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The Cheapster's Elegant Wardrobe Print E-mail
(5 votes, average 4.40 out of 5)
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Written by the frugal nomad   
Friday, 02 October 2009 15:59
Nobody has yet figured out how socks manage to disappear somewhere in the wash cycle. Some people are convinced that they actually make their escape from the dryer. My contacts in the sock underworld tell me that the Sock Lobby pressures appliance manufacturers to build in secret escape routes. I’m not buying it. I think they’re specially trained by the sock industry because every time you lose a single sock – you might as well lose the other pair. That means a whole bunch of people showing up to buy replacement socks.
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The Impulse is Your Demise Print E-mail
(5 votes, average 4.20 out of 5)
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Written by Azn Frou-Frou Gal   
Friday, 02 October 2009 11:48

When you're in sales, whether at the department store perfume counter or at the auto dealership, the single most profitable person you will have is the impulse buyer.  Salespeople absolutely love impulse buyers.  When the desire is high, rational thinking goes out the window.  If you are going to learn how to be cheap, get ready to control your impulses and keep a rational mind.

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Pre-Pay that Gym Membership Print E-mail
(3 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)
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Written by Omie Ismail   
Friday, 04 September 2009 10:05

Gyms have made a mint on automatic monthly withdrawals coupled with member non-attendance.  The vast majority of people get on these monthly plans for $19, $29, $39, or even $120 a month!  It doesn't seem like much (ok $120 a month seems pretty damn un-cheap to me).  Oftentimes gyms don't even mention that they have annual or multi-year plans that can save you a bundle.  Not too surprising given that 70% of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck.

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