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Go Ahead, Take That Vacation: 5 Ways to Travel Cheaply

Before you read any further, let’s make one thing clear: If you’re having trouble paying for your housing, food and utilities, don’t go on vacation! Instead, to get a little R&R, try out these ideas for a staycation. But if you’re like me, empl … [Read more...]

Three Easy Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products

Looking good can be expensive, especially if you’re a woman. The Huffington Post and YouGov recently polled 1,000 people and found that 35 percent of women use up to two beauty products daily (54 percent of men, on the other hand, don’t use any pro … [Read more...]

Angie’s List: The Best $30 You’ll Spend All Year

When Lauren and I bought our first home in 2010, we entered the brave new world of home improvement and repair. From issues with the new home that came up during inspections to surprise repairs (a leaking pipe in the basement, two busted appliances, … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 Easy Ways to Nibble at the Costs of Eating Out

As far as sustenance goes, there's nothing more irresponsible than eating at restaurants. And minimalist bloggers are never shy about telling you so. While it's always more cost-effective to gather your ingredients and cook them yourself, … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Should You Split the Check at a Restaurant Evenly, or Only Pay for What You Ordered?

A reader recently asked: “Every few weeks, I get together with two girlfriends at a Mexican restaurant. Whenever the bill comes, one of them usually grabs it off the table and says, ‘Let’s just split it three ways.' "My other friend agrees, and … [Read more...]

Best Budgeting Tools: Our Favorite Apps and Websites

We live in a world where technology makes it possible for you to get a little help with your finances from web apps. Budgeting tools -- apps and Websites -- can help you keep track of where your money is right now, as well as help you recognize … [Read more...]

My Millionaire Friend Offers the Best Advice You’ll Get All Year

I had planned to write a column about credit scores until my friend Pete called me earlier in the week and asked me to meet him at his office. After our meeting, I knew I had to share with you what he told me. Pete (not his real name) is a close … [Read more...]

Funny Money: New Year’s Resolutions to Save Money? Why Bother?

As 2013 winds down, you're probably sitting back and counting the ways it all went wrong for you and your meager finances. If only you had been more disciplined with your money! If only you'd decided to have less fun! If only you hadn't traded … [Read more...]

Get the Most Money for Your Used Phone

We the People — at least the tech-savvy ones — crossed an invisible line in 2013. It didn’t get much coverage, but ultimately it will prove more historic than the government shutdown, twerking and the Red Sox winning the World Series combined. Curio … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How to Make a Change and Save Your Coins

Coins get me thinking about life's big questions. For instance — everyone knows a penny saved is a penny earned, but if you toss 25 cents in a wishing well, is a quarter heaved a quarter burned? Or, if a dime falls between two couch cushions, does … [Read more...]