Everyday Cheapskate from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 22 Jul 2019 23:45:17 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Everyday Cheapskate from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/everyday-cheapskate-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate a7777a101bb420d7efcdd96bda1d5898 How to Clean and Care for a Smooth Glass Cooktop for 07/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/how-to-clean-and-care-for-a-smooth-glass-cooktop Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a beautiful new electric smooth-top ceramic or glass cooktop. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">While a smooth-top beats a coil element-type cooktop in the style department, it requires a different kind of proactive care to keep it looking good while preventing discoloration and scratching.</span><p>Updated: Tue Jul 23, 2019</p> 211d335f799564dbcfc0487d8ac9a211 How to Make Your Own Furniture Polish for 07/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/how-to-make-your-own-furniture-polish Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some time ago, I got a request from EC reader Kelly for a recipe for homemade furniture polish. She said that she uses a lot of it and it was getting expensive.</p> <p>My first thought was, "Of course," and to suggest she time her purchases with furniture polish sales and then stock up. That was fresh on my mind, as I'd recently purchased a can of Pledge aerosol polish (reg. $5.49) for $1.50. What a deal! <p>Updated: Mon Jul 22, 2019</p> d786633888bdc2c5cf87585a437ce09d How to Use Home Chef Meal Kits to Cut Food Costs for 07/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/how-to-use-home-chef-meal-kits-to-cut-food-costs Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Faithful readers will recall that my husband and I tested, and now continue to enjoy, the popular meal kit delivery service Home Chef.</p> <p>Since first writing about it, many of you have shared creative, innovative and clever strategies you are using to enjoy this service and cut your overall food costs. </p> <p>Enjoy these great reader ideas.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> aa817ce7824ff2448218bb0d2fdf6ecb Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates -- and Not So Recent, Too! for 07/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/top-10-student-loan-tips-for-recent-graduates-and-not-so-recent-too Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Whether you just graduated, you're taking a break from school or you have already started repaying your student loans, these tips will help you keep your student loan debt under control. </p> <p>1. Know your loans.</p> <p>It's crucial that you keep track of the lender, balance and repayment status of each of your student loans. If you're not sure, ask your lender or visit NSLDS.ed.gov. You can log in and see all this information.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 17, 2019</p> 55dacb2ff80e78a931d4f23cc3ae09a8 How to Clean and Care for Hardwood and Laminate Floors for 07/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/how-to-clean-and-care-for-hardwood-and-laminate-floors Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Taking care of hardwood or laminate floors can be challenging given the everyday conditions of a family and pets. </p> <p>Generally, there are two types of residential wood flooring: real wood (solid or engineered) and laminate that is man-made to look like wood. </p> <p>Don't know what you have exactly? No worries. When it comes to cleaning wood floors (solid, engineered or laminate), the only thing you need to figure out is whether or not your floors have a finish. You don't really need to know the type of finish, just whether the floors have been treated to make them resistant to standing water, which is the enemy of all wood and wood-like floors.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 16, 2019</p> 794d57d1310bb76a4bb268d7b8ec66be What to Do With Leftover Green Salad (Don't Throw it Out!) for 07/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/what-to-do-with-leftover-green-salad-dont-throw-it-out Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If throwing out perfectly delicious leftover green salad were a crime, I'd be serving a life sentence.</p> <p>It kills me to do it, but until fairly recently, I had no idea there was a second life for a leftover green salad, dressed or not. Once tossed, passed and partially consumed, that's it, right? Wrong.</p> <p>SALAD DRESSING<p>Updated: Mon Jul 15, 2019</p> 7666bb76d5374f3a45a3de44b9b3ffbb How to Stop Worrying That Your Housing Bubble Is About to Burst for 07/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/how-to-stop-worrying-that-your-housing-bubble-is-about-to-burst Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>You bought the biggest home they said you could qualify for, taking advantage of low rates and creative financing. Who knew you could afford such a great house? </p> <p>But now, several years later, your low interest rate has disappeared, and the adjustable-rate mortgage that seemed like a good idea keeps pushing your payments higher. Or perhaps you took out a fixed-rate mortgage with an inflated interest rate due to your super low down payment.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> 4ac5ba377ed2fc00a929f9bcacc99709 The Costly Mistakes You Make with Your Choice of Shampoo for 07/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/the-costly-mistakes-you-make-with-your-choice-of-shampoo Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Come on ... 'fess up. You feel guilty using 99-cent shampoo because it's really bad for your hair. And anybody knows the $24 salon variety is so much better, especially for chemically treated hair, right? Wrong!</p> <p>I've got the facts to prove it and the truth to counteract lots of myths out there &#8212; plus some great tips to get you on the right path.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 10, 2019</p> 1f3a2dd51672231689cbec4c28d3358f Shopping With Cash Is Still the Best Way to Save Money for 07/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/shopping-with-cash-is-still-the-best-way-to-save-money Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When did you last hold a $50 bill in your hand? They look strange &#8212; faintly colored, graphically random.</p> <p>You should pick one up sometime to reacquaint yourself with something called U.S. currency. Look closely. It still reads, "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 09, 2019</p> 5f3a73f3374e8de0945954b9f05b0225 In a Pinch, You Can Use This for That for 07/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/in-a-pinch-you-can-use-this-for-that Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you ever discovered you're all out of a certain ingredient when you're in the middle of preparing a recipe? I hate when that happens. And I don't want to run to the store.</p> <p>For me, an unscheduled trip like that could easily cost $40, maybe more. That's just how impulsive I can be. I've learned that <span class="column--highlighted-text">when I'm in a pinch, I need a pinch hitter!</span><p>Updated: Mon Jul 08, 2019</p> 57031c50e24afac2cb93fdfb58a6b2b2 6 Kitchen Tools That Are a Complete Waste of Time and Money for 07/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/6-kitchen-tools-that-are-a-complete-waste-of-time-and-money Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Celebrity chef Alton Brown contends that a kitchen tool that does only one job is mostly useless. He calls anything like a garlic press, strawberry stem remover or hot dog steamer a "unitasker."</p> <p>His advice? <span class="column--highlighted-text">Don't waste your time and money on any kitchen tool if it is only good for one thing.</span><p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> d1230e9985c96d8fe65332750056bf53 7 Awesome Ways to Use Up Stale Bread with Delicious Results for 07/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/7-awesome-ways-to-use-up-stale-bread-with-delicious-results Wed, 03 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who doesn't wince at the thought of throwing out food that's past its prime? Take bread, for instance. It's no longer fresh. It's hard and dried out. Tossing it in the garbage does seem like the only thing to do.</p> <p>But wait! Provided it hasn't begun to grow mold, you really can turn leftover bread, rolls or baguettes into something deliciously awesome.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 03, 2019</p> 6976e8f7c49ced75e060499dde816102 9 Ideas for a Frugal (Not Cheap!) Wedding for 07/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/07/19/9-ideas-for-a-frugal-not-cheap-wedding Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I get a lot of mail on the subject of weddings. I get stories of joy, tales of woe, great ideas and even a blooper from time to time.</p> <p>In 27 years, I cannot recall a single time I've heard from a bride or groom saying they wished they'd spent more money on their wedding.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 02, 2019</p> 29d8a64f2b96d14f92b6da0e7bf3ed3a Weird Ways to Earn Money on the Side for 07/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/weird-ways-to-earn-money-on-the-side-62f48 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Recently, while brainstorming with a reader who needed to supplement her full-time job, I made a quick list of the ways I've done that in my life. I wanted to help her discover what she does well that others might pay her to do. </p> <p>PROCESS SERVER<p>Updated: Mon Jul 01, 2019</p> 0635d3790e5f91f10d6d00f22375f16d This Is How to Make Cut Flowers Last Twice as Long for 06/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/this-is-how-to-make-cut-flowers-last-twice-as-long Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Whether they come from your garden, from the market or as a gift, you can persuade cut flowers to remain beautiful for at least a week &#8212; maybe two, or even longer &#8212; when you are careful to follow a few fabulous flower secrets.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The first thing is to know the enemy. Actually, there are two: bacteria and drought.</span> Defeat both and your flowers will last and last. You will be amazed!<p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> facc429f6f1207e8c5b0104a10adc895 How to Donate to Do Good and Declutter for 06/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/how-to-donate-to-do-good-and-declutter Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Have you ever wondered if the stuff in your house secretly reproduces itself in the dark of night? I'm nearly convinced that's the case in my home. I do know the problem.</p> <p>We get new stuff but don't remove an equal amount of old stuff to make room for it. And I'm not talking about useless trash.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 26, 2019</p> 9a02749ed5c5bee86cb2d02b74ad4220 Retail Panic for Some Means Job Security to Others for 06/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/retail-panic-for-some-means-job-security-to-others Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm not proud of myself for loading up a shopping cart and then, in some kind of retail panic attack, leaving it in the aisle and fleeing the store. Well, maybe I am a little. </p> <p>It was about the most impulsive (repulsive, perhaps) thing I've done in some time. And it's all because, despite how far I've come, I'm still me. And I just happened to be in the area. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 25, 2019</p> 9ba57787eacffc39074f7dd19140b56e 10 Ways to Save Money Eating Out at Restaurants for 06/24/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/10-ways-to-save-money-eating-out-at-restaurants Mon, 24 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The average American household spends most of its money &#8212; 62% of an average $56,000 in annual expenditures &#8212; on just three things: housing, transportation, and food," says Business Insider. If you want to cut costs and save money, food is the place to start.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Reducing restaurant visits and increasing your home-cooked meals is a surefire way to cut food costs. </span>And when you do opt to eat out, here are 10 realistic, ethical and pretty awesome ways to keep your tab lean!<p>Updated: Mon Jun 24, 2019</p> 7a21e279971c38d309a4fea569e777b5 13 Ways to Use Vinegar that Will Surprise You! for 06/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/13-ways-to-use-vinegar-that-will-surprise-you Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's cheap. It's available in every supermarket and home center in the universe. And<span class="column--highlighted-text"> it's so useful around your home you may have a difficult time believing it. </span>That's the power of white vinegar &#8212; the same vinegar you cook with and pour on your salad!</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> b10d3a2ad50b4abd80d64ec5d726b8ed 5 Reasons to Give Kids an Allowance for 06/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/everyday-cheapskate/06/19/5-reasons-to-give-kids-an-allowance-192fa Wed, 19 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>At the foundation of your children's financial intelligence should be this undeniable truth: It is not the amount of money you have but what you do with it that matters.</p> <p>This is true for a child managing a $5-a-week allowance or a corporate executive with a $5,000-a-week salary. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 19, 2019</p>