Well, Comrades, here we are.  The promise of a New Year is upon us, and most Americans at least toy with the idea of a New Year’s Resolution – either getting rid of things we don’t want in our lives, or manifesting the things we do.

While working on the terribly ambitious game plan for Thrift Store Confidential for 2011, I stumbled on a fantastic group of people who run Thrift Culture Now, and couldn’t wait to tell you all about these lovely folks and the great work they do.  They were nice enough to write an exclusive digest for TSC readers, which I hope will get you curious enough to visit their website and register for their Daily Thrifty Tips!  (It’s easier to save money than to lose five pounds, I’m here to tell you!)

From Rachel, Thrift Culture Now:

“Thrift is making the best use of one’s time, energy, and resources, including money, and our mission is to assist readers in applying this equation to their lives and businesses. We, therefore, strive to find and present the best money saving ideas and tips, as well as products (old and new, high-tech and low-tech) which, in some way, help households and businesses to reduce their monthly bills and/or waste. America is in a severe economic crisis and we feel that it is in the interest of the whole world that Americans sail through it as safely and prosperously as possible. We participate in the growth of Thrift.

Each weekday, we publish a new thrifty tip on one of the following topics: transportation, household cleaning, food, electricity and water, and health. In addition to our thrifty tips, we also publish 1-2 articles every month (each) on practical skills, bigger thrifty ideas that anyone can implement at home or work, and anti thrift (examples of the opposite of thrift). Then, every Friday, we feature a new Thrifty Blogger so that we can tell our readers about other amazing sources of thrifty information and the people who write about and live thrifty lifestyles, every day.

With regards to You Tube, we have our own channel (Thrift Culture Now) on which you will find great thrifty cooking videos where we teach viewers the skills that they need to make nutritious, delicious, and inexpensive meals, every day of the week. We also feature You Tube videos that were made by others on a regular basis, the topics include thrift store shopping, how to build a solar heating unit, and how to do small plumbing jobs yourself. In the near future, we will be starting a new section of our site where we teach readers the fundamentals with regards to investing and where to save their money. Oh, and we post on Twitter and Facebook regularly too.”

I asked them for the first piece of advice they give to people who are just beginning to consider the concept of thrift, and though what they suggest can seem radical to some, I love they way they think and encourage you to at least toy with what you could do differently to make 2011 a more prosperous year for you:

“Start to think about the dollar and cents that are involved in everything you do and everything you buy. Becoming more aware, and taking every dollar seriously, will help you get in to the mindset that’s needed to really thrive. Downsize your home and sell some stuff. Learn to cook from scratch and do it daily, taking a proactive approach to buying well-priced ingredients. Read our articles on how to reduce your household electric (HYDRO) bill or water bill and apply what you learn. Realize that taking care of your health is one of the best ways to save money, your whole life long; learn about home remedies from our Friday health tips and eliminate purchases of silly things like anti acid, cough syrup, headache medicine, etc. Take at least one-third of your U.S. dollar savings, convert it to gold and silver, and store it in a secure place that you can get to any time.”

Thrift Culture Now’s readers are enthusiastic about the services and advice they provide:

“Your thrifty tips have really helped me realize just how much more money I could be saving!” ~Jane (Nebraska)

“I have been a careless spender for the last couple of decades and I was really unprepared when the recession hit. Your website has helped me get back on track and I’ve started to learn how to do a lot more for myself, instead of buying everything.” ~Tom (California)

Many thanks to the folks over at Thrift Culture Now for taking the time to tailor an article for TSC readers.  While each of us has our own preferences and proclivities when it comes to saving money, you’ll for sure find something you can use on Thrift Culture Now’s website. Tell them TSC sent you!

Here’s to a joyous, prosperous and creative 2011 for us all!

Over and out for now. All best, Nicole