shopping

Jettison the Junk: Why Clutter Clouds Your Mind and Saps Your Energy

A life cluttered with junk not only takes up space — it can take your energy, too.

What was your best purchase in the past year?

This week, Wise Bread writers share our favorite purchases from the past year. Being frugal isn't just about saving money--it's about spending wisely. Shopping isn't a sin, and fru

Father's Day: What does Dad really want?

Given that you, your father’s child, are physically healthy, emotionally stable, and reasonably educated (his top priorities), what does your dad really want besides a visit or call from you? [more]

You know you're a Wisebread reader if...

What makes a Wisebread reader? Why are you guys so, well, special? I sat, I pondered, I scribbled down notes furiously. This is what I came up with. It's a small list, just 30 entries. [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]

The State Sales Tax Holiday is coming...

...if you're lucky enough to live in Tennessee. [more]

Seamstress Sui Generis - Designer Amy Doan (aka Shrinkle)

Amy Doan (aka Shrinkle) is a designer and entreprenuer whose work I came across quite by accident. Amy's been selling her fashionable creations on eBay for over 6 years. [more]

Couplehood: Avoiding the Valentine Clichés

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: lots of people are going to buy lots of dumb crap. But you are above and beyond that, because you read Wise Bread. [more]

The Key to Free

I love mail-in rebates, because I have perfected the art of receiving them. [more]

Pursenalized

Like many Wise Bread bloggers, I love Target for a number of reasons. I love their sales racks, where you can find perfectly good wool skirts for $4.99. [more]

NAACP's Corporate Report Cards Fails Target, Kohl's Dillard's, Sears and Excel

The NAACP's Economic Reciprocity Initiative (ERI) is a survey of how large companies treat consumers of color. In the latest report, the majority of the companies scored Cs or below. [more]

It's NATURAL for me to spend as I do!

Turns out that my brain, rather like the devil, MAKES ME DO IT. Spend too much, that is. Via Consumerist: [more]

Packing it in - The Independent of London issues a challenge

The Independent, one of my favorite news sources, has issued a challenge to (presumably European) consumers to reduce the amount of packaging that is used in everyday products. [more]

When Good Food Goes Bad, Part III: The Crisper from Hell

Until recently, I was using one of those organic delivery services that bring fresh veggies to your doorstep once a week. [more]

Ethnic Markets: Feel worldly for cheap

Growing up in an immigrant family meant living on a shoestring, even when we didn't need to. It also meant needing ingredients that you simply aren't going to find at the local supermarket. [more]

Can Beauty Be THIS Basic?

The NY Times has an online article that will probably get the reporter, Natasha Singer, killed by a contract assassin employed by Lancôme or La Mer (you remember that scene at the beginning of Zoolander, where all the heads of major fashion houses ar [more]

Budgeting Beauty - An Expert Tells All

The preternaturally lovely Courtney Sauve writes one of my favorite beauty blogs, Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget. I asked her to share some tips and tricks for frugal beauty, and she generously agreed. Here's what she had to say. [more]

Can I Conquer My Vanity for the Sake of My Sanity?

The truth is, frugality terrifies me because it assaults my vanity, and makes me fear for my dignity.