Elizabeth Lang's blog

How to Sell Your House in 24 Hours

24 hours? Yup, it's possible. Learn how one Wise Bread Blogger sold her home just a day after listing.

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My Second House

You might think that once you've bought one house, you're a pro. But being a second-time homebuyer can come with some unexpected surprises.

6 Reasons to Love Your Bank

Banks (especially big banks) tend to be vilified in the media. But there are some very good reasons to be thankful we have them.

The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries

Food is a huge part of most families' budgets. Maximize your supermarket spending by using one of these great grocery cash-back cards.

An Open Letter to America's Credit Card Companies

One consumer suggests five ways credit card companies can improve our love-hate relationship with those little pieces of plastic.

Can You Have It All? 4 Tips for Doing More With Your Time

Many of us think we don't have enough time in the day to do what we really want — but the truth is that, well, that's not quite true. Discover how to do more.

The Best Cheap Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

Want to breathe easy in your home? Filter your air without filtering too much cash from your wallet with these easy-to-care-for indoor plants.

12 Habits of Highly Responsible Credit Card Users

While regular credit card use can be harmful, these 12 responsible credit habits can help you build a stronger credit rating and a healthier bottom line.

The "Secret" Credit Card Perk That Saved Me $300

What to do when a purchase breaks after the warranty is over? Read your credit card fine print — you might be able to get a full, no-string-attached refund.

No Hassle: Capital One Cash Rewards Card

A miserly 1% cash back isn’t great, but several other attractive features make this card a good choice, especially for world travelers.

Don't Let Bedbugs Take a Bite Out of Your Next Thrift Store Deal

If you're not careful, a great deal on a used chair might cost you thousands in bedbug extermination costs. Here's what to watch out for.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes

Cooking the entire meal on Thanksgiving day is an exercise in extreme planning. Decrease turkey day stress by making these dishes ahead of time.

Tax Deductions to Start Thinking About Now

Tax deductions can save you a lot, but who wants to worry about them during the holidays? Here's what to do now to prepare for the end of the year.

Best Credit Cards for (New) Parents

Having kids changes your spending habits. Shouldn't your credit card change to match? Here are five smart cards to switch to post-baby.

9 Make-Ahead, Freezable Hot Breakfast Recipes

You can enjoy a hot breakfast without laboring in the kitchen before work — just whip up one of these make-and-freeze breakfasts over the weekend.

How Much It Costs to Own a Dog

If you're thinking about getting a dog or just want to know how much it costs to own one, this post dives into everything you need to know (and then some).

6 Mosquito-Repellent Plants With a Dual Purpose

These inexpensive herbs and flowers can add decoration to your garden and flavor to your meals...and they just happen to deter mosquitoes too!

11 Must-Packs for Your Summer Vacation

Want to save money on your summer trips? Make sure you pack these 11 items (plus, discover a few supposed "must haves" that you should leave at home).

Why I Like Big Banks

Lots of people are ditching their big banks for credit unions — but not this writer. Read on to find out why she loves her big bank.

Cancel Student Loans to Save — and Receive an Interest-Free 120-Day Loan

What's an easy way to have less debt? Return money you don't need. In federal loan lingo, it's called "canceling" your loan, and it can save you a lot.