Carrie Kirby's blog

5 Ways Social Media Saved Someone's Life

Social media keeps us connected to scores of people who are eager to help. Sometimes life-sharing means life-saving.

10 Supposedly Healthy Things That Are Actually Hurting You

That supposedly healthy thing you do may actually be harming you instead! How many of these "healthy" habits do you have?

25 Bite-Sized Money Resolutions to Make 2015 Your Biggest Year Yet

You don't have to make life-altering changes to see big results. Start with one or two of these small money resolutions and grow from there!

10 Ways to Save Big on Family Ski Trips

A fun family ski trip can send your budget careening down the mountain. Spend time together on the slopes frugally with some careful planning.

7 Ways Auto-Payments Can Screw You

Auto-pay can be a convenient way to pay for regularly billed goods and services. As with other conveniences, that benefit comes at a price.

The NFL's 5 Most Frugal Players

Sad stories of spendthrift athletes wasting millions are all too common. But for these five footballers, frugal lifestyles keep their finances fit.

24 Train Hacks From an Amtrak Veteran

Make travel by train as comfortable (and frugal) as it is romantic with these money-saving Amtrak train travel tricks.

20 Easy Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Dollars

Before you tighten your belt, wring the waste out of your grocery budget with this collection of proven ways to trim food costs.

5 Ways Airline Travel Sucks — and What You Can Do to Make It Better

Air travel is no picnic these days. Learn to avoid these five common abuses and maybe you'll arrive in a tolerable mood (and almost on time).

The 8 Weirdest Cases of Credit Card Theft

While credit card theft is no joke, from time to time those thefts (and those post-theft purchases) are entertaining. And often weird.

A Supermarket Insider Reveals 5 Ways Your Grocer Is Trying to Upsell You

Your local grocer is not out to get you — just your money. Watch our for these upsell tactics on your next visit to the supermarket.

The World's 4 Biggest Credit Card Scams

Credit card scammers never rest. Learn about four of the most notorious credit card scams — and what you can do to protect you and your credit.

8 Things Real Estate Agents Don't Want You to Know

Your real estate agent represents your interests, right? Not always. Learn the secrets your agent might be hiding from you.

5 Reasons Why Science Says It's Okay to Be Lazy

From biology to economics, scientists are discovering that sloth may be fundamental to our makeup. Settle a little deeper into your couch and learn why.

How to Save Money on Travel With an Awesome Group Vacation

A fun vacation with a big group is a cost saver, but also a challenge. Avoid some planning and organization mistakes with these tips and tools.

Billions of Dollars Go Unclaimed Every Year: Is Some of It Yours?

There are literally billions of dollars of money and property waiting to be claimed by the rightful owners. Learn how to find out if some of it is yours!

10 Best Ways to Spend $20 in Chicago

Whether you're a Chicago resident or just visiting, check out these ways to have oodles of fun for under $20.

$20 in San Francisco: The Best Ways to Spend It

Baghdad by the Bay is not known as a cheap place to live, but it does boast plenty of cheap outings. Find out how far 20 bucks will take you there!

People Who Became Millionaires Overnight (and What They Did With the Money)

Some lottery winners seem to wind up penniless — or worse — after their windfall. Read their stories — as well those of winners who did better.

How Everyone Can Cut Cable and Still Watch What They Love — Even Sportsfans

Cutting the cable TV cord is getting easier (for sportsfans now, too). Here's where to find your favorite programming — whatever it may be.