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A website called Gofobo gives out passes in many major cities. Here's how to claim yours.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 27, 2012 12:38PM
When I go to the movies, I prefer matinees. Double-digit ticket prices are not frugal. But I saw "Gone" on Thursday night without paying a dime.

No, I didn't sneak in.  

Become a mystery shopper, and banks and retailers will pay you to fib. All in the name of better customer service, of course.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 24, 2012 12:39PM
Steamed at the less-than-ethical antics of certain U.S. financial institutions? Here's one possible antidote: Sign up as a mystery shopper, request a banking assignment and get paid to lie through your teeth.

This may not change the bank's badness, but you might feel better after flinging a few falsehoods of your own. 

Got the broke-before-payday blues? This frugal hack can help.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 23, 2012 12:34PM

Checking account all but empty a day or two before payday? What a coincidence: Your fridge and your gas tank are empty, too.

Once again you raid the coin jar for enough specie to buy a gallon of gas to get to work, plus some breakfast milk and a loaf of bread for sandwiches.

Want to stop living like this? As soon as your paycheck clears, try this frugal hack:


Need an afternoon out? Bank of America is buying, at museums and other cultural centers across the country.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 22, 2012 12:42PM
Want a free ticket to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Shedd Aquarium, the Motown Museum, the Houston Zoo or the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum?

You might already have it. Check your wallet.  

Build a life with meaning by embracing a frugal ethos. You won't be sorry. And yes, you can still have fun.

By Donna_Freedman Feb 21, 2012 2:01PM
At first I was frugal because I had to be. Now I'm frugal because I want to be. And I want you to be frugal, too.

Relax: I'm not going to make you wash out Ziploc bags with homemade detergent and cold water. There's no One True Path to follow. You won't get kicked out of the movement if you forget your coupons.  


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Donna Freedman's Frugal Nation blog is for readers who want to live cheaply -- whether due to necessity or a lifestyle choice. It explores living sustainably and making life more meaningful at the same time.


Donna Freedman

Donna Freedman, a writer based in Anchorage, Alaska, writes the Frugal Nation blog for MSN Money. She won regional and national prizes during an 18-year newspaper career and earned a college degree in midlife without taking out student loans. Donna also writes about the frugal life for her own site, Surviving and Thriving.