Say No to Unnecessary Brand New School Supplies!

The following is a reprint of a previously published post. Enjoy! Why buy new? ...more

Five Frugal Things

I booked a motel room to stay in during my son’s two-day college orientation next month. He stays for free...more

Five Frugal Things

I relisted three things on Craigslist, started a new listing and sold five free pile half-pint jars to my local terrarium shop for $20. I also signed up for work shifts through mid-September. I reminded myself that even though my son’s college expenses seems high, having him away from home will save us some money ....more

Taking One For The Team

My older sister and I are dedicated non-wasters. We mend and repair, barely ever buy new and we watch our families’ food waste like a hawk. This means that our refrigerators are ripe rife with many small containers of leftovers just waiting to be consumed ....more

Five Frugal Things

I cashed in my Found Change Challenge jar as we’re...more

A Dream Home Inside a Nightmare House

I’ve had an anxiety dream on repeat ever since we bought our overwhelmingly difficult fixer-upper house in 1996. In this dream my husband and I buy a falling down house and put all of our time, money and energy into the house only to give up and sell it at a loss. The subsequent buyers do a...more

Five Frugal Things

Yesterday’s plans to visit a friend in Queens and grab delicious Indian food went kaput when she forgot about our plans and left town. The weather was hot and humid, which threw a haze over our normally keen decision making skills, so we ended up deciding to see a movie instead of some fabulous and envy-inducing NYC adventure. Instead we drove north of the city to New Rochelle, where we parked easily (and for free) and walked in the air conditioned bliss that is a summertime movie theater ....more

NYC Blog Reader Meetup is Today!

Just a quick reminder that the NYC Non-Consumer Advocate blog reader meetup is today at 6 P.M. at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park! I’m really looking forward to meeting you! Katy Wolk-Stanley “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” ...more

A Bit of Daily Life in NYC

Sorry to have left the blog dormant the past two days. I try not to let that happen too often, but daily life gets in the way and there’s simply no way I’m going to sit down at the computer to blog when I see my sister working to put a meal on the table and then work to get it cleaned up afterwards. Can’t be that type...more

Today I Am . . .

Today I am ...more