Best Money Tips: Fight Back Against Your Inner Critic

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share seven things to tell the voice in your head when it's bringing you down, the worst retailer return policies for shoppers, and ways to stretch your food dollars.

Top 5 Articles

7 Things Your Inner Critic Needs to Hear You Say — Your inner critic may sound like childhood friends (or frenemies) who had hurt or dismissed you at some point. Tell these childish voices, "I do belong." Pick The Brain

The 5 Worst Retailer Return Policies — Best Buy allows you to return all "eligible" items within 15 days of purchase, but it doesn't clarify which items are eligible. 20 Something Finance

Stretch Your Food Budget! How to Make Your Meals Go Further — Turn a snack into a meal (or leftovers into another meal) by adding cheap ingredients, like pasta or rice. The Digerati Life

Mystery Shopping as a Frugal Hack — As a mystery shopper, you can wine and dine at many different restaurants — and cut down on your food expenses. Get Rich Slowly

How to Build the Best Snowman in the Neighborhood — For the best snowman, you'll need the best kind of snow: slightly wet. If your snow is too dry, simply spray it with a hose on fine mist. The Art of Manliness

Other Essential Reading

Get Physically Fit While Staying Financially Fit — Find exercises or activities that you can do with your family or friends. You'll be more likely to stick with a program if there are others sweating along with you. Money Ning

3 Golden Rules for Selling Your Gold Jewelry and Coins — The easiest way to sell gold seems to be on the Internet, but it's also the easiest way to be scammed. Instead, get an appraisal and go to your local brick-and-mortar jeweler or pawn shop. Money Talks News

Two Completely Different Ways to Boost Productivity — If there's a task that you want to do every day, hang up a yearly wall calendar and mark an X on each day that you accomplish your task. Once you have a chain going, you won't want to break it. My Money Blog

Buyer Beware: Customer Loyalty Programs Can Cost You More — Some rewards are pretty good deals…until you stop shopping around and start spending more just to rack up the points. Darwin's Money via Currency

The Cheapest 529 Plans — Not all 529 plans are created equal. Find out how the 10 cheapest plans rate for residents and non-residents. Five Cent Nickel

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