Max Wong's blog

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.

20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim Jeans

Don't toss that old denim! The durable and easy to work fabric is well-suited for a number of post-wardrobe uses.

10 Fun, Free Ways to Entertain Yourself During a Flight Delay

If you're facing a long layover and a shortage of power outlets, forgo the tablet and try one of these inspired — and free — ways to pass the time.

Stuff We Love: 49 Different Looks From One Pair of Mohop Sandals

Cute, custom, and cruelty free. Mohop's vegan shoes are good for your feet, your planet, and your wardrobe.

Build a Work Wardrobe for Any Job on a Budget

Don't be daunted by the cost of work clothes! There are lots of ways to create appropriate ensembles for any job that'll leave you plenty of paycheck.

50+ Ways to Save Water

Even if you live in a rainy climate, you can do the planet and your pocketbook a favor by conserving water. Here's how.

From Dumpster Diving to Garage Sales, Turning Trash Into Cash

Learn how one dedicated recycler earned $1,200, paid her tuition, repaired her furniture, and financed her wedding with discarded stuff she found.

18 Awesome, Practically Free Upcycled Craft Projects

One of the easiest ways to cut crafting costs is to source inexpensive supplies, and what could be cheaper than the recycling bin?

The Five Stages of Not Shopping

When people see us make a lifestyle change — even a positive one like frugality — their responses often resemble the Five Stages of Grief.

20+ Ways to Use Sriracha (AKA Awesome Sauce)

Investing in one bottle of Sriracha chili sauce means no boring meals for a year! (Or almost month if you enjoy Sriracha as much as this writer does.)

Mayonnaise: The Thrifty and Delicious Secret Ingredient Already in Your Fridge

Whether you want moist cake or tender chicken, for delicious, frugal recipes, just open a jar of mayo.

The Psychology of Money: How a T-Shirt Equals a Taco

Sometimes, really understanding your finances doesn't mean knowing the numbers — it means knowing how many tacos you can buy.