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How to Score Free (or Almost Free) College Textbooks

Textbooks can cost you thousands of dollars over the course of your college career. Keep costs down with these tips.

Free Books: Little Libraries That Build Community and Save You Money

Around the world people are creating their own book exchanges. Learn how to find them, score cheap books, and meet your neighbors.

Financial Lessons From The Hunger Games

The popular story takes place in what might seem like a very different society, but it has many real-world lessons.

In With the Old: 4 Vintage Frugal Resources

From the USDA's out-of-print Home and Garden Bulletins to classic kids' books, Some of the best resources for frugality are decidedly low-tech.

Ask The Readers: How Do You Buy Books?

Tell us how you buy books and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

21 Personal Finance Lessons From Harry Potter

Muggles, magic...and money? Discover what Harry Potter's adventures can teach us about personal finance.

5 Books to Help You Master Your Business

Covering everything from branding to bravado, there's bound to be something bankable in this bundle of business books.

Book Review: The Road Out of Debt

The classic story of victory over debt is success through work and frugality. But real life is not always so positive, and that's why this book is so useful.

5 Tips to Get the Most Out of a Library Sale

Library sales aren't always for the faint of heart, and the huge selection plus low prices can be overwhelming. Follow these tips for a better trip next time.

Book Review: The Happy Minimalist

Like frugality and simplicity, minimalism is both a means and an end. It's a way of living light on your wallet and light on the planet, and it enables certain choices (such as

Book Review: The Trap

For more than two years now writing at Wise Bread, my whole thesis has been that frugality leads to freedom—if you can live cheaply enough, you can choose whatever work calls you,

Books Are the Bomb: Where to Get Them

You’re itching to expand your collection of books into a veritable library of tales and tomes. In fact, every stroll through a bookstore leaves you yearning for your own set of sto

Book 'Em This Season

The book ‘em initiative is really what the Holiday Season in general and Christmas is about -- not just the giving of things, but of ideas, thoughts, experiences, things that make

3 Alternative "Investments" for Long Term Enjoyment and Appreciation

Stocks, bonds, and real estate are investments we are all fairly familiar with. In the recent economic turmoil, many people are looking for alternative investments to maintain the

Book Review - In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue by Lauren Weber

In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue is a book that explores the morality and practicality of being frugal from the beginnings of America to 2009. The a

Book review: Life Inc.

Corporations were invented a few hundred years ago--created to increase the wealth and power of favored businessmen (and the governments that favored them). They have become such

Book review: The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It

In the days when self-sufficiency was simply the normal way of things, you'd learn the necessary knowledge and skills from your parents. (And from your grandparents, aunts and

Easy weekend business: sell used books

When I started blogging I wrote an article about saving money in college. In this article I wrote that I made money by selling used books. Some people were curious as to how I co

How to find the cheapest college textbooks

I’m not in college any more, thank goodness, but I remember every penny-pinching moment. Some days I hardly had enough money for food, mainly because the materials and textbooks I

Book review: Wabi Sabi Simple

I think so. To me, living large is about the breadth and width of my life, not about how high I can pile up stuff. If that is how you want to live large, you'll find a lot of