fiscal fast

Study: Coupon Use Decreases Among Consumers

Posted on 03/5/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI read about an interesting survey last week by NCH Marketing Services that may be cause for a cheapskate celebration. The survey results seem to indicate that more Americans are wising up and are less inclined to buy something they don’t really need simply because they “have a coupon for it.”  According the NCH survey, while manufacturers circulated a near-record 305 billion coupons in 2012, the number of coupons actually used by consumers dropped by about 17 percent compared to …

Diary of a Fiscal Fast

Posted on 01/17/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsGo for a week without spending ANY money?!  It’s spending detox, what I call a “fiscal fast.”  Give it a try a couple of times a year.  You’ll save a few bucks, use up stuff you have around the house, and gain a new understanding of how you spend – and probably waste – money in a normal week.  It’s a challenge, but it’s also kind of fun. My wife and I just did a fiscal fast last week, and …