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.
After two not-so-successful attempts at a mortgage re-fi, Max is ready with a plan. Will the third time be the charm?
Things took an unfortunate turn for Max — somewhat literally — on the 110 Freeway. Can she find the silver lining in her totaled set of wheels?
Max's Mr. Spendypants has learned his own share of frugal living lessons during Max's savings challenge year.
As the Champagne pops and the confetti flies, why not make some resolutions you can really keep this year?
Life's curveballs have Max and her Mr. evaluating their budget challenge as a whole. Should they stay the course?
Everyone loves gifts, but no one likes clutter. These minimalist ideas all make for a perfect present.
Keep clutter out of your house — and out of a landfill — with one or more of these smart ways to keep your place tidy.
Mortgage repayment, emergency funds… these things may not be "fun," but a cheeky approach to banking can make them a whole lot less stressful.
Max is facing one of the biggest decisions in her budget challenge yet — should she sell her house? The decision is amusingly complex.
If your tiny kitchen space doesn't have these essentials, you're not living your best life.
The early bird gets the worm, and also saves a ton of money by making delicious holiday treats!
If you have old photo albums collecting dust in the closet, take them out, dust them off, and put them to good use!
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!
The cheapest way to spruce up a space is with paint. Sample paint chips, that is.
Put your killer fashion sense to work and get a gig in the fashion world.
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.
Don't throw that empty milk jug away! Put it to good use with these fun craft ideas
Max has added a new goal to her budget challenge; lose some weight. Find out how she's slimming down on a dime.
Science proves it; retail therapy is real. Harness the power of those buy now vibes to become a real money saver.
Sure, saving money takes time and effort. When it comes to living frugally, if you make the time, you'll find the money.