Andrea Karim's blog

Possible Backlash Against Cheap Imports?

Is there a backlash against cheap Chinese imports coming? I, for one, secretly hope so. We've known that it can't last forever, haven't we? [more]

Link it real good

Wise Bread loves the following blogs for their linky love. [more]

Frugal... or just plain wrong?

You know what I love? Getting something for nothing. Oh, it's rare. It's also sort of greedy and raises all kinds of ethical questions. [more]

Stop Being a Slave to Starbucks - How to Quit Caffeine

I'm not one to advocate for a boycott of caffeine or anything. But, if you're already thinking about quitting caffeine, here are some reasons, and methods, for doing so.

$7 off of Crest Whitestrips

Whitening your teeth is not cheap. I've never had the dentist whiten my chompers, but I have used Crest Whitestrips, and they worked pretty darn well. They were also pretty darn expensive (around $30 or so). [more]

Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!

Who says that there's no such thing as a free lunch -- you probably have one growing in your yard! Many weeds are edible, and delicious. Best of all, they're free!

Link-o-rama

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who linked to our blog posts over the past week. We couldn't do it without you. And if we could, we wouldn't anyway. THAT'S how strong our love is. [more]

8 Good Reasons to Become a Contractor

There was a time, not that long ago, in which Americans would graduate from college, get a job, and stick with that job until retirement. For those of us who can risk a little more

Announcing the winner of the Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit drawing

Congratulations to the winner of our Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit frugal beauty tips contest! As you know, I asked readers to send in their frugal and/or homemade beauty ideas. [more]

Baby carrots the frugal idea thats isnt

If you are a health-oriented kind of person, and you need a quick, nutritious snack that doesn't require lots of slurping, what do you reach for? [more]

Baby Carrots: The Frugal Idea That Isn't

Think baby carrots are a convenient, cheap snack food? Well, you're right. But baby carrots are, by and large, more expensive than regular carrots.

Thanks, Mom

My mom is awesome. There, I've said it. My mom is really one of the best moms that anyone could ever hope for. She's always there to talk, she's fun to have around, and my whole family is really good about helping each other out. [more]

Nobody walks in LA - or anywhere!

There's a saying that no one ever walks anywhere in Los Angeles. Apparently, that idea has been imported to where I live. Now if only we could get a King Taco. I just started up a contracting job with a little company named Microsoft. [more]

Will gas top $4 a gallon this summer? I say yes.

Before you go jumping all over the place and pointing out that I have done no real market analysis to back up my prediction, I would like to point out: I have done no real market analysis to back up my prediction. [more]

It's Linktastic!

Thanks to everyone who linked to Wise Bread recently. We appreciate your vote of confidence. [more]

Prefab Fab - This ain't yer grandma's double-wide

Are prefabbed homes the wave of the future? Judging from some of the magazines that I receive (Sunset, Metropolitan Home), it sure looks like things are heading in that direction. [more]

Win a Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit

Want a chance to win a Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit, completely free, from Wise Bread? Clue us in to your favorite all-natural beauty secret! Have a family recipe for rice bran scrub that leaves your skin glowing? [more]

Look where you want to go

Yesterday, as I teetered precariously on my motorcycle at the top of a steep hill, riding home from the repair shop and thus marking my first time on a motorcycle that wasn't in a flat, closed course, I was repeating one of the standard Motorcyc [more]

How to Get Fired

In honor of the recent end of my employment, I thought I'd find some good tips on how to... well, to end your employment! Here are some of my favorites from around the interwebs: Arrive late for work. Being on time is for wimps. [more]

Pom - Wonderful?

The health benefits of pomegranates are something like folk wisdom outside of the Western world, and like green tea, are only starting to seep into the American consumer's consciousness. [more]