Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Make Homemade Poptarts


Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we share a recipe for homemade poptarts, the right way to rock a t-shirt, and frugal ways to train for a marathon (or a half marathon). Think you might want to participate in a man vs. food-type challenge in order to score some free grub? We've got a guide for that, too!

Top 5 Articles

Homemade Poptarts — Wow! I never thought these commercial convenience foods could ever be duplicated, but I was wrong. Check out the delicious photos of this experiment and pick your favorite flavor (brown sugar?). Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Place Your Bets: 40 Gut-Busting Restaurant Challenges for Free Food — Any Man Vs. Food fans out there? If so, you may be familiar with restaurant “challenges” that offer your entire meal free — provided you can scarf disgusting amounts of food within a given time period. The curious and the famished will enjoy this post. Coupon Sherpa

A Frugal Way to Train for Your First Half or Full Marathon — So you’ve decided to take the plunge and run in a marathon…good for you! Have you figured out how much you’ll spend yet on training? If not, this post is full of little-known tips, freebies, and resources for whipping you into shape on the cheap! Money Help for Christians

The Fashionista’s Guide to the T-shirt. Yes, the T-shirt. Whether you spend $30 bucks for a really nice tee, or not, the basic principles of rocking a t-shirt still apply. Check them out for a fashionable effect. Lifetime Moms

Building a Stacked Wood Fireplace Mantel — This charming tutorial takes a whole lotta boards and a little bit of vision. The result is an amazing replacement for that out-of-date piece of furniture in the middle of the wall. Small Notebook

Other Essential Reading

Bye, Bye, Banks: Time to Join a Credit Union — We’ve heard our readers sing the praises of credit unions, but what makes them so special? This special report may have you wanting to switch (if one is available in your area). CBS Moneywatch

5 Benefits of a Task Management System — Have too much to do and not enough time?  FInd out how to pick the perfect task management system to help you organize your life.  Life Scoop

9 Sneaky Expenses That Eat Away at Your Income — We’re not talking a leaky faucet in the bathroom adding to your water bill — we ARE talking the costs associated with just having a job (your own cell phone, for example). See 8 other pesky, hidden costs that you may be spending too much on! Get Rich Slowly

Properly Care for and Feed Your New HDTV — Assuming you have one (if not, check out the next cool link), you’ll need to know the “right” way to keep it working and performing like a champ. This Wiki shows you how. Wired via Lifehacker

Enter to Win a 40” HDTV — Our own Stacy Johnson has released a new book “Life or Debt 2010” and wants to celebrate by offering readers a chance to win! Check out the details for entry. Life or Debt

Homemade Firestarters — Those starter sticks from the hardware store are expensive! Looking for a quick way to start your fireplace or wood stove without the budgetary inconvenience? This quick recipe makes use of the old Christmas tree thrown out by the curb AND gives you plenty of starter for the whole winter! Wisdom of the Moon

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Andrea Karim's picture

Great. Now I want Pop-tarts.

Linsey Knerl's picture

I loathe the brown sugar ones, and I prefer mine non-frosted (although I can never find them in the store.)  I'll be making some strawberry non-frosteds now, for sure!

Linsey Knerl

Andrea Karim's picture

No way, really? The brown sugar ones are the best! Which is weird, because I don't actually like brown sugar. Agreed on the non-frosted thing, though.

After this post was published, I was emailing a neighbor who is trying to organize a get-together, and having trouble getting all the dates aligned, and he was like "Well, I guess we can all just meet on the stoop and eat Pop-tarts with coffee some morning."