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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 2016 Budget Challenge: How to Decide When to Sell Your House

Max is facing one of the biggest decisions in her budget challenge yet — should she sell her house? The decision is amusingly complex.

31 Essential Kitchen Tools All Frugal Cooks Need

If your tiny kitchen space doesn't have these essentials, you're not living your best life.

Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts

The early bird gets the worm, and also saves a ton of money by making delicious holiday treats!

12 Smart Ways to Organize Old Photos

If you have old photo albums collecting dust in the closet, take them out, dust them off, and put them to good use!

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Where to Find Cheap Training for a New Career

Max is feeling the crunch. With $21K still left to go, will she hit her budget goals and find a new job by December? Stay tuned!

25 Beautiful Things You Can Make With Paint Sample Cards

The cheapest way to spruce up a space is with paint. Sample paint chips, that is.

18 Cool Jobs for Fashion Lovers

Put your killer fashion sense to work and get a gig in the fashion world.

6 Dumb Places You’re Leaving Your Money

Cash is king… when it comes to keeping you broke. Once you have an emergency fund, start hiding your cash where it can grow, too.

37 Brilliant Ways to Reuse an Empty Milk Jug

Don't throw that empty milk jug away! Put it to good use with these fun craft ideas

My 2016 Budget Challenge: How to Lose Weight Without Counting Calories

Max has added a new goal to her budget challenge; lose some weight. Find out how she's slimming down on a dime.

How to Shop With Purpose — And Save More Money

Science proves it; retail therapy is real. Harness the power of those buy now vibes to become a real money saver.

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?