How to Be Frugal

By Larry Dignan  |  Posted 2003-04-01 Email Print this article Print

Take a lesson on controlling costs from ATA, which means more than eliminating free peanuts.

How to Be Frugal

  • Be Modest. Start with small budgets for new projects and stick to them.
  • Be Creative. Consider alternative financing and buying arrangements to stay on track.
  • Self Serve. Centralize support and keep things simple to cut administrative costs.
  • Standardize. Pick a platform. Consolidate hardware and software on it.
  • Maximize. Use existing infrastructure before investing in new hardware or software.

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Larry formerly served as the East Coast news editor and Finance Editor at CNET Prior to that, he was editor of Ziff Davis Inter@ctive Investor, which was, according to Barron's, a Top-10 financial site in the late 1990s. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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