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Last week a friend said something interesting. "If you sit in a barbershop long enough, sooner or later you'll get a haircut." It came up again this week when I was doing an interview with Amy Spencer who was working on an article for an online magazine called "The Nest" http://www.thenest.com/. She asked how people could save money on their computer. My first response was to turn it off. I was only partially kidding.

I know a lot of people who spend their time surfing ebay or amazon. And if you surf ebay long enough sooner or later you'll be the winning bidder. The same thing with Amazon or any other shopping site. (for whatever it's worth, it's also true of shopping channels on TV or infomercials or hanging around the mall - sooner or later you'll pick up the phone and spend some money.)

So I guess my question is how much time do you spend in the barbershop? If you hang out there regularly don't be surprised if sooner or later you get a haircut!



Published Jan 10 2008, 01:20 PM by Gary
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Meredith_from_Merchant_Ships said:

Gary, it's so exciting to see you blogging!  I know I've always wondered about the more personal side of the Internet's favorite frugal guy.

Your site gave me such a boost when I first began my blog.  

Have you considered adding your URL to the Frugal Hacks blogroll?  


January 12, 2008 9:30 AM

jfe said:

Hi Gary, this is a good one. At my husband's barbershop where he goes, sometimes i will go in and wait for him. Recently, they elected the next president, started the hanging noose back, broke rocks, etc. without leaving the room. Ha. Good job done waiting for that haircut.

January 14, 2008 12:56 AM

Gary said:

Meredith is right. I should add my URL to Frugal Hacks. (Hopefully today).

Not that much to say about the personal side of me. I've always felt that The Dollar Stretcher was about everyone involved. From the very beginning I was convinced that a group of readers knew more than I did about the various areas of frugal living. No matter how big my ego was, I couldn't possible know (or even learn) all the answers. Fortunately readers have been willing to contribute since day one. And I've always believed that's what makes us valuable.

January 14, 2008 2:19 PM

Cheryl said:

I'm thrilled to find your blog on here!  My husband and I love this site, and have since I "discovered" it back in 97!

I'm a geek through and through. Been on the net since the days of per minute charges for internet access. Higher during business hours! I'm definitely more frugal now, thanks mostly to this site.

I can attest to the fact that Gary encourages everyone to contribute. I've contributed a few tips, and even when one wasn't accepted, I was still made to feel important!

Glad to be here!

January 16, 2008 10:30 AM

The Dollar Stretcher said:

How many of you have heard the term 'shopping therapy'? That's when you go shopping to make

January 28, 2008 3:45 PM

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For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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