We all have ways of saving a buck — maybe a lot more — through savvy shopping or careful planning. Perhaps you picked up these moves over the years; maybe you just learned about them.
What makes one person focus on saving for his or her future, while another is totally oblivious and winds up hopelessly in debt? It turns out that our relationship with money is much more complex than we think.
It's the kind of news story that makes national headlines every year or two: A person of seemingly modest means secretly amasses a small (or not so small) fortune while leading a frugal lifestyle, only to reveal that wealth by giving it all away to charity.
If you have kids or grandchildren away at college, they're likely to be feeling a little homesick right about now. Care packages from back home are always appreciated, but they mean even more as students get settled into campus life. Here are some ideas for putting together college care packages that student will love, but won't break the bank.
From the time that F.W. Woolworth invented the five-and-dime store in the late 19th century, Americans have always been crazy about low prices. But it was Douglas J. Dayton and his family's Target chain of stores who sold Americans on the idea that buying inexpensive wares at a discount store could be fashionable as well as frugal.
The late Andy Rooney once wrote: "One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
You know how I love the challenge of " creative repurposing" - the art of finding alternative uses for things that many people just throw away. So in honor of the season's most despised - and oft discarded - baked good, I recently set out to research creative reuses for fruitcake.
Looking for a festive-but-frugal dinner for New Year's Eve or Valentine's Day? Try this recipe for "surf and turf cheapskate-style." I don't claim it's as good as real lobster tails and filet mignons. But at a fraction of the cost, it's pretty darn tasty in its own right.
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