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Habitat ReStores Have Deals on Home Remodeling Supplies

Posted on 02/5/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith winter in full swing and cabin fever becoming an almost constant malady, I usually turn my attention to an endless list of indoor home remodeling and improvement projects. See also: Repair or replace? Much to my wife’s chagrin, I insist on undertaking almost every project myself to save money and because I actually enjoy working with my hands and the challenge of mastering new skills. As I like to tell my wife when it comes to my zeal for …

Old Clothes We Can’t Quit: It Still Fits!

Posted on 04/16/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsFor my book The Cheapskate Next Door, I surveyed hundreds of proud “cheapskates” about – among other things – the oldest piece of clothing they own and at least occasionally still wear.  The answer, on average, was one or more apparel items dating back roughly to the time when Jimmy Carter was President (1977-1981). That was far from the winning response though:  One of my fellow cheapskates from Pennsylvania took the prize, because he still owns and quite often wears …

Garage Sale Tips and Yard Sale Finds: Take Our Week 2 Challenge

Posted on 04/9/2012 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsBest time for Finds Out of all the seasons, Spring time is prime time for shopping at thrift stores, along with garage and yard sales.  With spring cleaning on everybody’s to-do list, this is the time of year when people sort through their unwanted items and either donate them to thrift stores or try to make a few extra bucks by selling them at a yard or garage sale. Fun Factor with Surprise Element Not only can you save a …