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The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2d ago

Five Frugal Things

After writing that I was happy to not spend the night at work due to inclement weather, I ...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 5d ago

Five Frugal Things

Those of us in endlessly icy Portland have been going stir crazy, so I invited my mother and step father over for dinner as they hadn’t driven anywhere since last Wednesday. Although our mea...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 6d ago

Five Frugal Things

I remembered that I had a nice Gap boy’s coat that I’d picked up last summer as a garage sale leftovers freebie. New ones sell for up to $105, so I listed mine for $20 and hope to do a quick...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 1w ago

Five Frugal Things

I’ve had a crazy couple of days, as Portland was gifted with a foot of snow that essentially shut down our quirky city. However, as a hospital based labor and delivery nurse my workplace can’t exactly put up a “closed for inclement weather” sign. All...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 1W ago

Five Frugal Things

After a weekend of iced over roads, I finally drove my younger son back to college. He had to switch dorm rooms, which unfortunately means he’s now in a teeny tiny room as opposed to the 3-p...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 1W ago

Five Frugal Things

My husband I accidentally both defrosted some nice roast beef, so I decided to serve French dip for dinner. Unfortunately we were out of yeast, so I texted my friend/neighbor Lise to ask if ...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

Could You Do a No Buy January?

This blog post first appeared over at ClarkHoward.com. January 1st is an opportunity for a clean slate, and for most people that means the traditional new year’s resolution to eat less, exer...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

Eight Frugal Things – Birthday Edition

Yesterday was my 49th birthday, which prompted my family of four to brave the cold and wind for my Birthday Day of Adventures. We’re laughably broke since we just paid $15,500 for our sons’ ...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

The Found Change Challenge Total For 2016 Was . . .

Every year I save found change in a jar to pour into my credit union’s free coin counting machine. I call it The Found Change Challenge. Some years have been as high as $56.54, (which was sk...
The Non-Consumer Advocate · 2W ago

Five Frugal Things

My son independently went though his room and decided to get rid of a large number of clot...