Tag Archive | "frugalness"

Day 248 — Quick Fixes

Friday, January 22, 2010


“It looks like shit, but it works,” I told my ex husband, as I turned on the kitchen faucet. That “Waterweld” stuff really works for a girl handyman job, I thought with a smug smile. Though the neck of my faucet now looks like it has a gray growth on it (Waterweld doesn’t come in […]

Day 237 — Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25, 2009


Ann’s Note: Ann plans to take a break between Christmas and New Years and will publish two days next week—Monday and Thursday—as she enjoys the holidays with her children. Please enjoy her take on “The Night Before Christmas.” Twas the morning of Christmas, I just downed an ale; I grabbed Victoria’s Secrets to see what […]

Day 232 — In and Out List for 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

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Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, for the first annual Girl on the Brink list of what’s in and out for 2009. That’s right. If you’re not working, you’re jerking (off), or is that making your own beef jerky. I wouldn’t have known. No turkey for Christmas, and you can’t afford lamb. Forget the HoneyBaked […]

Day 212: A Penny Saved Is One More to Spend

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


There are more people on the Earth than the planet is old. There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand. There are more people who are unemployed (15.7 million) than during the Great Depression. Startling facts. Even more startling times. In the months before Christmas (and all the other upcoming holidays), everyone […]

Day 196 — Ass for Cash

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


If any of you have bothered to look below my ass on the Girl On the Brink logo, you’d see that the tagline reads, “Surviving Desperate Times with Desperate Measures.” Increasingly, I read about a lot of desperate people doing desperate things, such as selling all their stuff and moving from places like Detroit to […]

Day 161: It’s Raining, Pouring, Ex Is Snoring

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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ANN’S NOTE: [Audio clip: view full post to listen]Listen to me speak about my manifesto, Idle Workers of the World, on NPR affiliate WRKF, recorded Labor Day 2009. “That’s a familiar face. I just can’t place it,” said my ex as I was straining to blow up my air mattress. “It’s a small dick,” I […]

Day 159 — Situation

Friday, September 4, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: Catch a gander of the real Ann today on FOX Business Happy Hour, between 5:20 and 5:30 PM EST. I’ve got a situation. Girl On the Brink racing on bicycle toward a blind man poking his long white cane from side to side on a narrow sidewalk. Think fast. What to do? Holy […]

Day 125 — As Luck Would Have It

Sunday, July 26, 2009


When my Lucky Brand jeans get unzipped, there’s a strategically placed label half-way down on an inside flap that says, “Lucky You!” While I can’t show you, and you’d have to get to know me better, I can spread some lucky dust on you in the form of free concert tickets. Between July 31 and […]

Day 103 — Scratch That. And That….

Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I sure hope that when I grow old, I’ll be able to afford a gardener kneeler like my neighbor, Barbara, because it sure beats squatting. Barbara has got that knee thing down pat when she weeds. If I were Barbara, I’d find a better use for it indoors while my significant other stands, holding onto his cane, […]

Day 94 — Too Old but Rich

Friday, June 19, 2009


ANN’S NOTE: The Host Our Coast winner went to a “budding” writer. So form triumphs over substance. What gives? Not even an interview. You never know the ins of job candidates. No worries on my part. Ann is going to make a big splash this summer. You wait! And, I’m not making that up. Today’s […]