The World's Biggest Cheapskate. Also, A Giveaway.

Hello.  My name is Karen.  I am a cheapskate.

I can't remember the last outfit I bought full-priced.  I choose date night locations based on coupons.  I make my own yogurt (even if it was a rough start).  I switched to Luvs from Pampers even after this happened.

I am a cheapskate.  And I married a cheapskate.

I get most of my reading material from the library.  Waiting for the pack of ravenous, starving, angry writers to descend.  In my defense, I frequently request that my public library order debut authors' books.  But I have made it a New Year's resolution this year to purchase more books.  Doing my part to help a struggling industry that I want to break in to.  Is it a sign that I'm a true writer that it's bugging the heck out of me that I dangled that preposition, but I'm not going to switch it because phrasing it correctly would feel like an inauthentic voice on my part?

Which brings me to the point of this post.  I just finished reading Matched this morning by Allie Condie.  Which I bought.  Full priced (which is really, really bugging me because I got a 25% off coupon in my e-mail two days after I purchased it).  If you haven't read it yet, it's beautifully written.  It was more slow and thoughtful than I expected.  An aching, not a slap.

And now I'm going to give it away to one lucky reader.

For the record, this reminds me of my parents' friend in high school who used to open records and make a copy for himself before giving the LP as a gift.

((Looking in mirror in horror))  I am him.  Hey, at least I removed the dust jacket to keep it pristine.

But your gain!

ETA:  The contest is now closed.


  1. You make your own yogurt???

    You are awesome!

    (I didn't enter because I already have it, but I think giving away a book you read is a great idea....from one cheapskate to another.)


  2. If I hadn't gotten this for Christmas, I would totally enter.

    I love that you are a self-proclaimed cheapskate. At my house, we are too.

  3. So, I don't make my own yogurt (yet), but I'm still a cheapskate because I've been waiting for this book from the library :) I think I'm number 7 now on the list ... But hey, I would love to own a copy and get to read it first! Thanks for the give away!

  4. I'm cheap too... I LOVE the library, but like you, I do buy a book now and again to support the industry. I don't want the whole thing to shift to eReaders.

  5. I've been wanting to read this one. Thanks, Karen!

  6. I always feel a little guilty about requesting a new release through the library too. But then again I always buy what I like. Thanks for the contest!

  7. You are funny! I haven't had time to write forever! I am going to use you for inspiration!

  8. I'm a cheapskate too, though I'm willing to splurge on certain things, like books (gotta support those debut authors) and fancy shampoo and conditioner.

    Awesome contest! Can't wait to read this one. :)

  9. How do you make yogurt? That's cool. Great contest!

  10. I lived in fear of admitting that I use the library too for most of my books... but I can admit that now, because I have committed to buying at least six new debut author books this year, too. It's a good cause.

    Still, I'm a cheapskate, I'll win them instead of buying them if I get a chance!