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Small Change: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

The End of an Era: Frugality Replaces Conspicuous Consumption

Saving money is so in right now, as my blog co-writer Ylan pointed out on today's front page of The Washington Post. With the era of conspicuous consumption now over, people are no longer trying to keep up with the...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 5, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Return of Annual Fees

There’s some mixed news on the credit card front. U.S. households are receiving far fewer credit card offers, which could be a good thing for those who could so easily fall into the debt trap. But for those receiving offers,...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 5, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Kids and Allowances

Did you get an allowance when you were a kid? I never did. But some people say it’s a good way to teach children how to handle money. I am single and don’t have any children, so I have a...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 5, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Which Frugal Bloggers Are Most Influential?

The Associated Press had an interesting story today about the five most influential frugal mommy bloggers, according to a Nielsen analysis. They are: Common Sense With Money Five Dollar Dinners Coupon Mom Money-Saving Mom Freebies 4 Mom What do you...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 4, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Faces of Frugality , Ylan Q. Mui  
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A Good Time for Business Travelers

Last week, I got a call from an editor asking me to go to New York to do some reporting on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. (She’s from the Bronx. I’m from Queens. I know my way around the city.)...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A World Beyond eBay: New Auction Web Sites

Move over eBay. A number of new Web sites have sprung up to provide another venue for auctioning items and scoring bargains. The July issue of ShopSmart, which is published by Consumer Reports, explored four of these sites. Here is...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 4, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Make Your Own Beauty Products: Do Try this at Home

Janice Cox grew up in a small Oregon town where natural bath and beauty products were hard to find. So she learned how to make them herself. She is one of a growing number of beauty experts who advocate making...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 3, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Frugal vs. Cheap Part Two

We've gotten a lot of great comments from readers and other bloggers about what they see as the difference between being frugal and being cheap. There seems to be some consensus that being frugal involves skimping on yourself and being...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 2, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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ISO: Roommate

Take a look at Craigslist and you’ll see pleas such as these from people searching for apartments and houses to share: “Nowadays due to economic conditions, I am planning to go back to Graduate School and extensively preparing for this...

By Nancy Trejos  |  June 2, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is Organic Worth It? The Debate Continues ...

I posed the question of the value of buying organic last week after reading an article about the plight of organic dairy farmers, who have been stuck with excess inventory as demand for their higher-priced milk dropped when the recession...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The difference between frugal and cheap

In the past two months that Nancy and I have been writing this blog, I've thought a lot about the difference between being frugal and being cheap. I'll keep it real: I was not frugal before my husband and I...

By Ylan Mui  |  June 1, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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