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6 Ways to Be a Better Friend Without Any Effort

We'd all like to be better friends — and we should be. Keep your friends close with some simple relationship builders.

12 Things You Need to Stop Doing Today to Be a Better Friend

What do we value most in life? Family and friends. Keep and strengthen those precious bonds by avoiding these common relationship-busters.

7 Nice Ways to Tell Your Spendy Friends You're Staying on Budget

Keeping up with your spendy friends gets expensive. Let them know you're on a budget without making a big deal about it.

The 5 Worst Pieces of Financial Advice Your Friends Give You

Have you been listening to any of this advice from your friends? If you have, you need to stop right now.

5 People You Should Have in Your "Personal Emergency Kit"

Friends in need are friends indeed. When trouble strikes, big or small, who you gonna call? Somebody from your must have list of emergency contacts!

15 Ways to Stay on Budget — Even With Your Spendy Friends

You don't have to give up spending time with your friends if you have decided to stop spending money. Here's what to do instead.

25 Easy Ways to Make Someone Happy Today

Making other people happy is great! Here are some easy, low- or no-cost ways to bring a smile to someone else's face — and to yours.

10 Ways to Have a Cheaper Evening Hanging Out With Friends

Strengthen your friendship bonds without weakening your finances with these fun, cheap outings and get-togethers.

Being Frugal Without Giving Up Your Social Life

Despite what some people think, you don't have to be a hermit to be frugal. Learn how you can have a fun social life AND maintain your budget.

A Step-by-Step Guide for When Friends Ask for Help Being Frugal

One writer shares his five-step plan for helping friends who want to be frugal, so you can use it for your friends, too — or yourself.

Friends and Goals: Don't Let a Blue Falcon Bring You Down

What's the key to ensuring you achieve your goals? Not listening to the "blue falcons" in your life.

Paying for a Piece of the Pizza: Techniques for Splitting the Bill

Sick of being the person to count everyone's cash or cover for a mooching friend? Next time you're splitting the check, try one of these techniques.

11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette

Being a great houseguest requires more than a parting gift upon departure. See what it takes to really make sure you get invited back.

How to Reward Friends Who Help You Move

Pizza and beer is the standby reward for friends who help you move. Get creative with these other ways to say "thanks for carrying my stuff."

6 Areas Where You Can Eliminate Distractions

Do you have a black hole of distractions sucking you into the vortex of non-productivity? Here's how to get focused.

10 Hidden Costs That Hurt Your Wallet

From spend-happy friends to bad bulk buying and more, these sneaky costs and poor financial habits could be sucking the life out of your bank account.

The Second-Best Way to Make your Household More Secure

You already know the best way to make your household finances more secure: emergency fund, insurance, diversified investment portfolio, marketable skills. But once you're doing

Having Fun at Work, Life, and Everything In-Between

Even though some of us may embrace the idea that one should not mix work and play, it turns out that having fun with your colleagues might have it’s share of benefits for our healt

Friends Don't Let Friends...

In the past few decades the Ad Council has been running an ad with the tag line "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk". This ad campaign has been instrumental in decreasing drunk

Dissecting "Gift Guilt" - When Does Receiving a Gift Make You Feel Bad?

Ever since I was a child, I have been taught that when you receive a gift you should be happy about it and then give something back in return. To this day I still believe that is g