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Everyday Cheapskate: The Great Mystery of Household Accumulation

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Have you ever noticed that no matter the size of your apartment, condominium, house, garage, drawers, closets, hard drive, handbag or briefcase -- it mysteriously fills to capacity?

Our first apartment was 300 square feet. We were newlyweds and still in that "cozy stage," so it wasn't a problem. Three years later, we were packed to the gills ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Simple Tricks to Make Your Stuff Last Longer

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Being wasteful is easy, especially when everything seems to be so plentiful and simple to replenish. Just order more. Or run to the store, right?

Sure, we love to buy things on sale, but that's not the only way -- or the best way -- to cut costs. Discovering simple ways to make things last longer is the surefire way to save time and money.

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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Steam Clean Your Microwave

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There's no doubt about it; I've got spring fever. My daffodils are peeking their tiny heads through the ground, the grass is turning green, and the Colorado Sun? It's legendary.

Despite the challenges we face right now, this is temporary. Life goes on, and we need to adjust as nimbly as possible.

I've been working on adjusting my stubborn ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: I'd Rather Have the Money, Bob

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Did you see us? My husband and I were on TV with Bob Barker. Before you run to check Netflix or "America's Funniest Videos," I'd better tell you this was a while ago. Try 1971.

We were plucked from the live audience of that old favorite, "Truth or Consequences," along with two other couples. Ours was a kind of "newlywed game" stunt. They put ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Prep Steps for First-Time Homebuyers

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Buying a home can be exciting and terrifying all at once. And for first-time buyers, you can probably multiply those feelings by 100.

According to Wendy Highfield of Distinct Real Estate in Denver, "Now is such a great time to purchase a home, especially with the low rates and personalized loan programs available to help families with unique ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Disinfect Your Phone, Device, Laptop and Keyboard

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The continuing onslaught of coronavirus news has a lot of us on edge. We continue to be told to wash our hands and be especially mindful of the things we touch. And what's the one thing we touch more than a few times a day? Our phones! Or, as the Journal of Hospital Infection refers to them, our portable petri dishes!

It's not certain how long ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The Food Pantry Items You Need to Stock Up on Now

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No one knows how long these difficult times brought on by a wicked virus will last. It could drag on for a while; it may be over relatively quickly. Life is uncertain. Regardless, every home needs a stockpile of nonperishable, shelf-stable food. It's part of any sensible emergency preparedness plan. You need to stock up now. Today.

Here's a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Get Financially Fit With Good Habits

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Personal character is made of habits. Bad ones seem to just happen, while good habits are usually the result of considerable effort.

Some people act as if their habits were issued at birth and are not likely to ever change. There are a select few, however, who know and live by the truth: It is possible to learn good habits and unlearn bad ones,...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Keep Calm and Carry On

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Life is uncertain. We know that. What we don't want to admit is how quickly uncertainty can morph into fear, worry and panic.

Waking up to the words "global pandemic" has, for many of us, brought new meaning to uncertainty. And in all of this, we're supposed to keep calm? Carry on? Nice words, but how?


Fear leads to stress. ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Readers Ask: Lifestyle Switch, Silly Putty Removal and Membership Renewal

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Dear Mary: I am eager to be a stay-at-home mom to my 2-year-old. We are paying down the bills. Are there other things we need to be aware of in order to achieve this goal? What are some of the common mistakes working moms make when changing their lifestyles and wallets to be at home with the kids? -- N.R.

Dear N.R.: Your no. 1 priority is to ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Best Inexpensive Home Security System

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Several months ago, we had a serious home security wake-up call with the news of a home invasion in our sleepy town with a population of less than 20,000.

In the middle of the night, two young, hooded thugs went from house to house in a beautiful new development until they found an unlocked window. Once inside, they held the terrified ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Secondhand Clothes, First-Class Style

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Consignment shopping is an excellent way to purchase clothes for kids and babies. You can often fine brand-new clothes for less than one-third of the retail price. And most cities now have specialty consignment shops for babies, children and teens.

The consignment process is simple. If you are a seller, the store sets its criteria for accepting...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 9 Remarkable Ways to Use Blue Dawn Outside the Kitchen

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Take a look under the sink where you keep your cleaning products. Do you see a bottle of Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid? Well, say hello to a very versatile and surprisingly multipurpose household product.

Original Blue Dawn, a product of Procter & Gamble, was introduced in 1973. Since then, it has gone through several tweaks, changes and ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Best Inexpensive Can Openers

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A can opener. A simple tool that is mandatory for every kitchen. Whether you're a student living in a dorm, a world-class chef in a five-star restaurant or somewhere in between -- you need an easy, reliable way to open a can. That's about as basic as life gets. Why is it that something as simple as opening a can of food has become such a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Can't Get Your Hands on Hand Sanitizer? Make Your Own

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My mailbox has filled up the past couple of days with letters from readers who find themselves on the verge of Purell panic!

Purell is flying off the shelves as people are hoarding gel-based hand sanitizers in response to the new coronavirus. My sources report that hand sanitizer has mostly disappeared from store shelves in the U.S. as ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Meatballs Make Meals Manageable

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Dinnertime can be hard with hectic schedules, but planning ahead and having meals ready in your freezer is a lifesaver. Registered dietitian Brenda Ponichtera offers a great idea: delicious baked meatballs, frozen and ready for multiple recipes.


This recipe produces healthy, tasty and quick meatballs to serve now or freeze for ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The High Cost of Convenience

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Dear Mary: I work out at a gym regularly, and I like to drink a protein shake or smoothie afterward to optimize the benefits of my workout. Shakes and smoothies at the gym can run $4-$6 and more, but they sure are convenient. Do you have any suggestions for making my own when I get home without a lot of muss and fuss? I have a feeling I could ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: When Batteries Are Just Faking It

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Just when I think I've heard every possible way to save time and money every day, I open my mail to find new and clever ideas I'd never thought of. No doubt about it, I have the smartest readers in the world (good-looking, too!).


I learned this tip by accident, and it has saved me a bundle. If your kids are constantly in and out of ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Sneaky Ways to Save Big

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I blame it on my friend Kathleen that I caught the sneaky savings bug. One day, years ago, she told me her secret. Whenever she wrote a check, she'd enter an incorrect amount in the register by rounding up to the next dollar -- sometimes five. Once a year, she'd reconcile her account and discover, to her utter joy, enough "found" money in the ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Family Favorite Orange Chicken Recipe Three Ways

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For years, I've been searching for the perfect recipe for one of my family's favorite dishes: orange chicken. And then, wouldn't you know it, within a very short period of time, I found not one but three recipes that are quite different from one another, but all of them are simply to die for.

Two of these recipes have an Asian flair; the first ...Read more


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