Weird and not so weird ways to save money

Probably nothing fills me with more dread than the words “personal finance.” I have written repeatedly in this space about the evil of miserliness and the wisdom of the Prophet: “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart.”

That said, I think there are plenty of reasonable ways for families with or without small children to save money and that many of the ones we have hit upon are too idiosyncratic to show up on the kinds of websites that usually publish such things.

1. Buy a TV-VCR combo and videocassettes

With the advent of Disney+, the House of Mouse has tricked people into purchasing their films for at least the third time in as many decades.


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