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10 Expensive Things That Look Cheap

It's smart to spend more to buy quality and value. But it's doubly dumb to pay way, way more and wind up something that delivers so much less.

How to Watch Movies in the Theater for Free

You can easily see brand-new movies in the theaters for free. Yes, totally free. Really.

Repair the Car or Spend the Cash?

Your car has cosmetic damage after a crash. Do you get it repaired or use the insurance money for something else? There could be serious ramifications.

30 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Garam Masala

Indian food is known for the complexity of its spice blends, and garam masala is a great example. Learn how to use and enjoy this mix of cinnamon, cumin, cardamom and other spices.

7 Personal Finance Tips for Animal Lovers

We love our pets — too much sometimes — and it can cost us plenty. Get smart about caring for Fido and keep him from tearing a hole in your budget.

How to Use Up Remaining Balances on Prepaid Gift Cards

Looking in my wallet, there are no less than 5 prepaid debit or gift cards hiding at any one time.

8 Vile Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For

Although 99% of the ads on Craigslist are legit, some are designed to scam you. Recognize these eight common Craigslist scams and avoid becoming a mark.

Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs

Here are the results of my exploration to remove scratches from my CDs and DVDs, complete with my own experience with each remedy.

9 Ways to Earn Extra Cash When Money Is Tight

Whether you're unemployed or could just use some cash on the side, these gigs (ranging from oh-so-easy to kind of wacky) can help you make money fast.

The Best 5 Credit Cards for Groceries

Food is a huge part of most families' budgets. Maximize your supermarket spending by using one of these great grocery cash-back cards.

The 9 Secrets of Highly Successful Craigslist Sellers

From couches to cell phones, you can hock it on Craigslist. Follow these tips and go from Craigslist amateur to selling machine.

14 Ways to Retire Early

While retirement itself may seem an impossible dream, with good planning and aggressive saving, you may be able to actually retire — early.

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know You Could Buy at Costco

Paper goods, giant bags of peanuts, a year's supply of toothpaste… yeah, Costco sells that. Costco also sells 401(k) plans and caskets. Wait. What?

Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items

Stores make money by price markups. Learn the rationale behind retail pricing and what the product you're buying actually costs.

17 Things Car Salesmen Don't Want You to Know

Car salesmen have a lot of tricks up their sleeves to help separate you from your money. Learn what to watch out for.

Figuring the Size of Your Emergency Fund

The usual rule of thumb is 3 to 6 months' income. Of course that's silly--the size of your emergency fund needs to be based on your spending, not your income. But even 3

64 Funny, Inspiring and Stupid Money Quotes From Famous People

We've collected quotes from presidents, movie stars, philosophers, athletes, and even Paris Hilton on everybody's favorite topic: Money.

netSpend: The Story of the Visa Debit Card We Did Not Apply For

This is my story of shock, anger, and finally disgust at the practices of netSpend.

35 Delicious Rice and Bean Dishes

You know rice and beans are healthy and delicious. But did you know there are as many ways to prepare rice and beans as there are beans in the bag? Here're 35 to get you started.

Top Seven Reasons Why I Use My Credit Card for Everything

I charge absolutely everything to my credit card. Everything. Here are the reasons why I am a credit card junkie.