Articles on Frugal Living

Quality of Life

Despite cultural differences, language barriers, and economical disparities around the world, I discovered that we all seem to be fighting the same demons and striving for the same

Drugstore Freebies: More Than Junk Food and Harsh Chemicals

Some haters think that playing the drugstore instant rebates is actually a waste of time and money. I counter that you can't waste money if you don't spend any money, and as for ti

Are Farmer's Markets Frugal or a Luxury?

Are farmer's markets a luxury or a cost-saving measure? Read how foodies from all over the country compared the costs, and how my visit to the early-season Chicago-area market shap

Buying (and Trading) on Etsy

Want to support artists, artisans,and the little guy while making your gift purchases? Need a new dress for summer but don't want it to look like everything you've just seen at Tar

Relax And Conquer

A recruiter friend once told me that a good manager is one who gets things done and honors appointments or at least calls and reschedules, but a true executive makes time for prior

Used Skis

Buying used rental equipment is a cost-effective way to get your entire family onto the slopes, though it might not get you into any parties at Sundance.

How Wisebread helped me get 45mpg out of my 28mpg car.

There have been several great articles written by my fellow Wisebread writers on gas efficient driving , slowing down and hypermiling . I think the sign of a good blog is that we

Low-Carb: Less Carbon in Your Meals?

These days, it’s pretty much accepted practice to have a high carbon diet — the tomatoes in your salad may have ridden on a truck for days to get to you and the fish you’re grillin

Pay attention

Is there an amount of money that's too small to concern yourself with? People make that case, usually saying something like "Life is too short to waste time counting pennies." Th

Cell Phone Relief

Tired of those early termination fees that cell phone companies stick you with? Well, help may be on the way, but it may just be a case of the fox watching the hen-house.

Need a Cheap Cool Dessert? Make Your Own Shaved Ice!

Last week temperatures here in California soared into the 90s and we needed to cool down. After getting some fat free frozen yogurt we were still feeling hot, so my husband took o

"Can you spare a square?" 5 quick tips on toilet paper usage.

That classic scene from Seinfeld got me thinking over the weekend. Is there a strategy for using toilet paper? Is it worth our time? But when I spend money to literally flush the p

Are You an Ant or a Grasshopper?

This classic fable illustrates the fundamental difference in savers and spenders. Spenders live for the moment, frittering away their earnings on things like technology gadgets, e

Sensible Ways to Raise Cash for a Wedding

Before I got married last year, I ranted about how my wedding would cost more than my college education . There is no doubt that a wedding is an extremely expensive affair, and re

Cheap and Simple Sunburn Remedies That Really Work

what do you do when you return home from an outing and you resemble a well-done lobster bake? Try one of these time-tested home remedies for sunburns.

A One Touch Approach To Managing Household Finances

Over the years I've implemented elaborate tickler systems, email reminders and various other ways to remind myself not to forget to pay a few paper bills. At some point they all f

Refactor Your Budget Categories

Use the budget categories put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to help you better understand your spending.

The Art of the Trade

Money or not, things around the house need fixing, painting and up keep that goes beyond DIY. It might be a good time to look around your neighborhood for someone who'll trade his

Make Grocery Budgeting A Game, The Price Is Right Style

Growing up, I stayed with my grandparents during the day on summer breaks from school. Our mid-mornings were usually spent casually watching The Price is Right. Maybe those Showca

Welcome to Container City - How Shipping Containers Are Recycled into Green Dwellings

At any port you can probably see hundreds to thousands of empty shipping containers just sitting around waiting to be loaded. In recent times these containers have not only transp