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Living large on a small budget. Despite what you may have heard, you don't have to sacrifice your financial independence to enjoy life. We believe people on a budget can still enjoy fabulous and fun lives.

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Are You Underpaid? How to Figure Out What Salary You Deserve

The ultimate job question: How much should you earn? It can be surprisingly hard to figure this out, because employers tend to hide the pay disparities between employees. There are, however, some good ways to ascertain what salary you deserve. […]

How to Eat Well on Just $20 a Week (With Meal Plans!)

Can you eat for just $20 a week? Well, I've been feeding my family of three on an average of $65 a week for several years now — so you can certainly get close. Beyond a basic shopping list, eating on a budget — any budget — takes some patience, planning, and creativity. When I was cooking for only myself, I found shopping for two weeks at a time most helpful with my budgeting. […]

4 Ways Stores Trick Us Into Impulse Buys (And How to Resist)

Paco Underhill's Why We Buy is the seminal book of retail psychology. I first read it when I was fresh out of business school and newly employed by Toys 'R Us as we worked on revamping the brand and the physical stores. It made me realize all of the tools that retailers use to their advantage to entice customers. Because over half of purchases in the U.S. […]

Successful Women Have These 7 Things in Their Bags — Do You?

First of all, it's a bag — not a purse. The successful woman can't possibly tote around all her must-haves in a dainty little purse. Perhaps U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, said it best when she told the New York Times this: "I think most of us, while we may look at the cute little purses, our lives don't fit a cute little purse. […]

Is Your Partner Financially Unfaithful? (1 in 3 Are)

One in three adults in a combined financial relationship admits to financially deceiving their partner, according to a recent poll published by the National Endowment for Financial Education. Even worse, 76% admit that financial deceptions have had an impact on their relationship. […]

Best Money Tips: The Travel Edition

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some of the best articles from around the web on travel! Top 5 Articles Ten Money-Saving Vacation and Travel Tips — Packing smart and sleeping cheap can help you save money on your vacation. […]

8 Little Ways to Become More Present (and Love Your Life More)

Do you ever pull into the driveway after a long day of work and wonder where the day went? Ever find yourself living for the weekend only to marvel on Sunday night how quickly it passed? Sometimes life demands not only that we multitask, but "hypertask." And in the process we're skimming above the moments of our lives, exhausted. […]

If You're Eating These 6 Things, Your "Diet" Is Doing Nothing

Dieting is hard. But guess what? Bad dieting can require the same amount of stress and effort, and no positive result. (See also: 14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight) If you're trying to lose weight, it's hard to know what foods to avoid. Sometimes we fall into the traps set by food marketers, or fall prey to our own sweet tooths. […]

10 Unexpected Things You Should Consider When Picking Where You Retire

Retirement often brings about relocation — possibly to a warmer area, a place with better health care, a quieter community, or just wherever Sal and Judy ended up. What a nice couple! Retirees often focus on things like hospitals, access to national parks, closeness to family, or an established community of senior citizens — and rightly so. […]

10 Easy Pesto Recipes (And Only One Uses Basil!)

I love summer (and fall) for the bountiful produce we receive from our CSA share each week. Thing is, as the weeks go on, the fruits and veggies start to pile up faster than I can use them in my cooking. Thankfully, I've learned some basic preservation techniques so we can enjoy them in the off-season. […]