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  • I finished my book!

    I've been working on a book on thrifty living for a couple of years, and this month I actually finished it. When my income dropped sharply in 2009 I had to change how I spent money and how I lived. This could easily have felt like “Oh crap, I don’t have enough money, this is awful.” Because I made...
    Posted to Forum by reader99 on Tue, Jan 21 2014
  • Online greeting cards are much less expensive than those sent by mail.

    I haven’t crossed the bridge yet and continue to send cards through the postal system. However, I have found a way to reduce the cost of the cards. Our family has been saving greeting cards for a number of years. I have reasons for doing this. Here are some: · Looking through old cards reminds us of...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Fri, Dec 13 2013
  • When do you start stocking up on school supplies?

    Today I was reading the paper. I turned the pages past the front page, sports, business, variety and other pages. Then I looked into the ads. There were all sorts of things for sale. Suddenly I saw ads for the upcoming school year. I started thinking about this and wondered when people started assembling...
    Posted to Forum by Lori Blatzheim on Sun, Jul 14 2013
  • Senior discounts

    A month ago I read an article in a Minneapolis newspaper. The title was “Do seniors deserve that senior discount?” Examples of discounts presented included; movies, restaurant meals, rental cars, airline tickets, hotel rooms, train, bus tickets. A comment was made that “most of us (seniors) are doing...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Sun, Jul 7 2013
  • Have you ever worn second hand clothes? Have you ever visited a second hand clothing store?

    For many years I have purchased a large number of garments and accessories. Most of these were bought with the help of coupons. Occasionally I have gone to a second hand store to see what was available. I did purchase jewelry and an occasional jacket. I have worn them all. It occurred to me that the...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Mon, Jun 10 2013
  • Virtual Thrift Club; how does it work, how can it help people?

    On Easter Sunday I decided to try something different with the Virtual Thrift Club site. I invited the audience to write about strategies they have used that are near and dear to them. Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century. My name is Lori Blatzheim and I...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Sat, Apr 13 2013
  • Nature creates a reason to explore

    Learn about the world, the whole world. Leave a fast moving society. Appreciate your outdoor environment. Welcome to Thrifty Living Today a special way of life for the Twenty-first Century. My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host. I once was a worker rushing about. My day required preparation, transportation...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Thu, Mar 7 2013
  • I shopped too much, I shopped too fast

    I have come to the realization that “Black Friday” gets to us all, eventually. Welcome to Thrifty Living Today, a special way of life for the Twenty-first Century. My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host. On 11/23/2012, I decided to avoid, the evening before and early morning mayhem of, Black Friday...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Thu, Nov 29 2012
  • Do you have Black Friday where you live?

    Hello Everyone, This is the latest experiment I have done on trying to place photos on the Virtual Thrift Club Site. What you are looking at is my kitchen counter. I am weighing the advertisements that showed up, in one divided block of paper, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Last Thanksgiving, I weighed...
    Posted to Forum by Lori Blatzheim on Sun, Nov 25 2012
  • Black Friday: is it worth it?

    Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century. My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host. Why do people line up in advance to attend the Black Friday Sales? We live in Minnesota. It snowed last night. Many people spent the night outside stores they were going...
    Posted to Weblog by Lori Blatzheim on Fri, Nov 23 2012
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