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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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Tech Life: 8 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be an Early Adopter

Early adopters of new technology are, God love ‘em, those folks who are the first to embrace manufacturer innovations in the marketplace. In my day, they were first family on block to get a microwave or a VCR. Today, they’re the first to have an LCD TV or smartphone. These are the consumers that manufacturers dream of and often cater to. […]

Oodles of Noodles: 25 Ways to Prepare Pasta

Pasta is one of the most versatile ingredients in your pantry. It can be whipped up in a couple of minutes for a quick weeknight meal, or it can be elegantly prepared for a dinner party. It's perfect for potlucks, can be prepared ahead of time and frozen, and tastes great microwaved the next day. […]

The Psychology of Free, and Its Power Over You

I was told in college, and in most ad agencies I’ve ever worked in, that two of the most powerful words available to any advertiser are FREE and NEW. […]

Best Money Tips: How to Pack a Suitcase

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles to help you pack a suitcase, travel with presents, and set up a Christmas tree with zero fuss. Top 5 Articles 10 Simple Steps: How to pack a suitcase — Make this your packing mantra: bundle, roll, shove, layer, tame. [Squawkfox] Packed! 5 Tips to Travel With Presents — Improvise your wrapping supplies. […]

How to Give Thoughtful Gifts on a Scrooge-Like Budget

You don’t want to spend too much money on Christmas presents. But you don’t want to act Scrooge-like or look cheap. […]

Amazon Will Give You 5% Off for Price Checking Saturday: But Is It Fair?

Amazon is offering shoppers 5% off on purchases this Saturday — December 10 — if they use the retailer's Price Check app on the same product in a brick and mortar store. […]

5 Best Sign-up Bonuses for Airline Miles Credit Cards

They say that if an offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Therefore, one could be forgiven for dismissing some generous credit card sign-up bonuses on that basis, as many do. Nevertheless, travel credit cards really do offer some amazing bonuses that allow my family and I to travel extensively. […]

Abandon Losing Strategies

Popular culture praises persistence. We go so far as to invent words like "sticktoitiveness" and repeat aphorisms like "try, try again" and "who dares, wins" and "never give up, never give in." (See also: Not the Sort of Person Who…) The fact is, giving up is often the right strategy. If you're spending more than you earn, the sooner you give up, the less of a hole you'll be in. […]

Best Money Tips: Hosting a Budget-Friendly Holiday Party

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some great articles on planning holiday parties on the cheap, foods that boost your immunity, and saving money on your next car. Top 5 Articles How to Host a Budget Holiday Party — Place some tree ornaments in a glass bowl for a simple — yet festive — holiday centerpiece. […]

4 Ways to Avoid Awkward Moments at White Elephant Parties

Chances are you’re invited to one of two types of soirees this holiday season — an ugly sweater party or a white elephant party. (See also: Creating a Memorable Christmas) The former is self-explanatory. Everybody wears the ugliest holiday sweaters they can find — usually obtained from a thrift store or their mom’s closet. […]