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Dealing with Supermarket Mystery Meat

Grilling season kicks off on Memorial Day. But there’s pink slime in the hamburgers! The idea that you could be eating up to 25% “lean, finely textured beef” (a.k.a. LFTB, a cheap filler made from ammonia-treated beef trimmings) isn’t just...

Spring Arepas & Baby Mustard Salad

You’re on a budget and pressed for time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well.    This easy, inexpensive weeknight meal balances seasonal greens with the dense deliciousness of cheesy corn cakes.   Do you want more easy and affordable...

April’s Best Buys: Rain Gear, Vacuum Cleaners, and Used Cars

What do raincoats, vacuum cleaners, and used cars have in common? They’re all on sale this month!   April showers bring a once-a-year flood of rain gear to the market, and retailers have to move it quickly. Wade into the store before the sun...

Rev Up Your Car Care

A badly-maintained car will cost you a little now—and a lot down the road. Lori Johnson, president of Ladies, Start Your Engines!, offers this advice for savvy car care that will save you money: Open the glove compartment. Your owner’s manual...

Book Review: Mean Moms Rule

No one is happier than this mom about the hot retro trend, back to the old-fashioned, “sit up straight and eat your peas” style of parenting.   I rejoice with every new sign that so-called helicopter parenting is dying—to wit, the arrival of...

Does College Still Pay Off?

You’ve heard the horror stories: parents shelling out $30,000 only to watch their kid drop out of school, college grads with debt in the six figures and no job prospects. Is college still worth it? The average student now leaves college with...

Save Big on Your Big Day: Buy Used

Can you think of a better way to spend $25,630 (the price of the average wedding)? We can—and apparently, so can many other engaged couples, who are saving a bundle by buying used. Take care of your “something old” by shopping here: Stuff:...

Rewards for Good Behavior

You save money, you spend money (wisely, natch). Now it’s time to level up—and collect some easy rewards for your smart habits. After all, we’re building wealth here.   Boost savings. SaveUp gives you credits for making smart money moves (e.g.,...

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