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CFCCC Resource Guide

Frugal Living



The Ark Thrift Shop


Furniture and clothing.

3345 N. Lincoln              1302 N. Milwaukee                  

Chicago, IL  60657          Chicago, IL  60622                  

Ph: 773-248-1117            Ph: 773-862-5011                     




Brown Elephant Resale Shop


3651 N. Halsted         3532 West Irving Park Rd

Chicago, IL  60613    Chicago, IL 60618-3220                                       

Ph: 773-549-5943      Ph: 773-478-2901


Cheapskate Monthly


Tips and suggestions for living within one’s means.


Debt-Proof Living
P.O. Box 2076
Paramount, CA 90723

800-550-3502 (Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, Pacific)



Checks Unlimited


Order checks and checkbook covers for less than through your bank.


PO Box 19000

Colorado Springs, CO 80935-9000

Ph: 800-210-0468



Download and print free coupons.




The Daisy Shop


Resale shop.

67 E. Oak St.

Chicago, IL  60611

Ph: 312-943-8880


E-mail Providers that offer free or reduced rate e-mail

Check with individual provider to see what is offered:

Hotmail, Yahoo, NetZero, Juno


Focuscope, Inc


Looking for respondents/consumers to do market research studies for a fee.


Chicago, IL 312-467-1414

Lake Park, IL 708-386-5086


Forever Young


Children’s resale clothes.


7701 W. Belmont

Elmwood Park, IL  60707

Ph: 708-452-7048


Free 411

Dial 1-800-FREE-411 or 1-800-373-3411 without incurring charges at all except for the minutes required to make the call.


Freebies Magazine


The magazine with something for nothing.  All offers verified by their staff each month. 


Online only; register to receive a free newsletter


Frederick Cooper Lamps


Discontinued, slightly imperfect and one of a kind samples.


2545 W. Diversey Ave.

Chicago, IL  60647

Ph: 773-384-0800

(Enter at 2720 Maplewood)


Glass Slipper Project


Donates new and gently used prom dresses, handbags, shoes, jewelry, and unused, unopened cosmetics to girls who otherwise couldn’t attend their high school proms.


Ph: 312-409-4139

Email: info < at >



Hidden Treasures


Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s specialty resale shop for home accessories and clothing. Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


46 E. Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL  60611

Ph: 312-943-7761


Housewalk Furniture


Consignment furniture & accessories


835 West Dundee Road

Wheeling, IL 60090

Ph: 847-229-2673

Fax: 847-229-2675

Email: HouseWalkFurn < at >



Living Cheap Press


Books on frugal living and archives of Living Cheap News, which ceased publication in 1999.


P.O. Box 8178

Kansas City, MO  64112


Mr. Cheap's Chicago, 2nd Edition (Paperback)

by Michelle Roy Kelly & Jennifer M. Wood

Adams Media Corporation

Pages and pages of shopping bargains, factory outlets, off-price stores, discount stores, cheap eats, cheap places to stay, and affordable fun things to do in Chicago.


Murray Hill Center Central, Inc.

Looking for respondents/consumers to participate in survey/focus groups for a fee.

444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60611
Tel: (312)803-4455
Fax: (312)803-2116


Once Upon a Child


New and gently used children’s clothing, infant to size 14.


5318 N. Milwaukee

Chicago, IL  60630

Ph: 773-594-1705


Pepperidge Farm Thrift Store


Senior days are Tuesday and Wednesday.


1614 Deerfield Rd.                             744 Ogden Ave.

Highland Park, IL  60035                    Downers Grove, IL  60515

Ph: 847-831-3040                               Ph: 630-964-6380


Sara Lee Outlets

3760 W. Dempster

Skokie, IL  60077




Newsletter with tips and easy ways to save money.  Free by email.

Rick Doble, Editor & Publisher
195 Old Nassau Road, Williston
Box 96
Smyrna, NC 28579
Email: savvydiscounts < at >
Please include a precise subject heading in your email
as I get a ton of spam
TEL: 252-729-1209


Threads, Etc.


Consign furniture and sell clothing.


2327 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, IL  60647

Ph: 773-276-6411

Sat. 11-7 Sun. 11-5


Uncle Fun


Toys for 50˘ to $10 and some vintage.  Fun place for adults, and great for inexpensive gifts for holidays and birthdays.


1338 West Belmont

Chicago, IL

Ph: 773-477-8223