Frugality

Tap Water – A cool refreshing frugal drink

by Debt Destroyer on August 27, 2009

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink. That’s how my wife and I felt when we first moved back to my hometown. Our rental house was right across the street from a creek which runs through town. A stinky, smelly, slimy creek. I don’t know if it was in our heads or if it was actually the case, but we could’ve swore the tap water tasted funny.  We also thought it was stinky, smelly, and slimy. Which was too bad because we had recently became big time water drinkers.  The tap water in Minneapolis was pretty good, but […]

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I love my library! I know, I know…I already wrote this post a few months ago.  But indulge me. The reason for my outburst is that my town is looking at replacing our library.  A few days ago they held a meeting to gather input in what we citizens would like in a new library. Me and a bunch of old ladies showed up. I was relieved that they all had a wonderful ideas (meaning they wanted the same things that I did).  Part of me was worried that the general public would think that the library’s time has passed. […]

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Cheap Eats – Meal Ideas Under $10

by Debt Destroyer on July 2, 2009

A while ago I wrote about how I blew my grocery budget on a $11 hunk of cheese, I ended that post by asking for some budget friendly recipes.  Only Kristy from Master Your Card took me up, and I’m ever glad she did. Her chicken dish was fantastic! Here it is again for those of you who missed out the first time: 4 boneless chicken breasts 1 can cream of chicken (reg size is fine) 1 tablespoon of Season-All Spaghetti noodles butter garlic salt First, you boil the chicken with salt and pepper until they’re just about done. This […]

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Back in September I wrote about how it took me two days to fix a screendoor. Guess what? It’s broken again. I bring this up to show that I’m no handy man.  With all the Bob the Builder that my kids watch you’d think that something would rub off on me.  But nothing does.  In fact when the kids break something they always run to “Mommy”  to get it fixed.  But I don’t blame them. I married a female Red Green. Ok, that might be a bit of an overstatement.  But sometimes I wonder.  Take our refrigerator for example. Our […]

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“Cheaper Than Cheap” is a recurring tip series about frugality. The idea is to provide potentially helpful frugality tips that border on fanatical or fictitious to the point of becoming humorous. Love them or hate them, let’s hear what you think. Tip #7 was Sleep When It is Dark. If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down That old adage isn’t just funny and gross, it can really save you money.  The point it is wait to flush your urine but always flush the poop.  I know it sounds kind of gross, but let’s take a […]

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Quick question:  Do you think a microwave is a necessity or a luxury? I ask because the other day NPR ran a story about a Pew Research Center study that asked these types of questions. According to the findings Americans are paring down on what they consider necessities.  For example, in 2006 68% of people called the microwave a “necessity”.  In 2009 only 47% now feel that way. Here is a chart showing how some other items fared as well. It’s interesting to see that a shaky economy has people viewing less items as necessities.  But it totally makes sense. […]

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This is the 3rd chapter is a series of posts showing how the little things can add up. Here is part one & part two. You might have missed it, but I dropped some subtle hints in my recent snowblower post that I can from time to time, be a pretty big baby. Well one night after a frigid shoveling adventure, my wife took pity on me (FINALLY!). I told her that I’d like nothing more than to have that night’s hot chocolate to be accompanied with some nachos.  But you need chips for nachos and we had none.  Luckily […]

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Now that I’m trying to limit my family’s Grocery spending to $450 a month, I’m looking for ways to get the most for my money.  I’ve already mentioned a few ways I’m doing this in a couple of previous posts (here & here). But earlier today I realized that I had another tool at my disposal that I probably haven’t been using effectively enough. Our Deep Freeze! At lunch time today my daughter informed us that she wanted burritos.  My wife looked in the fridge and said we were out.  But that triggered my memory of buying  a bunch of […]

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I thought I was prepared for winter. I took some steps to winterize my house, we’ve added insulated curtains, and have been wearing our smart wool socks we got for Christmas.  But now I hear that according to Punxsutawney Phil, we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter. Thank goodness! I can’t wait for Spring to get here.  I’ve already mentioned how my back is tired from all the shoveling, now my wallet is ailing from the high electric bills. I don’t know what the first thing you would do if you got a $485 electric bill, but the first thing I […]

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Sacrifice and Save Money with Store Brands

by Debt Destroyer on January 22, 2009

I used to think “generic” was a derogatory term.  It probably stems from a childhood visit from my snobbish cousin who called everything I had or liked “generic” and everything he had or liked “special.” Kids can be cruel. But that was a long time ago.  I’d like to think I moved on as soon as I hit adulthood, but I didn’t.  All during college I held on to my trusty name brands.   Perhaps buying them was like having a little piece of home in my dorm/apartment.  Or maybe I was just a sucker for the clever marketing. Who […]

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