11 Ways Supermarkets Trick Us into Spending More

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2011

Shame on those sneaky grocers with their grocery store tricks. You probably know the one about them keeping the more expensive brands at eye level, but did you hear about the no dollar sign trick? Leaving the $ sign off Continue Reading

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9 Ways to Save Money on DIY Projects

By: Chrisjob May 20, 2011

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Spring is the time for working on home improvement projects. If you're thinking about stocking up on supplies for an upcoming improvement, or are finally feeling empowered to attack that to-do list, consider these ideas to save when DIYing.

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How to Become an Extreme Coupon-er

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2011

Have you heard about TLC's, "Extreme Couponing?" If not, here's a thumbnail: Savvy shoppers use coupons and loyalty cards to save hundreds of dollars on a single trip to the grocery store. Sounds like a great idea at first blush, but becoming an extreme couponer can unbelievably time consuming, and then there's the possibility of crossing the line to becoming an all-out hoarder. (When you reach that point, there's always "Hoarders".) But I digress. If you'd like to become an extreme coupon-er, check out these tips from consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. From getting started, to organization, to avoiding 'hoarderland', she has

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By: Diy maven Dec 17, 2010

Free Shipping Day

If you haven't heard by now, today is free shipping day. According to freeshippingday.com, a record 1,725 merchants are participating in this year's event, with delivery by Christmas Eve. FSD has a very user friendly website that lets you find merchants by categoryContinue Reading

How to Stop Wasting Food and Save $

By: Diy maven Oct 22, 2010

created at: 10/22/2010

In 1995, one study concluded, Americans threw out about 27% of edible food that year. According to a 2004 study by the University of Arizona, that figure increased to 50%. The waste is mind-boggling. Just think about it: ONE HALF of all the food fit for consumption may get thrown out. Extrapolated out to dollars and cents, the same study concludedContinue Reading

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More Money Makeovers

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2010

Remember the tiled penny floor? Paul from Dudecraft spotted these equally fan-tab-ulous makeovers using pocket change. Pictured above is for those of us who like brushed nickel Continue Reading

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5 Great Deals for Fall

By: Diy maven Aug 31, 2010

Budget Car Sales Inventory

Are you proud of the fact that you never pay full price for anything? Does getting a great deal make you a little giddy? If you've answered 'yes' to either of these questions, you might want to consider going shopping this fall for some of theContinue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Curbliers Speak!

By: Diy maven Jun 22, 2010

jacket image for Be Thrifty

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of our Be Thrifty Contest! Your volume of Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less from Workman Publishing is on its way. As one of the requirements to enter, we asked Curbly readers to submit their own thrifty tips. We accumulated so many, we decided to highlight the best of the best. Here they are!

From Amy: Buy at stores with generous return policies, that way if you buy on impulse, you know you canContinue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Living the Life of Leisure

By: Diy maven Jun 18, 2010

created at: 06/18/2010

Because we've done such good work at being thrifty this week, we're going to treat ourselves today and par-tay! Living the life of leisure might sound like an expensive proposition, but Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less tells us how to do just that. From travel, to gift giving, to weddings(!), the book's 'living the life of leisure' chapter covers innumerable leisurely activities. Today we'll thumbnail just a few. Again, all tips are provided by Be Thrifty.Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Your Cigarettes or Your Retirement Account

By: Diy maven Jun 17, 2010

Lucky Strike Cigarette Giclee Print

Yesterday we discussed the cost of going out to lunch. Today we turn to the cost of smoking cigarettes. We all know smoking is expensive, but sometimes seeing the figures in black and white reinforces just how much money goes...dare I say it? I dare....up in smoke.

Again, we refer to the entertaining an elucidating, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better for Less for our facts and figures. 

In 2009, the average price of a pack of cigarettes cost $4.35. Assuming you smoke one pack a day, we'll multiply that by 30 days in the month for a total of $130.50 Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Making a Case for the Brown-Bag Lunch

By: Diy maven Jun 16, 2010

created at: 06/16/2010

So far in our Be Thrifty series, we've covered the 'buy it' test as well as the rewards of being a handy householder.  Today we start a discussion about the cost of food. Namely, lunch. 

Be Thrifty. How to Live Better With Less makes a compelling argument for those of us who have not yet made the decision to bring our lunches to work. You might think buying a sandwich and a drink doesn't cost THAT much, and comparing it to a meal out with the family, it doesn't. However, if we break it down, we can see just how much that quick lunch is really costing you. Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: Become a Handy Householder

By: Diy maven Jun 15, 2010

created at: 06/15/2010

It has been said that 'If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.' Of course any respectable Curblier would argue that women should be handy too. Being so is imperative to living a thrifty lifestyle. Besides saving us oodles of cash on repair bills, we get those priceless rushes of self-sufficiency. Continue Reading

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How to Be Thrifty: The 'Should You Buy it Test'

By: Diy maven Jun 14, 2010

Today we officially kick off Be Thrifty week! Besides giving away three copies of the new title, Be Thrifty. How to Live Better with Less, the book's publisher, Workman Publishing, is graciously allowing us to feature ORIGINAL content from the very fun and timely frugal-living handbook.Continue Reading

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Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Three Free Copies of "Be Thrifty!"

By: Chrisjob Jun 14, 2010

created at: 03/02/2010

"It all starts with a penny." With that, welcome to a special series of posts all about thriving while cutting back on food, health, finances, entertainment, education, travel, clothing, pets, and special occasions.http://www.workman.com/products/covers/9780761156093.jpg

We'll be joined by the folks from Workman Publishing, who've just published "Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less," and who will not only offer special tips from the book to Curbly readers, but are gladly sharing aContinue Reading

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Top 5 Ways to Save Money

By: Diy maven Feb 25, 2010


Apparently, this week is America Saves Week, and to celebrate Daily Green put together five no-fail money-saving tips. Here's they are in a nutshell:

  1. Go on a fiscal fast. (Think of this as 'spending detox'.)Continue Reading
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18 Ways a New (or Old) Homeowner Can Save Money

By: Diy maven Aug 11, 2009

created at: 2009-08-11


Wether you're new to home ownership or not, there are some things you can do to save bucks. The cost-saving suggestions come to us from The Simple Dollar, and they're so good, I'm going to quote them directly. 

  1. Check the insulation in your attic - and install more if needed.
  2. Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (55 degrees Celsius).
  3. Toss a water heater blanket over that hotContinue Reading
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The Secret to Etsy Success

By: Diy maven Jul 20, 2009



Need to make some extra cash in these hard economic times? Maybe it's time to turn your hobbies into an income source via Etsy. To make your Etsy experience a successful one, let's turn to the advice of Kellbot who actually used to work for Etsy. 

  1. Take better photos.
  2. Make something people actually want.
  3. Make something other people aren't making.
  4. Build a cohesive line.
  5. Give up on the bad ideas and move to new and better ones.
  6. Take betterContinue Reading
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Save Money and find Peace by Embracing Artlessness

By: Diy maven Jun 26, 2009


Living an artlessness life. It's exactly opposite of what we encourage here at Curbly, right? Not necessarily. At least not when you consider the art of artlessness as 'living simply and naturally', as Zen Habits defines it. Continue Reading

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10 Ways to Save Money by Going Green.

By: Chrisjob Jan 06, 2009

It's hip, it's good for the environment, and even corporations like WalMart and Pepsi are getting into it...and, it can save you money. Inhabitots points out ten ways that living more eco-friendly can use less of the earth AND your resources.







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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

By: Chrisjob Nov 22, 2008

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

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