Debt Reduction

Weekly Article Roundup

First off – thank you kindly for the nice comments regarding my husband’s recent promotion.

Now back to business … I’ve been stocking up some articles recently (I started stocking them for a Jan. 16th blog post that didn’t get written … so some of these might be moldy, but still relevant.). Here goes:

Here’s something random that ties in with laundry – “How Often Should You Wash Your Jeans” from a Time magazine blog. According to the little blurb, an exec from Levi Strauss & Co., said “The less people wash their jeans, the better their jeans become.”

All together now: “Ewwwww.” OK – I get it … things tend to weaken, the more that you wash them. And hell – when I was in college, I used to brag that my jeans could walk themselves to the washer when it came time to clean ’em, but now that I’m in my 30s and have a washing machine that I don’t need to plug quarters into – I like to wash my jeans after two to three wearings. Or four. Sometimes five if I’m really digging a pair of jeans. has become one of my favorite culinary blogs. And every once in awhile, it will have a nugget of wisdom that’s appropriate for my frugal life. This particular tip involves one of my favorite foods – cheese. Frequently, you can score little odds and ends of cheese at stores like Whole Foods or even your regular supermarket. These are the “ends” of cheese that are left after a hunk of cheese is carved up into parcels for sale. I’ve found that it’s a really good way to try really expensive cheese that I’m not willing to pay $12 a pound for. I feel gourmet, yet virtuous at the same time.

I was just telling my husband that I’m already dreaming of gardening this spring and summer. In the event that I cannot wait that long, The Cheap Vegetable Gardener has a way to do your own hydroponic set-up for basil. At your office. I love this idea in theory. In reality, I already have enough crap on my desk and basil would just be overkill.

This column is from the Wall Street Journal and is entitled “Why Rich Parents Don’t Matter.” Good food for thought.

Have a wonderful week, friends.

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2 thoughts on “Weekly Article Roundup

  1. I’ve actually read similar articles about jeans – apparently one of my cousins didn’t wash his jeans for an entire semester, and when his mom finally confronted him about it, he started doing research and finding all this stuff backing him up. I don’t know if I’d go a whole semester, but if you shower and put on clean underthings every day, there are some pretty good arguments for not overwashing jeans.

  2. Jeans: Not when the back drags on the ground or gets full of salt from the roads is it good to go a whole semester! I’m guilty of not washing mine enough because I usually only own 1 pair at a time.

    Thekitchn: of course, being a former AT writer, I’m partial to this site…but caveat emptor when it comes to the cheese, at least as a frugal shopper! I used to love treating myself to the little bits, and it can be a good option if you want just a little treat every so often, but they still can really add up, being $2 or $3, if you get a couple, that can start to add up! I had to give it up when my budget got tighter, but I still treat myself to a good hunk of cheese every so often (parrano is the bestest!!). But it’s still true that it’s a good way to try a small amount before sinking in a chunk.

    However, did you also know that you can ask for a sample at places like Whole Foods, even if there aren’t any out? And at the co-ops and WF, if there isn’t a quantity you want out (say you only want 1/2 or 2/3rds of what is averagely wrapped up for a certain type), you can ask them to cut it for you, and then you only pay for what you really need/want, which can be a way to save money on expensive cheese.

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