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Design Editor’s Short List: New World Market Items I’ve Got My Eye On
In the early 2000s, Pier One Imports was the epitome of worldly sophistication for me, what with its exotic wood furniture, beaded throw pillows and Buddha statues galore. When I redecorated my post-collegiate bedroom, I hit up the store for unique international treasures. “Why yes, these ruffled dupioni silk throw pillows are from the foreign land of Kissimmee, Florida.” Fast forward a decade, and I’ve discovered a new local mecca for global goods: World Market.
Nov 16, 2016
Ways to Spend Less on (Still Great!) Gifts this Year
For as fun as holiday gift giving can be, it’s also expensive. While your heart may be set on showering all your friends and family with lots of cool presents this year, your budget might not be feeling so generous. Lucky for you, a low bank account doesn’t have to leave you empty-handed. With a little time and creativity, you’ll find there are tons of affordable gift ideas out there; ones that require more effort than funds.
Nov 11, 2016
Where to Get Free Stuff With Your “I Voted” Sticker
It’s Election Day in the US, and other than voting, you can celebrate in the most American way possible: getting free stuff. If you need a little more incentive to snag your own “I Voted” sticker (or just want to congratulate yourself for exercising your constitutional rights), here are the places offering freebies today. Bertucci’s: Free cannoli when you buy an entree Bob Evans: 30% off your total bill after 2 p.m.
Nov 8, 2016
This Subscription Service Offers (High Quality, Vegan, Cruelty-Free!) Toiletries, All For Under $5
Direct to consumer goods has been the trending model for everything from sweaters to mattresses to luggage, eliminating the middleman and saving the customer money. Morgans debuted last year offering a subscription box for high quality toiletries that did just that. And while $8 for natural shampoo is a good deal, the price could be lower—like $1.96, the actual cost to make the product.
Nov 4, 2016
The Mistakes You’re Making With Your 401K
Just having a 401K is a good start. But it’s what you do with it that has a major impact on your retirement. You’re the one in charge of it all, but saving for the future doesn’t have to be another dread on your financial checklist. With a little solid advice, you’ll be well on your way to conquering common 401K mistakes and closer to your retirement dream.
Nov 2, 2016
Budget Friendly Fixes for a Sad Sad Sofa
Your sofa is the centerpiece of your living room, and maybe your whole home, so you want it to look nice. Unfortunately, a sofa is also one of the most expensive furniture purchases you can make, and sometimes buying a new one just isn’t in the cards. Whether your sofa is saggy and sad, or just plain ugly, we’ve got some suggestions for budget-friendly ways to give it new life — and a new look.
Oct 31, 2016
Smart Hacks: 7 Ways to Add More Storage in the Living Room
A living room closet is a godsend, a convenient place to cram all your belongings so your living room can be clutter-free for relaxing and entertaining. But if yours doesn’t have a closet, storing things in the living room can be tricky. You don’t want all your belongings strewn randomly across the most aesthetically important room in your home. Luckily, with a little creativity, you can make a lot of space in your living room without sacrificing any elegance or organization.
Oct 28, 2016
The Thrift Store Tipping Point: When to Buy & When to Walk Away
Part bargain seeking and part treasure hunting, shopping at your local thrift store is a great way to save money and find unique items that are otherwise unavailable in the current retail market. I’ve rounded up some tips for navigating the realm of thrifting and please leave your favorite tips in the comments!
Oct 27, 2016
How To Haggle $100 Off Your Rent This Month
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of money. Scratch that—I do know about you, because let’s be real, we’re all big fans of money. Alas, cash isn’t the easiest of things to hold onto, especially when the cost of housing seems to increase exponentially each year. All hope is not lost, however. If you can work up the nerve, you can negotiate your rent.
Oct 26, 2016
The 7 Swoon-Worthiest Shipping Container Homes
I think part of the reason shipping container houses are so appealing is that building a house from shipping containers is like the grown-up equivalent of making a really sweet fort from cardboard boxes — you have succeeded in making something awesome from something that you just found, something that would otherwise be in the trash. (Of course, the actual reality of shipping container homes is a bit more complicated than that — but there’s no denying they have a certain draw.
Oct 26, 2016
How to Negotiate Your Rates with Cable Providers, Credit Lenders or Anybody Who Will Listen
Your most powerful money-saving tool isn’t a coupon-searching browser extension or the willpower it takes to say no to a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s your phone. Seriously.
Oct 25, 2016
The Cheap Thrift Store Find That’ll Solve Your Blank Wall Woes
Working within a budget and trying to find affordable wall art? Don't overlook this one common thrift store bargain.
Oct 25, 2016
DIY Furniture for Small Spaces That’s Flexible & Functional
We love to write about clever, multitasking furniture designs for small spaces, but the downside to a lot of these pieces is that they come with hefty price tags. If, like a lot of people, you’re living in a small space and have a similarly small budget, the good news is that there are a lot of DIYs out there for hardworking, flexible furniture that you can make yourself. Here are 11 of our favorites. Above, a custom table created for this tiny beach house seen at VT Wonen.
Oct 21, 2016
How to Trick Yourself Into Spending Less Money at the Grocery Store
This month we’ll be sharing solutions that are so simple and easy—and at times, automated—that they feel like magic. Hocus Pocus celebrates all the small ways you can trick yourself into living a better life. There are a lot of ways to spend less money at the grocery stores. Couponing or buying cheaper food are two that come to mind, though neither are always ideal for our sanity or our health.
Oct 21, 2016
Light Show: 10 Pendant Lamps Under $100
I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last two years shopping for affordable, attractive ceiling lights for two successive houses…and it’s rough out there. However, these 10 pendants, many of them available for well under $100, prove that it’s actually possible to shed light without shedding too many dollars. The marble trend is still going strong, right? I love that this light plays with that classic material, folding it upon itself and making it sheer and lighter than air.
Oct 21, 2016
7 Smart Strategies When You’re Grocery Shopping for One
Grocery shopping for one may seem like the easiest thing in the world in theory—buying for just yourself should be an automatic money-saver, right? But if you’re shopping solo and you go in without a plan, it’s hard to keep yourself in check when it comes to impulse purchases and knowing what you really need. And using up food all by yourself before it goes bad can be a challenge, too, so you have to shop and cook smarter.
Oct 20, 2016
Cost of Living Comparison: What $100 Can Buy in Los Angeles vs. Portland
You already know that the value of a dollar varies wildly depending on where you’re sitting. Even close by in two neighboring states—OK, California is pretty huge—you can get a lot more for your dollar in one over the other. Here’s a quick examination of exactly how much the cost of everyday living varies across the West Coast.
Oct 20, 2016
What Savvy Online Shoppers Know… That You Don’t
It would be a bit of an understatement to say that the internet has revolutionized shopping. You can now, from your couch, buy pretty much anything you can imagine, and have it delivered to your home in a matter of days. But the internet hasn’t just made shopping faster or more convenient — it’s also made it smarter. Here are six time and money-saving strategies that all savvy online shoppers know.
Oct 18, 2016
Cost of Living Comparison: What $100 Can Buy in NYC vs. Charlotte, NC
Wonder what life might look like if you lived in another place? Or how far your salary could go if you picked up and moved to another—more affordable—state? Here’s a quick peek inside the cost of living on the East Coast. You might have seen this infographic recently from the Tax Foundation, which reveals the relative value of $100 in every state across the country: Kind of eye-opening, yeah? The Tax Foundation used 2016 Regional Price Parities (RPPs) from the U.S.
Oct 17, 2016
Ground Control: 10 Area Rugs Under $100
I recently faced the dilemma of finding a pretty rug for my living room that didn’t cost a fortune. As I scoured the web, I found many had way too many shades of brown to count or resembled something thrown over a fence at a roadside sale. But I persevered and have handpicked a selection of pretty and affordable area rugs (all around 5′ x 8′) that won’t break the bank.
Oct 17, 2016
Buzzed on a Budget: 5 Surefire Strategies to Curb Your Night-Out Spending
A night out on the town with your partner or your friends always sounds like a great idea… until you see the number on your bar tab. Drinks and food at bars and clubs are expensive, especially in big cities like New York, so if you don’t keep track of your spending, you can lose a lot of money in just a few hours. A night of barhopping and partying doesn’t have to hurt your wallet so much, though, if you follow some simple spending rules.
Oct 14, 2016
7 Easy Ways to Save Money While Staying in a Hotel
Whether you’re traveling across the country or just enjoying a staycation in your own neighborhood, time spent at a hotel can get expensive, fast. Aside from throwing down cash for the room rate, there’s also parking fees, room service, and tips—the list goes on. However there are few things you can do that, added up, will save you a nice chunk of money that can be better spent on more important things (read: margaritas and massages).
Oct 14, 2016
The Best Things You Can Do to Your Bathroom for Under $100
Bathrooms usually need the most work, but simple sounding changes can quickly tally into a 4-figure bill. When your budget’s not ready for a remodel, set your sights on smaller DIYs you can tackle yourself. Grab a Benjamin and a basic tool kit—here are 7 projects to easily take on this weekend. The magical powers of a single gallon of paint never ceases to amaze me.
Oct 13, 2016
You Can Use a Money Jar to Reach Your Goals (and Save While You Are At It)
Collecting your coins and spare bills is a great way to save money, because over time, all that change adds up. But emptying your pockets into a jar or a piggy bank when you walk in the door? Not exactly the most fun or inspired way to do things. If you need a little extra motivation to save—whether it’s to pay for something special, or to curb your bad money habits—try one of these takes on the traditional coin jar or piggy bank.
Oct 12, 2016
Side Gig: 10 End Tables & Nightstands Under $100
Some things are just better as a pair, an infamous duo of sorts, whether it be person or thing: Tom and Jerry, peanut butter and jelly, door and knob, and to drive this article’s point home, end table and sofa. The yin to each other’s yangs, the end table and sofa are a complementary furnishing that go hand and hand in any home. Lucky for you, if you’re in search of the perfect mate to your sofa (or bed!
Oct 12, 2016
Is Bed Bath & Beyond Really Killing Their Coupons?
Bed Bath & Beyond announced this week that they’re launching a new version of their loyalty program, and it just might mean the end of the ubiquitous 20% coupon the retailer is known for. Currently in beta, Beyond+ costs $29 a year and gives members 20% off every single purchase in store and online, plus free standard shipping. If the membership program takes off, it could be Bed Bath & Beyond’s way of ditching the coupon for good.
Oct 8, 2016
Stacy Covered Her Rental Countertop With Contact Paper & This Is What Happened
Stacy’s rental bathroom started out just fine. She had white and grey tile floors, a grey-blue wall color, and a white pedestal sink. The bathroom was tiny, but there was a separate counter and mirror from the sink, with plenty of space to store her products. The only trouble was the green countertops, which made the bathroom feel dark and dingy despite it being light everywhere else.
Oct 6, 2016
How To Shop (& Get a New Look at Home) Without Spending a Dime
When you have curated Pinterest boards full of the home decor products you’re coveting (guilty), it can be easy to forget about maximizing everything you already own. The next time you’re tempted to take a trip to Home Goods, stop and take a look around your home first. Maybe the chair in your living room is the nightstand you’re looking for, or that ladder in your attic could become your new favorite plant stand.
Oct 5, 2016
From Practical to Just-Plain-Pretty: 10 Mirrors $100 and Under
Mirrors do so much with so little: a flat plane of glass increases light, adds the illusion of more space, and provides intriguing reflections and perspectives. And that’s just a plain mirror—add flowers, wires, starbursts, and lights, and you’ve got something really special. The only problem is, these room heavy hitters can pack both a decorative and budget punch, so to ease the search for a wallet-friendly find, we picked our 10 favorites under $100.
Oct 4, 2016
6 Things To Do Before You Even Think About Applying for a Mortgage
Tired of kissing your hard-earned cash goodbye every month and handing it over to your landlord? Thinking about taking the plunge and purchasing your own place? Well, hold up, young Padawan—before you apply for a mortgage on a whim, you should probably pump the brakes. If you’re really ready to shed the renting lifestyle once and for all and get serious about buying your first home, there are a few considerations you must make.
Oct 4, 2016
6 Easy Ways to Save $100 This Week
After you’ve tackled the big-picture savings tactics like canceling subscriptions, negotiating insurance premiums to lower rates, and reducing energy consumption, you’ll have to examine your micro-spending in order to squeeze any extra cash out of your budget. Even if you’re in good shape financially, there will come a week where you could use an extra hundred bucks—maybe before a big weekend?—to pad your budget with.
Oct 3, 2016
Design Doppelgängers: 10 (Nearly Identical) Designer Chair Look-a-Likes You Can Actually Afford
Nothing beats the real deal, but when your wallet hasn’t quite caught up to your great taste, there are ways to get the look without going ridiculously over budget. Lookalikes abound, but not everyone is in the “ok with it” camp. For those who are, we offer up the following scenario: The second you win the lotto, you’ll be on board to pony up for the originals, but until that day comes, we might find you lounging on these knock-offs of classic beauties.
Sep 30, 2016
A Game Plan To Get Out of the Grocery Store Faster (and for Less Money)
You’ve heard the adage: Time is money. But there is no situation where it holds more true than at the grocery store. The Food Marketing Institute estimates that the average shopping trip should take no longer than 30 minutes—and every minute a shopper spends inside the store after the first half hour will cause them to spend around 55¢ to $1 more. So if your end goal is to cut your grocery budget, your first step might actually be to try and cut down your shopping time.
Sep 29, 2016
Fitness for Free: 5 Seriously Fit Hobbies that Don’t Cost a Dime to Get Into
While most of us have aspirations of getting in shape, the idea of joining an expensive gym or buying pricey workout equipment can be daunting. If you’re on a tight budget, the cost of shaping up doesn’t always outweigh the benefit. But good news: Getting fit doesn’t have to break the bank! Here a few suggestions for hobbies that can boost your health without draining your bank account. I think we’d all agree that running is a fantastic source of exercise.
Sep 26, 2016
Ditch the Brown Paper Bag: 9 Stylish Lunch Boxes and Bags (for Grown-Ups!)
In an office full of Seamless-ordering co-workers, how can you make homemade lunches cool again? Just pack it in a leather-and-metallic clutch that’s chicer than every purse you own. Word of caution: You no longer only have to worry about colleagues nabbing your veggie wrap — they’ll all be tempted to swipe your lunch bag along with it. Lunch Box Book at Black + Blum, $20. Designed to look like a book, this poppy red lunch box stands out in a sea of brown paper bags.
Sep 25, 2016
Take it Easy this Season: Fun, Festive and Inexpensive Ways to Enjoy Fall
Fall is a much-beloved season — and for good reason! After a long hot summer, there is finally a cool nip in the air, inspiring cozy nights spent by the fire and soft sweaters reintroduced into your wardrobe. And everywhere you turn, you’ll spot others diving headfirst into the season, hyping up fall fashion and reminding you that pumpkin spice everything is back on the menu.
Sep 25, 2016
Stop Getting Ripped off at the Grocery Store
Even the most laid-back shoppers have to be money-conscious when shopping for non-essentials — Do I really need another pair of black sandals? Will I ever wear these pants again? — unless you want to watch your bank account be drained faster than your Monday morning cup of coffee. But when it comes to grocery shopping, concerns of overspending are more easily forgotten. You need food to live after all.
Sep 21, 2016
Notes from a Moderate Couponer: Easy, Non-Extreme Ways to Save Money Using Coupons
Not a couponer? Is that because you refuse to dedicate your Sundays to shuffling through the newspaper, literally clipping coupons to stash away in a tiny accordion file that you flip through as you’re walking down the aisles? Well, you’re living in the past. Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. When shopping online—or even in person with your phone in tow (and whose isn’t?) — it’s easier than ever to coupon and only takes a few minutes.
Sep 19, 2016
7 Ways To Add Character to a Cookie Cutter Home
We can’t all live in a gorgeous Haussmannien building on the left bank of the Seine. In fact, some of us have to live in effective but uninspiring homes with little to no architectural detail whatsoever. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. In fact, there’s a lot you can do, even if you live in the most boring of houses, to add a little character to your space. Check out these 7 DIY projects. Add a ceiling medallion.
Sep 15, 2016
Insurance & Warranties: What’s Actually Worth It? What’s Really Not?
It feels like you can’t buy anything without being offered an extended warranty for an extra fee at the checkout counter, but are any of those service plans and insurance offerings even worth it? The truth is, some of those plans are an absolute must, but most warranties aren’t necessary.
Sep 8, 2016
8 Secrets of Shoppers Who Resist Impulse Buying
Our current culture of having instant access to all the pleasures of the material world with the click of a button or the swipe of a card has many of our pleasure-seeking brains going bananas. It’s almost too easy to satisfy our instant gratification impulses through impulsive buying, but this type of buying comes at a cost—literally and metaphorically.
Sep 5, 2016
5 Ways People Who Plan Ahead Always Get the Best Deals
How many times have you bought something because it was such a good deal, only to end up with something you really didn’t need to spend money on at all? Me too. Planning your purchases ahead of time—and having the ability and stamina to wait for what you want and need—goes a long way in keeping you from getting suckered in by sales. Even better, planning ahead often allows you to get significantly better deals than merely what’s blazoned on ads.
Aug 31, 2016
5 Things Money-Savvy People Always Do (No Matter What)
You know those people who never seem to struggle with their finances at the end of each month? They’re the ones who’ll likely cash in their stocks and savings to retire into a sea of green (dollar bills, y’all!) when the rest of us are still trying to figure out stocks and savings. We want to be like those people. So, without further ado, here are five things money-savvy people always do that we less money-minded mortals should pick up post haste.
Aug 25, 2016
9 Ways to Upgrade Your Existing Floors For As Little As $50
If you hate your floors, but are a little short on cash, I’ve got good news. A new floor can cost a ton of money — but it doesn’t have to. Here are nine budget-friendly ideas for upgrading your existing floors so you can get a whole new look without spending a whole lot of money. This vinyl floor cloth, demonstrated by designer Kerra Michele Huerta in an article from the Washington Post, is a great option for renters as well as homeowners on a budget.
Aug 25, 2016
Best Basics: 15 Must-Have Black-&-White Rugs Under $200
Black-and-white floors, whether kitchen linoleum or handmade bathroom tiles, are totally timeless, classic yet bold, and completely irresistible to me. But if you don’t have the time, money, or authority to redo all your floors, you can get the look with any one of these affordable and completely fantastic black-and-white rugs under $200. I’ve seen this rug—or one of a similar pattern—in so many House Tours, and it always looks fabulous.
Aug 23, 2016
How To Join the Club of People Who Will Never Get Scammed or Defrauded
Anyone who’s ever been the victim of consumer fraud or had their identity stolen can tell you that it strikes without warning, and more than you think. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 17 million people were the victims of identity theft in 2014.
Aug 22, 2016
15 Surprising Stores Where Students and Teachers Can Score Major Discounts
Most students and teachers can’t help but feel a little sad about the end of summer, at least until it’s time for back-to-school shopping. There’s something thrilling about starting a new school year and taking the opportunity to refresh your life a little. But loading up on new clothes, decor, technology and school supplies can get a little pricey. Actually, really pricey. The good news: Many retailers offer discounts for students and teachers with valid school IDs or .
Aug 18, 2016
7 Reasons It’s Not Too Late for a Summer Vacation
Summer is slowly coming to an end, which means it’s time to get serious about crossing things off your summer bucket list. If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, make that a top priority. Yes, sunshine-drenched days at the beach and lounging by the pool sipping margaritas are limited, but there’s still plenty of time to plan an epic end-of-summer getaway. Here are seven reasons why now is actually the perfect time to indulge in a delicious summer vacation.
Aug 17, 2016
3 Ways to Rethink Your Biggest Budget Blowers
Nobody thinks life on a budget is easy, but for some of us, the conventional saving advice falls flat. How do you cut out a $6 latte habit when you’ve never even set foot inside a Starbucks? When you can’t easily change your bottom line, you need to change your mindset instead. Here, we tackle three more common ways that Americans are blowing their paychecks, and offer up cost-saving alternatives that don’t feel like a sacrifice.
Aug 15, 2016
7 Sneaky Ways to Live in New York for Less
I love most everything about living in New York, except for the one thing I really hate about living in New York, which is that living here is really, really heinously expensive. But there are little ways you can save money, and make your NYC dollars stretch a little further. I’m not talking about obvious stuff, like living in Bushwick with 3 roommates or never going out ever. I mean sneaky things, money-saving tips that are unique to NYC, and that you might not immediately think of.
Aug 9, 2016
4 First-Apartment Mistakes Everyone Makes (and How to Avoid Them)
Decorating your first apartment is an exciting endeavor – and also one rife with pitfalls. How do you avoid making mistakes when you’ve never decorated a place of your own before? Well, first check out this list of 3 mistakes everyone makes when decorating their first apartment — and how you can avoid them. Thinking you have to buy everything at once.
Aug 3, 2016
9 Ways to Make Your Book-Buying Habit Easier on Your Wallet
In the grand scheme of things, reading isn’t a very expensive hobby. But if you’re the type who loves to voraciously read every best seller or collect literary trophies for your bookshelf, you know all too well how quickly your book-buying habit can blow a budget. So we’ve rounded up 9 smart ways to save money on books, for every type of reader. Like Netflix for e-books, Kindle Unlimited lets you pay $9.
Aug 3, 2016
Dining Room Shake Up: 15 Attractive Settees (Under $600)
Like a sofa for your dining room: We are huge fans of shaking things up when it comes to furniture choices, especially if it adds enormous style points to a room and is multifunctional to boot! If you’re looking to break out of the vanilla table + chair mold in your breakfast nook or eating area, want to up the cozy factor or simply are just short on space (it can double as a love seat for you or guests when not feasting!) consider the dining settee your new best (furniture) friend.
Aug 1, 2016
Ingenious Ways to Get the Backyard of Your Dreams on a Budget
You may have plenty of ideas for the backyard of your dreams, but those infinity pools and sunken fire pits and outdoor kitchens — well, they cost money. We’ve got some ideas for budget ways to get the features you crave, so you can enjoy your outdoor space without spending a ton of cash. If you dream of: A backyard swimming pool… Try: A stock tank pool, like this one from Tractor Supply.
Jul 31, 2016
Design-y Dorm Room DIYs: 17 Perfect Projects
So you’re thinking about decorating your dorm room, and you’ve tons of big plans but, unfortunately, not tons of money. Take a look at these 17 DIYs — colorful, fun and stylish projects that will make your dorm room the envy of your floor, without blowing your budget. Above: DIY colorful stacking drawers from Sugar + Cloth on Instagram. DIY hanging half frame from Design Sponge — perfect for classing up those posters. Colorful shag rug DIY from eHow.
Jul 28, 2016
6 Reasons We’re Sad Kmart USA Isn’t Kmart Australia
For the most part, gone are the days of blue-light specials, “Attention Kmart Shoppers” as an oft-repeated catch phrase, and stylish partnerships with the likes of Martha Stewart. It’s been bad news after bad news for years now, and stores are closing left and right. So when I saw a recent catalog for Kmart Australia, I did a double take and was surprised by what I saw.
Jul 28, 2016
10 Super-Cheap Summer “Friend Date” Ideas
While your best bet for cheap winter entertainment might be holing up with Northern Exposure DVDs from the library, summer brings a bounty of ways to enjoy the longer days and warmer nights in a more social way, without blowing your budget. Here are 10 ways to have the best summer “friend dates” ever – on the cheap. Farmers’ Market Window Shopping: Farmers’ markets are so pretty and fun! And often full of samples!
Jul 21, 2016
Under $50: The Best Lighting for Your Dorm Room
Of course you need sheets and towels and a mini fridge and maybe one of those little shower caddies, but one of the most important things you will buy for your dorm room is lighting. Trust me: when you’re awake and frantically studying at 3AM, your roommate will be glad that you bought a lamp. So without further ado, here are 12 of our favorite picks, all under $50. Above: Penn task lamp, $29 – 39 from PBteen. FORSÅ work lamp, $19.99 from IKEA ÅRSTID table lamp, $24.
Jul 21, 2016
Dorm Room Bedding: The Best Options Under $100
Of all the things you pick for your dorm room, probably nothing will have a bigger impact on the look of your space than your bedding. With that in mind, we’ve selected ten stylish options that will make your bedroom the envy of the floor, without breaking the bank. Above: Marble duvet cover in Twin XL, $99 from Urban Outfitters Adisa watercolor duvet cover in Twin XL, $89 from Urban Outfitters LINBLOMMA duvet cover and pillowcase in twin, $59.99 from IKEA.
Jul 19, 2016
9 Ways to Transform Your Dorm Room with Washi Tape
Washi tape, the pretty Japanese masking tape that the internet has been going nuts for, is pretty much the perfect thing for your dorm room: it’s colorful, it’s inexpensive, and most importantly, it’s removable. Oh, and did we mention it’s incredibly versatile? Really the only limit is your imagination, but here are a few projects to get you started. Above: Use washi tape to create inexpensive (and creative!) picture frames, as seen on Design Sponge.
Jul 14, 2016
5 Signs You’re Not Cut Out for a Side Hustle
People who keep personal finance top-of-mind are quick to tout the benefits of taking on a side hustle—a secondary job or stream of income to help you accomplish your financial goals. A side hustle will certainly help you pay off debt or save for a big purchase more quickly, but it’s a big life change and it’s not for everyone.
Jul 11, 2016
A Dozen DIY Art Projects to Brighten Up Your Bedroom
Art is one of those things that has the power to completely transform a room — and even more so when it’s a unique, one-of-a-kind piece you make yourself. Here are a dozen projects that are sure to get your creative juices flowing, and put you on a path to your best bedroom yet. DIY oversized tiled photo art from A Beautiful Mess. DIY gold foil wall art from Sugar & Cloth. DIY textile wall art from A Beautiful Mess. DIY sunprint art from Design Love Fest.
Jul 1, 2016
Vacationing on a Budget? Avoid This One Travel Habit that’s Bad for Your Wallet
You can set airfare alerts and AirBNB your heart out. But a “budget” vacation can get financially out of hand fast if you’re not careful about how much you spend. When you plan an afternoon at the shops the same way you might plan a museum visit or a day at the beach, you’re shopping just for the sake of shopping. And it’s the worst thing you can do if you’re trying to save money while traveling.
Jul 1, 2016
Hidden Costs: 10 Travel Expenses You Haven’t Thought Of
When I’m planning a trip, the main financial factor I consider is the cost of the actual traveling, whether it’s by plane, train, bus or car. Airfare and lodging especially can be overwhelmingly expensive, so it’s tempting to consider these the true price of the travel, but there are so many other costs that can creep up on you. In addition to wages lost if you don’t get paid time off, here are ten expenses that can surprise you on even the thriftiest of vacations.
Jun 29, 2016
High, Mid, Low: Three Trendy Sofa Styles at Three Price Points
Shopping for a sofa can be a little nerve-wracking. There are so many styles, and so many prices, it’s hard to know where to start. So we’ve chosen three different classic sofa styles, and hunted down three different examples of each, in three different price points: low (under $1,000), mid ($1,000 – $2,000) and high ($2,000+), to suit pretty much every taste and every budget. Check out our picks. Low: Sofia Chesterfield sofa, $849 from Urban Outfitters.
Jun 29, 2016
For Your Small Space: 5 Compact Sofas Under $500
If you’re a recent college grad (or just someone lucky enough to have their own apartment for the first time), chances are good you’re short on both space and money. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up five sofas perfect for both small apartment and small budgets, all less than 60 inches wide, and all less than 500 dollars. Above: Zach Mid-Century fabric loveseat, 53″ wide and $278.99 from AllModern. Rana settee, 49″ wide and $471.99 from Joss & Main.
Jun 28, 2016
Pretty IKEA Hacks Your Dorm Room Needs
Decorating an entire dorm room from scratch can sound overwhelming, until you think about it this way: You now have one big (well, not so big) blank slate to make your own. All of these IKEA project ideas will add serious style to your place, but at IKEA prices, you’ll still have enough cash left over for those 50-cent hot dogs. The peppy colors and punchy patterns on these little alarm clocks will wake up your dorm room.
Jun 27, 2016
25 On-the-Cheap DIY Ideas to Make Your Living Room Look Expensive
You’re smart. You’re crafty. You may not have a ton of money to spend on your living room, but you want it to look great. So we’ve rounded up 25 super-stylish DIYs that will have your living room looking like a million bucks, without you spending, well — a million bucks. A DIY marble and gold accent table from Sugar & Cloth. DIY mid-century wall unit from Old Brand New. Brass chandelier DIY from One Kings Lane. Woven rug DIY from A Beautiful Mess.
Jun 20, 2016
The Best & Worst Months for New Renters in 10 Major Cities
Many budget-minded renters save apartment hunting for December, figuring that crummy weather and holiday spending will soften the market to their advantage. But a new analysis from RentHop challenges that rule of thumb, suggesting that the best months to score a deal depend on where you’re moving.
Jun 3, 2016
Fill In Your First Apartment, Fast: 7 Larger-Than-Life Wall Art DIY Ideas (On a Little Budget)
Believe it or not, this may be the year we say goodbye to the gallery wall, and hello to oversized statement-making wall art. The trick to large-scale pieces that won’t bring you over budget is mixing in some simple DIY magic. Whether you order an engineering print of a favorite vacation photo or turn your grandmother’s vintage fabric into a wall hanging—all of these ideas take what you love and place them front-and-center in your home.
Jun 2, 2016
Only Recent College Grads Could Get Away With These 10 Cheap & Cool Apartment DIYs
Graduating from college also means graduating from those crappy college apartments. And in the quest to master this “#adulting“ thing, you’re going to want to dress up your first post-grad space with decor that’s more grown up than anything you ever had in the dorms. And because you’re young and still figuring everything out, there’s a bunch of budget-boosting DIYs you can get away with.
Jun 1, 2016
Something Borrowed: Tips for Making Wedding Rentals Work for You
Anyone who’s ever calculated a wedding budget can attest to how quickly the elements of the event add up. Thankfully, wedding rental companies exist so that you don’t have to go out and pick hundreds of place settings or buy an absurd amount of Edison bulbs. With the diverse offerings and specialized styles of today, there’s nearly nothing that can’t be borrowed for your big day. Farm tables or round tables? Benches or chairs?
May 27, 2016