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Podcast 6: Frugality and 397 Ways to Save Money

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Kerry K. Taylor, author of 397 Ways to Save Money and creator of financial blog Squawkfox joins Tom Dziubek today to discuss her book, currently available from Kerry explains how she paid off $17,000 of debt in six months and how to make drastic life changes. She also shares some of her favorite tips from 397 Ways to Save Money.

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[00:00] Introduction from Flexo
[00:39] Interview with Kerry K. Taylor of Squawkfox
[01:33] — Paying off $17,000 of debt in six months
[03:34] — Negotiating your first salary offer
[04:47] — Maintaining a student lifestyle and standard of living
[05:57] — Using any available tax credits and saving for retirement
[08:18] — Moving to an organic farm and making other drastic life changes
[11:36]397 Ways to Save Money
[13:55] — How renting an apartment can make you rich
[17:00] — How management fees deplete returns from your investments
[18:07] — Other surprising tips from 397 Ways to Save Money
[19:06] — Is the recent popularity of frugality just a fad?
[25:20] End

Updated December 15, 2017 and originally published May 31, 2009.

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avatar 1 Anonymous

Really enjoyed last week’s podcast — looking forward to another great one this week!

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avatar 2 Anonymous

I really enjoyed listening to this podcast. Good info and great presentation.

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avatar 3 Anonymous

Hey Guys! Thank you so much for an amazing interview and discussion on frugality! I finally mustered up the courage to listen and I loved doing this show. Thank you so much! Kerry

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avatar 4 Luke Landes

Kerry: Thank you very much!

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avatar 5 Anonymous

Some good tips, but her opening points were somewhat alienating to me. When I graduated from college, $17,000 was more than half of my first year’s salary and my salary was non-negotiable (I’m a teacher). So her “tips for anyone” really aren’t.

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avatar 6 Anonymous

This was unbelievably depressing. She paid more per month towards her loans than I make in a month. I have $40,000 in student loan debt. How can she think this is helpful for anyone? It’s basically “if you make a lot of money, use it to pay your debts”. Duh.

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