Budget Living
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Everyone Should Own These $13 Magnetic Drawer Organizers from Amazon
It was $12 and took 30 minutes to set up, but the stress it saved me felt like it was the best investment I have made in years.
Feb 19, 2020
The 36 Best Things You Can Do With $1
Next time you open up your wallet to see a lone George Washington staring back at you, consider this list of inspiring things you can do with just a dollar.
Feb 17, 2020
14 Tweets That Will Make Any Person Who Refuses to Buy Full-Price Anything Say “It Me”
Coupon clippers, penny pinchers, and seasoned online sale shoppers, unite.
Jan 20, 2020
The Best Times to Buy Furniture, According to Home Experts
If you’re shopping for a bargain, here’s an expert-backed cheat sheet.
Jan 17, 2020
The Best Under-$200 Tricks We Want to Steal From Before and Afters in 2020
These budget-friendly ideas deserve a place on your list this year.
Jan 13, 2020
B&A: This Dated 600-Square-Foot NYC Apartment Gets a Beautiful, Low-Cost Upgrade
Although it's a rental, Ashley used lots of low-cost upgrades, covering ugly tile with laminate stickers, ugly countertops with marble-look contact paper, and more ideas.
Jan 13, 2020
The Unexpected Organizing Tool I’ll Always Shell Out a Few Dollars for at Thrift Stores
In most cases, these pieces are somewhere between $1 and $5, and there is always a spot for them in the house.
Jan 11, 2020
A Cookie-Cutter Home Got a Huge Upgrade Thanks to Affordable DIYs
The DIY projects are affordable, doable, and have made a big difference in just six months.
Jan 2, 2020
This 1970s House Gets Updated on a Budget Thanks to Creative DIY Projects
There wasn't a large budget to renovate this '70s home, so it’s literally chock-full of DIY projects and works in progress.
Dec 30, 2019
7 New Ways to Reuse Your Old Leather Belts
There's life in them yet.
Dec 29, 2019
18 Ways to Use Table Salt, Your Lunchtime Standby
Your salt shaker doesn’t have to stay strapped to the kitchen table. We’ve got 18 ways to put it to work all around your house.
Dec 29, 2019
This Small Apartment Was Furnished Entirely With Budget Buys and Clever DIYs
And this renter walks us through every street find, thrift purchase, travel treasure, and DIY project in the photos of her home she shares.
Dec 27, 2019
13 Uses for Olive Oil, Your Go-To Cooking Aid
Get this hero out of the pantry and into your tool kit.
Dec 22, 2019
The Best Under-$1000 Budget Renovations We Saw This Year
You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a big impact, and these 12 transformations prove it.
Dec 20, 2019
This Sears Kit House Has Original Vintage Charm and Was Decorated on a Budget
The house still has much of its 100-year-old character including original wood floors, coffered ceilings, and the original windows.
Dec 18, 2019
A Chicago Interior Designer Shares Her Chic and Budget Holiday Decorating Tips
Including what to buy from Trader Joe's and how to make those orange slice ornaments you see everywhere.
Dec 17, 2019
Home Stagers Pick 6 Items to Upgrade Your Bedroom for Less Than $5
Never underestimate the power of a tufted throw pillow.
Dec 16, 2019
This Gorgeous Glasgow Home Features IKEA Hacks and a DIY Budget Kitchen Makeover
This two-bedroom Georgian period tenement flat in Glasgow's Finnieston area is full of beautiful old details like ceiling roses and cornice work.
Dec 11, 2019
6 Easy Ways to Make Your Living Room Look More Expensive
Real estate pros reveal their secrets to making any space look more elevated.
Dec 6, 2019
8 of the Best (and Easiest) IKEA Hacks We Spotted This Year
These types of IKEA "hacks" are the perfect combo of affordable and fast to do.
Dec 5, 2019
Budget Tip: Don't Buy Gift Boxes Before You Check These 3 Places First
A quick peek can save you lots of money on packaging this holiday season.
Dec 4, 2019
This Home's "Relaxed Californian" Style Is Perfect for Small Spaces and Budgets
The soothing, neutral color palette of this small rental apartment keeps it interesting with cozy textures and natural materials such as leather, linen, sheepskin, and jute.
Dec 4, 2019
The Almost-Free Gift I Made for Everyone When We Were Broke
I discovered a couple of years ago that having zero cash to spare can actually simplify things during the holidays.
Dec 3, 2019
The Hidden Section at World Market to Shop for All of Your Home Decor
And a lot of the items are under $10.
Nov 28, 2019
The 12 Best Dollar Store Organizing Ideas
Your local everything-for-a-dollar store is brimming with affordable home organizing tools—as long as you know what to look for.
Nov 24, 2019
“Easy Untertaining” is the Secret to Seeing Your Friends More
Easy Untertaining
Ahead of the bustling holiday season and the self-reflective start of another year, we wanted to give you some truths and tools to help you host at home and see your friends more.
Nov 20, 2019
The Broke Person’s Guide to Having People Over
Easy Untertaining
First: You definitely don’t need tons of cash to have fun. Second: You’re not alone in feeling discouraged about your money situation.
Nov 20, 2019
The Small Space Dweller’s Guide to Having People Over
Easy Untertaining
The people you’re hosting aren’t coming over to be wowed by extra counter space or a second bathroom; they’re coming over to spend time with you.
Nov 20, 2019
Buying a Mattress? Here’s the Best Time of Year to Shop, According to Experts
You may be able to talk—and time—your way into a sweet deal.
Nov 16, 2019
I Raided the Dollar Section to Fake This Fancy-Looking Dinner Party
Fool your friends into thinking you spent a billion dollars with these ritzy-looking buys from Dollar Tree, Target, Trader Joe's, and Flying Tiger.
Nov 12, 2019
This $2 Old School Stain Remover Has a Close-to-Perfect Amazon Rating
For hundreds of Amazon's 5-star reviewers, there’s one stain treatment that stands out from the rest.
Nov 12, 2019
15 Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide, Your Favorite First Aid Staple
It's not just for cuts and scrapes—that bottle can do SO much more.
Nov 2, 2019
7 Budget Projects to Make Your Living Room Feel Twice as Bright
If you can't add a window, try one of these low-cost tricks instead.
Oct 30, 2019
A 500-Square-Foot NYC Home Is So Beautiful—And Filled with Mostly Secondhand Stuff
Most of the items were purchased secondhand or found on the street.
Oct 24, 2019
10 Last-Minute Halloween Decor Items You Can Get at the Dollar Store
Spooky doesn't have to mean spendy! These Halloween picks are budget-friendly and super easy to find at your local dollar store.
Oct 24, 2019
Before and After: This DIY Bedroom Redo Didn't Cost Anything—it MADE $60
Talk about a budget upgrade!
Oct 19, 2019
Before and After: This Bright DIY Bathroom Transformation Cost Just $204
Andrea did the $250 Challenge: a 6-week project that involved transforming one room in your home on a $250 budget.
Oct 14, 2019
9 Basics from Amazon (Starting at $6) that Prop Stylists Swear By
From fridge bins to toilet brushes, here are nine stylist-recommended home staples you can order today on Amazon—starting at $6.
Oct 13, 2019
The Best Things You Can Do to Your Living Room for Under $100
You don't have to spend a fortune to make a big impact in your living space. Here, our favorite ideas for brining lots of charm and character for not a lot of money.
Oct 10, 2019
11 Plant Care Staples We’re Buying at IKEA for Under $30
Much like almost everything else you need for a house, turns out IKEA is a pretty good option for plant shopping.
Oct 8, 2019
7 High-Impact Kitchen Upgrades Even Renters Can Try
Got a rental in need of a kitchen facelift? No problem!
Oct 7, 2019
7 Fan-Favorite Candles that Etsy Shoppers Can't Get Enough Of
We reached out to our friends at Etsy to get an idea of which candle shops their customers can’t seem to get enough of.
Oct 3, 2019
6 Ways To Enjoy Luxury Candles For Less Money, According To Real Candle Lovers
There’s a whole community of people obsessed with candles, wax, and wicks—and all of them have tips and tricks for how to find the very best deals when it comes to candles.
Sep 29, 2019
This 400-Square-Foot Studio Features Clever Budget Decorating Ideas
The decor challenge for this studio was to counter the dark, heavy furnishings within such a small space without having to sacrifice style.
Sep 18, 2019
I Transformed My Kitchen for Under $200—and it Still Looks Great a Year Later
One writer shares her budget-friendly transformation that can withstand the test of time.
Sep 8, 2019
Decorating Your Living Room? 5 Affordable Things You Should do First
Use our step-by-step guide to get the living room of your dreams.
Sep 7, 2019
The $4 Bathroom Staple that Trader Joe's Reddit Superfans Can't Stop Buying
Plus eight more grocery staples that the biggest Trader Joe's fans consider a "must-buy" for their morning routines.
Sep 5, 2019
You Can Buy These Headboards on Amazon for Under $100
The seven options here prove headboards are anything but snooze-worthy.
Sep 4, 2019
This Financial Planner Swears by the “90/10 Rule” to Help You Improve Your Relationship With Money
"I've made the shift and helped others make that shift and when you do it's like you're on the autobahn.”
Sep 3, 2019
This Special Section of West Elm’s Website Helps You Stick to Your Budget
The "hack" we didn't know we needed.
Aug 12, 2019
The $4 Costco Item I Use to Clean Everything in My Kitchen
I recently discovered a kitchen cleaner that I like much better than vinegar, lemon, or baking soda. It's simple and super efficient.
Aug 11, 2019
A Scandinavian-Inspired Studio Apartment For Two Was Furnished With Found Objects
All of the furniture in their space was found either on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or just found.
Aug 11, 2019
Here’s Where I Get “Vintage”-Looking Rugs When I Don’t Want To Pay Vintage Prices
When I tell people where I shop, it's almost always a surprise.
Aug 7, 2019
The 21 Best Travel, Laundry, and Packing Hacks of All Time
Here are 21 of the best hacks of all time—for packing your clothes, stowing your delicate jewelry, and doing laundry on the go—that will help you squeeze every drop of joy from those golden vacay days.
Aug 6, 2019
8 Products You Should Try (Under $20!) If You’re Always Losing Things
Losing things isn’t just inconvenient—it can get expensive!
Aug 4, 2019
10 Affordable Cleaning Products You Should be Buying at Costco
If you’re a Costco cardholder (or convinced you should be after reading this article) here are some home cleaning items you should definitely be buying.
Aug 3, 2019
Roommates Decorated This Apartment With Lots of Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace Scores
Apartment Therapy's Instagram Manager Austa Clausen decorated her rental apartment with furniture almost exclusively sourced from Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
Jul 15, 2019
An Easy Amazon Hack to Help You Use That Last 67 Cents on Your Prepaid Gift Card
Prepaid gift cards are great, but once the balance is down to a small amount, your once-coveted cash alternative inevitably accumulates dust in your wallet. Don't let your precious pennies go to waste.
Jul 10, 2019
Amazon Has a Hidden Feature That Will Add Up Every Cent You’ve Spent on There To Date
They don't make it exactly obvious or easy, but Amazon does let you review your spending totals. Just in case you're not into combing through credit card statements or digging through email receipts.
Jul 2, 2019
I Keep My Shelves Decluttered By Only Buying Books AFTER I Read Them
I decided to majorly thin out my book collection—but to my surprise, it wasn't something that made me sad. Instead, I loved the library I was left with.
Jun 12, 2019
One Small Way You Can Save Money While You’re Literally Standing in the Shower
Whether it's condiments in the kitchen or hand soap, here's one always-solid way to save.
Jun 10, 2019
Don’t Waste Your Money on Fresh Flowers—Buy Dried Flowers Instead
Fresh flowers or a new plant can transform a home as easily as the weather. But personally, I find both of them to be a giant pain in the neck.
Jun 9, 2019
13 Classic Kitchen Staples We’re Buying at IKEA for Under $10
The only thing better than a stylish kitchen utensil is one that didn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Luckily, IKEA is brimming with inexpensive, Scandi-style kitchen essentials that probably cost less than your fancy morning coffee. From wine racks to colanders, here are 13 go-to kitchen wares at IKEA for under 10 bucks.
Apr 15, 2019
100 Frugal Habits to Live By, If You’re Trying to Save Money
If you take on a few small changes today, you'll rack up a snowball of savings that will set you up for life.
Apr 14, 2019
15 No-Spend Challenge Ideas (Plus 3 Important Rules) You Can Try to Save Money
For those times when you need a little more motivation (and cash flow).
Apr 12, 2019
3 Outdated Food Budget Rules You Might Still Be Using, According to a Pro
Raise your hand if you’ve ever tried to stick to a food budget and failed. You’re not alone. That’s because budgets (for food and in general) are often too rigid, says Jennifer Faherty, a certified financial planner and the founder of Financial Wealthbeing. Budgets are great in theory, but they don’t always work in real life or allow for unplanned things to happen, she points out.
Apr 10, 2019
Organize the Fridge, Support Your Plants, and 8 Other Things You Can Do with Free Chopsticks
Chopsticks are wildly useful little tools to keep handy. And while most of us save our spare ones, or buy a more permanent pair, there are all sorts of clever ways to use chopsticks around the house. From cleaning crevices to stirring paint, read ahead for 10 genius things you can do with an extra set of chopsticks. Searching for a foolproof way to deep clean tough to reach nooks and crannies?
Apr 9, 2019
7 Things You Can Buy at Costco—Without a Membership
Dreaming of a Costco shopping spree but not ready to commit to a membership? Fret not, friends. We did some digging and it turns out there are several ways you can score some of the perks of being in the Costco club–sans the membership card.
Apr 6, 2019
7 Small Ways to (Potentially) Save $737 in a Week
If you’re anything like the average American, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates you spend just over $164 per day, with the bulk of that money going towards housing, transportation, and food. But in 2016, the median income per capita was estimated at just $33,205—that’s $26,855 less than the average American is spending each year. Yikes, that math just doesn’t add up.
Apr 1, 2019
Try This Financial Planner’s 1-2-3 Budget Rating System
We all know we’re supposed to save more money. And that sounds great ’til you try to do it. Money sometimes has this quality of magically expanding and contracting in invisible ways—so even if and when there’s extra cash coming in, for a lot of us there never seems to be any left to save for big financial goals.
Mar 28, 2019
This App Will Pay You for Photos of Help Wanted Signs
These days, it’s hard to come across a person who doesn’t already have a side hustle, whether it’s running an Etsy store, driving for Uber or Lyft or renting out a spot on Airbnb. But most of those take a lot of work. A far more flexible way to earn some pocket change would be something like Indeed’s Job Spotter app. Instead of uploading selfies to Instagram, Job Spotter gives you more than just likes and follows.
Mar 22, 2019