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Selling Your Home: 17 Ways to Prepare Your House for Inspection Success

Congrats! You've received an offer on your home and agreed upon a sale price. The papers are signed, and the next step in the process is your home inspection. Chances are that a satisfactory report is the last major hurdle toward sale — so it's important you put your best foot forward. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 6/5, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 pm Pacific for lively conversation and a chance to win prizes! Use #WBChat to participate. This week's topic: Having a Frugal Father's Day! Learn about frugal gifts for dad, throwing an affordable Father's Day celebration, and more! […]

Best Money Tips: Secrets for Financial Success

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on secrets for financial success, ways to make an extra $500 a month, and frugal ways to enjoy summer. Top 5 Articles 38 Secrets for Financial Success: My Personal Finance Manifesto — Always remember that when it comes to saving money, patience is a virtue. […]

5 Surprising Ways to Get Deals

All of our usual shopping haunts have data on our browsing and purchasing habits. While that can be disconcerting, we can use it to our advantage. Our shopping behaviors can reward us with cool stuff like coupon codes, discounts, free shipping, and bonus gifts. Here are five surprising ways to game the system and get deals. (See also: 50 Best Coupon code Sites) 1. […]

31 Delicious, Cheap Recipes That Use Up Your Herb Garden

I have murdered plants in my garden ranging from artichokes to zucchini, but the herbs thrive. And thrive. My basil and oregano look more like shrubs. The lavender staged a garden takeover while the rosemary attempted to build its own hedge. (See also: How to Store Herbs) What to DO with all of these herbs? Cookies Yes, I know, leave it to me to find cookie recipes to use up herbs. […]

The Best Time of the Day to Do Everything

Our bodies run on a circadian rhythm that affects our mood and energy throughout the day. It follows that certain tasks are better suited for certain times of the day, when our body is in sync with those tasks. (See also: Finding Your Best Work Hours) That said, there are many tasks for which it is difficult to find a consensus for the best time. […]

9 Travel Expenses You Forgot to Budget For

When I prepare a budget for a trip, I like to add a padding of about 20% to my original estimate for unexpected expenses. It's difficult to anticipate every single expense that you'll encounter when you travel, but here are some common costs that could trip you up. (See also: Negotiate All Your Travel: The Ultimate Guide) 1. Departure Taxes Some countries impose departure taxes when you leave. […]

A Lot of People Don't Understand What Money Really Is — Do You?

What is money, really? I'm not talking about the physical or economic properties of currency. I'm talking about what money means to you — and whether you work for it or it works for you. Once you understand what money really is, then you can harness it to suit your needs. […]

31 Reasons Why I'm in Love With Thrift Shopping (and You Should Be Too)

I realize I'm a strange animal. My palms tingle a little bit when I approach a thrift store. All my senses sharpen. The rest of the world fades into watercolor tones and muffled sounds. I can park, grab my wallet, hop out, and lock my car in a single fluid Matrix-inspired movement. Once inside, I can size up a thrift store in seconds: Who's the serious competition and who's just browsing? […]