Is consumerism killing your budget?

What do you do when you see the soles of your shoes starting to look worn? Do you take them to a shoe repair shop that will fix them for less? Or do you simply replace them? The latter is exactly what consumerism wants you to do. Let me be the first to say I have never had a pair of shoes repaired. Though I do typically wear them until they nearly have holes in…

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5 Ways to be Frugal While Saving the Environment

Recently I read a post very similar to this one. Frugality and preserving the environment happen to be two things I am very passionate about, so I was compelled to present some ideas of my own. At the same time, I know I need to be better about some of these things. So, this is also a way to hold myself accountable in the areas in which I am slacking. It's really quite interesting because…

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Does being a penny pincher ever become irresponsible?

In a recent post, I discussed the idea that frugal living isn't everything. This is more or less synonymous with being a penny pincher. In other words, being frugal can help optimize your life, but it has its limitations. And even though this sort of post seems counter-intuitive to what this blog is all about, I'm going to expound upon this idea. Only this time, I'll take it in a slightly different direction. But first, let…

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Why you shouldn’t have to spend a lot (or at all!) to have fun

I don't know about you, but any time I go somewhere that involves paying for entertainment, one of the things I always notice is just how expensive everything always seems to be. Why would I spend that much!? Of course, I understand it to a point - they are there to make money, and everyone needs money. But when it's painfully obvious I am paying a lot more than what it costs to provide that service, all…

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Why waste money on coffee when you can make your own?

Something I always try to keep in mind when spending money, especially on products, is that if I am paying that money to a business to make that product, it always means it was produced for less than what I spent on it. Most of us understand this, but it's also oversimplifying, isn't it? For example, I probably couldn't make the clothing I wear as cheaply as the companies who make them, because they have…

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