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  • Emily Guy Birken
    Emily Guy Birken wrote a new blog entry:
    • Wed at 9:02 AM
  • Stretcher  Brandy
    Stretcher Brandy Looking to spend less? Find expenses you can cut
    The Dollar Stretcher Social - Cutting Expenses
    • Wed at 7:24 AM
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    • Wed at 5:37 AM
  • Stretcher  Brandy
    Stretcher Brandy Make peace with simple and frugal living by learning to live with your small space
    The Dollar Stretcher Social - Living With Your Small Space
    • Mon at 7:52 AM
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    • Mon at 3:09 AM
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  • Stretcher  Brandy
    Stretcher Brandy Have a frugal Thanksgiving this year
    The Dollar Stretcher Social - A Frugal Thanksgiving
    • October 24
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    • October 23
  • Emily Guy Birken
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    • October 22
    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench I think a lot of people tend to confuse frugality with simplicity or minimalism, and really they're quite different ideas (though there's a lot of overlap). Minimalism is about *less*: less earning, less spending, less work, less stuff. Frugality is about...  more
      • October 26
    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench Since my primary goal is getting more out of what I have rather than just having less, I don't see getting rid of stuff as an end in itself. Instead, it's a means to an end: making room for something else that matters more. So if I have a sweater in my cl...  more
      • October 26
    • Emily Guy Birken
      haverwench (Argh, I hate these tiny text boxes). Amy Dacyczyn (all hail the Frugal Zealot!) wrote about this in the Tightwad Gazette, saying that while it's not possible to be too frugal, you can create problems when frugality gets out of balance. Hoarding is an exa...  more
      • October 26
    • Emily Guy Birken
      Carmina This will be interesting to follow. I couldn't do an item a day because when I start to declutter, I have to do it big, on entire room or the whole closet, etc. I read decluttering articles every so often and then my urge begins. I try to be realistic &qu...  more
  • Stretcher  Brandy
    Stretcher Brandy Best of the forums' tips and recipes for Halloween
    The Dollar Stretcher Social - Best of Halloween Tips and Recipes
    • October 22
  • Lisa Rudolph
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    • October 22
  • Stretcher  Brandy
    Stretcher Brandy Read a Halloween cozy..FREE!
    The Dollar Stretcher Social - A Free Halloween Cozy
    • October 20
  • Lisa Rudolph
    Lisa Rudolph wrote a new blog entry:
    • October 20
  • susan
    susanStretcher Brandy: hiĀ  I have been trying to get on here for sometime are my hellos and posts not going through
    • October 19
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    • October 17