A town in the suburbs of Boston needs an overgrown meadow cleared. Rather than hiring a landscaping service to mow it, the town has “employed” some workers who will do the job only in exchange for food. A pilot program has half-a-dozen goats chomping away at the meadow.
Death is inevitable. Being buried in a nice cemetery plot—or any plot for that matter—is not.
Public libraries are obviously great: Books, DVDs, and more are there for the borrowing, free of charge. Now there are ways to get more out of the library without actually going to the library.
Forgive the alliteration. Wal-Mart is squaring off against Amazon.com in a price war that has brought new books by best-selling author like Stephen King and Sarah Palin (OK, she doesn’t have a best-seller yet, but will soon) below the $10 mark.
In terms of Halloween outfits, you can go cheap and easy, or put a little money into a costume that’ll last. Or you can play off what’s in the news (the recession!) with a clever, timely costume like a Pyramid Scheme, a Bear Market, a Repo Man, a Job Seeker, or, scariest of all, Bernie Madoff. Warning: not appropriate for children.
Poorly-crafted homemade Halloween costumes can be a little sad. The results just don’t wind up looking like the ones in the magazine photos. Some of the cheap store-bought costumes are likely to rip before the kid’s candy sack is one-quarter full.
Are you lazy? Cheap? Prone to procrastination? All of the above? If so, one or these easy and inexpensive costume ideas may be right for you or your kids.
After a trial run, Wal-Mart is planning on selling Straight Talk Tracfone phones around the country. The prepaid phones do NOT have long-term contracts—no worries about about ETFs (early termination fees)—and come with monthly plans that start at $30.
You’d think that a credit card customer who pays his or her bill on time is a good customer. But these customers don’t make the banks and credit card companies money—at least not enough of it.
Cheapskate? There’s an app for that. Lots and lots of them, actually. There are iPhone apps that will plot a busy day of hitting yard sales, produce coupons for instant discounts at supermarkets, shops, and restaurants, do price comparisons and summon product reviews while you’re mulling the options inside a store, and even help you trim …
It has a sticker price under $11,000, runs on a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine, and gets 36 mpg on the highway. And surprise, surprise: It’s not made by an American car manufacturer.
“Chicken broth is the frugal cook’s best friend.” That nugget of wisdom and others come up in a conversation with Lara Starr, a.k.a. the Frugal Foodie.