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10 Best Websites that Help Make You More Money-Savvy

10 Best Websites that Help Make You More Money-Savvy

Many people don’t believe me when I say this, but learning about finance can actually be really fun. You might be rolling your eyes at me as you read this, and I don’t blame you. When most of us think of a financial advisor, we envision someone in a suit behind a mahogany desk talking about stocks and a bunch of other things that are hard to understand.

The truth is that these days, you can find out anything you want to about money by just reading some great financial blogs and signing up for unique programs. There are so many websites out there that can teach you about paying off your debts and investing, and they do so in a fun and engaging way. Below are my top ten favorite websites that can help make you smarter with your money and by extension, wealthier than you ever thought possible.

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    #1 Payoff.com

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      The first step to becoming 100% financially independent is to pay off your debts. It’s rare these days to find someone that has no debt: between sky-high student loan debts and mortgages, chances are almost everyone you know owes money for something. That’s why Payoff.com is so unique—it’s an encouraging website that joins with social media to help keep you motivated to pay off debts. They give out virtual badges when you reach certain steps, and you can encourage others through their unique community.

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      #2 Mint.com

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        Mint.com is a favorite among finance professionals. The tools on their site can help you to live on a tight budget and also see where you money is going every month. It’s completely free to sign up and keeps your information secure.

        #3 LearnVest

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          LearnVest is a relatively new company that is earning a lot of praise for their great financial advisors and unique programs. They have an online community where you can go and ask questions as well as tools to track your budget.

          #4 Investopedia

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            Investopedia is just like it sounds: an encyclopedia for you to educate yourself on anything and everything finance. Learn about investing and check in for the latest news and articles on financial topics.

            #5 GoGirlFinance

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              GoGirlFinance is a great grassroots company that is devoted to helping women gain the confidence to handle their finances. They provide unique blog posts every week on a variety of financial topics from the fiscal cliff to when it’s a good time to have a baby, and they also partner with several talented financial advisors to bring free webinars to the public.

              #6 MyMoney.gov

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                MyMoney.gov is a US government website that exists as a way to educate citizens on finances. You can learn about mortgages and loans and utilize their tools such as debt and mortgage calculators to find out how to best manage your money.

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                #7 WiseBread.com

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                  WiseBread.com is one of the top personal finance websites with tons of resources to help you better understand how to manage your money. They have a team of highly accomplished writers who all bring a unique perspective to the site. They also have an invaluable, regularly-updated list of all of the top personal finance blogs.

                  #8 RetailMeNot.com

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                    One easy way to get smarter with your money is to start learning how to save money on simple things like your grocery bills. Coupons are all the rage, and there’s no shame in carrying a stack of them into the store with you—in fact, before I buy anything, whether it’s a scented candle or a nice computer, I always check RetailMeNot.com to make sure there isn’t a coupon for it that I’ve missed. Simply search the store where you are about to shop just to be sure there isn’t a $5 off coupon or a free shipping code: by doing this you can easily live like a king on a peasant’s income.

                    #9 BankRate.com

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                      I like BankRate.com because it almost acts like an interactive newspaper. You can get updates on the best mortgage rates while enjoying interesting and fun articles and useful tips, and they also provide several calculators that you can use to determine how much you’ll need to spend each month for that new home or car.

                      #10 ManVsDebt.com

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                        ManVsDebt.com is a great personal blog belonging to a couple who sold all their belongings and traveled around the world. If you’re looking for inspiration for the goals you can achieve when you save, this is the place to get it. They also offer great tips for smarter ways to save money while simultaneously encouraging you to live a minimalist life.

                        Hopefully, these ten great websites can help you get on track with learning all you can about finance in a way that is enjoyable and fun. All it takes is a little bit of knowledge to make big changes that can lead to a happier and healthier financial life this year.

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                        40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                        40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                        Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                        1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                        Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                          2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                          We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                            3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                            Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                              4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                              Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                                5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                                Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                  6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                  We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                    7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                    This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                      8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                      One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                        9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                        If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                          10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                          Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                            11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                            Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                              12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                              Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                                13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                                You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                  14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                  With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                    15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                    Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                      16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                      If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                        17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                        The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                          18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                          If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                            19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                            Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                              20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                              I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                                21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                  22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                  You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                    23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                    Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                      24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                      Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                        25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                        Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                          26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                          If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                            27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                            Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                              28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                              A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                                29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                                You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                  30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                  Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                    31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                    Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                      32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                      Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                        33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                        Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                          34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                          If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                            35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                            Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                              36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                              Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                                37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                                You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                  38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                  Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                    39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                    Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                      40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                      You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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