Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap

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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.

In Bargain 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 ...

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Overview

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.

In Bargain 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 on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Annie is the ultimate bargainista.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780740785337
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Annie Korzen is a humorist, a writer, and a performer. Her essays have been printed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has delivered commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Annie calls Los Angeles home.

Online:
www.thebargainjunkie.com

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgment xi

Introduction xiii

I Acquiring Stuff 1

1 Things Don't Really Make Us Happy-Or So They Say 2

2 Bargainista Fashionista 4

3 Shopping to Stay Fit 18

4 A Frugalista's Revenge 19

5 Labels: I Don't Promote Them, and I Don't Believe Them 22

6 Bargaining: Dos and Don'ts 25

7 Giveaways 28

8 Recycling 35

II House Beautiful 39

1 Renting Versus Owning 40

2 The Weekend House 45

3 Interior Design 48

4 Art and Collectibles 54

5 How Does My Garden Grow? 60

6 Modern Conveniences-Sometimes 66

7 Utilities 71

III Lifestyle 75

1 Restaurants 76

2 If You Have to Cook 84

3 Let Me Entertain You 91

4 Tripping 98

5 More Tripping 105

6 Free Entertainment 115

7 The Parent Trap 124

8 It's a Gift 137

9 Less Is More 148

10 Transportation 151

IV Getting Help from the Pros 157

1 Gyms: Are They Really Necessary? 158

2 The Shop Around the Corner: Local Merchants 161

3 Technophobia 163

4 Beauty Business 166

5 Health Care 169

V Other People's Money 173

1 Friends with Benefits 174

2 Sharing the Wealth 186

3 Bartering 191

VI Nickel and Diming 195

1 Turning Garbage into Money 196

2 Some People Are Just Too Cheap 198

3 Extreme Cases 204

4 Success Story 207

VII Last Words 209

1 Pop Quiz: Are You a True Bargainista? 210

2 You, Too, Can Earn Money at Home 212

3 I Go on Oprah, or, a Frugalista Regrets 214

4 Drawbacks to the Frugalista Lifestyle 216

5 Wasteland 219

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Loved this one!!!

    Funny with great tips sprinkled all through the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    Loved it!

    Was given a copy of Bargain Junkie and have enjoyed it thoroughly! The writing is funny and breezy, and the ideas are clever and easy to duplicate. I'm now a much smarter shopper!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2010

    Bargain Junkie is Addicting

    I loved reading Bargain Junkie. Annie Korzen is HILARIOUS. She keeps you laughing as she shares true stories of her life as a "Bargainista".

    Annie is an Hollywood actress, but not rich and famous. She has played a variety of small roles on shows like Seinfeld, ER, and Hannah Montana. Annie also writes comedy and it shows here. You will love reading about her appearance on Oprah.

    The book is full of ideas on getting great deals on food, clothing, cars, travel, and more. Because Annie has such a warm and funny personality, the book is fun to read. it has a different feel than a typical "10 Ways to Save Money" magazine article.

    Bargain Junkie is addicting. Learn how to "Live Large, but Pay Little".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2010

    It made me laugh

    Before reading this book I wasn't much of a shopper.
    Having found some terrific ideas I now consider myself a better shopper - and I laughed because some of the stories are really funny!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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