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Angie’s List Review: An Inexpensive Way To Find The Best Contractors (And More)

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...]

Three Easy Ways To Save Serious Money On Your Wedding

Getting married soon? You’re in good company. The average age for an American’s first marriage is 29 for men and 27 for women. But don’t be one of the crowd when it comes to this statistic:  The average wedding costs just under $30,000, a record h … [Read more...]

How to Make The Most Money From Your Garage Sale

Looking to make some extra cash? Summer is the perfect time to have a garage or yard sale. You stand to make some decent pocket money. According to the New York Times, if you put some thought and planning into your garage sale, you can net between … [Read more...]

Money Manners: When Your Best Friend Earns More…And Always Picks Up The Check

A reader asks, “I have a friend who makes a lot more money than me. She's single, so she often treats me to dinner out, and even vacations. I can't afford to go to the places she wants to go, and I love her, but I also sort of feel like a charity c … [Read more...]

Don’t Drink And Buy: How Many Of These Ways Have You Wasted Money…While Wasted?

By the time you're managing your own money, hopefully you've learned that there are at least two things that a responsible adult never mixes with alcohol: Driving home and texting exes. Although sending a two-a.m. SnapChat to your estranged c … [Read more...]

How To Save Serious Money On Gas This Summer With Loyalty Cards, More

As of the start of June, the average price of a regular gallon of gasoline in the United States was $3.67, up slightly (about 3 cents) from a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And while there’s no escaping the money we … [Read more...]

What To Buy — And What Not To Buy — At The Dollar Store

There’s a reason why three out of four women admitted to shopping at dollar stores more than they used to, according to a recent survey. According to Consumer Reports, many everyday household items cost significantly less at a dollar store than th … [Read more...]

Money Manners: How Much To Tip For Food Delivery

This month, a reader asked, “I have food delivered to my house once a week. Some online food delivery companies, like Grub Hub, give you three tip options - 10, 15, and 20 percent. But do I even need to tip 10 percent to someone who isn't actually t … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 4 Tightwad Tips For Going On Road Trips Without Getting Taken For A Ride

They call to you like sirens. Warm weather, beckoning tourist traps and the open road all convince you to act against your better judgment, chuck it all and head off for the sake of heading off. Problem is, the call of the road also coaxes the … [Read more...]

Quick Look: Savvy Spreadsheets, An Easy Way To Budget With Excel

The first step towards taking control of your finances is making a budget. One that clearly, and accurately, reflects how much money you’re making, and where that money is going. Too often, folks will make an honest effort in making a budget, but end … [Read more...]