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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

How to Make Artisanal Bread on a Budget

Stop paying for those overpriced loaves when you can make delicious ones at home. It's great with soup!

How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)

Soup sounds like a boring meal day after day, right? Wrong! Here's a brilliant way to save money and make daily soup exciting.

34 Ways to Come Up With the Rent Before the Month Ends

Tight on cash? There are plenty of ways to get that rent money before the 1st of the month.

10 Money-Saving Habits You Should Never Apologize For

This is your life to live, and you should never feel bad about making decisions that save you money.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Can a Paint Job Help an Old House Pass a Re-Fi Appraisal?

After two not-so-successful attempts at a mortgage re-fi, Max is ready with a plan. Will the third time be the charm?

My 2016 Budget Challenge: What to Do With a Totaled Car

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?

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Three Lessons About Saving One Husband Learned in a Year

Max's Mr. Spendypants has learned his own share of frugal living lessons during Max's savings challenge year.

23 Frugal Living Resolutions Anyone Can Master

As the Champagne pops and the confetti flies, why not make some resolutions you can really keep this year?

My 2016 Budget Challenge: Reduce Debt or Save for an Emergency?

Life's curveballs have Max and her Mr. evaluating their budget challenge as a whole. Should they stay the course?

9 Gifts That Won't Become Clutter

Everyone loves gifts, but no one likes clutter. These minimalist ideas all make for a perfect present.

My 16 Favorite Ways to Get Rid of Clutter

Keep clutter out of your house — and out of a landfill — with one or more of these smart ways to keep your place tidy.

Reach Your Money Goals Faster With a Simple Naming Trick

Mortgage repayment, emergency funds… these things may not be "fun," but a cheeky approach to banking can make them a whole lot less stressful.

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.