The Cheapest New Car Sold in the U.S.

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.

Barter Bonanza

Swapping your stuff for someone else’s has never been easier. There are now fairly simple ways to barter for home appliances, video games, clothes, even car leases and the services of accountants and hair dressers.

Runner Trend: Going Barefoot

A small but growing number of runners are going au naturel from the shin down. Running barefoot, they say, feels better and is better for you, your feet, your joints, everything. It’s also a fairly obvious way to cut back on the cost of footwear.

Can’t Somebody Save Saturn?

I have a soft spot in my heart for Saturn. The first new car I could truly call my own was a bare bones Saturn SL. The sticker price was around $11,000, and with Saturn’s original no-hassle-no-haggling policy, I happily paid the sticker price. I delivered pizzas and drove cross-country in that super reliable, unsexy, no-A/C vehicle, and …

Are You Born a Cheapskate?

The experience of living through the Great Recession will forever change the way we spend. It will create a generation of cheapskates. Or so the thinking goes. But will folks who are new to thrift really stick with it? Can the currently frugal-chic environment truly change people into less buy-crazed consumers? Or is being a …

Q&A with Clothing Swap Expert Wendy Tremayne

Wendy Tremayne is the founder of Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a hub for clothing swaps around the country. In a Q&A with The Cheapskate Blog, she discusses ways to spruce up old clothes and discarded textiles in the swaps’ DIY workshops, along with lots of tips that are certainly new to me. Example: Bras can be easily transformed into great water …

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