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Dr. Penny Pincher

Joined 23 months ago from Iowa, USA. Last activity 2 weeks ago.

The reason for the name Dr. Penny Pincher is that I have a Ph.D. in engineering and I like to pinch pennies.  Saving money is my favorite topic- I enjoy helping others by sharing ideas and encouragement on spending less money and enjoying life more.  

Save Money Every Day with tips on:

Saving Money | Wasting Less | Product Reviews | Coffee | Vehicles | Pets | Technology

Check out my blog Penny Pincher Journal on blogspot.com for even more penny pinching tips!

Find my eBook at your favorite retailer-  Penny Pincher Journal: How To Save Money Every Day by Dr. Penny Pincher, ISBN: 9781310671098

I just published a free eBook, Pinch Like You Mean It! 101Ways To Spend Less Money Now.  Download it free at smashwords.com, or read it in your web browser at pennypincherjournal.blogspot. com

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  • 0

    Lifehacks: What's In Your Wallet?

    5 weeks ago

    What should you carry in your wallet to have the best chance of survival every day? Having the right items in your wallet can save you time and money.

  • 5

    Invest in Saving Money: Spend a Little, Save a Lot!

    4 weeks ago

    What expenses are actually investments that can pay off and save you a lot of money? Learn how to spend a little money and save a lot! Here are the top 10 ways to spend money to save money.

  • 14

    Emergency Fund: Keep Cash At Home To Survive a Disaster

    2 months ago

    In a disaster, you may suddenly need cash to survive. Having money in a bank account or on a credit card may not work if infrastructure is down. How much cash should you keep at home for emergencies?

  • 2

    Make Money Selling Your Stuff on eBay

    3 months ago

    Tonight, I sold an old briefcase on eBay for over $150! I once sold a cell phone that was pulled out of the trash for $100. Here are 5 tips on how to sell your stuff on eBay and make extra money.

  • 3

    How To Sell Almost Anything on Craigslist

    3 months ago

    I sold an old pile of shingles laying on the ground in my yard for $300 on craigslist. If you want extra money, here are 5 tips on how to sell just about anything on craigslist!

  • 8

    Cheapskate: Why Am I So Cheap?

    7 months ago

    Why do I have problems spending money? I enjoy high quality items, but often have trouble prying money from my wallet. I consider myself frugal, but people sometimes call me cheap. Am I a cheapskate?

  • 2

    Cheap Hobbies

    7 months ago

    Find a cheap hobby to keep you entertained and save money. What are the best cheap hobbies? Learn how you can even make money with some cheap hobbies!

  • 0

    Estes Proto X- Cheap Quad Copter Under $40!

    7 months ago

    Estes Proto X: the world's smallest quad copter is under $40! This remote controlled helicopter measures only 1.8 inches by 1.8 inches (45 x 45 mm), weighs 0.4 oz (11.5 g) and costs under $40!

  • 0

    Laptop Repair: Cheap Ways to Repair Your Laptop

    7 months ago

    Laptop repair: Get your laptop running again for cheap and save money! Cheap repairs for broken laptop display, bad laptop hard drive, broken keyboard or trackpad, bad battery and more...

  • 2

    The Sales Pitch: How to Sell Anything

    6 months ago

    A great sales pitch can get people to buy anything. How do salesmen and infomercials get people to buy things they don't need and can't afford? What are the elements of a great sales pitch?

  • 2

    How To Get Free Stuff

    9 months ago

    It's always great to get free stuff! Of course, with free stuff you get what you get, but sometimes you can find really useful or valuable stuff for free. How do you get free stuff?

  • 4

    Best Ways to Save Money

    7 months ago

    What are the best ways to save money? Where does all of your money go every month? Why is it so hard to save money? Learn the best ways to save money.

  • 10

    Buy Nothing Day

    4 months ago

    What is Buy Nothing Day? What's wrong with buying things? What are the dates for Buy Nothing Day? How could you survive if you buy nothing all the time?

  • 2

    Prescription Sunglasses- Cheap Sunglasses, and You Can Even Get Them Free!

    9 months ago

    How to get prescription sunglasses for free. Advantages of prescription sunglasses over contact lenses and regular sunglasses.

  • 2

    Cheap Travel: Save on Hotels, Driving, Flying and More!

    9 months ago

    Cheap travel tips- how to save money on hotels, driving, flying and more. How to get discounts and free stuff at hotels. How to reduce the cost of driving. Avoid extra expenses at the airport.

  • 2

    Hotel Discounts: Find a Cheap Hotel

    9 months ago

    Learn the best ways to save money at hotels with hotel discounts and tips for getting a cheap hotel while traveling. How to get the most value from your hotel stay.

  • 4

    Credit Union vs Bank: Which is the Better Deal?

    7 months ago

    Credit unions and banks offer similar loans and financial services. What is the difference between a credit union and a bank? Where can you get the best interest rates and service?

  • 27

    How to Publish an eBook

    9 months ago

    Learn how to publish an eBook for free and get it distributed by Kindle, Apple, Google Play, Barnes and Noble, Sony, and others. How to get a free ISBN for your eBook. How much money can you make?

  • 0

    Yaktrax: Ice Cleats for Snow and Ice

    9 months ago

    Yaktrax and other traction aids help you keep your footing on slippery snow and ice. These grippers slip on over your shoes or boots and provide a metal cleat to improve traction on slick surfaces.

  • 4

    Carbon Monoxide Detector: Protect Yourself with a CO Alarm

    9 months ago

    A carbon monoxide detector senses the level of carbon monoxide gas, which is deadly in high concentrations. Carbon monoxide (CO) can be produced in homes due to faulty furnace or appliance operation.

  • 12

    Empty Tea Bags for Loose Leaf Tea and Coffee

    10 months ago

    Make your own tea bags with empty tea bags and loose leaf tea. Can you save money making your own tea bags? How to brew coffee using a tea bag.

  • 8

    Frugal Living Blog- How I Saved Money Today

    7 months ago

    Frugal living blog for a penny pincher on a typical day. A penny pincher looks back on an ordinary day and describes ways he saved money. Easy ways to save money and enjoy frugal living.

  • 3

    Is a Cheap Gaming Computer Fast Enough?

    10 months ago

    How to see if a cheap gaming computer will be fast enough. A slow gaming computer will have lag and slow frames per second (fps). How to check speed before you buy a cheap gaming computer.

  • 9

    Goodwill Thrift Store

    10 months ago

    What bargains can you find at a Goodwill Thrift Store? What are the best things to buy at Goodwill? How you can save money on taxes by donating used items to Goodwill and getting a tax deduction.

  • 4

    Tightwad Gazette: Thrift is Good

    9 months ago

    The Tightwad Gazette is a series of newsletters by Amy Dacyczn that was published in three books from 1992-1996 and a compilation volume in 1998. Where to find updated frugal tips for today.

  • 4

    Stop Wasting Money: The Easy Way to Save Money

    10 months ago

    Save money today by cutting things that waste money. How to stop wasting money and start saving money instead. What are the easiest money wasting things you can eliminate?

  • 2

    Best Shoe Inserts for Comfortable Shoes

    11 months ago

    Find the best shoe inserts to make your shoes comfortable. Can you make old shoes comfortable with shoe inserts? Several shoe insert styles are available, which is the best insert for feet that hurt?

  • 6

    Lunch Ideas for Work

    11 months ago

    How to get a good lunch at work without spending a lot of money. There are 3 options for lunch at work: bring lunch to work, make lunch at work, or eat out. Learn how to save money on lunch at work.

  • 4

    Sell Textbooks Online: How to Make Money

    11 months ago

    How to sell textbooks online and make money. Where to sell textbooks to get the most money? How much money can you get for your used textbooks?

  • 12

    Digital SLR Camera: How To Get a Good DSLR Camera Cheap

    11 months ago

    There are some great digital SLR cameras that you can get for low prices. Find out how to get a digital SLR camera cheap. Is a used DSLR camera or a cheap new DSLR camera a better deal?

  • 13

    Maltese Shih Tzu = Malshi: Best Dog Ever!

    11 months ago

    Until I got my Malshi, I didn't realize I was the small dog type. Or maybe a Maltese crossed with a Shih Tzu is not a typical small dog. My Malshi only weighs 10 pounds as an adult, but is big fun!

  • 4

    Angel Eyes for Dogs

    13 months ago

    Angels' Eyes for Dogs eliminates tear stains from dogs in 3 to 5 weeks. Angel Eyes is a dietary supplement that is at first given daily and the dosage can be gradually reduced.

  • 2

    What Is a Single Track Mountain Bike?

    2 months ago

    What is a single track bike? What are the most important features in a bike for mountain biking? What is the difference between a regular bike and a mountain bike?

  • 7

    Nutcrackers: Texas Nutcracker vs Target's Best Nutcracker

    12 months ago

    Review of Texan York Nutsheller vs Target's best OXO Softworks nutcracker. What style of nutcrackers work best on Pecans, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Filberts, Almonds, and Brazil Nuts?

  • 2

    Keurig Coffee: What is Keurig Coffee? How to Make Keurig Coffee? How much does it Cost?

    13 months ago

    What is Keurig Coffee? How do you make Keurig Coffee? How much does it cost to make, and how does Keurig Coffee taste compared with regular auto-drip coffee?

  • 2

    Nutcracker: What Is the Best Nut Cracker for Pecans, Walnuts, Hazelnuts, Filberts, Almonds, and Brazil Nuts?

    12 months ago

    My cheap nutcracker broke when cracking a hazelnut! What is the best nut cracker can I get that won't break? I need to crack pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, filberts, almonds, and Brazil nuts.

  • 2

    Find Bargains at Store Closing and Going Out of Business Sales

    12 months ago

    Find bargains at store closing sales and going out of business sales. What are the best things to buy at a going out of business sale? Look for Sears, Kmart and other store closing stores.

  • 4

    How To Find A Lost Phone?

    3 months ago

    How to find lost items such as a lost phone, lost keys, lost credit card, lost cash, or a lost glove. What is the best strategy to find lost items? How likely is it to get your lost item back?

  • 12

    Digital TV Antenna- Get Free HDTV!

    13 months ago

    Use a digital TV antenna to get free high definition television (HDTV) over the air. TV stations broadcast HDTV signals- you can receive free high quality TV with an amplified indoor TV antenna.

  • 6

    Packed Lunch Ideas- How to Pack Your Lunch and Save Money

    14 months ago

    How to pack your lunch every day and save $165 per month. Choose the right lunch box and pack the right lunch items to ensure success. Packing your lunch not only saves money, but is healthy as well.

  • 2

    Staycation: How to Spend Less and Relax More Than Taking a Vacation

    14 months ago

    A staycation allows you to spend less money and relax more than taking a vacation. What is a staycation? A staycation is a 'local' vacation where you use your bedroom instead of a hotel room.

  • 6

    Shoe Repair: Repair Your Shoes and Save Money

    15 months ago

    Repair shoes and save money! How much does shoe repair cost? What kind of shoe damage can be repaired? When should you repair shoes rather than buying new shoes?

  • 4

    Bumblebee Sting: How much does it hurt?

    15 months ago

    Do bumblebees sting? How much does a bumblebee sting hurt? What is the treatment for a bumblebee sting? Is a bumblebee sting dangerous? Can a bumblebee sting kill a dog or cat?

  • 2

    Get Free HDTV with an Indoor HDTV Antenna

    15 months ago

    You can get free HDTV over the air with an indoor HDTV antenna for under $50. How many free channels can you get? How do you hook up an HDTV antenna? Should you get an active or passive HDTV antenna?

  • 8

    How Much Does it Cost to Make Coffee?

    7 weeks ago

    How much does it cost to make coffee? Many people only include the cost of coffee grounds. How much does the electricity, coffee filter, water, and coffee maker contribute to the cost to make coffee?

  • 2

    Save on Parking: How to Park Cheap Anywhere

    3 months ago

    Convenient parking near popular destinations can be expensive. Here are some creative strategies to park cheap or even park free and avoid expensive parking.

  • 7

    Nigerian eBay Scams: How They Get Your Item for Free and Get You to Send Them Money!

    9 months ago

    How the Nigerian eBay scams works: There is a scam on eBay where the scammers get your item for free and then get you to send them money! How does that work? How can you avoid getting scammed?

  • 0

    Best Outdoor Garbage Cans

    16 months ago

    Find the best outdoor garbage can: Is a plastic garbage can or metal garbage can better? Should you get a garbage can with wheels? What size garbage can do you need?

  • 6

    Grilled Bananas

    16 months ago

    Grilled bananas are cheap and easy to make on the grill, and have a very distinctive flavor. How to prepare grilled bananas, and what to add after grilling. Improve Dole's banana grilling recipe.

  • 4

    Lyme Disease Vaccine for Dogs

    16 months ago

    Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by ticks that causes severe symptoms in dogs including joint pain and lameness. Should you get your dog vaccinated for Lyme disease? How much does it cost?

  • 0

    Average Human Walking Speed

    16 months ago

    What is the average human walking speed? How can you calculate average walking speed from measured distance and time? How can you determine walking speed without measuring distance or time?

  • 2

    10 Ways to Save Money Eating Out

    4 months ago

    The top 10 ways to save money eating out. What are the top 10 ways to save money at restaurants? Follow these tips to eat at restaurants for half price or less!

  • 4

    10 Best Retirement Plans

    11 months ago

    The 10 best retirement plans: living in hotels, full-time RVing, going to college, living abroad, and other top retirement plans are considered. How much do the best retirement plans cost?

  • 10

    Best Products to Buy to Save Money

    11 months ago

    What are the best products you can buy to save money? These products will quickly pay for themselves and can save you hundreds of dollars every year. You can get some of these products for $1.

  • 2

    Cost of Limos and Limousine Service

    16 months ago

    Learn all about limos and limousine service: How much does it cost for limousine service? How much does a new or used limo cost to buy? Could you buy a cheap used limo and make money renting it out?

  • 11

    Milk Alternatives: Soy Milk, Rice Milk, Oat Milk, Almond Milk, Cashew Milk, Coconut Milk

    6 months ago

    Cow’s milk has great nutritional value: protein, amino acids, calcium, and much more. Non-dairy alternatives to cow's milk are available that do not have lactose or saturated fat.

  • 3

    Best Home Weather Station Products

    16 months ago

    Set up your own home weather station to monitor temperature, rainfall, wind speed, barometric pressure, humidity, UV levels, and more. How much does it cost to set up a home weather station?

  • 8

    Save Money with an Outdoor Clothesline

    16 months ago

    Save money drying clothes using free energy from the sun! Is a T-post clothesline, rotary clothesline, or retractable clothesline best? How to choose a location and install an outdoor clothesline.

  • 4

    Hypoallergenic Cats: Which cat breeds are least irritating?

    16 months ago

    Which breeds of cat are hypoallergenic? What is it about cats that causes allergies? What can you do to make your cat less irritating if you have allergies?

  • 14

    Retirement Plan: Live like Jack Reacher in Lee Child’s Books

    8 months ago

    Jack Reacher is a fictional character who wanders the country traveling with only the clothes on his back and his folding toothbrush. How much would this cost? Would this be a good retirement plan?

  • 2

    Make Money at Home with Mechanical Turk Crowdsourcing

    16 months ago

    How much money can you make working from home on Mechanical Turk? Amazon posts tasks on their Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing site such as internet searches, editing, writing, and taking surveys.

  • 5

    Use Advanced Search Features to Find More with Google

    14 months ago

    How to use advanced search features to find better information on the web. Could a smarter search engine recommend high-quality, useful articles that are of the desired depth?

  • 2

    What is the simplest way to prove the light turns off in the refrigerator when the door is closed?

    11 months ago

    What is the simplest way to prove the light turns off in the refrigerator when the door is closed? The possibilities are considered, and proof that the light does actually turn off is presented.

  • 2

    Walgreens Balance Rewards Discount Card

    16 months ago

    How to save money with the Walgreens Balance Rewards card. Sign up for the Walgreens Balance Rewards card to get special discounts and collect points that can be used for Walgreens store credit.

  • 2

    No Hot Water- Troubleshooting Your Water Heater

    10 months ago

    No hot water? Here are some quick troubleshooting tips to get hot water again. Learn how to handle common problems with electric, gas, and tankless water heaters to get hot water working.

  • 12

    Cat Claw Caps: Are Cat Nail Caps a Good Alternative to Declawing?

    6 weeks ago

    Cats damage carpet and furniture with their claws. Are cat claw caps a good alternative to declawing a cat? Are they effective at preventing damage? What are alternatives to declawing a cat?

  • 0

    Buy Now or Pay More Later: When Impulse Buying Is a Good Thing

    16 months ago

    Sometimes you have a unique opportunity to get a great deal if you make an impulse buying decision. Auctions on eBay, clearance items on sale, and craigslist deals are impulse buying opportunies.

  • 4

    Malshi: Cross of Maltese and Shih-Tzu Dog Breeds

    12 months ago

    A new crossbreed of dog, the Malshi, is a cross of Maltese and Shih-Tzu dog breeds. This toy breed reaches an adult size of about 10 in. tall and weight of 10 pounds. Is a Malshi dog right for you?

  • 0

    How Long Is A Subway Footlong? Have millions been ripped off?

    3 months ago

    Reports indicate that the Subway footlong sub is not really one foot long. Is this a misunderstanding, or consumer fraud? How long is a Subway Footlong Sub? Is a 5 dollar footlong a good deal?

  • 2

    How To Trade In A Vehicle

    16 months ago

    How to trade in a vehicle at a car dealer: How much will I get for my car or truck? If I am still making payments, can I still use my car as a trade in? Should I trade in my car or sell it myself?

  • 1

    How to Get the Best Deal on a New or Used Car

    16 months ago

    Prepare yourself to get the best deal on a new or used car by following these steps. How to find bargain vehicles in unusual places, get the right information, and negotiate the best possible deal.

  • 3

    How to Speed up Windows 7

    7 months ago

    How to speed up your Windows 7 computer if it is infected by a virus or malware, is slowed down by "bloatware" and extra Windows services, needs hard disk defragmentation, or ReadyBoost flash memory.

  • 1

    Incandescent Light Bulb Ban

    11 months ago

    The phase out of incandescent light bulbs in the United States began in 2012, with an effective ban planned for 2020. Consumers will conserve energy and save money by using more efficient lighting.

  • 4

    Hy-Vee Fuel Saver Program: Save Money on Gas Every Day

    16 months ago

    Hy-Vee Fuel Saver Program: How much can you save on gas? Hy-Vee grocery store has started a fuel discount program called Fuel Saver. When you buy selected items at Hy-Vee, your gas discount increases.

  • 4

    How to Ship Sold eBay Items

    16 months ago

    Congratulations! You sold your item on eBay. Now what? How do you ship your sold eBay items? Follow these rules for shipping an eBay item to ensure success and get positive feedback from your buyer.

  • 2

    How to Protect Your Important Computer Passwords

    4 months ago

    Passwords that are easy to remember are usually the easiest to break. Use a password manager to protect your accounts and personal information with strong passwords.

  • 0

    Essential Tools: Equip Yourself with Basic Tools and Save Money

    16 months ago

    Basic tools can be a good investment. Here's how to equip yourself with the essential hand tools and power tools to tackle many projects for under $100.

  • 2

    Oranges vs Clementines: What's the difference and how much do they cost?

    16 months ago

    Oranges are good- but are they a good buy? Clementines- also called Cuties- are easier to peel and have less of that white stuff (called pith) coating them inside the peel.

  • 0

    How Much Would I Save on Gas with a More Fuel Efficient Car?

    16 months ago

    How to quickly estimate how much money you would save in fuel cost every month by driving a more fuel efficient vehicle. Use these tables to find how much you would save driving a different vehicle.

  • 3

    10 Ways to Feel Young for Under 10 Dollars

    6 months ago

    If you want to feel young without spending much money, here are 10 ways to feel young for under 10 dollars. There are lots easy and inexpensive things you can do to feel young

  • 4

    Walking: How Fast Can You Walk? How Many Miles per Hour is Fast Walking Speed?

    9 months ago

    How fast can you walk? Walking speed results for different walking paces. How long does it take to walk a block? Use Google Map Pedometer to plan walking trips and estimate walking time.

  • 6

    Death of Sears: The End of Brick and Mortar Stores and What will Replace Them

    12 months ago

    The Sears store at the mall in Coralville, Iowa is closing. The Coral Ridge Mall is a shopping destination- if a store like Sears can't make it in this environment, brick and mortar stores are doomed.

  • 3

    7 Foods: Which foods would you choose if you could eat only seven foods? Would Jen Hatmaker approve?

    16 months ago

    7 Foods: If you could only eat 7 foods, which would you choose? In the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, Jen Hatmaker lives eating only 7 foods. Here are 7 cost-effective choices.

  • 5

    How Much Does It Cost per Pound to be Overweight?

    15 months ago

    Did you know the average American is carrying over $700 worth of body fat? How much does it cost to gain a pound of weight, and how to convert your extra weight into cash.

  • 7

    Liquid Bandage vs Band-Aids: Is Liquid Bandage Cheaper?

    11 months ago

    What is liquid bandage? Is liquid bandage cheaper than band-aids? Can you save money using liquid bandage instead of band-aids? Is liquid bandage as effective a band-aid at treating wounds?

  • 5

    Windshield Rock Chips- Does it pay to repair them? How much does it cost to replace a windshield?

    16 months ago

    Windshield Rock Chips- how much does it cost to repair them? How much does it cost to replace a windshield if it cracks? Is it dangerous to drive with cracks in the windshield?

  • 30

    Best Cheap Android Tablets- Are Budget Tablets Under $100 Worth the Money?

    5 weeks ago

    Cheap Android tablets under $100 are available that include a touchscreen, WiFi, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Review of generic Android tablet ($78.55) with USB keyboard/cover ($12.97).

  • 2

    Sodastream: Can you Save Money By Making Soda at Home?

    7 months ago

    Can you save money by making soda at home? How much does it cost to make Sodastream soda? The cost of sodamix syrup and CO2 cylinder refills. Review of the Sodastream Genesis.

  • 0

    Cheap Bikes For Sale: Find a Used Bike For Almost Free!

    7 months ago

    How to find cheap bikes for sale. Where can you find cheap used bikes? How can you bargain to get the best price on a used bike? How to prepare your bike if you need to leave it outside all season.

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