The Non-Consumer Advocate

Katy Wolk-Stanley writes the popular blog The Non-Consumer Advocate and has been featured in the New York TimesU.S.A. TodayThe Today Show, The National Enquirer and many other publications. She describes herself as a labor and delivery nurse, utility bill scholar, library patron, laundry-hanger-upper, teenage boy parenter and frequent napper. She uses it up, wears it out, makes it do and does without.

Five Frugal Things

I have a potential buyer for a midcentury shelf that I dragged home from somebody’s free pile, I mailed off my thrifted American Girl doll and I listed a pair of Goodwill...more

Five Frugal Things

I took a few things to my local consignment shop and was rewarded with $7.80, as well as...more

Five Frugal Things

I brought home a cute vintage Pyrex dish from a free pile and was quickly sold...more

Save Money on Your Groceries at The Dollar Tree!

The following blog post first appeared over at Clark If you have a Dollar Tree store in your area, you likely already know that it’s as a great cheap source for movie candy: As well as...more

Five Frugal Things

I worked...more

Confessions of a Compact Crusader – Why I Choose To Only Buy Used

The following is a reprint of a blog post that originally ran in May of 2008. It was my second blog post ever. I was still figuring out how to blog, but I think the information stands up eight years later ....more

Five Frugal Things

I took some rosemary and spider plant babies that I’d been rooting and planted them in a crock that I’d pulled from a free pile. The rosemary was from a neighbor’s bush, the spider plants were from a prolific plant at my father’s house and the soil was from a chipped terra cotta pot that someone had put out in front of their house. It’ll live on my porch as my cats enjoy eating spider plants ....more

Five Frugal Things

My mother, younger son and I went thrifting yesterday, which was a success as...more

Non-Consumer Photo Essay

Found money from one of my mother’s guest cottages: A free vintage shelf that I’ll clean up for resale. I’m thinking it would be perfect as a TV stand. A $7.99 campaign dresser style dresser from Goodwill that I should have bought as a painting project ....more