'Pay what you can' shows are a boost to the entertainment budget.
I don't expect a dollar to fund my dream. But I won't sweat an occasional greenback spent on the weekly drawing.
The silver lining of the downturn is that more people are learning to live within their means, he says.
One recession lesson seems to be that experiences provide more joy than things. But will it stick?
On a tight budget? You can probably still give. I am, and I did.
Our blogger is hooked on hoofing it. She's saving money, too.
You didn't ask for them. They show up anyway. Time to get creative.
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