Articles on Frugal Living

Waste Not! Revisiting the 5-Second Rule and other Kitchen Classics

Working as a line cook for almost four years exposed me to the dirtier side of the food service business. Generally, I was less-than-impressed

Impulse Shopping: A Controllable Handicap

A friend of mine has a pathological weakness for impulse shopping. But using the techniques outlined here, she dug herself out of debt and into impulse shopping bliss.

5 Ways to Dodge Peer Pressure to Spend

How do you resist the urge to spend money when you're with less-than-frugal friends? 5 tips inside.

I Got Duped! Dealing With Credit Card and Merchant Disputes

So you bought an awesome thing-a-ma-jiggy or service with your credit card. But when you got it home you discovered the item doesn't work, the service was a heist, or the

Make Your Own Moon Sand, Dirt Cheap

While moon sand is certainly not a bank-breaker, it is costly for what is basically wet sand. So, I did a little digging and discovered a way to make your very own moon sand.

You're a Chump if you Pay Full Price for That

Couponing and bargain shopping are not for everyone. It takes some time to clip the coupons, organize them, and keep track of sales at all of your favorite stores. But since I'

Free Prescription Drugs for Those Who Qualify

Prescription drugs are expensive. While generics do offer some relief, if you have to have several filled, your pharmacy bill can add up fast.

How to Buy All That Stuff the Police Seize. And It's Cheap.

Here's a terrific site that lets you bid on all sorts of great stuff at silly prices.

Reusing Your Christmas Cards

What if there was a way to honor the beauty and intentions behind your received Christmas cards, while at the same time allowing you to get rid of the darned things without guilt?

Holiday Lessons Learned: Advice To Avoid Rip-Offs NYC

This holiday season has been rough for me. I moved out to New York for a few months and thought I'd be set with my savings and supplementary, lucrative temp work. However, at t

Last-Minute Giving

Here’s a gift idea that will help put you in the holiday spirit. It will not help you mark “done” on your gift list but may save a life. If you’re feeling well today, have mailed a

Six Boneless Dishes for the Hot Wing Crowd

The holidays are some of the best times to eat party foods, including those that get served up at your local happy hou

Swipe envy

All the cool kids have credit cards. What if you don't? What if you are so young, so poor, so uncool that you can't get one? Do you have to stoop to paying for your food

The new face of poverty is fat

Twenty years ago, I parked at a supermarket, near where a poor family had just parked. I knew they were poor, because they looked like poor folks are supposed to look: Their clot

The Secret of My Success

Why is it that a few people “get all the breaks” while most seem to be starring in their own version of “Groundhog Day” for the better part of their lives: renting themsel

Encounter With a Freegan

Would a good mother feed her children out of the Dumpster? My first encounter with a real live freegan leaves me wondering. Is helping save the earth and some money worth even t

Why don't people share more?

I saw an article recently suggesting that neighbors share a garbage service. One neighbor hires the service, the other kicks in to cover half the bill, and both bring their stuff

Share your favorite financial websites and win $25

Besides Wise Bread, where else do you go to get information about personal finance and frugal living? Share your favorite blogs, forums, and websites for a chance to win a $25 Amaz

Fabulous Party Ideas For The Frugal-Minded

Need ideas for having a fabulous party with minimal money, time, and catering abilities? Here are 15.

Avoid the Gift That Belly Flops

The tale of the Christmas belly flop is a sad one. The shopper finds something that looks so appealing, often on sale, and wraps it up beautifully. The givee is truly excited --