Tara Struyk's blog

Why We're So Materialistic (Even Though We Know It's Dumb)

Getting control of our spending and our finances would be a lot easier if we weren't so materialistic. So why are we?

The 10 Commandments of Credit Card Use

Follow these 10 rules of responsible credit card use and reap the rewards of low interest, smaller monthly bills, and more money in your savings.

10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding

Fat should be avoided at all costs, right? Wrong. These are the fats you should be getting more of for a healthier you.

4 Financial Lessons From "Fifty Shades of Grey"

C'mon, don't lie. You know you only read the Fifty Shades series for the scandalous... personal finance lessons.

Build a Better Budget in 5 Minutes Flat

Creating a basic budget truly is simple and easy, and so is maintaining it afterward. What are you waiting for? Take five minutes and start budgeting!

The Secret to Succeeding at Absolutely Everything

What do most winners have in common (beside some natural ability and maybe some luck)? It's a gritty little secret that's easier than it looks.

15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake

Holiday baking is a sweet tradition, and you'll find plenty of traditional holiday baking ideas here, plus a few new ones for some sweet holiday surprises.

Saving Money Is Easy If You Set the Right Goals

There's a reason coaches and CEOs look for "goal-oriented" athletes and employees. Goals help us achieve more, whether touchdowns, profits, or savings.

5 Stupid Things My Parents Taught Me About Money

Your parents probably gave you a lot of advice about money. But that advice might have been very, very bad.

20 Cute, Creepy, Campy, and Scare-You-Stiff Halloween Movies for the Whole Family

Whether setting the mood for trick-or-treaters or in the mood for a scare, you'll find something delightfully frightful in this collection of family friendly Halloween movies.

8 All-Natural Ways to Relieve Sore Muscles

A tough workout is good for mind and body, but it doesn't always feel that way. Relieve those day-after aches and pains with these natural, effective remedies.

Live Long and Prosper With These 15 Small Healthy Habits

When it comes to living longer, healthier lives, it's the little things that count. Add a few (or all!) of these habits to your routine and feel better, longer.

8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career

If your current pays-the-bills job isn't your dream career, this collection of wisdom just might give you the push you need to find more joyful work.

10 Things You Didn’t Learn in College (but You Should Have)

It’s kind of ironic that most of us head to college hoping to get smarter and end up feeling so stupid. Here's what I wish I'd learned.

Don't Panic! How to Meet a Deadline

You can't cheat time; and hair pulling, sweating, and crying won't get it done, either. But you can meet a tight deadline with one or more of these tips.

25 Reasons Why You Should Take a Walk

Walking is simple, accessible, and good for the mind, body, community, and soul. If you're looking for an excuse to go for a walk, try one or two of these.

7 Easy Ways to Have Energy After Work

It’s 5 p.m. Do you know where your energy went? Follow these easy suggestions to feel great at the end of your work day.

Lifestyle Inflation: The Ultimate Financial Trap

Lifestyle inflation takes extra money and turns it into a vain attempt to buy joy. Avoid it by changing your perspective on money and happiness.

Lessons in Simple Living From Extreme Minimalists

You don't have to forsake your worldly possessions to find bliss, but we can all live more frugally — and more elegantly — by learning from those who have.

Are Your Spices Fake?

If your spices don't have the smell and taste you expect, they might be old. They might also be fake. These are the likeliest impostors in your spice rack.