Thing the First: The best way to save a bunch of money: move. Word! Our money goes a lot further in the midwest than it did in NYC.
Thing the Second: Frugality is not the point - frugality is a means to accomplish your goals.
Thing the Third: The Salad Dressing Principle. Peanut makes his own dressing for all salads (oil, either red wine or balsamic vinegar and some herbs) but I stick stubbornly to my beloved ranch. I hereby promise to take a whack at making my own!