5 Affordable Aldi Staples That Have Helped Me Lower My Grocery BillLife
The $3 shredded cheese is a huge get.
Oct 22, 2022
10 West Elm Finds Under $20 That Make Perfect Gifts for Anyone on Your List (or Yourself!)
Shopping
Bonus: They won't break the bank!
Oct 17, 2022
Here's One Simple Way to Lower Your Grocery Bill This WeekLife
No matter where you shop.
Oct 9, 2022
Give Your Space a Makeover for Less with These 10 Wayfair Finds Under $100
Shopping
You're going to want every one of these stylish steals.
Sep 14, 2022
This Is How Much It Cost to Move Out, After My Boyfriend and I Broke Our LeaseLife
One day we're putting together an IKEA couch, the next we’re loading the U-Haul.
Aug 10, 2022
My Friends and I Make the Same Salary — This Is How Our Budgets CompareLife
I sat down with four of my friends, who all make the same salary as me, to get insight on how they handle their personal finances.
Aug 8, 2022
6 Homebuyers Share How Moving to the Suburbs Impacted Their BudgetsLife
Who knew mulch could be so expensive?
Jul 25, 2022
IKEA Has a Perfect Tiny Bedroom, Space-Saving Nightstand for Under $40Design Ideas
This piece saves you space and money!
Jul 3, 2022
The 8 Best Under-$1,000 One-Room Makeovers We've Ever SeenHome Projects
These DIY makeovers made the most of tight budgets.
Jun 22, 2022
This Is the Cheapest, Cutest End Table Idea for Your Small SpaceDesign Ideas
This idea could cost you little to nothing.
May 25, 2022
Bringing Home a Pet? Don't Forget to Budget for These 6 Sneaky Expenses
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“Having a pet involves a lot of expenses that most people do not even consider,” says veterinarian and behaviorist Paola Cuevas. “They need much more than just food and love.” 
May 25, 2022
I’m a Dietitian and Spent $98.98 on a Week’s Worth of Groceries at TargetLife
The haul includes a total of 21 different items.
May 13, 2022
5 Things I've Learned Since I Started Getting My Groceries DeliveredLife
"I am immensely aware of this privilege — knowing that someone else can shop for my groceries, and then deliver them to me."
May 2, 2022
I Figured Out How to Basically Get My Costco Membership for FreeLife
This trick might just work for you, too.
Apr 29, 2022
5 Surprising Ways to Save Money on Groceries, According to a Budgeting ExpertLife
Use the self-checkout option!
Apr 28, 2022
5 Things to Do Before Student Loan Payments ResumeLife
Here's what to do and when to start.
Apr 10, 2022
Before and After: I Made Over My Rental’s Entryway for Under $200Home Projects
I devised a plan that would have a big impact without costing a ton of money. It was also simple enough that I could do most of it myself, on my own timeline. 
Apr 6, 2022
Setting a Budget for Your Home Repair Project? This Is the Google Sheet You Need
Starter Packs
Because budgeting for even a basic repair project can feel overwhelming.
Apr 4, 2022
Give Your Space a Luxe Look for Less with These Walmart Finds Under $200Life
Hint: They're *way* less expensive than they look.
Mar 24, 2022
A Joyful, Colorful Miami House Was Decorated on a Budget With Stencils and PaintTours
Sarah Coleman and her partner had to decorate their Miami house on a very small budget. "Everything we did was stencils and paint because it was the most affordable option. I wanted the gorgeous wallpapers and new shiny fixtures, but we had to do everything little by little and do it creatively, so we weren’t broke all of the time!"
Mar 18, 2022
The Best Furniture and Decor You Can Get Right Now for Under $100Design Ideas
Proof that you don’t have to compromise style for savings.
Mar 13, 2022
How to Budget for Decorating Your First ApartmentLife
The reality is, no matter how much or how little money you have to spend when decorating your first apartment, planning out your overall budget from the get-go is a must. Here, experts explain how to do so in a way you can easily stick to.
Mar 2, 2022
The 10 Best Brands for Budget-Friendly Bedroom Furniture (That Aren't IKEA)Design Ideas
The Swedish retailer is always a great option, but these other wallet-friendly brands will broaden your horizons.
Feb 13, 2022
17 Valentine’s Day Gifts We Heart from Nordstrom (for $50 or Less!)Life
Bonus: They're stylish and thoughtful.
Feb 2, 2022
Our Favorite Budgeting Tips From House Tours in 2021Life
Decking out your space doesn't have to break the bank.
Dec 27, 2021
5 Budgeting Apps That Make Money Planning EasierLife
According to finance experts.
Dec 11, 2021
How I Knew I Was Ready To Commission a Custom Piece of FurnitureLife
Creative consultant Nicolette Mason breaks down her dream-worthy bed.
Nov 22, 2021
How to Revamp Your Space with Just $25, $50, $75, or $100
Style
Small budgets, big impact! Refresh any room (in style) without breaking the bank.
Oct 28, 2021
A Furniture Flipper's Denver Home Is Full of Fabulous Budget Furniture FaceliftsTours
"Furnishing our home with unique Facebook Marketplace finds and old pieces my family was getting rid of has become one of my biggest passions," explains Leslie Jarrett. "There is something special about bringing pieces that were on their way to the landfill back to life!"
Oct 22, 2021
10 Luxe Pottery Barn Finds That Look Expensive but Are Under $100
Shopping
Budget-friendly *and* beautiful.
Oct 20, 2021
4 Important Money Lessons I Learned From Growing Up in Foster CareLife
My childhood wasn't easy, but it taught me important lessons about life and money.
Oct 13, 2021
7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Splurging on an "Investment Piece"Life
According to money and resale experts.
Oct 8, 2021
5 of the Easiest Budgeting Lessons AT Readers Have Ever LearnedLife
"I think it’s absolutely saved me money because at the end of the day, I want my money to go to the principle, not to interest."
Oct 1, 2021
A Tropical Plant Collector's Atlanta Loft Is a Love Letter to Post ModernismTours
There's an Op Art entryway. A Memphis Milano bathroom. Tons of rare tropical plants. And much of the design was DIYed on a budget!
Sep 30, 2021
I Saved Over $100 a Week With These 5 Simple Budget ChangesLife
The first step is a powerful mindset shift.
Apr 7, 2021
This Website Is the Best Kept Secret for Affordable, Oversized ArtDesign Ideas
Save money and transform your space.
Apr 6, 2021
8 Surprising Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Yard SaleLife
These mistakes may be standing between you and a decluttered home.
Apr 3, 2021
This Free Budget Spreadsheet Helped Me Save Hundreds of Dollars a MonthLife
Thank you, Google Sheets.
Apr 2, 2021
7 Ways to Fake the Look of a Custom Finish For LessDesign Ideas
According to designers!
Jan 21, 2021
A New Rule Makes It Easier to Claim Donations on Your Taxes This YearLife
Here's what an accountant wants you to know.
Dec 6, 2020
5 Easy Ways to Shop Holiday Sales Like a Financial ExpertLife
Participating in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales may appear to be a productive solution when money is tight, but jumping on every deal that comes your way can get out of hand quickly.
Nov 27, 2020
3 Questions About Money Your Parents Don’t Know the Answers ToLife
Experts weigh in on how to make the conversations easier.
Nov 12, 2020
The Free Tool a Financial Expert Uses to Save Money on Holiday Shopping
Heartfelt doesn't need to mean full-price.
Nov 2, 2020
Try These 7 Steps If You Feel Stuck in Your Financial Situation
Nearly half of Americans do.
Jul 30, 2020
It Just Got Real: Solid Tips for Your First Post-College Household Budget
Congratulations, new grads! I see you out there, venturing out into the adult world with your diploma in your hand, wishing with every step that you’d spent a little less time studying calculus and a little more time learning exactly how to balance a monthly budget. So here’s some personal finance for the my-parents-still-pay-some-of-my-bills set.
May 3, 2019
First-Time Renters: Don’t Fall Into these Common Budget Traps
Looking ahead to your first apartment is a majorly exciting time. It’s so close you can almost see it in your head: You, thriving on your own, cooking a delicious dinner in your impeccable kitchen before settling down in your well-styled living room for a Hulu Plus binge on your brand new TV. But before you get carried away with the fantasies of your first place, let me get real with you: Who’s paying for all of it? Answer: You are.
May 3, 2019
When Should You Get “Financially Naked” With a Partner?
In the course of a relationship, there are many milestones. Some are for celebrating, some for deliberating, and there are others that you cross just in order to stay in step on your path to domestic bliss. Deciding to go Dutch on the third date is one of the latter. So is the (much bigger, tougher) decision to start a joint bank account. But somewhere in between splitting dinner and combining paychecks, you should make it a point to hit another milestone with your partner: Getting naked.
May 3, 2019
Can You Afford a Pet? The Hidden Costs to Budget For
There’s nothing quite like coming home to a happy dog or curling up on the couch with a purring kitten. The kind of unconditional love that comes with having pets is priceless, but that doesn’t mean it comes without a cost. It’s totally worth it, but having a new furry—or fishy, or feathery—friend around can be more expensive than you know, and it’s something you need to prepare for.
May 3, 2019
How Using a Piggy Bank Can Be a Legit Savings Plan
You’ve done it again. You go to pull something out of your purse and change goes flying—and you don’t want to crawl around on the ground to find it. Now that you think about it, you found some change in the bottom of the dryer this morning, too. And you might have seen some gleaming on the floorboard of your car earlier. Frankly, change is a nuisance and often goes to waste. So why not take that change, and a few extra bucks, and throw it in a piggy bank?
May 3, 2019
How to Trick Yourself Into Saving Money Without Even Noticing It’s Gone
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. Between bills and expenses, it can feel like your money is just disappearing each month, making saving anything feel totally impossible.
May 3, 2019
The 1 Expensive Thing First-Time Home Buyers Forget to Budget For
The countdown to buying your first home is innately defined by one thing: the balance in your savings account. Unlike car loans and the too-expensive shoes you put on your charge card, you can’t exactly buy a home with zero money down, so most people who have their sights set on homeownership begin by saving for a (sizeable) down payment.
May 3, 2019
Budget for the Holidays Now So You Don’t Go Into Debt for Them Later
Last year, Americans spent an average of $830 on Christmas—not exactly chump change. With about ten weeks left until the big day, the good news is that there’s still plenty of time to plan ahead. Here’s how to budget ahead of time so you can pay for everything up front and give yourself the greatest gift of all—not having debt hanging over your head as you head into the new year.
May 3, 2019
Smart Ways to Make $100 Last All Week
There are several reasons you could need to stretch $100 through an entire week. Maybe you’re saving hard for a vacation or maybe you had some unexpected emergency expenses and are low in your checking account until your next paycheck. Whatever your personal reasons for embarking on an extra-frugal week, here are some budgeting tips to help make $100 last all seven days. If you know you only have $100 and a week, you need to be extremely deliberate about where that money is going.
May 3, 2019
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Creating a Budget
Sitting down to create a budget is rarely at the top of my weekend agenda. But that doesn’t make it any less important. No matter your financial situation, you are ultimately the expert in managing the day-to-day (and year-to-year) of your own money matters. And if creating a budget is part of your plan, there are some questions for a little budgeting introspection that just may help you sort through those spreadsheets with a little more ease.
May 3, 2019
Organization Goals: 11 Inspiring Bullet Journal Budget Trackers You Need to See
The words “bullet journaling” usually elicit one of three reactions from people: One: “What’s that?,” Two: “How does anyone have time for that?,” or Three: whatever the dialogue version of the heart-eyes emoji is. A bullet journal, if you’re unfamiliar, is an organizational system that combines your diary, sketchbook, to-do list and more all into one.
May 3, 2019
9 Baby Steps to a Better Household Budget
Budgeting for your life and home can feel like an impossible task, but if you break it down into simple actions, it’s actually not that bad. You have to be willing to self-reflect, keep receipts and bills, and do a little math—and some research on budget trackers—but you can make it work. Ready to build a better budget? (You know… one you’ll actually use?) Take it step by step: The first step to creating a budget? Knowing how much money you actually have.
May 3, 2019
The Budgeting Methods Smart Finance Bloggers Swear By
Maintaining a budget is one of those things everyone knows they have to do, but not everyone actually understands how to do it (or rather, how to do it in a way that benefits their specific, individual needs). If you need help figuring out your own finances, these bloggers have simple-but-totally-smart budgeting systems that are sure to inspire you, no matter what your financial goals are: Ali at Anything You Want is all about using spreadsheets to track her budget.
May 3, 2019
The Financial Milestones to Aim for Before You’re 30
Ah, your 20s! That golden decade of finding yourself personally, professionally, and, well… if you’re smart—financially. Sure, figuring out your money situation might not be the most enjoyable part of being in your 20s, but arguably, it might be the most important.
May 3, 2019
The Best Books to Read When You’re Ready to Get Serious About Your Finances
With all the added expenses that come with the holiday season and the time to set your 2017 goals just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get serious about your finances. Here are five money books that are chock-full of wisdom that will help you take your finances to the next level. Whether you want to mend your relationship with money, develop a wealth mindset, or start investing some of your hard-earned cash, there’s a book here for you.
May 3, 2019
What You Can Do in 2018 to Make Buying a Home a Reality in 2019
Have big dreams to buy a home next year, but don’t know where to begin? Just because you don’t think you’ll have your down payment together for 2018 doesn’t mean you have to wait to get a jump start on the process. Here are some steps you can take to help you figure out what you’re looking for in a home, what you can afford, and how to get yourself psyched up to find your dream home while you wait.
May 3, 2019
Real Couples On: The Biggest Purchase They’d Make Without Consulting Their Partner
How much money would you feel comfortable spending on something for your home…without consulting your partner first? After all, when you live together, you work together to decorate the space and manage the finances. We asked a handful of real couples to share any money limits they have when it comes to splurging on decor. See how you and your mate’s spending style stacks up, or get advice on how to set limits in your own partnership.
May 3, 2019
Watch Out: 7 Times When Cheaper Rent is Actually More Expensive
So you found the perfect apartment—everything seems to check out, from the desirable neighborhood to the amazing rent. But is it really as wonderful as it seems? Before you start shifting those extra dollars from your rent fund to your coffee budget, double check your new home to make sure none of these hidden expenses are going to end up emptying your wallet.
May 3, 2019
Improve Your Financial Picture: 100+ Ideas
I don’t have to tell you this, but money matters. Even if you consider yourself a card-carrying minimalist who thinks “materialism” is a dirty word, you need money to exchange for goods and services, like rent and food and the shirt on your back.
May 3, 2019
We Asked 8 Real New Yorkers: Is a 50/20/30 Budget Realistic?
Are you familiar with the 50/20/30 rule?
May 3, 2019
101 Ways to Boost Your Budget and Save Major Money
There’s never a bad time to go over your budget with a fine-tooth comb and find everything that’s draining your resources for little in return. Of course, it’s not always an easy task to pinpoint the places where you could be saving — and that’s where we come in. Here are 101 of the many, many ways to minimize your excess spending, maximize your budget and move your life a little bit closer to stress-free.
May 3, 2019
Think You’re Saving Money? Not Really
Debt-slaying and money-saving posts are rife with suggestions for how to shave a little here, trim a little there, not spend, not spend, not spend. But you can’t say you’re saving money just because you’re packing your own lunch and drinking the coffee you brewed at home.
May 3, 2019