Celebrate Your Freedom … Not to Spend

You are free not to spend. You're not obligated to spend money on things you cannot afford. Throwing a BBQ? Make it potluck. Another friend had a baby? Buy him this super cute gift set for $19.99 — not the $130.00 infant swing. It's okay to not be able to afford something. In fact, in 2009, dare we say it's chic to be frugal. Hip to be strapped.

MP Dunleavey, personal finance journalist extraordinaire, shares how she handles talking herself into and out of buying large gifts she can't afford: Admitting When You Can't Afford It.

Editorial Note

We know the blogosphere is full of false information, and we surely don't want to be contributing to that mess. Thanks to a DailyWorth subscriber, we learned that last week's post on the New Feminist was wrought with cliché, and not factually sound. With that in mind, we proudly offer you the corrections below by way of Ellen, and will be editing the post accordingly.

By Ellen E, July 4th, 2009
While I appreciate the effort to redefine feminism for 2009, I'm disappointed at the misinformation in this post. First, bra burning as a massive activist tool never happened in the 1960s. See this snopes link: http://www.snopes.com/history/american/burnbra.asp It's a myth perpetuated to distract from and discount the serious claims made by feminists in the 1960s.
Second, the article erroneously identifies the 1960s as the first wave. The term "first wave" is usually associated with activist efforts at the turn of the 20th century. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_wave_feminism
How about empowering women with a bit of accuracy?

We invite this feedback, and hereby declare a heightened commitment to journalistic integrity. Thanks Ellen.