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20 Delectable, Frugal Pineapple Recipes

Pineapples are in season, which means it’s spring! (See also: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, by the Month) It also means you’re going to be seeing a lot more of this exotic, fragrant fruit in the grocery store, so I’ve compiled a few recipes below to make the most of the tropics. […]

9 Unexpected Benefits of Volunteering

From large scale operations to small community events, volunteers are always needed. There are plenty of stories promoting the work of celebrities who volunteer their time and talents, but there are many more people that work silently without recognition. […]

Best Money Tips: Free (and Almost Free) Spring Family Fun

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on spring family fun, ways to spring-clean your budget, and reducing your income taxes. Top 5 Articles Free (and Almost Free) Spring Family Fun — Flying a kite or going on a picnic are a couple great ways to have some frugal family fun. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Save on Transportation?

Everyday travel — to work, school, or just running errands around town — can cost a pretty penny in the form of gas, bus fare, or even bicycle maintenance costs. That's why many people research frugal ways to get from Point A to Point B. How do you save on transportation? Have you made any big changes to the way you travel? […]

What to Buy (and Avoid Buying) in April

For some, April is sunny skies and green grass. But in many parts of the US, there are all sorts of issues with the weather. Is it time to buy for summer, or spring, or winter? Well, let's take a look at the bargains and budget busters that are in stores right now. First, What to Buy… Well, most people have done their taxes by now (if you haven't, you better get cracking!). […]

The Five Stages of Not Shopping

On January 6, 2007 I joined The Compact, an environmental group whose members agree to “buy nothing new for one calendar year.” (See also: The Compact: Mindfulness and Frugality Through Buying Used) The goal of The Compact is to take as few virgin resources out of the planet as possible. I joined The Compact out of green guilt — in 2006 I had traveled to Italy three times and Spain once. […]

Best Money Tips: Saving Money on Coffee

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on saving money on coffee, ways to use your tax refund, and tips for decorating rentals without losing your security deposit. Top 5 Articles The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Coffee — Save money on coffee by getting a coffee maker and remembering that expensive doesn't always mean good. […]

Buying Your First Home: What to Do and When to Do It

Buying your first home is a beautiful thing. Actually, scratch that. Moving in to your first home is the beautiful part. Most of the stuff that comes before that is demanding, difficult, and often downright stressful. After all, for most people, that home purchase is the most money they’ll ever spend in one shot and the biggest loan they’ll ever ask for. […]

101 Useful Things You Can Do in 15 Minutes or Less

Do you have 15 minutes to spare? You can't tackle a long-term project or a complicated problem that requires deep concentration and uninterrupted thinking in the busyness of a typical day. But there are many things you can accomplish in 15 minutes or less. […]

5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Used Car

Spring is a time when the used car market sees an uptick in activity. Tax refunds are in hand, the sun is shining, the open road beckons, and folks start to stroll through used car lots with a gleam in their eyes. But before you start test driving and haggling, take a moment to prepare and clarify what kind of car you need and what you can afford. […]