Joel Stein: The Week of Living Cheaply

In which I refuse to pay retail for anything — and still somehow bleed cash

Illustration by John Ueland for TIME

The recession has hit us in the hollywood hills very hard. Several times I've seen people walking not only their own dogs but also their own children. Though it has not yet come to that for me, I figured I should at least learn how to cut back my spending. And unfold the stroller.

So I decided that for one week I would buy only stuff that was on sale. My first mistake was getting my lovely wife Cassandra to join me. The speed with which she both agreed and went to her computer should have clued me in to the...

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