Being Frugal Makes You More Appealing

Being Frugal Makes You More Appealing

According to a new ING Direct study, the word that most comes to mind when a hypothetical blind date partner is described as frugal is “smart.” Sadly, “sexy” only came to mind about 3.7% of the time, but at least you’ll have more chances: an eHarmony review commissioned by Ron Lieber at the New York Times “found that both men and women were 25 percent more likely to have a potential mate reach out to them if they identified themselves as a saver rather than a spender.” [More]

Woman Fights To Get 14 Cents Back

Woman Fights To Get 14 Cents Back

When Janet purchased $5 worth of long-distance calls nearly 10 years ago from TTI (which is now a subsidiary of Verizon), she wanted to squeeze every last bit of value out of her purchase. When the last 14 cents vanished from her account, she began a crusade to get her money back. She was laughed off, dismissed and put down, but she’s finally claimed victory, ABC 7 of San Francisco reports: [More]

Newly Frugal Behavior Is Permanent, Say Some Consumers

Newly Frugal Behavior Is Permanent, Say Some Consumers

A new study says that 26% of US consumers “have no plans to return to their free-spending ways,” which probably doesn’t sound like good news to retailers. Even worse (for retailers), about a third say they’ve become less loyal.

Poll Results: Our Significant Others Aren't Very Thrifty

Poll Results: Our Significant Others Aren't Very Thrifty

Two weeks ago we mentioned that Cognitive Daily was running an informal poll about thriftiness. Here at Consumerist, we like to take polls. We bumped up their response rate to over 5,000, far higher than what they usually get, and now they’ve posted the results. Apparently we all think we’re thriftier than everyone around us, especially our significant others, and the world wants to shop at the GAP. We bet the GAP is happy to hear that—too bad (for them) the poll was informal.

Surviving On 99-Cent-Store Food For A Week In NYC

Surviving On 99-Cent-Store Food For A Week In NYC

Henry Alford of the New York Times writes that sometimes he will “plop a can of chicken broth down on the checkout counter and think, ‘$2.19? For someone to boil chicken bones? I want that job,'” so he decided to try going a week with food from 99 cent stores in New York City.

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/21/laundry-detergent-is-expensive/

Laundry detergent is expensive. One “debt free” blogger has taken the time to mark up a detergent cap to show you how much product you’re probably wasting with every load. [No Credit Needed] (Thanks to J.C.!)