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Frugal before it was fashionable

Art of living cheaply spares Maine worst of downturn

Marion Syversen saves by sewing and adorning her home with items from various sales, salvage stores, and eBay. Marion Syversen saves by sewing and adorning her home with items from various sales, salvage stores, and eBay. (Fred Field for The Boston Globe)
By Jenna Russell
Globe Staff / July 16, 2009

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WATERVILLE, Maine - Across the country, masses of worried consumers are taking lessons in getting by with less, turning to websites like suddenlyfrugal.com and thenewfrugalmom.com, and signing up for classes in car care and cooking. But in Maine, where Yankee thrift has been a way of life for generations, and the unofficial motto is the proverb “use it up, wear ... (Full article: 1220 words)

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