Archive | 2014


Frugal Move: Spend Like an Off-Peak Freak

Most consumers live inside a perpetual rush hour. They recreate on weekends, vacation during summers, dine with the masses, and shop precisely when everyone else does. They fight crowds because they follow crowds. To increase the misery, they usually end up paying top dollar because they buy during times of peak demand. The frugal few, […]

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Frugal Recipe: Moose’s Fluffernutter Lite

Ever since I  lived in New England as a kid, I’ve relished one of the region’s great sandwiches: the Fluffernutter. A perfect blend of peanut butter and marshmallow cream, it tastes great. But each sandwich contains 400 calories and 33 grams of fat. Youngsters easily process this mother lode of overload. Adults don’t. For them, the Fluffernutter poses […]

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Why Spend an Hour Per Week on Frugality?

“Nothing comes from nothing and nothing ever could.” So warbles Maria in The Sound of Music. Captain Von Trapp agrees with her and they strike a deal on matrimony. I too believe that nothing comes from nothing. But when I explain to newcomers that a solid program of frugality takes about an hour per week, I usually don’t gain […]

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Frugal Move: Mind the Marginalia

In 2012, I fired my local Target store. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target. I worked there one summer collecting abandoned carts and sweeping aisles. I liked the job and met lots of nice people. For years, I was a loyal customer. My problem with the local Target has nothing to do with the […]

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