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  • Speaking to Ladies Who Lunch about Frugalness (*not an actual word)
    on Apr 19, 2015
    This week I'm meeting with a lunch group who invited me to talk about "frugalness." So I've drafted this questionnaire of Markers You Will Find Along the Road to Financial Freedom. It's funny how you (well, me, that is) can be so inspi...
  • $35K for dinner and a Ford Escort in the garage
    on Jan 13, 2012
    I love me a "remarkably frugal" half-billionaire. And turns out this guy lives a few blocks from me! President Obama attended three huge money-making funders in Chicago yesterday, one of them near my house (I know this because of the traff...
  • It's the Stuff You Can't Have
    on Oct 4, 2011
    I'm telling you, it's all about the stuff you can't have. I opened an email five minutes ago from my friend Krista who is in the Philippines with her husband and four children for a few months. She writes, "We are all dreaming of cheese. There a...
  • I'm Calling Myself Out + A cheap Starbucks Frapp this week
    on May 12, 2011
    Hey folks, this proves just how very cheap I am--were it not previously obvious. (And another reason that I am actually very far from broke, so probably should go about changing my moniker from Broke Girl to something like Rich Girl, except for I'm...
  • $10 for $20 of items at Barnes & Noble, in-store or online
    on Feb 4, 2011
    Today's Chicago Groupon features $10 for $20 worth of toys an games, books and more at Barnes & Noble. The Fine PrintExpires Apr 10, 2011 Limit 1/person. Limit 1/trans. Valid in-store or online. Valid on sale items. Groupon value reduces by $1...
  • 79 Free Christmas Music Downloads from Amazon.com
    on Dec 14, 2010
    Broke Girl loves a good Christmas Carol or seventy-nine. She (little known factoid), is a music composer and arranger herself, and knows a thing or two about wanting to collect royalties on her musical works. But when Amazon.com has a bevy of compo...
  • Random corn stalks in the city
    on Oct 30, 2010
    We're not certain whether neighbors (in a rather upscale co-op building) in Chicago's Gold Coast are looking for ways to cut back on their food bill; whether aliens or high winds planted corn seeds in random little spots of soil around town, or if th...
  • I Paid $1.00 for one cigarette tonight
    on Oct 27, 2010
    Broke girl knows value when she sees it. A neatly-dressed man mumbled something in my direction as I stepped up to the door of a 7-Eleven store tonight. "What did you say?" figuring him for a beggar wanting cash. He spoke louder, "D...
  • Somewhere on route 12 or Route 20 in NW Indiana Dune Territory
    on Oct 5, 2010
    In a sketchy stretch of northwest Indiana where Gary kind of grinds down and the road stretches into mile after mile of closed-down businesses, shuttered shrimp-shacks, and the occasional liquor store, there is a little spot where a bit of renewal ap...
  • The Facade: Things are Not as They Seem
    on Oct 2, 2010
    Facade |fəˈsäd| (also façade) noun: • figurative -- an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or creditable reality : her flawless public facade masked private despair ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Like a gawker at a bad acciden...
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