If you were a regular Seinfeld viewer, you’re probably familiar with the character, Doris Klompus. Doris was portrayed by writer/performer, Annie Korzen, author of Bargain Junkie: Living the Good Life on the Cheap.
From reading her book, you get the sense that Korzen is probably a very entertaining lady to be around. Her writing style is engaging and to the point. She covers a wide range of topics from saving money on health care to growing a garden. And not to mention some very personal revelations.
“I occasionally flip my underwear to save on washing machine use.” (p. 38)
A self-described thrifty person (and not a stingy person because “stingy is nasty”), Korzen grew up poor and lived in a Bronx railroad flat.
“My mother would use a tea page, then squeeze it dry, hang it up and use it again the next day. My father was a tailor and he made all my clothes.” (pg. xiii)
While she disdained the way they lived, Korzen eventually learned to respect her parents’ frugal lifestyle.
“I rarely buy anything that hasn’t been pre-worn, pre-used or pre-loved.”
The Bargain Junkie is chock-full of various down-home, common sense (and some not so common) advice wrapped in bite-sized paragraphs and chapters.
Three Thrifty Guys recommends Korzen’s book – not only for her helpful advice – but the joy and laughter you’re bound to have going through it.
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