Andrea Karim's blog

Saving money while hosting guests

Having just spent the last 48 hours desperately scrubbing my home from top-to-bottom in anticipation of the arrival of some house guests, I appreciated The Simple Dollar's post thi

Jettison the Junk: Why Clutter Clouds Your Mind and Saps Your Energy

A life cluttered with junk not only takes up space — it can take your energy, too.

What to pack for a road trip with Rover

Our friends at Itchmo.com recently posted some helpful hints about what to pack when you go road tripping with your four-legged friends. It might seem like a bit much, but planning

My car payments are too much! What should I do?

Last August, I decided to purchase my first new car ever. I had only ever owned used (and entirely paid-for) vehicles prior to this. I researched the type of car that I wanted and

eBay Account Hackers - don't be fooled

I'm not the type to fall for scams, generally. Thus far, I've never been really screwed over on eBay or anything. But I can totally see how people COULD fall for an eBay scammer. [more]

How to travel to and from Canada

Getting to and from Canada is getting to be a real pain in the ass. I should know, since I cross the border several times a year to visit family and friends all over the Great White North. The border has always given me the jitters. [more]

Some 4th of July Numbers

July 4th is such a good time. There's something for everyone--getting tanked with your friends, hanging out with your family, the smell of the barbeque, the spectacular fireworks.

Which store-bought stain remover works best?

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of blogs, subtitled "Andrea shamelessly promotes cute guys who make videos about vaguely interesting topics." Now, I know that o

Only 7 days left to vote for the new 7 wonders

In case you haven't heard, and chances are that you have, there are only 7 days left to vote for the NEW 7 wonders of the world. The competition allows people from across the world

Bad, bad China: a round-up

I've pretty much come to the conclusion that I need to stop buying Chinese goods. This is a tough one for me, mostly because so much of the cheap stuff I love to buy comes from Chi

What was your best purchase in the past year?

This week, Wise Bread writers share our favorite purchases from the past year. Being frugal isn't just about saving money--it's about spending wisely. Shopping isn't a sin, and fru

Beat the heat with cool summer meals

Some summer evenings are simple too hot to contemplate firing up the stove or using the oven. Some nights, even standing in front of the grill flipping burgers sounds like a bit to

My dog's facelift

I just spent $1200 on a facelift for my dog. Before you go telling me that I should be put down, let me explain that it wasn't elective surgery. My dog is a Pekingese, and say w

Decked out in... dog? More reasons to boycott Chinese goods

Thinking of boycotting Chinese goods? I know I've been pondering it for a while, but I'm definitely struggling with the idea, knowing how hard it will be. Here's something that mig

What You Don't Know About Sushi

Think you know a thing or two about sushi, eh? I thought the same thing until Trevor Corson, author of The Zen of Fish made a guest appearance on my local radio station to dispe

How to Get Rid of Your Junk

A few weeks ago, I took a seminar called "Commanding Your Clutter" at a local community college. Here's what I learned about collecting, hoarding, shopping, and finally, letting go

It's the linkster! The linkmeister!

It's time for our weekly round-up of linky love. As always, if you feel you've been unfairly left off the list, please let us know by emailing our editors at tips@wisebread.com. Ivy at Home Ec 101 gave us some serious love. Thanks, Ivy! [more]

Wedding Dresses for Under $200

Target is offering wedding dresses for under $200! Now, I've been griping lately about imported Chinese goods. These Isaac Mizrahi gowns are probably sewn in sweatshops in Asia, so mentioning them here isn't meant as a promotion per se. [more]

Sound More Confident in One Easy Step

The meek may inherit the Earth eventually, but those who speak with confidence will get what they want today. Learn the easy secret to sounding more confident.

Resisting the impulse beauty buy

Are you an impulse beauty shopper? [more]