My Mystery Shopping Experience: Such a Thing as Free Lunch?

I love experiments, and this one is great. She shares her mystery shopping experience and shows the truth about making money to help restaurants.

Editor’s Note: I love it when people do experiments with their time and money. Especially in areas where the truth needs to come out. Here’s Katie Turner sharing her mystery shopping experience. A few months ago, a friend started asking me to join her for lunch. She’d always pick up the tab! As it turns […]

10 Ways to Use “the Internets” to Save Money Online

Save Money Online

Shopping is much different these days than it was even twenty years ago. With information, reviews, and price comparisons on any product you can imagine available 24/7, it now takes very little effort to be a savvy consumer and make sure you get the biggest bang for your buck. However, you may be unaware of […]

5 Ways to Organize Your Life and Save Money

Are you unorganized? You may be losing money and time from your lack of orginization! Check out these 3 simple tips that can not only help you get your things in order, but also help you save some money in the process.

I hate to admit it, but I am organizationally challenged. My home is littered with doubles of items I’ve bought when I could not find the original. My living room often looks like who-did-it-and-ran, which is only partially the fault of the resident rugrats. I’ve even been known to misplace checks for months at a […]

9 Tips for Going to One Income

Are you considering for one spouse to leave their job to stay at home? It can be a scary proposition to go to a single income, but here are 9 tips that will help you be prepared. Read PT's advice on how to make it happen.

This article was first published in 2008. But the message is still relevant today. Going to one income? We’re going to one income very soon. This is the last month that we’ll receive two paychecks, as Mrs. PT will be going back to school next month. I decided I would do a little preparation. I did […]

10 Inexpensive Powerhouse Foods to Add to Your Diet

Check your money skill set against this list. You'll see if you have what it takes to manage your finances well and keep you on the road to financial freedom. There are sure to be a few tips that you can use to manage your money even better.

Here in America the national conversation on food is never-ending, but the big takeaway always seems to be that healthy eating is necessarily expensive. As a personal finance blogger with an interest in nutrition, that really irritates me. Not only does the advice to simply go forth and buy leafy greens often ignore the financial […]

10 Meaningful and Unique Wedding Gift Ideas

The most meaningful and unique wedding gifts don't have to be expensive. Check out this list of 5 great ideas for frugal wedding gifts that will mean a lot to any couple. Wedding season is coming, so be prepared!

Every spring and summer, it can feel like every couple you know all decide to get married around the same time. Once you’ve received the third or fourth wedding invitation in a season, it’s natural to wonder how on earth you are going to afford to attend each wedding and give a nice gift. This […]

6 Gifts That Actually Help to Launch Graduates

Best (Intangible) Gifts for Graduates This Spring: Check out these 6 great ideas for gifts for all the graduates in your life. Instead of buying a gift, these intangible gifts will last a lifetime. All 6 ideas will create a healthy financial future for your grad.

It’s that time of year again. Graduation season is in full swing, and everywhere you look there are top ten lists telling you the best gift you can give the graduate in your life. While it’s always nice to receive presents, particularly when they commemorate the hard work necessary to earn a diploma or a […]

Is Venmo Safe? And Why Are All the Cool Kids Using It to Share Money?

Millenial Using Venmo to Exchange Money

Despite the fact I blew out 36 candles on my last birthday cake and I have been unable to identify most of the “celebrities” on the covers of magazines for at least ten years, I still tend to think of myself as a young and with-it individual who has her fingers on the pulse of […]

5 Traps that Will Rob You of Your Financial Peace

Financial Traps

Financial traps lurk around every corner. We fall into these traps when we become a little too smart in how we manage our money. Perhaps we think we can get a great deal with 0% financing. We have a spending plan, but don’t really follow it each month (spending is under control). Or we buy in […]

Republic Wireless Review: It’s Time to Leave AT&T and the iPhone Behind

Ready to leave your big wireless provider and the big bill that comes with it? Read PT's review of Republic Wireless. Republic is changing the way we do cell phones and changing the cost! Find out what all you get for just $25 a month.

Don’t you hate that high cell phone bill? For the past couple of years I’ve been generally unhappy with paying so much for our cell phone service. $150 a month?! I thought there had to be a better way. What stopped me from making a change was the iPhone. I just didn’t think I could […]

12 Personal Finance Podcasts to Consider for Your Commute

Personal Finance Podcasts

I know a lot of people have rough commutes. After living in two major metropolitan areas and having to patiently ride out the commute to and from the office each day – I get it. 30 minutes here, 45 minutes there, and before you know it, you’re on the road for over an hour everyday. […]

45 Christmas Gift Ideas Under $25

Christmas Gift Ideas

We’re back with our Christmas list again for 2014. We’ve updated the list with five more gift suggestions. Are you looking for a few Christmas gift ideas to help complete your list? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Every Christmas season I wait too long and end up having trouble deciding what gifts to […]