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Live well, spend less: How to cut back on daily expenses, from morning (your latte) ’til night (your bedtime reading).

By Lesley Alderman
Lunch boxMoira Millman

If at the end of a long, hard day, you shell out 15 bucks on a bottle of wine…

…sip on recession-minded varieties, starting at $3.
Real Simple’s food department found six delicious bottles for $8 and under.

2007 Twin Vines Vinho Verde ($7):
A refreshing, bubbly low-alcohol drink that’s great with big salads and light seafood dishes.

2008 Santa Rita 120 Sauvignon Blanc ($8):
Incredibly fruity, this Chilean wine has sweet citrus notes that go well with grilled chicken, seafood, and vegetables.

2006 Recession White Chardonnay ($5):
A medium-bodied wine with buttery, oaky, and vanilla flavors that stands up to creamy pastas and salmon.

2007 The Little Penguin Shiraz ($7):
Serve this full, round red with grilled steak, lamb, and sausages.

2006 Bohemian Highway Merlot ($8):
This soft red is lovely on its own or with foods like beef stew, roast chicken, and pork tenderloin.

Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon ($3):
The bold, strong flavors of Trader Joe’s famous “Three Buck Chuck” call for hearty foods, like spaghetti Bolognese, ribs, or a nice, juicy burger.

If you are too tired to cook but feel guilty ordering takeout…

…turn to the college-student staple: ramen. Toni Patrick, author of 101 Things to Do With Ramen Noodles, suggests her favorite recipe for Chicken Lo Mein.

And, at last, if you like to end your day curled up in bed with a good book…

…trade favorite novels with a fellow book lover.
Head to,, or, where you can exchange your favorites with other like-minded readers.


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