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The Food Bill: Can You Hack It?

How much do I hate my grocery bill? Enough that I’m constantly reading cost-cutting tips. It’s my hobby (and cheaper than quilting or golf). My fave find this week: Frugalhacks! Here are two tips, run through my own “would I really do this?”...

Little Goodies Make the Holidays Fun

My three kids and I are united on at least one thing: We love Christmas. It’s such a pretty, homey holiday—the baubly tree, the yummy cookies, the suspenseful advent calendar, the festive meals. It’s the little stuff that makes it wondrous. I...

A Special Mother’s Day Infographic

Most of our moms and grandmas have passed on brilliant—even life-saving—financial tips and tricks. (Who else reuses gift bags and Cool Whip containers thanks to Nana?) Of course, they’re only human…so many of them have passed down, shall we...

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...

Be Ready for the Worst-Case Scenario

Suppose the first thing your boss says to you tomorrow is, “Clean out your desk.” Any idea how you’d manage? Time for a financial fire drill: Imagine paring down your current expenses and creating a plan to cover just the basics. “Basic” means...

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...

Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Every year at this time, because of the inevitable confluence of Easter and tax day, my inner Catholic gets resurrected, big time. This year’s guilty, post-itemizing revelation: What the hell happened to our budget, and where did all our money...

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