Articles on Frugal Living

Rare Book Bargains At Alibris

As a fan of some fairly hard to find books, I love Alibris.com (almost as much as I love half.com for CDs and DVDs, plus newer books, but that's a story for another post). [more]

TWINKIE SUSHI - Chopsticks optional

I am not exactly a Twinkie fan. I moved to the USA in my mid-twenties and so I hadn't acquired a taste for them. And most likely never will (although I did try a deep-fried Twinkie recently...not bad, considering). [more]

An energy bill of $0.00

I'm not sure what you pay for energy each month, but combining natural gas, gas for the car and electricity, I'm way over $250. This guy, Mr. Mike Strizki, does it all for nothing. In an interview for GREEN.MNP Mike reveals his many secrets. [more]

Kmart settles: refunds gift-card fees

CNNMoney.com has announced that Kmart has finally reached a settlement in the gift-card lawsuit. And that could be very good news for you if you had a gift-card issued between May 1st 2004 and the present day. Why the refund? [more]

Best Buy scamming customers with Intranet - UPDATED!

George Gombossy, consumer watchdog for The Courant , broke this story on March 2nd of this month. It's a great story, and I apologise to George for not stating him as the source in my original post, my bad entirely. [more]

Pimp your snacks: Monster-sized munchies

Considering America is the home of the biggest everything, I was surprised to see this site when scouring my fav UK sites. But I have a feeling it will catch on here. [more]

Onigiri: Behold The Mighty Triforce

He zips around the lush pixelated world of Hyrule, battling monsters on his quest to save Princess Zelda, a sacred triangle perched atop his head. [more]

Ponder it: to budget or not to budget

Some of us need or want a budget, some of us don't. Here are some tips for deciding which category you're in. [more]

Stop Skin Cancer at the Spa

By way of More magazine, the premier magazine for women over 40, comes exciting news that a trip to your favorite medispa could actually prevent skin cancer! [more]

The Backdoor to Amazon's 70% off deals

I'm completely crazy about a new site I've just discovered. It's called Jungle Crazy and it's brought to you by those nice folks who also gave you RetailMeNot and BugMeNot. What is it? [more]

Track Your Refunds or Get Ripped Off

“Refunds” are supposedly different from “rebates”, although honestly, you might never know it, since both are difficult to obtain. [more]

Does the Forever Stamp Make Cents?

The United States Postal Service announced that they may issue a "forever stamp" - that is, a stamp that you can buy now, at a given price, that will be good into eternity. [more]

Budgeting for the rest of us, or How to follow a budget without breaking down in tears

Budgeting can be difficult. For some people (like me!), it brings up things that they may not want to see. For others, it's a necessary but frustrating tool to curtail spending, or a painful reminder of how much they overspent, yet again. [more]

How I Got Over My Haggling Hatred

I used to really hate haggling. That vain, self-conscious part of me that doesn't want to appear cheap, or worse, stingy, has always had an aversion to haggling. [more]

More Bang for Your Buck: Paint Me Frugal

Paul's post about DIY got me to thinking about all of the times that I wasted money on trying to improve my home. There have been many of these times, more than I care to share. [more]

Like DIY? Avoid These 10 Costly Mistakes

I scoured the web looking for the obvious and not-so-obvious mistakes DIY addicts make and compiled this list.

Adaptation: Lessons learned from being unemployed

Some of the lessons learned from a stint of unemployment can really change your life for the better.

When Good Food Goes Bad Part IV: Black Beans

Treat your tastebuds to Brazil's most famous, frugal dish: feijoada!

Pet Peeves Part 2: Good Grooming

DIY pet grooming isn't nearly as difficult as it sounds. If you just set aside a little bit of time each month, you can save a bundle and still have happy, clean pets.

Trailers for Ths American Life

"We wanted to make a TV show that feels like the radio show, but isn't just the radio show on TV." Can This American Life successfully transfer its intimate and quirky storytelling style onto [more]