Best Money Tips: Frugal DIY Cleaning Projects

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on money-saving cleaning projects, what to do if you’re underpaid, and great household uses for Alka-Seltzer.

Top 5 Articles

6 DIY Cleaning Projects to Save You Money — Make your own environmentally friendly floor cleaner with vinegar, baking soda, Fels-Naptha, and hot water. [Money Ning]

4 Steps to Take If You Are Underpaid — When meeting with your boss, don't just focus on the raise you want. Talk about how you've helped the organization and your goals for the future. [Cash Money Life]

7 Awesome Household Uses for Alka-Seltzer — A few tablets of Alka-Seltzer plus some hot water can remove the burnt bits of food stuck on your cookware. [Savvy Sugar]

Tax Calculator: How will the candidate's tax plans affect you? — Will you be paying more taxes under Obama or Romney? For additional research, check out the tax calculator released by the president. [Smart Asset]

Editor's note: As Smart Asset's calculator points out, Romney's tax plan is somewhat incomplete. Therefore a lot of assumptions are made by both calculators, some of which you might disagree with. Make sure you read the fine print and form your own conclusions (like Karawynn of Pocket Mint did in this post where she evaluated both calculators). This should only be the starting point of your research. As we get closer to election time and more details are revealed about both candidate's tax plans, there will probably be more accurate calculators. 

How to Make Car S’mores — Wrap the s'mores in tinfoil packets, leave them on a cookie sheet in your car, and enjoy this sweet summer treat 15-20 minutes later. [Mom Advice]

Other Essential Reading

Love and Money: What’s Fair and What’s Right? — A spending limit serves as a good ground rule for shopping and helps each party understand how the other person thinks about value. [Budgets Are Sexy]

6 Back to School Apps for Busy Parents — Got an athlete? TeamSnap helps you create a team roster and schedule, send team messages, and find maps to games and events. [Parenting Squad]

How to Reach $1 Million — Your career is your greatest financial asset, so make it grow! [Free Money Finance]

Six Ways to Save Money While Camping — Make a list of essential supplies so you're not forced to make last-minute purchases at the campground. [Five Cent Nickel]

Best 10 Office Supplies to Stock Up On During Back To School Sales — You'll find great deals on many basics, including colored pens, staples, and invisible tape. [Not Made of Money]

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Guest's picture

I checked out the tax calculator you recommended here, only to discover that it is an alarming fraud. SmartAsset has cherry-picked its data and the calculator produces significantly inaccurate conclusions.

Here's the breakdown:

Will Chen's picture

Thank you for your detailed analysis of the two calculators. I think a big part of the problem is that Romney's plan lacks a lot of specifics, so people building calculators have to make a lot of assumptions. I'll add an editor's note to the original post to make this point clear (as well as link to your detailed analysis so people can decide for themselves).