Mock Applebee’s Chicken Wings and Walnut Blondie with Maple Butter Sauce

I love cooking, and I especially love finding ways to make my favorite restaurant food at home. I feel like I have somehow outsmarted the system. I can make a great, restaurant quality meal at home for my whole family for the price of one entree and tip at the restaurant. This week, my focus is on Applebee’s. […]

America’s Biggest, Most Expensive Homes

We often think that the very rich live differently from the rest of us. And when you look at some of their homes, it seems obvious that they are a world apart. The homes of the super wealthy aren’t just homes; they’re practically works of art in some cases. Right now, the world’s most expensive home is valued at $1 billion and located in India. […]

Should Congress Eliminate the Capital Gains Income Tax?

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected a running mate, Paul Ryan, who has proposed eliminating the income tax on capital gains. The Vice President of the United States doesn’t have the authority to change the tax law, of course, so there’s no reason to think this idea or the rest of Ryan’s fiscal plan will become a reality, but pieces of it might eventually be discussed in Congress. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Back to School Edition

My two oldest children are starting school in a week or so. My oldest child is returning to school, but it’s a new thing for my daughter. In any case, school supplies and such are starting to become a noticeable expense. […]

Amazon Sales Tax Expanding

Name the top three reasons you shop on Amazon. Chances are one of the them has to do with sales tax because Amazon doesn’t have to collect sales tax when shipping to the majority of the states in the Union. Amazon isn’t against collecting sales tax, it just doesn’t like the added overhead of doing it piecemeal. […]

The Power of Personal Responsibility

This post is from GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Frugal Cool blog for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. Last Wednesday evening I lost it, really lost it. […]

Sitting Pretty: How to Get Salon Services for Free

I’m probably alone on this, but I think I should get my first haircut from a new-to-me stylist for free. Every time I move someplace different, I have to find someone competent enough to cut my hair. […]

Trader Joes vs. Costco: What's a Better Place to Shop?

How does Trader Joe’s stack up against Costco? Both stores are often held up as ultimate destinations for the frugal shopper (frugal shoppers who also care about how employees are treated, as both Trader Joe’s and Costco seem to pay their employees well, unlike SOME big-box stores that will go unnamed in this article). […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal DIY Cleaning Projects

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on money-saving cleaning projects, what to do if you’re underpaid, and great household uses for Alka-Seltzer. Top 5 Articles 6 DIY Cleaning Projects to Save You Money — Make your own environmentally friendly floor cleaner with vinegar, baking soda, Fels-Naptha, and hot water. […]

How to Furnish Your Home for Less Than the Cost of a Moving Truck

During a recent move, our family decided that we could sell our furniture and buy used furniture for less than the cost of renting a moving truck. We moved into a completely empty rental house and furnished it for about $1,500. (There were major appliances already in the house.) After you've decided to used furniture, don't back down. […]

My Process for Determining a Suitable Rental Property

In a recent post I gave the background on how I've decided to invest into rental real estate. In this article I will detail the process I go through in determining whether or not a property is a suitable fit for me. […]

Dream Job vs. Reality Job

“I’ve got to get home for a phone call,” said my friend. I’ll call her Melanie. We’d been having an editorial meeting for the preview issue of the parenting literary magazine that we’re launching. The dream job As projects go, this was a dream for all of us; we’d raised a bunch of money on Kickstarter and had enough to print the first issue. […]

If You’re Planning on Moving in the Next Five Years, Rent (226/365)

If you’re thinking about buying a home, one of the first things you should consider is how long you’re going to stay in the area. If you’re pretty sure that you’re going to be moving elsewhere within five years, you’re better off renting. Why is that? There are several reasons. First, the first five years of the mortgage are the worst years for building equity. […]

7 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out

Who doesn’t love to go out to eat? You get a night off from cooking and doing dishes, you get tasty food that you may not be able to recreate at home, and you get to relax. Unfortunately, you usually have to pay a rather large bill, especially if you are dining out with your family. […]

Stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is one of our stock market’s most venerable indicies. Every single business day, financial news outlets will report how the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 performed as a barometer for the overall market. […]

More Valuable than Money or Possessions

There was a time about eight years ago when I woke up thinking about the possessions I had and the money I was earning. I was a collector of stuff and I was immensely proud of the money I was earning. Not only did I want lots of stuff for my own enjoyment, I also wanted to flaunt it to a certain extent. Over time, though, I began to realize that something was missing in my life. […]

The Poor Are Priced Out of Checking Accounts

Reminder: This is the last week to vote for Consumerism Commentary and your favorite financial blogs in this year’s Plutus Awards. Take a moment — after reading this article, naturally — to show your appreciation for the best writing about money management and personal finance outside of mainstream media. It’s no surprise that low income families are unbanked or underbanked. […]

Eight Valuable Costco Secrets

It’s no small secret that I’m a big fan of Costco. We probably make a trip there once a week, whether to get gas or to shop at the warehouse, and while we never really fill up a cart, we usually walk out with something good. I like Costco for their staples goods, whether it’s toilet paper or tissues, and only occasionally buy food that isn’t fresh or frozen. […]

Student Loan Debt: How I Got in Deep

This article is from new staff writer Honey Smith. My mother was quadriplegic by the time I was in high school. My dad was a real estate agent who worked on commission, so he worked long hours to make ends meet. As a result, I took on a lot of responsibility at a young age. I cooked and cleaned and did all the grocery shopping. […]