9780740785337

Bargain Junkie Living the Good Life on the Cheap

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  • ISBN13:

    9780740785337

  • ISBN10:

    0740785338

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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Summary

Forget fashionistas. Meet the bargainista. Annie Korzen is a thrifty woman with expensive tastes. Raised by an immigrant mother who reused tea bags, Annie learned early on how to be an economista.InBargain Junkie, Korzen shares her hilarious tales from the trenches--the garage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, rummage sales, and online auctions. Korzen haggles, scrimps, saves, and stretches her dollars and her imagination so she can afford to travel, dress well, and eat out whenever possible.Whether she's getting a cardiovascular workout at the store, getting revenge on a yard sale con artist, or eating herself sick at the free green room buffet before appearing onThe Oprah Winfrey Show, Annie is the ultimate bargainista.

Author Biography

Annie Korzen is a writer/performer whose humorous essays have been printed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications. She has also delivered humorous commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition. She co-wrote the feature film Nobody's Perfect. Annie played two different characters on Seinfeld: the recurring Doris Klompus and an obnoxious airplane passenger. She has also played obnoxious characters on ER, Judging Amy, Hannah Montana, and others, and can be seen as John Turturro's obnoxious mother in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. She is married to Danish film producer Benni Korzen (Babette's Feast, Forever Plaid, etc.). She thinks he is a real bargain!

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Acquiring Stuffp. 1
Things Don't Really Make Us Happy-Or So They Sayp. 2
Bargainista Fashionistap. 4
Shopping to Stay Fitp. 18
A Frugalista's Revengep. 19
Labels: I Don't Promote Them, and I Don't Believe Themp. 22
Bargaining: Dos and Don'tsp. 25
Giveawaysp. 28
Recyclingp. 35
House Beautifulp. 39
Renting Versus Owningp. 40
The Weekend Housep. 45
Interior Designp. 48
Art and Collectiblesp. 54
How Does My Garden Grow?p. 60
Modern Conveniences-Sometimesp. 66
Utilitiesp. 71
Lifestylep. 75
Restaurantsp. 76
If You Have to Cookp. 84
Let Me Entertain Youp. 91
Trippingp. 98
More Trippingp. 105
Free Entertainmentp. 115
The Parent Trapp. 124
It's a Giftp. 137
Less Is Morep. 148
Transportationp. 151
Getting Help from the Prosp. 157
Gyms: Are They Really Necessary?p. 158
The Shop Around the Corner: Local Merchantsp. 161
Technophobiap. 163
Beauty Businessp. 166
Health Carep. 169
Other People's Moneyp. 173
Friends with Benefitsp. 174
Sharing the Wealthp. 186
Barteringp. 191
Nickel and Dimingp. 195
Turning Garbage into Moneyp. 196
Some People Are Just Too Cheapp. 198
Extreme Casesp. 204
Success Storyp. 207
Last Wordsp. 209
Pop Quiz: Are You a True Bargainista?p. 210
You, Too, Can Earn Money at Homep. 212
I Go on Oprah, or, a Frugalista Regretsp. 214
Drawbacks to the Frugalista Lifestylep. 216
Wastelandp. 219
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