Cut the Cord: 8 Cable Alternatives to Save Money

Cut the Cord - 8 Cable Alternatives to Save Money

Hi, my name is Heather, and I’m addicted to TV. I also haven’t had a cable bill in five years.

I watch dramas and comedies. I love movies and sports. I even watch TV while I’m working. I love it all — except the expensive cable bill that can creep up …read more    

7 Smart Tips for Saving on Heating Costs This Winter

How to Stay Warm and Lower Heating Bills

A few weeks ago, I had never even heard of a polar vortex. Now we’re on our seventh resulting snow day and looking at several more days barricaded into the house, away from the biting windchill. I expected our electric bill to go through the roof after the first week …read more    

10 Celebrities Who Have Faced Failure — and What We Can Learn from Them

Famous Failures: Lessons Learned on the Path to Success

When Sarah Mahoney was fired from the job of a lifetime, she received amazing advice from a friend. “Now that everyone has seen you flat on your ass, you won’t ever be afraid of failing again.”

Sometimes, failing can be the best thing that happened — there’s nowhere to …read more    

7 Ways to Reboot Your Family Budget


January is always a great time to get back on track after holiday spending, but it’s also when your paycheck can come with some surprises. Between insurance increases, new tax brackets, and additional deductions, that first paycheck may not have been what you were expecting.

Now that you know what you …read more    

10 Cheaper Solutions for Achieving Popular New Year’s Resolutions

More than half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Year after year, people all across the country make some of the same resolutions — save money, spend more time with family, lose weight. Since our goal here is to help you make the most of your money every day, …read more    

10 Things You Should Buy on Christmas Clearance

10 Things You Should Buy on Holiday Clearance

After being closed for Christmas, all my favorite stores opened bright and early on the 26th with 50% off their holiday items — and many other hidden bargains they only carry through Christmas. I had a chance to shop last night and again today, grabbing a few deals on last-minute …read more    

Out of Time? 6 Very Last-Minute Gifts You Can Buy Even on Christmas Day


With less than a week until Christmas, shoppers are feeling the crunch to have their gifts wrapped and under the tree by Wednesday. You’ve made your list and checked it twice. But what if you still forget someone? (Please tell me I’m not the only one who has done this!)

Despite …read more    

7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy That Deal


Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Green Monday? It’s being billed as Cyber Monday II, but it really just shows how desperate retailers are to get you shopping. They’re creating more and more shopping “holidays” to convince you that right now is the time to buy. You’ll never find better …read more    

Why I’m Not Shopping on Cyber Monday

Why I'm Not Shopping Cyber Monday

I’m sure your inbox is flooded with Cyber Monday offers, while your social media streams are filled with bloggers touting awesome deals online for today’s shopping “holiday.” So far, though, I’m not seeing any grand deals worth the hype.

That’s because Cyber Monday was never about the deals. While Black Friday …read more    

Science Over Sugar: Halloween Candy Experiments for Kids


Halloween has come and gone, and we’ve got bags of leftover Halloween candy to prove it. I’m not a big fan of letting my kids eat a lot of sugar. But they absolutely love trick-or-treating, and it’s really hard to resist the tradition. So, we let them have their fun …read more