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Small Change: April 26, 2009 - May 2, 2009

Finding Bargains for Baby

The Associated Press recently wrote a story reporting that some frugal moms are switching from disposable to cloth diapers in an effort to save money. I admit that I don't have kids, so the idea of washing out a poopy...

By Ylan Mui  |  May 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bargains , Cheap & Green , Ylan Q. Mui  
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Small Change Challenge: Nancy Wins!

Nancy successfully spent less money than I did yesterday. What does she win? Not much, but she has more money in her pocket, and that's saying something! Nancy spent $23.17 yesterday on taxi rides and food, though $10 of that...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 30, 2009; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nancy's Evening of Mooching

I ate for free last night. A friend and colleague invited me to dinner. Now, before you start accusing me of cheating by getting someone else to buy me dinner, let me just say that this date had been planned...

By Nancy Trejos  |  April 30, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Saving on Office Supplies

We've written a lot about how the recession is affecting our own lives and yours. But sometimes, it helps to get a bird's eye view of the state of the consumer. I met with Staples President Mike Miles yesterday to...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 30, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nancy's Afternoon Derailment

For a while, I thought I could get through the day without pulling money out of my wallet. I had a Metrocard, so my transportation would be covered. I wasn’t hungry because I was not feeling well, but I had...

By Nancy Trejos  |  April 29, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ylan's Cheapskate Afternoon

After this morning's splurge, I have shown remarkable restraint. I brown-bagged it today (chicken sandwich, strawberries, Dole fruit cup), so I didn't have to spend any more money on lunch. But then the snackies hit. It happens every afternoon at...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 29, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nancy's Morning Rundown

I woke up this morning with a sore throat and no appetite. Somehow, I think, this is going to help me save money today. I don’t have my usual craving for a skim latte and muffin. So far I have...

By Nancy Trejos  |  April 29, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ylan's Morning Rundown

I started with the best intentions and took the MetroBus to my meeting at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel with executives from Staples (which you'll be able to read about tomorrow). But then as I was getting off the bus, my...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 29, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Small Change Challenge: Nancy vs. Ylan

Nancy and I love each other. We really do. But that doesn't mean we don't engage in a little friendly competition every now and then. In the past month, we've learned a lot of new strategies for saving money. Nancy...

By Ylan Mui  |  April 29, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Don't Get Overcharged for Cab Rides

It’s been almost a year since Washington switched from a zone to a metered taxicab system. The new system was supposed to make taking cabs cheaper and less confusing. I think it has done that to some extent. Thank goodness,...

By Nancy Trejos  |  April 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Dining Out Tricks

One of my favorite things to do after a long day at work is to go out to dinner with friends. I haven’t done it as much lately because it was just getting too expensive. Each time I’d go out,...

By Nancy Trejos  |  April 27, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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