frugality

How the American Dream Is Keeping Us Broke

She lived in New York City, worked as a waitress and model, and saved almost $500,000 before turning 30. Her secret? It's the one that keeps the really wealthy in the money.

Should You Save or Earn Your Way Rich?

It's a contentious personal finance debate: To stay out of debt and get rich, should we focus on controlling our small purchases, or put most of our effort into making the big gains in areas like earnings? DailyFinance asks three of the Web's most popular personal finance bloggers for their views.

The Frugal Auteur: How Roger Corman Makes Cheap Great

What's the cheapest thing B-movie maestro Roger Corman ever did in the movie biz? Find out in our interview with the penny-pinching master of the low-budget film, who's in Cannes to promote a documentary about himself, "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel."

You Know You're Too Frugal When...

Jim Dailakis realized he was taking frugality too far by saving a few dollars riding the bus and subway to work in New York City, despite the...

10 Offbeat Ways to Be Frugal

When "frugal fatigue" becomes a part of the lexicon and millionaire celebrities find it hip to brag about clipping coupons or not buying diamonds,...

Surviving an Accidental Retirement

Lots of folks have reached retirement by surprise, thanks to the Great Recession. So, if you're scrambling to come up with a Plan B and plug the financial gap created by an unexpectedly early end to your career, here are some good ideas.

From Colorado Springs: Lessons for America's Budget-Cutters

Some communities question if they can function along the Spartan economic guidelines touted by Tea Party activists. One place those municipal leaders might want to examine is Colorado's second-largest city. It's a laboratory in draconian fiscal conservatism.

Consumer Debt Jumps, But Credit Card Use Falls

U.S. consumers appear to be getting bit less frugal: The amount of consumer credit in use unexpectedly rose in October for the second straight month. But the whole rise came from non-revolving debt, which includes auto loans and personal loans, while revolving debt, which includes credit cards, plunged.

More Gen Xers Are Pinching Pennies, Harris Poll Shows

A recent poll shows that penny-pinching is still on the rise in the wake of the Great Recession: 62% of American surveyed are buying more generic brands, and 45% are brown-bagging lunch to save cash. Moreover, the direction of the poll numbers suggests permanent changes in the way Americans spend.

Book review: In Cheap We Trust

In her book In Cheap We Trust, author Lauren Weber deftly lays out America's bipolar relationship with thrift. At times, the message of 'economic...