Articles on Frugal Living

Baby Carrots: The Frugal Idea That Isn't

Think baby carrots are a convenient, cheap snack food? Well, you're right. But baby carrots are, by and large, more expensive than regular carrots.

Build your own computer...submerged in oil.

It's one thing to build a PC. Pah, everyone's doing that. But imagine the look on your friends' faces when you show them a computer in an aquarium filled with mineral oil. [more]

Tattoo removal on the cheap...just use a Black & Decker Sander.

This one takes the cake. I've heard of cheap, home solutions to possible expensive cosmetic procedures, but isn't this going a little too far? It's certainly not for the squeamish or people of a sensitive disposition. [more]

Inventor of Mother's Day Wants You To Stop Wasting Money

Americans are planning to spend an average of $139 on Mother's Day gifts this year. [more]

Nobody walks in LA - or anywhere!

There's a saying that no one ever walks anywhere in Los Angeles. Apparently, that idea has been imported to where I live. Now if only we could get a King Taco. I just started up a contracting job with a little company named Microsoft. [more]

TACO TOWN and the gut-busting tributes.

Have you guys ever seen Taco Town? C'mon, the parody of supersizing that is way too funny and agonizingly close to reality? [more]

Get your PC to give you coffee, bacon or even an orgasm.

As a frugal shopper, I like to make my products work hard. [more]

Prefab Fab - This ain't yer grandma's double-wide

Are prefabbed homes the wave of the future? Judging from some of the magazines that I receive (Sunset, Metropolitan Home), it sure looks like things are heading in that direction. [more]

DIY Prime Rib

Prime Rib may sound intimidating to try at home. After all, restaurants can charge an upwards of $35 (think Lawry's) per cut. But it is one of those dishes where once you get the timing right, it's really easy, and a huge deal. [more]

How To Build Your Own Air Horn In 3 Minutes

Air horns are perfect for sporting events, parties, and basically any situation where you want to be obnoxious. Unfortunately, a good air horn can cost anywhere from $7 to $20. Fear not sports fans. [more]

Win a Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit

Want a chance to win a Burt's Bees Essential Body Kit, completely free, from Wise Bread? Clue us in to your favorite all-natural beauty secret! Have a family recipe for rice bran scrub that leaves your skin glowing? [more]

Mix 'n match your food to save money

Is there any way out of the "I love to eat but I don't want to cook all the time!" dilemma? Will there ever be a way to eat consistent, healthy, homecooked meals without slaving in the kitchen all the time? [more]

Finally - the time-saving, money-saving, sanity-saving 4 in 1 price checker toolbar. Phew.

There's one problem I have with being a thrifty shopper. Well, one big problem anyway. And it's that I always feel like there could be a better bargain somewhere else. [more]

Pom - Wonderful?

The health benefits of pomegranates are something like folk wisdom outside of the Western world, and like green tea, are only starting to seep into the American consumer's consciousness. [more]

Why is it so expensive to be healthy?

Walmart is where lower income consumers come to shop. Why? Because you get the most bang for your buck. Walmart is also notorious for having the fattest customers. Why? It comes ba

Removing Car Scratches: The Revenge of the Frugal Body Shop

Scratches are annoying and prevalent forms of car damage. We all get them, they really look awful and I've been hunting for new and old techniques for removal. Here are a few.

The Photographer's Dilemma: Quintessential Tips for Frugal Photography

Digital photography is like a virus that is slowly overtaking my friends. Seriously. One person in my group of friends got a digital camera. He took some pictures and shared them with his friends. [more]

DIY - Silk Flower Brooch

In true Wise Bread fashion, learn how to make flower brooches yourself and save big.

Crappy service, great food...what to do?

Yesterday I witnessed something quite special. My lovely wife, who is usually not one for complaining, decided that the service we had received at a local restaurant (or hadn't in this case) was not on. [more]

Now is the time to buy: Easter Supplies

I was shopping for some paintbrushes* yesterday at one of my favorite arts-n-craft supply stores, and lo and behold, Easter supplies were still in stock- but discounted to really low prices. [more]