Top Articles of 2013: FatWallet Blog


Looking back, we’ve had a fun year on the FatWallet blog! It was our best year ever, as the blog has grown to showcase some of the best deals on FatWallet, shopping tips, and personal finance articles! Here are the top articles from 2013, and a few of our best deal guides!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned! We have more exciting awesome-ness planned for 2014!

Happy New Year!

Your FatWallet Blog Team:

Heather, Ann, Melissa, Bryan, Brent and Interns, Peter & Marian

Unique Ideas to Start a Profitable Side Job & Make Money Quickly

We talk a lot on the FatWallet blog about ways to save money, but if you’re extreme couponing like a superstar and cutting corners everywhere you can and you are still not making it financially, maybe frugality is only part of the solution. Let’s explore dozens of ways to make extra money instead.

Doing Disney the Smart Way

This will be my 4th Disney trip in 8 years, and in that time I have noticed the house of mouse is getting more expensive. While I love Disney, I need to stick within the budget, and looking for discounts & savings is important. With that in mind, here are some tips to get the most out of your next Disney trip.

Adult’s Dream Disney Vacation

In my last article, I provided tips on how to get the most magic out of your next Disney Vacation. This go around I’m going to show you how to spend all the money I just showed you how to save. We’ll be throwing the budget vacation out the window, and showcasing how Disney not only caters to kids, but has plenty of Disney magic for adults too!

20 Dating Sites for Freaks, Geeks, Vampires, etc

Dating. Either you love it or hate it! If you’re looking for love, but seem to be in all the wrong places, maybe you should change your strategy. Serendipity works for some, but you don’t have to wait for fate to bring you love.

25 Hobbies and Activities for Budget-Minded Couples

Are you allowing quality time with your honey to get pushed aside due to the lack of funds or a tight budget? There are too many free or low-cost activities available to ignore such a vital part of your relationship. Here are 25 hobbies and activities for budget-minded couples!

Amazing DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart

Valentine’s Day is February 14th and coming soon! If you are tired of giving the same flowers or boring box of chocolates, here are some simple and fun Do-It-Yourself options.

Top 10 Summer Beers List That Goes To Eleven

It’s going to get hot, so our summer beer choices must be light enough to keep us agile, alert and still have great taste…for those “totally naked” moments and beyond. These craft beers have great hop/malt balance and get innovative style points (unlike the domestic swill some settle for). With a line-up of Bell’s Oberon to lead the way, this list will keep you a sippin’ and a grinnin’.

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Beers That Aren’t Guinness or Green with Envy

Reverent and respected are all who take part in St. Patty’s Day traditions – festivals, parades, and shamrock laden parties that celebrate the many Irish spirits and the rich flavors of liquid hops and roasted barley. Like every March 17th we can remember, the bag-pipes roar as devout beer drinkers raise their glasses together to acknowledge all that is Irish and green. But that doesn’t mean the beer should be green.

401k vs Roth 401k: Calming the Confusing Chaos

While I am not a financial professional, I was just as confused as you about the subject, so I decided to dig into it to see if I could become more informed about my own 401k accounts. Then I figured if I was this unsure about these two retirement accounts, then others must be too. With that in mind, I wrote this article to go through what each plan is, and how they differ from each other, and then to inform you so you can make the choice that is best suited to you.

Is It Worth Keeping Your Old Car?

Do you have a vehicle that is getting up there in age with more than 150,000 miles on it? Do you wonder at what point it is no longer financially responsible to keep your car? There are so many variables in play, but let’s see if we can sift through these questions.

How to Not Get Hustled by Your Student Loans

According to the Institute for College Access & Success’ Project college graduates are averaging $27,000 in student loan debt. That’s just the average. I have friends with more than 150K in student loans. OUCH! Even though I didn’t have that much debt, if I had kept paying the minimum on my Signature Student Loan, I’d be pushing 40 before my loans were paid off. At that rate, my friends would be dead and buried.

So, let’s take a look and make sure you’re not being swindled and pimped.

Penny Wise Pound Foolish: What Losing Weight Will Cost You

You’ve heard the statistics already…as Americans, we are almost three times as fat as we were in the 1960’s, and we’re spending an estimated $60+ billion to lose the weight. We know that carrying around extra tonnage puts us at risk for a ton of expensive medical problems. We also know that we’re going to either pay for a healthy lifestyle to prevent getting sick or health-care to try and make us well. And while that decision seems like it should be an easy one, it’s hard to find a weight loss program that we can stick with, and even harder to find one that won’t make us go broke in the process!

Child Obesity is Cheap and Easy to Combat

It’s no secret. Obesity is running rampant and continues to plague our youth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one-fifth (or 17%) of all of America’s youth is obese or over weight. Childhood obesity has tripled1 since the 1970’s and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. Children are the victims here, and it’s disheartening that our society has become so lax about diet and exercise.

Busy Mom’s Budget Friendly Meal Planning Secrets

When we decided, as a family, to focus on turning our finances around, cutting out unnecessary expenses and becoming debt free, we realized our biggest budget leak was food. I knew that eating at home would save us a lot of money, but I struggled to come up with dinner ideas. After a little searching I found some meal planning websites that offered inexpensive weekly menu plans, grocery lists, and preparation instructions for yummy healthy, quick dinners. I’m rounding them up for you and including links to their free sample recipes!

Teacher Discounts Cheat Sheet

We republished our teacher appreciation week post for all the teachers out who are getting ready for back to school.

Student Discount Cheat Sheet

Back to School is right around the corner, and will be here before we know it! Here at FatWallet we have gathered some helpful student discounts to help in your back to school shopping adventures, along with some helpful discounts that your college student can use throughout the year!

Military Discount: Welcoming Military Families with Savings and Cash Back

As a thank you to all the men and women who serve our country, we have spend the last few weeks rounding up a list of more than 175 stores that offer a military discount!

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