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Gift Giving Hacks That Will Save Your Money and Your Sanity

When one writer married into a huge family, gift giving got really complicated. Discover her savvy suggestions for saving money and time.

10 Great Gifts From the Thrift Store

This year, lessen your carbon footprint, support your local economy, save money, and give to charity all at the same time — buy gifts at the thrift store.

Eat Your Garbage! Turn Your Trash Into Delicious Holiday Food

From elegant brunches to tasty (and giftable!) treats, discover how your food waste can make amazing, celebration-worthy eats.

Get a Week's Worth of Dinners Out of One Chicken

Save money and eat healthy with this delicious plan for stretching one chicken into a full week of meals.

How My Hoarder Family Saved Christmas

Discover how one family of hoarders transitioned to a no-gift Christmas — and the amazing difference it made.

5 Easy-to-Make Deluxe Gifts for Under $15

From plants that keep on giving to a gift that's totally free, these DIY items have you covered no matter what the occasion.

Thanksgiving: 3 Ways (This Thanksgiving We're Going to Party Like It's 1621)

I’m celebrating Thanksgiving three times this year. In the spirit of the Plymouth colonists’ and Wampanoag Confederacy’s first dinner, I’m going to follow their example on what mak

5 Potluck Parties That Help You Share the Wealth

Having no money has never kept me from having a good time. Over the years I’ve developed several pot luck-style parties that are not only easy to tweak for just about any location

5 Ways Self Storage Units Are More Sad Museums Than Savvy Solutions

This week I did an intervention on Sarah, one of my dearest friends. Sarah has a substance abuse problem -- but not with drugs. Sarah has a problem with self storage.

Gadzukes! 10 Ways to Use Up Your Zucchini Bounty

And by "bounty", I mean "curse". It's the end of the summer. And once again you are suffering from that chronic malaise common to the home gardener: Zucchini Fatigue. Instead of d