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Adopt a Cat: Save Money and a Life

Posted on 06/18/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsJune is National Adopt a Cat Month, sponsored by the American Humane Association (AHA), and on behalf of cat lovers everywhere I want to encourage you to consider adopting a cat from a shelter if you have a place for one in your home and in your heart, and can afford to do so. It’s estimated that every minute, four cats in animal shelters are euthanized in order to make room for a constant influx of new cats being put up for …

Frugal — and Priceless — Father’s Day Gifts

Posted on 06/11/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsI reported last month that a majority of Americans planned to spend under $100 for Mother’s Day gifts. Now a survey by the same shopping website, PriceGrabber.com, confirms that most shoppers plan to spend about the same amount on dad as well this Father’s Day. I’m glad there’s parity at least when it comes to how we treat our parents, even though I’ve always been convinced that my parents love my older brother more than me. There are a lot …

Save Money at Pick-Your-Own Farms

Posted on 06/4/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsUnlike a lot of folks, I’ve never considered shopping to be fun or a form of entertainment. I guess that’s because I was born with the cheapskate gene, and it’s rumored to take the jaws-of-life to get my wallet out of my back pocket. But the other weekend my wife and I went on a shopping excursion of sorts that I really must admit was both entertaining and a good value. We spent a sunny Saturday at a pick-your-own strawberry …

Cheap Space-Saving Tips for Your Garden

Posted on 05/29/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsGardening is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and – depending on what you grow – maybe even save on your grocery bill. But what if your green thumb is bigger than the space you have available to plant the garden of your dreams this summer? Consider these options for getting a maximum harvest from a minimum amount of space. Container Gardens: Whether it’s fancy store-bought flowerpots or simply repurposing cans and other containers you might otherwise …

My Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Cheap,Yet Priceless

Posted on 04/30/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsCall me “old fashioned,” or just “cheap.” But there’s definitely a wonderful connection between many old-school ways and frugality, even for those of us who didn’t learn that by living through the Great Depression. I was struck by that fact yet again when I saw a survey from PriceGrabber.com, a leading online shopping site, about people’s anticipated shopping plans for Mother’s Day. I guess the good news – in terms of people not going too far overboard on spending – …

Easter Decoration Ideas: Turn Eggshells Into Candles

Posted on 04/4/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsHere’s a nifty decorating and gift idea just in time for Easter.  It’s a daily double – or can even be a trifecta – of creative repurposing, since you can reuse not one, but two or even three items you normally throw away! Here’s how to make these adorable Easter eggshell candles: 1. Use a paring knife to carefully cut just the top off a raw egg, like shown.  (Of course you’ll want to use the egg yolk and white …