Andrea Karim's blog

How to Switch Banks

Getting tired of high ATM fees and no interest on your savings account? Want to switch to a better bank or credit union? Do so in a few easy steps.

Dorm Room Essentials

Heading off to college is an exciting time, but it can be easy to get carried away when outfitting your dorm. Here's what you really need.

Do Daily Deals Make Good Gifts?

Groupons and other daily-deal coupons are a great way for you to save on restaurants, classes, and more...but are they also a great way to save on gifts?

How to Avoid (and Treat) Cold Sores

Cold sores are painful, ugly, and take a long time to heal. Here's how to avoid (and treat) these nasty little lesions.

Cold, Frugal Drinks to Keep You Cool in the Heat

When summer is in full swing, cold drinks are in order. Don't waste your money on sugar-filled store-bought stuff; make your own delicious drinks for cheap.

No-Sew Ways to Update Your Wardrobe

If you have some outdated clothes that you want to revive, these easy updates will give you a new look, no needle and thread required.

7 Summery Ways to Protect Your Skin

There are more options than sunblock to keep your skin safe in the summer sun. Follow these simple guidelines to stay happy, healthy, and undamaged.

Why You Should Buy a Desktop Computer

Sleek, shiny laptops are all the rage, but I don't think they're worth the cost. Here's why I choose bulky, non-sexy technology for my computing needs.

25 Healthy Changes You Can Make Today

There are myriad ways to increase health and happiness without spending a bunch of money. Here are 25 of them that you can implement right away.

Which Salt Is Best?

There are dozens of salt options at the grocery store. After taking into account price, taste, and other benefits, discover which ones are really worth their...salt.

How to Avoid Getting Hired

Do you want a job? Are you sure? Because if you are doing any of these things, you won't get one.

17 Uses for Stale Bread

Using up leftover bread is not only frugal, it's delicious. Make sure you eat every last crumb of that aging loaf with these recipes.

Why Women Don't Negotiate

Women aren't as good as men at negotiating salaries, and that costs us. But there's a reason for it, and it's not just because we're scared to ask.

Affordable Accessories to Kickstart Your Style

Keep your wardrobe updated and your wallet full by harnessing the power of awesome accessories.

Lower Interest Rates with Credit Sesame and Lending Club

First I consolidated my credit cards using a service that barely changed my inflated interest rates. Then I got a better deal — here's how.

6 Frugal Promises I Have Not Kept

I have made a number of public declarations of my frugal ambitions over the years here on Wise Bread. Here are some of my biggest failures.

Fitness For People Who Hate Exercise

Working out at a gym is an effective way to get fit, but it can sure be dull. Here are some alternative exercise routines to keep your heart pumping without boring you to tears.

Money-Saving Tricks I Learned Planning an Elopement

I always thought that eloping meant flying to Hawaii to get married on the beach with a hired witness. I was wrong, and now I'm saving tons of money.

Last-Minute, Stress-Free Holiday Decorating

Whether you've never decorated for the holidays before or just want a fresh look, here's how to do it quickly, without spending a ton of cash or losing your mind.

Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce

Canned cranberry sauce is lame. Here are six ways to shine up that holiday staple, from chutney to booze-spiked berries to tart-cherry sauce.