Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Make Homemade Poptarts
Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share a recipe for homemade poptarts, the right way to rock a t-shirt, and frugal ways to train for a marathon (or a half marathon). Think you might want to participate in a man vs. food-type challenge in order to score some free grub? We've got a guide for that, too!
Top 5 Articles
Homemade Poptarts — Wow! I never thought these commercial convenience foods could ever be duplicated, but I was wrong. Check out the delicious photos of this experiment and pick your favorite flavor (brown sugar?). Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Place Your Bets: 40 Gut-Busting Restaurant Challenges for Free Food — Any Man Vs. Food fans out there? If so, you may be familiar with restaurant “challenges” that offer your entire meal free — provided you can scarf disgusting amounts of food within a given time period. The curious and the famished will enjoy this post. Coupon Sherpa
A Frugal Way to Train for Your First Half or Full Marathon — So you’ve decided to take the plunge and run in a marathon…good for you! Have you figured out how much you’ll spend yet on training? If not, this post is full of little-known tips, freebies, and resources for whipping you into shape on the cheap! Money Help for Christians
The Fashionista’s Guide to the T-shirt. Yes, the T-shirt. Whether you spend $30 bucks for a really nice tee, or not, the basic principles of rocking a t-shirt still apply. Check them out for a fashionable effect. Lifetime Moms
Building a Stacked Wood Fireplace Mantel — This charming tutorial takes a whole lotta boards and a little bit of vision. The result is an amazing replacement for that out-of-date piece of furniture in the middle of the wall. Small Notebook
Other Essential Reading
Bye, Bye, Banks: Time to Join a Credit Union — We’ve heard our readers sing the praises of credit unions, but what makes them so special? This special report may have you wanting to switch (if one is available in your area). CBS Moneywatch
5 Benefits of a Task Management System — Have too much to do and not enough time? FInd out how to pick the perfect task management system to help you organize your life. Life Scoop
9 Sneaky Expenses That Eat Away at Your Income — We’re not talking a leaky faucet in the bathroom adding to your water bill — we ARE talking the costs associated with just having a job (your own cell phone, for example). See 8 other pesky, hidden costs that you may be spending too much on! Get Rich Slowly
Properly Care for and Feed Your New HDTV — Assuming you have one (if not, check out the next cool link), you’ll need to know the “right” way to keep it working and performing like a champ. This Wiki shows you how. Wired via Lifehacker
Homemade Firestarters — Those starter sticks from the hardware store are expensive! Looking for a quick way to start your fireplace or wood stove without the budgetary inconvenience? This quick recipe makes use of the old Christmas tree thrown out by the curb AND gives you plenty of starter for the whole winter! Wisdom of the Moon
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