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The holly and the miser

By KARA BASKIN  |  December 9, 2008

Find creative ways to generate cash
I said creative, not illegal. How about selling stuff on eBay? There are people who spend their three waking hours coming up with Star Trek–derived screen names and paying for absolute crap. They could be buying your crap! Befriend them. Or tutor someone — isn't there something you're good at? Work at a bookstore. Nobody ever buys anything there anymore. Abandon the register and read People for seven bucks an hour.

The moral of this story is: get over yourself. Pretty soon we're all going to be eating ramen noodles in the gutter. The sooner you embrace the art of restraint, the less mental anguish you'll endure. Come January 1, you'll have to suffer for your stinginess. Why not practice first on those you love most?

Kara Baskin, a/k/a The Lady Scrooge, can pinch a penny until it screams and gives her change. She can be reached at

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