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Funny Money: Free Stuff you can do That Costs Most People Money

Some sure ways to make someone hate you are to say you're a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Duke Blue Devils or New York Yankees. And another way is to brag to someone who  pays for something that you got it for free. Only the latter, incidentally, … [Read more...]

Money Under 30 Gift Guide: Christmas Gifts Under $50 and Ideas for Every Budget

Stuck for gift ideas this holiday season? Don't worry; there's plenty of time left, and we have some ideas for you, no matter what your budget. Check out these holiday gift ideas, whether you want to spend less than $20 -- find Christmas gifts … [Read more...]

Funny Money: 5 Revolting Things That Will Save You Money

If you don't have as much money as you want to, maybe it's because your standards are too high and hands are too clean. The more creatively dirty you're willing to get on marginally embarrassing ways to cut costs, the more cash you'll be able to free … [Read more...]

Frugal can be fun: 10 Ways to cut Costs Without Cutting Corners

Let's face it, folks: Frugal is in. Very in. And what's more, it's fun ... especially at a time when making ends meet is anything but. The Great Recession took away lots of things from Americans and gave little if anything back. Credit is much … [Read more...]

Four Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Decorate Your New Home or Apartment

Congrats! You finally moved into your new crib. We bet after paying for movers, closing costs, or first month’s rent plus a security deposit, you don’t have a lot of money left over for Jonathan Adler furniture. But don’t worry. You don’t have to d … [Read more...]

Cut Back on Spending: 10 Painless Money-saving Tips for the Upcoming Holidays

In just a few weeks, the holiday shopping season will hit us with all the subtlety of a tsunami: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, whatever holiday retailers can make out of a Tuesday, etc. If anyone fashions a sequel to "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving," … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How Much Can You Really Earn from Earn-as-you-surf Sites?

Ever since I received my first business proposal via email from a Nigerian prince, I've sat around fantasizing about making money on the internet by doing nothing. (Go ahead: crack a joke about how I do just that by writing this column. Have you … [Read more...]

“Tap Watergate” to $50 Carry-Ons, How Spirit Airlines Justifies Sky-High Fees

There's one good thing about flying on someone else's dime: If the airline socks you with hefty fees, you can expense it. But my mom, who grew up in the Great Depression, taught me to be frugal with other people's money, too. So when a corporate … [Read more...]

Money Manners: I’m Broke, and I’m Supposed to be a Bridesmaid!

Last week, a reader wrote to me about a common dilemma 20-somethings face: The 29-year-old had been asked, for the fourth time in the last three years, to be a bridesmaid in her friend’s wedding. She instantly said yes, then regretted it 30 s … [Read more...]

Cheap Gifts: 53 Inexpensive Christmas Gift Ideas

Yay for cheap gifts! Back by the overwhelming demand of anonymous internet searchers (who are already far ahead of their holiday gift planning than I am!), here's our list of no fewer than 53 inexpensive holiday gift ideas! Got an idea that's not … [Read more...]