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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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Ask The Readers: Do You Comparison Shop?

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Lisa, BRB, and Kristen for winning this week's contest! Everyone loves finding good deals on items they need to buy. Most people will look for items on sale and relish in the glory of not paying full price. […]

12 Ways to Save Cash on New Clothes

As someone who preaches the value of a frugal lifestyle, I have a confession to make: My name is Mikey, and I’m a clothes-aholic. But as textile prices continue to rise — I honestly don’t know how retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch stay in business, selling the same designs year after year at premium prices — my bank account seems to stay at the same level. […]

5 Romantic, Inexpensive Anniversary Celebrations

You can’t quantify love. It's not exactly a catchy, Beatles-esque hook, but it's true nonetheless. Happily wedded couples have known for years that some of best anniversary gifts are often the most inexpensive. […]

Best Money Tips: Frugal Back-to-School Shopping

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on frugal back-to-school shopping, how to complain about your credit card, and frugal living tips for college students. Top 5 Articles Frugal Back-to-School Shopping — Get your child ready to go back to school the frugal way by not buying stuff you already have at home. […]

The Ads That Are Part of Your Life

How much does advertising affect you? You may not think it has any real affect on your everyday life, but it's an extremely powerful tool that has a major impact on so much of what we do, say, buy, wear, or talk about. […]

Line Drying Your Laundry: Frugal or Foolish?

I’ve had the joy of using a new HE washer and dryer for the past year, but life wasn’t always so plush. In fact, there have been times more recently when I have washed by hand and line-dried — out of necessity, not due to a love of energy conservation. I will admit, however, that line-drying has made sense in some instances, and the perks cannot be replaced by any mechanical means. […]

Best Money Tips: Saving Tips For New Parents

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on saving tips for new parents, what to ask your job interviewer, and how to choose a college. Top 5 Articles Saving Tips For New Parents: Get Ready For Baby! — One of the best ways to save money when it comes to getting ready for a baby is to comparison shop. […]

8 Tips for Planning a Last-Minute Wedding

Five months out, we recently made some cost-cutting changes to our wedding plans.  Scaling back makes the most financial sense for us, and we left ourselves enough time to plow ahead with a cheaper and equally enjoyable reception with our closest friends and relatives. […]

Debt Ceiling Contingency Plans

What will the Treasury do if there's no increase in the debt ceiling? What should you do? Back in April I wrote a post about what would happen if the debt ceiling were not raised. I suggested that the Treasury could deal with a cash shortage the same way Illinois had — by delaying some payments and prioritizing others. […]

The Debt Ceiling Crisis in Everyday English

If you’re like most Americans, you’ve heard more than you ever wanted to hear about the debt ceiling crisis. However, hearing is different from understanding, and this is a complex problem that can be difficult to grasp. In this case, it's been even harder to get an accurate explanation about what is going on in language that’s easy to understand. […]