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Choosing the Wrong Color Can Cost You Big on These Purchases

Marketers and product designers spend a lot of money choosing just the right color to make you buy. Does color influence your spending?

A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans

By following a simple routine, you can have denim jeans for every occasion and task, and you only have to buy a single pair per year.

60+ Things You Can Decorate With Washi Tape

Colorful washi tape is easy to work with and suitable for a bunch of fun design and decoration projects. Where will you stick washi tape next?

6 Reasons January Is the Right Time to Start Planning for Christmas

Plan for the holidays already? With the holidays still fresh in mind, now is the best time to start holiday planning and prep. Here's how to start.

You Need an Inventory of Your Stuff (and It's Easier Than You Think)

A home inventory can help you recover from a disaster — or it can be the first step toward decluttering. Make yours before it's too late.

The 9 People in Your Life Who Are Keeping You Poor

It's not easy to manage money, but when you include the influence and needs of those around us, it's downright hard. Who's keeping you poor?

The Only 5 Words You Need to Declutter Your Life

Bust your clutter with the help of these five words. Here's a hint — they all begin with the letter "R".

How to Build a Downsized Wardrobe You Love

Maximize your look while minimizing your wardrobe (and spending on clothing) with a few simple rules that match your clothes to your lifestyle.

The Guide to Staying at Hostels for People Over 30

Hostels aren't just for 20-somethings. No, really, even adults can slash the cost of lodging by staying at hostels instead of hotels.

The Most Valuable Thing Debt Takes From You Isn't Money — It's This

The longer you stay in the debt, the more it's going to cost you.

$20 in Los Angeles: The 16 Best Ways to Spend It

The City of Angels offers lots of cheap thrills, from cinema to tacos. Find out how far $20 will take you in Los Angeles.

101 Little Things You Can Fix Right Now!

Whether you're on hold with customer service or just have an extra minute or two, tackle one of these projects RIGHT NOW to make your life more awesome.

How I Saved $30,000 and Helped the Earth at the Same Time

You know that the green lifestyle is often also a frugal lifestyle, but Wise Bread writer Max Wong shows you how you can take both to a whole new level.

12 Ways to Cut Down on Garbage and Save Money Too!

Reducing your trash stream is good for the environment. If that's not enough, it can boost your revenue stream too. Read this to learn how!

15 Cheap Staple Dishes From Around the World

People around the world have been eating delicious, frugal, and healthful food for centuries. Try these international cheap eats!

25+ Secrets to Keep Your Clothes Brighter, Whiter, and Lasting Longer

You can keep your timeless classics looking timeless and classic — just follow these simple laundry tricks.

Why You Should Build a Frugal Community — and How to Do It

It's hard to go it alone, especially for those pursuing a frugal lifestyle. Here's how to surround yourself with wonderful, thrifty people.

16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne

Don't pour last night's leftover champagne down the drain! Save it to use as a key ingredient in cocktails, desserts, soups, hair care, and more.

You Won't Believe How Much You Can Save With an Ice Cube Tray

You can do a lot more with an ice tray than make ice — you can freeze your spending, reduce food waste, and more! Learn how.

Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever

Got a problem with clutter? Make this one commitment, and your house (and life) will become awesomely clutter-free.