The New Frugality
Lenadams Dorris moved to Ann Arbor from Las Vegas after developing health problems three years ago. There he owned a coffeehouse/art gallery and a four-bedroom home and ate at fine restaurants. Now he lives on his savings and disability payments and has a condominium at Geddes Lake, which he calls "an island of frugality surrounded by expensive homes." He's given up cable TV, shares broadband Internet access with his neighbor, buys clothes at thrift stores, and no longer has a car--"that saved an extraordinary amount of money," he says.
"Ann Arbor is a pretty good place to be poor," Dorris says. "I learned how to live frugally yet happily."
[Originally published in August, 2009.]