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About Marilyn Zelinsky
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Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto (1961-) was born in Norwich, CT. and has written and edited all of her life, from working on home design magazines to editing beautiful books and eBooks. Today, Marilyn lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband and two children, writes for "Two Frugal Fairfielders," a local blog, runs a writing and editing business, and continues to write books on frugal living and money-saving ideas, including "Dress for Less," "How to Buy a Boat," and "Serenity on a Shoestring," all part of the "Two Frugal Fairfielders Guide" collection.
Marilyn considers herself frugal…but not cheap! She is an advocate of living frugal, but her definition is different than other frugal people, as she explains here:
“Believe it or not, frugal living is a relatively new concept for me. Who actually introduced me to frugality? My husband, Steve! He grew up in a very frugal New England household, unlike myself (who grew up in a household that was always struggling with lack of money, relied on living cheap, but never caught on to the concept of frugality). Steve was the one that introduced me to The Tightwad Gazette books, cooking from scratch, watching our budget, shopping smart, using coupons, DIY projects and more. Luckily I was a quick student and caught on fairly quickly, and found frugality especially essential once I became a mom who freelanced from home.
So, how do I define frugality? First of all, it is not being cheap. It is not deprivation. Frugality is a way of life defined by quality, value and dignified restraint. Cheap, to me, is a way of life defined by mediocrity, meaninglessness and unnecessary over-indulgence. A step further, I define frugality as a framework in which I feel free to wisely choose where I allocate my money so that I can feel free to enjoy my life in the best way possible. (Except I feel like we allocate too much of our money to certain unavoidable expenses, such as a new water heater, new car tires, and all that other jazz we need to live!)
Even millionaires are frugal, but they are hardly cheap! They just thoughtfully choose where it makes the most sense to spend their valuable time and money. That’s the absolute key to wealth, in my opinion.”
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… BUY the RIGHT Boat at the RIGHT Price
“I knew what I wanted, I knew what to look for, what to ask, and how to negotiate. That’s what I want to teach you in this book.
"A boat is like having a finicky car that floats and gets awfully wet. You have to know what you’re buying and you have to know how to handle the machine so it stays in great shape and keeps on giving you loads of fun. I’m here to tell you what to do based on my three-plus decades of personal experience of buying and owning many boats.
"A boat can be a substantial financial investment with ongoing yearly and sometimes daily costs. If buying this value-packed book helps you avoid debt and heartache, then this purchase was well worth it even if you ultimately decide not to buy a boat."
—Steve Syarto, Author
You KNOW you want a powerboat but you’re afraid to throw your money away . . .
You WANT to buy a powerboat, but your family objects and thinks it’s a waste of money . . .
Now, you have a secret weapon. This book will tell what you need to know in order to successfully buy a powerboat and get your family to buy in to the whole process. You’ll learn about dozens of uncensored real life tips from the trenches about the boating experience that you will never, ever find in any other book about powerboating.
“How to Buy a Boat” is a complete powerboat buying guide for both first-time boat buyers and those who have bought several vessels. You’ll learn 75-plus tips, tactics and secrets—from a 40-year power boating veteran and his first-mate—so you can make your boat buying process both smooth and enjoyable. After all, buying—and using—a powerboat is supposed to be fun!
You’ll hear it like it is about what powerboating is like before and after kids with personal experiences and advice for making boating the relaxing experience it’s meant to be. If you want to overcome your family’s objections, fears and doubts about owning a boat, this book is your secret weapon.
You’ll learn all aspects of buying a powerboat, from choosing a size to getting the best insurance. This book includes more exclusive and valuable information, such as:
•...the true cost of owning a boat that sellers and manufacturers never openly discuss at boat shows…
•...asking yourself if you would be better off making friends with someone who already owns a boat than doing it on your own…
•...boat buyer traps to avoid…
Plus, find out how you can avoid the secret tricks and scams that boating sellers have used to lure unsuspecting buyers into bad deals.
"How did I learn to buy a boat? Through trial and error. I wanted to save you the error part by writing this book."
--Steve Syarto, Author
This book saves you time, money and frustration in your next boat purchase. Don't allow yourself to be an uneducated powerboat buyer.
“How to Buy a Boat” contains a catalog of critical information about how to buy a powerboat the right way. You’ll learn even more critical tips, such as...:
•How to Know if You Have the Right Attitude for Boat Ownership
•How Much You Can Actually Afford for a Boat
•What Type of Boat is Best for Your Personality
•Hidden Fees of Boating
•How to Insure Your Boat
If Your Closet Could Talk, What Would It Say?
I'm tired of clothing that falls apart...
I'm embarrassed by cheap fabrics...
I'm overstuffed with mismatched clothing...
Dress for Less teaches you to spot clothing that won’t fall apart after the first washing.
In her e-book, author Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto of the Two Frugal Fairfielders blog candidly talks about how she learned to buy new and quality clothing for herself and her family on a tight budget to last season to season.
Can you buy new and affordable clothing that will last beyond the first wash, won’t unravel after one play date, comes in fabrics and colors that won’t embarrass you or your family and will look in style next year? Sure you can, even if there’s zero wiggle room in your budget! It’s not easy in this day and age when our closets are stuffed with low-quality, inexpensive clothing, but there’s help. Author Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto’s newest book, Dress for Less: Learn to Buy Quality Clothes for You & Your Family, will soothe your closet's soul.
“This book doesn’t advocate buying cheap, poorly made clothing, it advocates ways to find new, quality clothing for little money with no-nonsense and frugal advice,” says Zelinsky-Syarto, founder of the blog Two Frugal Fairfielders and author/editor of numerous interior design books. “Once you figure out how to buy clothing that won’t fall apart after one wearing you have to figure out maintenance and I have quite a few tricks up my sleeve that I share in the book.”
In Dress for Less, Zelinsky-Syarto chronicles a decade of unusual tips and little-known tricks she’s acquired along the way to outfit her growing family on little money. Zelinsky-Syarto shares ways that she has learned stretch a clothing dollar that goes beyond all the conventional wisdom you’ve heard before. In Dress for Less, she teaches you how to:
• quickly spot poor quality versus decent quality items even at discount stores
• adopt the millionaire mindset about clothing
• know when to avoid or indulge in your kids’ clothing trends
• avoid the average-person’s mentality about clothing purchases
Get more frugal ideas, down-to-earth answers and real-life inspiration in Dress for Less.
Your closets will thank you.
Read the ONLY anti-couponing book out there! Clean out the coupons, declutter your life, shop simply without coupons!
Amy Dacyzyn, the author of the classic bible about frugal living, The Tightwad Gazette, always said she disliked using coupons--and so does author and former coupon workshop teacher, Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto.
“I’ve talked to dozens of people in my couponing workshops who really did not want to coupon after all. What they wanted to do was to save money the easiest way possible at the grocery store. This book tells them how to do it with zero coupons.” ~Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto, author, Ditch the Coupons.
Most people dread grocery shopping and everyone wants to save lots of money at the grocery store.
After reading Ditch the Coupons, you’ll immediately feel more in control of your grocery budget and happier every time you step foot in the supermarket after putting to use the eye-opening, practical, doable and instantly usable tips this book provides.
Ditch the Coupons, called the anti-coupon book, is a fun, quick resource that gives you the keys to grocery shopping freedom! Whatever you call it, Ditch the Coupons is the first book to embrace in depth the concept of shopping WITHOUT coupons. Written by a former coupon addict or coupon-a-holic, as author Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto calls herself, you’ll find the easiest ways to save money while grocery shopping without the hassle and confusion of using coupons.
Marilyn knows what it’s like to try to save money by using coupons. Like you, she’s done the following:
• attentively watched coupon shows
• diligently attended couponing workshops
• persistently gathered, cut out and filed coupons
• attempted to keep up with the mind-bending math of matching them up
• made the effort to understand the confusing couponing lingo
And like you, she knows that after doing all that work, you still left the store with a cart full of junk food thanks to the pile of coupons you had convinced yourself that you needed to cut down on your food bill.
It’s been documented that people who use coupons tend to spend more money on their groceries, regardless of the shows that portray shoppers leaving stores paying zero money for their food. If you take a look at what they “bought” for free, you may be hard-pressed to find anything of nutritional value or anything deemed real food. If you shop the way Marilyn shops, you’ll come home with more money in your wallet and more real foods—fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry--than you ever thought possible.
Ditch the Coupons achieves that goal by showing you how to rely on the store’s sales rather than on manufacturer’s coupons. You don’t have to learn a new “system” – all you have to learn is once and for all the tried-and-true way to shop for groceries the right way to get the most bang for your money on the healthiest foods for your family while still shopping at your favorite local mainstream supermarket.
Inside, you'll find the following valuable information:
~The Only Shopping Tool You Really Need
~Why Picky Shoppers Will Hate This Book
~How to Stalk the Store Aisles
~Why Your Wallet Loves Unit Pricing
~What You'd Learn If Your Receipt Could Talk
~Are You Stockpiling or Hoarding?
~How To Eliminate Bad Shopping Habits
~How to Love Your Leftovers
~Discover the Surprising Foods You Can Freeze
~How to Make Super Easy Crustless Quiche
~The Universal Casserole Recipe for
When high school students think of college life, images of parties and new people and late-night pizza instantly come to mind. Only upon moving in does a freshman realize the buzz-killing downside to the blissful freedom: a 12 x 12 dorm room often shared with a stranger. With Knack Dorm Living, Casey Lewis—herself a college senior at the University of Missouri—provides the guide she searched for, in vain, in her freshman year. She offers invaluable tips on what to pack and what to buy, what to expect, decorating, clothes, and organizing time and money. This is an ideal high school graduation gift for high school seniors—both girls and guys—set to move away from home.
You CAN Find a Way to Make Yourself Happy Without Going Broke Doing It! Do you feel like you're going broke from session after session of traditional talk therapy? Is your health insurance denying you mental health coverage? Or do you just want to accelerate the results of your talk therapy? You don't have to suffer or feel stuck anymore. Unlock the secret world of powerful free personal development help to finally get psychologically unstuck and find freedom and relief.
Serenity on a Shoestring is the only self-help resource for people who desperately want to let go of a lack and scarcity mindset, change damaging thoughts, and transform their lives…without breaking the bank while doing it.
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Author Marilyn Zelinsky-Syarto, co-founder of the money-saving and frugal living blog, Two Frugal Fairfielders, argues that expensive traditional talk therapy is not always the only way towards transformation.
After decades of therapy and accelerating her inner work using personal growth methodologies and transpersonal psychology (also known as spiritual psychology) and cognitive neuroscience (studies of techniques which can change the neural circuits in the brain...for true transformation!), from EFT to hypnosis to visualization, Marilyn wanted to share with others the wealth of free and nearly free information and resources she used and continues to find and successfully use. She wrote this book for the reader who is new to personal development, but it will also benefit the student of personal growth who is seeking fresh resources. It shows you the way to effectively work on your personal development goals potentially without the need for drugs or costly, countless traditional talk therapy sessions.
Even if you are having success in your talk therapy sessions, this book has valuable resources that may be able to augment your hard work. Or, maybe your health insurance doesn’t adequately cover mental healthcare or the providers in your network aren’t the kind of therapists with whom you’d like to work. Maybe traditional talk therapy was a safe haven for you, but you realized the needle of improvement isn’t moving much, but the money outlay is tough to handle. Maybe you want to try to avoid getting a prescription for a happy pill. Whatever your reason, the resources in Serenity on a Shoestring will be highly beneficial to your unique situation.
At the end of each chapter, you will find a section, “Free Tools & Resources to Use Now,” which consists of carefully curated tools and resources (99 percent of which the author has personally used) for you to take advantage of that will help you walk confidently down your personal development path towards a richer, more tranquil life. These tools consist of free books, videos and films, checklists, tutorials and much more.
Serenity on a Shoestring offers inspiring, effective resources and answers for anyone who wants to feel better, get wealthier, be happier and get ahead in life.