Meghan Stewart

Meghan Stewart

From teaching English on a tiny island off the coast of Nagasaki to writing how-to manuals for big names in small appliances like George Foreman and Black & Decker, Meghan’s passion for writing and sharing experiences has definitely taken her places. But she says writing about finance has been the best, by far. Why? Because between getting her certification as a debt management professional and trying out different strategies that she writes about, she’s bought her dream house, achieved a credit score that would make most green with envy and even set up a retirement strategy that will have her sitting pretty by her 60s.

Holiday tipping

Infographic: Tips for Holiday Tipping

December 16, 2014

How to ensure you don’t shaft service providers during the holiday season.

Worst small appliances

5 worst small appliances that waste your $$$

November 11, 2014

Save your cash and counter space by avoiding these absolutely useless appliances.

The top small appliances

The 5 top small appliances worth your cash

November 10, 2014

The right appliances save time and money, but what does a frugal foodie really need in the kitchen?

On the hunt for good art for less

11 secrets to finding good art for less money

July 10, 2014

There’s a certain art to getting good art without taking on bad debt.

It's not easy to start a business.

5 Tips for Women Who Want to Start a Business

July 8, 2014

How to ensure your business venture isn’t a spectacular failure – like mine was.

This staycation infographic helps you stayaway in style

6 staycation ideas that don’t suck

June 12, 2014

Forget the hefty price tag for a garden-variety getaway, we help you staycation in style!

Even Santa does some online holiday shopping.

Online holiday shopping — technology takes over

December 5, 2013

Online shopping for the holidays is easier and more convenient than ever, but you have to take steps to avoid being flooded with useless offers and constant “buy now” reminders from retailers. We show you how to get the most out of online shopping so you can knock out your gift list in no time.

Are e-cigarettes better than traditional smokes?

“Evil corporations” aside, e-cigarettes can be worth the investment

November 12, 2013 issued a statement asking the FDA to step in and regulate electronic cigarette companies and marketing practices targeted to children. But outside the debate, there’s good reason for adult smokers to consider this alternative, and it all comes down to your bottom line.

Hotel booking is more fun if you're headed somewhere unique.

Stay in style — hotel booking that doesn’t break the bank

November 6, 2013

There’s an art to making your vacation budget stretch as far as possible — especially when it comes to booking the best hotel possible. So can you get a unique boutique hotel experience for the same amount you’d spend on a room through a corporate chain?

It's not hard to improve your home home décor.

Don’t let drab home décor drag down your mood

November 1, 2013

A new study finds drab home décor may be bringing Americans down, but most of us are still wary of updating due to high cost. We look at five simple steps you can take to make easy updates to your home décor without breaking the bank or taking on excess credit card debt.

Art festivals are the best place to up your home decor.

Scoring outstanding original art on the cheap through art festivals

October 30, 2013

If you’re looking for a way to avoid a cookie-cutter decorating style without breaking the bank paying for original artwork, then art festivals are the way to go. We look at the Top 50 Art Fairs list and offer our top tips on how to shop effectively at art fairs without breaking the bank.

fruits and veggies in a box

Building an affordable, natural food budget for Non-GMO Month

October 25, 2013

October is non-GMO month, which means there’s a big push now to go all-natural with your family meal plans. But given how expensive, certified organic and all-natural foods are, is it really possible to build an all-natural non-GMO menu without modifying your budget?

DIY credit repair isn't as easy as repairing a wallet.

The DIY Credit Repair Nightmare

October 17, 2013

A quick search online might make you think do-it-yourself credit repair is easy. But what seems good in theory often falls apart when you put it into practice. So is DIY credit repair really worth the hassle or are you better off leaving the work to the professionals?

Do you have an adult allowance, or are all your eggs in one basket?

Adult allowance — silly or savvy?

October 2, 2013

You may think you’re too old to get an allowance, but couples who use this financial trick swear by it to save money and avoid financial fights in the home. Could the simple act of paying yourself lead to a better relationship and a brighter financial outlook?