gaga

10 Things to Do for Under $5 in the Omaha Metro Area

Omaha was my home for over 6 years, and while I enjoy living a more rural existence, I still frequent the metro for exciting entertainment options and unique shopping excursions.

The disappearance of real America - my guest post at Zen Habits

I'm not one for believing in fate or destiny, but the timing on this was spot on. After just finishing a terrfiic documentary called "America Unchained", about one Brit's quest to

Trim Costs with Cheaper Kid's Haircuts

A recent tabloid article compares the homemade hairstyle of Brangelina's toddler with the designer salon-style of Tom and Katie Cruise's kid. Is there a happy and frugal medium fo

Five Ways VHS Tapes Still Rock

Friends of mine have barely gotten over the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD war, and I’m still stuck back in the 80’s (remember when Betamax was struggling to be on top?) It’s not that I don’t

Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.

Most of us have been there (when I was in college, I was there 3 times a week during my first year…sorry mum and dad). You go out with your buddies, have a few beers and by the tim

Simplicity and being cheap

People might look at how I spend money and say I'm cheap or a tightwad. If they do, though, they're missing the point. The fact is, I'm much more interested in simplicity than I

One Pot Roast, A Week of Cheap and Delicious Lunches

Hamburger was once the meat for cheap meal plans. As food costs have risen, however, it is often more common to find a good cut of shoulder roast on sale for less money per pound

Stop dissing Spam!

Is it me, or are most people a bunch of Spam snobs? I admit it’s not filet mignon or a piece of finely seared Ahi Tuna, but come on people! It’s not that bad. In fact, I love it, a

Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids

Do you know which is more expensive: one gallon of gasoline or one gallon of orange juice? How about one gallon of glue? Read on for a comparison of the price gasoline and other f

The stuff I try never to buy new

I don't like buying new. It's not that I consider myself to be some kind of Scrooge. I just have a hard time paying more for something than I need to, and often we take tha

Home Education Curriculum on the Cheap: 10 Ways to Learn for Less

In a recent cost-study I completed, I found that it is possible for American families to spend between $300 and $4325 per year to homeschool a single child.

Wisdom from My Favorite Frugal TV Character - Julius Rock

My favorite cheap TV character is Julius Rock from Everybody Hate Chris. Julius is a character based on Chris Rock's father and in almost every episode of the show his fruga

Cheap and Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day (And Any Other Day of the Year)

I have always loathed Valentine's day because everywhere I went I would see gaudy pink and red balloons and roses and men who are literally suckered into buying the useless thi

Make a crafty airbrush out of old junk

Sometimes the ingenuity of people knocks me out. As I was surfing today to find new and exciting ways to save money, I came across a video on Metacafe. It has almost no sound, b

Instructables for the Extreme Cheap Lifestyle

Are you a super cheapskate with an affinity for making everything yourself? Here are some Instructables that will tickle your fancy! Learn to furnish your home, gather food, and