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Twelve Strategies for Getting Food on the Table During a Money Crisis

One common question I hear from readers – and see on various personal finance message boards – goes something like this: Over the past few weeks, some sort of financial calamity has occurred in my life. As a result, I only have $10 or $20 that needs to last me until the end of the month. I have nothing in my cupboards. […]

Seven Practical Gifts for College Students

You may be expecting to see the twins from “The Shining,” but it’s really a dorm hallway. Send your favorite college student back to school with a gift to brighten up such institutional living. Photo: Qusai Al Shidi The holiday season is well under way. […]

Escaping the Trap of Eating Out Every Night

If you live in a city and have a busy schedule, it is really easy to fall into a cycle of eating out almost every night. This used to be me. I worked in a city, but I actually lived in a small town that was a good dozen miles away. In the evenings, many of my social events were in the city, so I would often find reasons to just stay in the city. […]

Escaping the Trap of Eating Out Every Night

If you live in a city and have a busy schedule, it is really easy to fall into a cycle of eating out almost every night. This used to be me. I worked in a city, but I actually lived in a small town that was a good dozen miles away. In the evenings, many of my social events were in the city, so I would often find reasons to just stay in the city. […]

How to Make Money Selling Crafts on Etsy

Whether you can sew a handbag, make a picture frame, or just have an eye for vintage style, there’s a niche for you on Etsy, the eBay of handmade and vintage goods. Photo: Katrina Rodabaugh Have you ever knitted a scarf, made jewelry, or sewn clothes for your kids? Can you build a bench, take intriguing photos, or make a picture frame from scrap wood? […]

How to Make Money Selling Crafts on Etsy

Whether you can sew a handbag, make a picture frame, or just have an eye for vintage style, there’s a niche for you on Etsy, the eBay of handmade and vintage goods. Photo: Katrina Rodabaugh Have you ever knitted a scarf, made jewelry, or sewn clothes for your kids? Can you build a bench, take intriguing photos, or make a picture frame from scrap wood? […]

The Ultimate Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord

Cable television is expensive, not just in terms of money but also in terms of time. The service costs money, as does the electricity that powers your cable box and television, plus there’s the time spent watching television. It’s an expense that can drain both your finances and your opportunities. For us, cable television is one of the bigger bones of financial contention in our marriage. […]

College Financial Guide: Filling Out the FAFSA

Let’s spell this out: If you want financial aid for college, you need to fill out the FAFSA. Photo: Simon Cunningham There usually isn’t a conversation about college without the topic of money coming up. And rightfully so. College is expensive. […]

Best Home Equity Loan Rates for 2014

  You can borrow against your home’s value, but there’s a lot to keep in mind. Photo: David Home equity loans hold undeniable appeal for many homeowners. They’re a convenient way to unlock some cash by tapping the value built up in your home — money you otherwise won’t see unless you sell your home for a profit. […]