Penny Pincher Gives Golden Tips
Today's Daily News and the biz section of the L.A. Times both profile the post-Daily News career that ex-reporter Julia Scott has created for herself as an expert on how to live cheaply. The bargain-hunting maven staged a Frugal Festival this past Sunday that drew 300 people in Van Nuys and she is fast becoming the Valley's newest phenomenon. (A pink T-shirt featured on her Website, BargainBabe.com, features a cartoon of Scott looking a little Sarah Palinish.)
Don't Call Her Cheap: Julia Scott
Tough economic times are the reason the newly minted columnist enjoys a growing following -- and why she's having to add a second Web site to her online presence. (Today's BargainBabe tip features a map showing where to buy cheap caskets.) One of Scott's pets projects is to go to stores and try to get printed prices lowered for her, often by carrying a copy of a competitor's ad for a lower price.
She offers this coaching when approaching stores: "Be friendly and
respectful . . . Go when the store isn't busy . . . seek out the store
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manager. Clerks often don't have the authority to grant discounts."
Often? Try never! But then, we're all still learning as the recession
teaches us to become hardened penny pinchers.
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