Best Money Tips: Smart Ways to Use a Dollar

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found articles on smart ways to use a dollar, simple ways to make light in a blackout, and how to correct common billing errors.

Top 5 Articles

Got a Dollar? We Found Some Surprisingly Smart Ways to Use It — Swing by the clearance section at craft stores, dollar stores, or even general retailers like Target and Walmart for supplies under a dollar. [The Penny Hoarder]

7 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Make Light in a Blackout — Believe it or not, you can turn ordinary household items like crayons, water jugs, or even canned sardines into precious sources of light. [PopSugar Smart Living]

How to Recognize Common Billing Errors and How to Correct Them — Always save the current bill until the next one arrives to make it easier to compare charges and usage from one billing cycle to the next. [A Mess Free Life]

11 Secrets for Managing Money in Marriage — A shared budgeting app makes money management more transparent, allow both partners to check their expenses, savings, and goals everything step of the way. [Cheapism]

How to Make Your House Look Like a Million Dollars Without Breaking the Bank — Refresh old furniture with a new coat of paint. It's a cheap and easy way to create an accent piece. [Shopping Kim]

Other Essential Reading

Planning Your Estate: A Guide to Wills and Trusts — Join Experian's #CreditChat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET for a discussion on how to plan your estate. [Experian]

Three Affordable Ways to Create Space in Your Living Room — Replace armchairs with a two- or three-seater sofa or futon to maximize space. [OnMoneyMaking]

Legally sourced chocolate could help end deforestation in West Africa — About a third of cocoa is grown illegally in protected areas, but we can help reduce deforestation by buying fair-trade chocolate. [The Christian Science Monitor]

5 Ways To Start Investing For Less Than $100 — You won't get the best return with a savings account at your local bank or credit union, but it's an easy way to start investing, and it's a great way to start kids on the path to financial responsibility. [Your Smart Money Moves]

Home School Moms: No Stress Planning for Field Trips — If you're organizing a field trip for a group of kids, come up with a comprehensive list of things that the parents will need to supply and give them plenty of notice. [Dealicious Mom]

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