How to Get Free eBooks

I am the ecstatic owner of both a Nook and a Kindle. I'm also a voracious reader who will read the back of a cereal box if it's the only thing available. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't always keep up with my appetite for books. But there are literally millions of free books out there to take advantage of. ...more

There is also Internet Archive.
They have almost 3 million ...more

Kill Your Credit Cards Like Dexter Would (And Other Helpful Tips)

I'm trying to pay off credit card debt we accumulated when we moved, um, four years ago. That POD that I put on the credit card for five months? We're still paying for it. New carpeting? Check. Moving boxes? Check. We were so desperate to move at the beginning of the housing crisis that we did what we had to do. And now we're throwing obnoxious amounts of money at our credit cards every month -- over the minimum, but man, it feels like it's not even making a dent. I loved Danielle's writing style and smart suggestions for making it happen faster. I'm totally channeling Dexter now. ...more

How an Internet Map Tool Is Helping People Understand Education Cuts in California

It’s not news to anyone that our schools are going through hard times right now. With budget cuts in all states, the term “education crisis” is kind of an understatement. That’s why I find it so inspiring that a grassroots effort in California is bringing visual awareness to the problems at hand so that people might better understand how and why things need fixed. ...more

Our schools statewide budgets have been cut by the millions! A map like this would certainly ...more

Tips for a Great Garage Sale

I have a problem. You know how some people love to hoard things? I love to get rid of them. ...more

Rita Arens authors Surrender Dorothy and is the editor ...more

Five Lessons I've Learned from Extreme Couponing

It's been four months since I jumped on the extreme couponing bandwagon and I've learned all kinds of lessons I didn't expect to learn. Let me tell you about a few of them. ...more
sometimes walgreens has olive coupons for 89-99 cents...more

8 Tips: Save Money But Still Enjoy Your Vacation

[This year my family vacation is: BlogHer! My family is coming along with me to San Diego, and my husband and daughter are exploring Lego Land while I party with you all (um, I mean work). I hate cutting corners on food but don't care as much about hotels when my daughter is along. I really like how Kristia separates out where you should stay budget-minded without killing the fact that, hey, it's your vacation! Live a little! -Rita] ...more

Your Thoughts: Is it a Good Idea to Loan Money To A Friend, or Better Yet, a Boyfriend?

[Editor's Note: Ever really needed that pro/con list from an unbiased third party while deciding whether or not to loan money to a friend or significant other? Bookmark this list -- you never know when you're going to need it. -Rita] ...more
I don't loan money to friends or family, ever. If they need a loan - like really need it - I ...more

Splitting Expenses With Your Live-in Love

Whether you live with your love-in-life under the legal bounds of marriage or not, money is bound to be a source of friction. If you're not married, is it ever "our" money? Britney Hope gives five tips I totally agree with -- and I've been there. My husband and I lived together for fifteen months before we got married. ...more

I knew it would do the trick -- and that was to get them the heck out of the room I was trying ...more

Could You Come Up With $2,000 Right Now?

[Editor's Note: Journalist Karen and her writing professor husband entered their fields at a very bad time for finding a writing job (can I get an amen?). Her personal brand of frugality is very much in line with mine: be stingy about some things so you have money for what really matters to you. I love her attitude. Check out what she has to say about financial fragility and how to overcome it. -Rita] ...more

Wedding on a Budget

My 10-year wedding anniversary is this month, and I'm remembering sending those checks for $100 or $200 at a time to the beach-front hotel where we had our heavy apps for two hours for 50 of our closest friends and family members. We had a destination wedding partly because we wanted to get married on a beach and partly because we couldn't stomach the price tag on a "normal" American wedding. Finance blogger A Gai Shan Life is planning an Asian wedding with an affordable pricetag. ...more