Kathleen Anderson and Susan Jones, Palm Beach Atlantic University English professors, know a few things about pinching pennies.
They can often be found scouring Palm Beach County antique shops, consignment stores and rummage sales together to find a bargain, a philosophy born out of their thrifty upbringing.
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1. Keeping things good as new: Austen’s characters believed that fixing things was generally cheaper than replacing them. Launder your bedspread at a laundromat. Re-glue the splitting arm of a rocking chair, stitch up the ripped place on the side of the upholstered sofa and touch up the scratched spot on the wall with a bit of paint.
2. Revise your wardrobe: Embellishment can create a spectacular new garment out of something you’re tired of wearing, just as in “Pride and Prejudice” when Lily Bennet bought a hat she didn’t like, but made some additions to make it stylish.
3. Organize your finances: Lucy Steele, the clever trickster in “Sense and Sensibility,” was determined to live within her income. Like Lucy, figure out your income, fixed and discretionary expenses, assets and liabilities. By determining your net worth, you can see just how you can allocate your money and where it can be best spent.