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Max Wong

Max is a filmmaker and producer of feature films like Bring It On, she works as an architectural photographer, a personal finance writer, a beekeeper, and is founder of handmade food company, Sticky Acres.

Latest articles by Max Wong

My Budget Challenge 2016: How to Live Frugally When You Have No Time

Sure, saving money takes time and effort. When it comes to living frugally, if you make the time, you'll find the money.

10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Clothes Looking New

You've stocked your capsule wardrobe with smart, versatile looks. Now keep them looking that way, season after season.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Does Taking a Regular Day Job Mean Giving Up?

The freelance life ain't always easy. Max is on the hunt for a regular, good old fashioned job offer — and money isn't the only reason why.

9 Qualities to Look for in Well-Made Clothing

Before stocking your capsule wardrobe with some sweet new outfits, make sure they're worth the cost — and will last a good long while.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: How to Buy a House When You Live Paycheck to Paycheck

Max shares what she learned about compound savings while saving for a house — and how she's using those lessons in this year's budget challenge.

13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master

Having a green thumb is not only a great skill to have — it can also save you big bucks!

My 2016 Budget Challenge: How to Turn Your Spouse Into a Money Saver

Max is owning her crazy in her journey to save $31K this year. Her husband, Mr. Spendypants, is along for the ride.

One Simple Thing You Can Do Today to Start Living Frugally

Start living a life more frugal — right now! — with one simple shift in perspective.

12 Reasons Your Debt Isn't Diminishing

Uh oh — your debt burden has hardly budged from your initial starting balance. What are you doing wrong?

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Affording Education

For Max, a new career means learning a whole new skill set. Find out how she's achieving it while keeping to her strict budget.

The High Cost of Cheap Food

Cheap eats might be destroying your waistline, your health, and the environment, too. Learn about the costs — and what you can do about them.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Am I Ruining My Career?

Make a little money now, or a lot of money later? Corporate grind or freelance life? Max weighs the pros and cons of her gig focused income stream.

How to Keep DIY Projects From Ruining Your Life

Before you swing a wrecking ball through your hard-earned savings, you should decide if home improvement DIY is worth it at all.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Finding Food

From the streets of LA to the forest floor, Max Wong is finding brilliant ways to cut food costs on her way to finding an extra $31K this year.

6 Old School Tools to Help You Stay on Budget

If the latest apps and digital spreadsheets aren't your cup of tea, kick it old school with these low tech ways to keep finances on track.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Job Creation

From sourcing vintage car parts to freelance photography, Max Wong is tackling her budget challenge by conjuring jobs out of thin air.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Everything Breaks

The second installment of this Wise Breader's budget challenge finds Max on the verge of a breakdown.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Why I Need to Find $31K This Year

Wise Bread writer Max Wong needs to find an extra $31,000 this year. She's up for the challenge, and we're along for the ride.

11 Ways a Second Language Can Boost Your Career

Need to add a competitive edge to your resume? Learn a second language!

Hambone Soup and 13 Other Hambone Recipes

If you've got some leftover ham, you've got an endless array of cheap, delicious eats. Try one of these recipes!