Mike Matta

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How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

From flowers to food, planning a wedding is a big boon to businesses but a big kick in the wallet to a lot of couples. Getting hitched doesn't have …

How to Make Apple Butter

If you enjoy this tasty twist on jam, but can’t find it available commercially in your area, try making apple butter yourself. It used to be messy …

Why Frugality Is Liberating

It lets you focus on what you really want.<p>Photo by Lise Metzger<p><i>Clare K. Levison (pictured at left) is a CPA and author of</i> Frugal Isn’t Cheap. <i>She is a</i> …

Personal Finance

Early Retirement Investing 101: Figure Out Your Asset Allocation

Tweet46<p>Pin47<p>Share47<p>Flip<p>+110<p>Shares 150<p><b>Asset allocation:</b> An investment strategy that aims to balance risk and reward by apportioning a portfolio’s …

Real Couples Dish: Debt Counseling Saved Our Marriage

Travis Pizel, 39, said “I do” to his wife Vonnie, 40, in 1996. The couple, who lives in Rochester, Minn., spent the early years of their marriage going to dinner a few times a week, taking expensive vacations to locales like Hawaii, and hosting elaborate catered dinners—for 100 of their closest …

Elsie's dream (DIY) light fixture

I'm so excited to finally share one of my favorite DIY adventures in our current home! If you're a crazy detail person you might remember that we …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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A Baked Donuts DIY for the Weekend

I've always steered clear of donut recipes because I don't have a fryer and cooking things in grease kind of freaks me out, but that doesn't mean …

Weekend Projects - Mini Blind Minder

How to Clear a Stuffy Nose

A congested or stuffy nose is caused by inflamed blood vessels in the membranes lining the inside of your nostrils, usually due to the flu, cold, or …

How Mr. Money Mustache Retired At Age 30 And How You Can Too

His name is Pete. He lives in Longmont, Colorado. And, eight years ago, he and his wife retired at age 30.<p>He now blogs about finance and lifestyle at Mr. Money Mustache for 400,000 unique visitors a month. Because he’s anonymous, he says that his blog is now popular enough — garnering 37 million …

Chocolate Chip Cookie No Bake Cheesecake Parfaits

Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Parfaits.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> September 20, 2013 101<p>It’s a BIG day.<p>A big birthday day that is. Someone in this house …

Top Treks: Milford Track

Escape into the New Zealand wild on the four-day Milford Track exploring lush prehistoric scenery.<p><b>STRETCHING 53.5KM, AND WENDING</b> its way through the …

8 Things Not to Miss in Istanbul

Rome may be The Eternal City, but Istanbul can make a pretty good case for immortality too. The cities are about the same age, both over two-and-a-half millennia, and for much of that time the larger, wealthier, and more influential of the two was not the one in Italy. In fact Istanbul, known as …

Perfectly Pack T-Shirts with the Six-Inch Military Roll

Rolling your t-shirts makes them space-efficient and prevents wrinkles when you are packing, and there’s no better way to fold them than a military …

Google Launches Web Designer, A Visual Tool For Building Interactive HTML5 Sites And Ads

Google today announced the launch of Web Designer, a new tool for building interactive HTML5 sites and ads. The company first hinted at this launch in June, but had been quiet about it ever since. Web Designer, which Google calls a “professional-quality design tool,” is now officially in public …

5 Things You Need To Do With Your Student Loans Right Now

Congrats, Class of 2013! Not only have you graduated, you have survived four months in the real world (assuming you graduated in May). The transition can be overwhelming, between looking for a job, possibly starting a job, moving into a non-campus dwelling and realizing that dealing with the cable …

Make a Homemade Gel Pack with Dish Soap and a Plastic Bag

Hurt yourself? Need to cool down your lunch? Either way, if you don't need a fancy ice pack on hand, a bag of dish soap works just fine.<p>Dish soap …

10 Awesome Vinegar Life Hacks you should know.

The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board · Ruffled

Custom cutting boards are the perfect host and hostess or newlywed gift. Today Annie of Anniemade is going to show us how to make a monogrammed …

NFL Player Bravely Overcomes Fear Of Own Team's Mascot

His team's mascot is a horse.<p>And if you think that's ridiculous, just wait until you hear him explain it all. It's easily one of the best videos you'll see today. And trust me, you'll want to watch the whole thing.

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DIY Project: Tiered Hanging Pots

When you collect as many things as I do, floor and table space can quickly become precious commodities. Having shelves full of plants is just not …

Making Your Own Furniture? Yes, You Can Do That

Six years ago Ana White, now 32, was pregnant and living with her electrician husband in a one-room structure on their property in Delta Junction, …

Home Improvement

DIY Stone Bathmat: Create a Luxurious Shower Experience

It is a sensation we associate with luxury resorts and remote beaches – stepping out of the water and onto smooth pebbles. It is also remarkably easy …

DIY

Ideas & Instructions: 9 Woody DIY Headboards

I once had to make a headboard for a photo shoot and found it surprisingly easy. I just ordered the wood from the local hardware store in the width …

How to Build Your Own iPhone 5 Dock Out of LEGO

- Jul 18, 2013<p>I love LEGO. I love Apple. So if I had an iPhone 5, I’d definitely attempt making this awesome 42 piece LEGO iPhone 5 dock which UK …

Fancy Upholstered Headboards to Do Yourself

Most people spend a lot of time in their bedrooms. From laying your head down at night to getting dressed in the morning, your bedroom sees a lot of …