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Car Camping without the Campground

Campgrounds can be great.  If you are partying with a large group, bringing small kids, or enjoying the campground's amenities, they are worth it.  On the other hand, there are several reasons to try camping without the campground. If you are just getting into camping, campgrounds are like training wheels.  Once you are familiar with … Continue reading Car Camping without the Campground

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How to Enjoy Being Cheap

I wish that more people could learn how to enjoy being cheap. I have been listening to the Dave Ramsey Show quite a bit lately, and I agree with his financial advice in general.  If you are unfamiliar with Ramsey, he explains how "debt is dumb" and tells people that they should "live like no … Continue reading How to Enjoy Being Cheap

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The Tao of Cheap: What Taoism Teaches about Money

Discovering the Tao of Cheap I recently came across the concept of the three jewels of Taoism accidentally.  The monk training "Grasshopper" in season 1, episode 8 of Kung-Fu (1973) refers to the three jewels, the second of which is "...frugality, that I might show generosity to others."  This allusion encouraged me to investigate Taoism … Continue reading The Tao of Cheap: What Taoism Teaches about Money

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Is Aldi worth an extra trip?

Aldi is worth an extra shopping stop. Philosophers and pundits have pondered the question "Is Aldi worth an extra trip?" since time immemorial. There are lot of expenses in your life that you cannot control.  However, The cost of groceries is not one of them.  Even though Americans are very fortunate in that we spend a … Continue reading Is Aldi worth an extra trip?

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Insights into Willpower and Spending

Willpower and spending One of my Cheapist thrills is my public library.  I rarely set foot inside, but I download e-books and audio books regularly.  I have been listening to The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal.  She illuminates why … Continue reading Insights into Willpower and Spending

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Spend less on TV: How to survive cutting the cord

Should You Cut the Cord to spend less on TV? It depends on what you value.  I think most people would like to spend less on TV, but many never take the time to calculate what they spend on subscription TV, streaming services, and premium add-ons.  Add up what you are spending and think about … Continue reading Spend less on TV: How to survive cutting the cord

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The Cheapest Way to Have a Smartphone

I may have been the last person in Philadelphia with a flip phone, because I was unsure of the cheapest way to have a smartphone. I was mocked at work and on the street.  Little kids driving their big-wheels would stop to stare at me (and take pictures with their smartphones).  My neighbor thought it … Continue reading The Cheapest Way to Have a Smartphone