Budget Living In Life
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7 Fun Things to Do at Home Tonight (Besides Watch TV)
If you don't have housemates, you can do everything on this list (in one way or another) over the internet.
Apr 9, 2020
It’s Time to Do a Spring Cleaning of Your Finances—Here’s How
Step one: Take a long, hard look at your wallet.
Apr 5, 2020
Budget Basics: 10 Beautiful Champagne Flutes Under $10
If you are the sort of person who aspires to own a large number of champagne flutes, you are probably also the sort of person who enjoys entertaining at home. In that case, you’ll understand that the best glassware is the kind you don’t need to worry about: The kind where, if a friend who has enjoyed a little too much bubbly knocks one off the table, you can just clean it up and good-naturedly assure them it’s not a big deal.
Mar 11, 2020
Alison’s List: Baby Goods I’m Glad I Bought & Ones I Wish I Hadn’t
Every time I meet a soon-to-be-first-time Mom, I feel like we end up discussing “the list” – that crazy checklist of stuff you are told you simply must get before the baby arrives. But do you really need it all? Two years after my youngest was born, here’s my reflection on that list – what I am glad I bought, and what I wish I hadn’t. 1. The dream stroller. Okay, I went crazy on the stroller. I bought a Bugaboo Bee.
Mar 11, 2020
Natural & Beautiful: 5 Simple Wreath DIYs
‘Tis the season for pretty wreaths. Last year I did this roundup of pretty twig wreaths, and this year I went searching for some easy and natural wreath tutorials. If you’re looking for inspiration for making your own wreath, here are 5 easy projects that do not require a lot of time or supplies. 1.
Mar 11, 2020
The Ultimate Guide to Making Any Rental More Energy Efficient
Think that because you don’t own, you have no control over your home’s energy use? Not true! Here’s our ultimate guide; full of links to quick, easy and yes, even inexpensive, ways to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your bills (your landlord will thank you!). Most of these changes are likely to pay for themselves in energy savings over the duration of your rental.
Mar 11, 2020
I Tried the Charlie App for Just One Month and Saved Hundreds on Amazon
It’s nice to have someone—even a robot penguin—looking out for me.
Mar 2, 2020
Reuse & Recycle: 10 DIY Pendant Lights
image:219c23bd3f85382cd7afde339f549b83a530f559 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" These budget friendly pendants were created from things you just might have laying around your home: terra cotta pots, cardboard, wire baskets, hanging planters, pretty paper. You can find the tutorials below. I’m adding a couple of them to my fall to–do list.TOP ROW:1. Globe Pendant Light, DIY from Apartment Therapy2.
Feb 27, 2020
7 Things Wrong With Trader Joe’s, According to Fans on Reddit
There are a few things about the grocery store that are less-than-perfect—though the reasons behind them may be more complicated than you think.
Feb 24, 2020
One IKEA Location Is Letting People Pay with Time Instead of Money
In this case, time really is money.
Feb 18, 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
Money Advice Our Parents Were Actually Right About
Since it's all too easy to brush off the advice of one's own family, I decided to ask Apartment Therapy staffers for the best money tips they learned from their folks.
Feb 11, 2020
We Have a Costco Membership for Our Family of 2—Here’s Why It’s Worth It
I wondered what on earth we'd actually do with a gallon of mayo, but now we're the ones out preaching the gospel of Costco to our own friends and family!
Feb 5, 2020
Score One For Your Wallet: Booking Sites Are Cracking Down on Sneaky Hotel Fees
It's in the name of transparency.
Jan 30, 2020
These U.S. Cities Will Pay You to Live There (Really!)
Being paid to move to a place doesn't have to mean moving to a half-abandoned village in the middle of nowhere.
Jan 27, 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 17, 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
Here Are the Best Ways to Budget in January (and Beyond), According to Pinterest
Pinterest’s latest report proves that many people are focusing on that side of wellness in 2020.
Jan 10, 2020
How To Make Handmade Scrap Fabric Twine
Do you have an over abundance of fabric scraps that you are holding on to, “just in case”? Cintia from My Poppet was doing just that, and then she came up with the clever idea of turning her scraps into pretty twine. You can find the simple tutorial below. Scrap fabric strips in assorted lengths (max 1″ wide) Something to wind your twine on to Scissors For more pictures and the full tutorial, head over to My Poppet.
Dec 19, 2019
I Just Discovered a Better, Faster Way to Return Purchases to Amazon
The days of having to track down a printer or packing tape are over, just in time for the holidays.
Dec 19, 2019
Why You Should Save Pre-Paid Gift Cards Even After You Spend Them
...even after you spend them.
Dec 17, 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.
Dec 6, 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 2, 2019
The Ideal Credit Score You Should Have In Your 30s
Credit scores are like fine wine: They tend to improve with age.
Nov 30, 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
“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
Amazon Reviewers Say This $60 Find Is the Secret to Saving Money on Energy Bills
This is what happens when sherpa meets flannel in cozy heaven!
Nov 18, 2019
This $10 Renter-Friendly Amazon Find Will Save You Money in the Long Run
It solves so many issues!
Nov 1, 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
This Hidden Section of Amazon is Like the Dollar Store
It's our new favorite place to shop budget.
Oct 9, 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
IKEA's New Collaboration Is Hypebeast on a Budget & It's Available Soon
For those who have been patiently waiting since 2017 for OFF-WHITE's Virgil Abloh and his millennial-focused collection to drop, the wait is almost over.
Oct 1, 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
6 Ways to “Go Shopping” Without Actually Spending Any Money
Rather than quit cold turkey and set yourself up for failure, here are some ways to scratch that shopping itch without spending a dime.
Sep 8, 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
These Are the Most Budget-Friendly Cities to Travel to on Labor Day Weekend
If you need some ideas for affordable places to travel on Labor Day weekend, Priceline crunched some numbers and found the top cities that’ll get you the most bang for your buck between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2.
Aug 29, 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
8 Products You Should Try (Under $20!) If You’re Always Losing Things
Losing things isn’t just inconvenient—it can get expensive!
Aug 4, 2019
5 Ways to Extend the Life of Everything You Own
Here are five tips for making sure your furniture and appliances keep doing their jobs.
Aug 1, 2019
Millennials Are More Likely to Use Credit Cards for Home Projects. Here’s How to Do It the Right Way
Your house is in desperate need of a new kitchen, but you don’t have the liquid cash to pay for it. If you would choose to put the whole project on your credit card, you're in good company.
Jul 30, 2019
An Easy Amazon Hack to Help You Use That Last 67 Cents on Your Prepaid Gift Card
Prepaid gift cards are great, but once the balance is down to a small amount, your once-coveted cash alternative inevitably accumulates dust in your wallet. Don't let your precious pennies go to waste.
Jul 10, 2019
This Week on Liz$plaining: Everything You Need to Know About Your Credit Score
Caring about your credit score doesn't make you boring, it makes you responsible and dare I say it, interesting!
Jul 9, 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 3, 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
Poshmark’s New “Home Market” Will Help You Declutter More Than Your Closet
Good news for decor lovers and side hustlers alike: Poshmark has expanded beyond the closet and into the home.
Jun 11, 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
The 5 Biggest Lessons I Learned During My First Year as a Costco Member
Most people (my former self included) think that Costco is only for folks with giant families. “The warehouse store can’t possibly make sense for me, a single person on a budget,” I used to think. Oh, how I was wrong. I was convinced to join Costco a little more than a year ago (see: The 3 Items That Convinced Me to Become a Costco Member) and I’m so glad I did.
Jun 8, 2019
100+ Tips for Frugal Living: How to Get Thrifty and Save Money
You might have financial goals at this point in your life. Or, you might not. But here’s the good news: it’s completely possible to save money and still have a happy, fulfilled existence. You just have to adopt a frugal mindset, and put practices in place to help you succeed. To help you out, here are 100+ ways to get thrifty and reduce your cost of living… 1. 6 Tips for Creating a ‘Buy Better, Buy Less’ Budget 2. How To Have an Adult Apartment on a Budget 3.
Jun 5, 2019
15 Smart, Simple (and Free!) Ways to Rejuvenate Your Mornings
Busy mornings leave you no time to mentally prep for the day ahead. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy—not to mention, free—ways to reinvigorate your morning routine.
May 25, 2019
8 Money-Saving Rules to Follow When Going Out to Eat
Going out to eat is one of life’s great joys — even when you have little ones whose ability to sit still for longer than five minutes is questionable (at best). Going out to eat can also be stressful, especially if you’re on a tight budget (and even more so if your dining mates are not). Here are eight money-saving rules to maximize the pleasure and minimize the pain. Happy hours aren’t just for wine, beer, and cocktails!
May 21, 2019
The Most Outrageous Costco Returns, According to Employees
As any devotee of Costco knows, the superstore has a lax return policy. You can cancel your membership anytime, even if you decide (like one woman who recently shared her story) to purchase it and cancel it in the same day. And if you want to bring back any item that you aren’t satisfied with—including diamonds and televisions—Costco promises to fully refund the purchase.
May 16, 2019
Before & After: Thrifted Microwave Cart Turned Bar Cart
With entertaining season upon us, what’s a more fitting project than a versatile little bar cart? A sturdy — but rather ugly — thrift store find, this little microwave cart gets to live on with an (arguably more fun) second life.The writer at She’s No Martha had a hankering for a sleek little cocktail station, and she dressed up her $20 find with some white paint and some handles on the sides.
May 5, 2019
It’s the Little Things: 5 Ways to Spend Less & Reduce Clutter
I was at Target the other day, and standing in front of me in line was a gentleman buying a plunger. That’s it. A plunger. While I really should have been feeling bad for him, because after all, the poor guy was out on a plunger run, I found myself staring at him in wonder, dazzled by his ability to get out of Target with only one darn thing.
May 5, 2019
IKEA Recycling Bin to DIY Top-Entry Litter Box
The first time I saw a top-entry litter box, I wondered where it had been all my life. That top-oriented entrance hole looked like it would cut down dramatically on my cat tracking litter out of the box on her paws and eliminate accidental out-of-the-box spraying. Unfortunately, that kind of litter box can be expensive. But now someone has figured out a way to make one with a simple IKEA hack.
May 4, 2019
Our Readers’ Best Tips for Living on Next-To-Nothing
At Apartment Therapy, we have an entire category called Budget Living where we funnel ideas and strategies for living and decorating when you’re tight on funds. But “budget living” isn’t a one-size-fits-all term. One person’s poor is another’s filthy rich. When we published an article about living on minimum wage, our lovely readers came together with an outpouring of responses for making ends meet when it feels like there are miles between them.
May 4, 2019
What Is It Like To Be a Full-Time Homemaker?
The other day, I met a very nice woman who said something like, “…and so I decided to quit my job.” We didn’t have time to chat further— and I didn’t want to pry— so I was left with a million questions. I would love to hear what life is like for all of you homemakers out there. Some of the many questions that ran through my mind were: Do you have a set list of tasks to complete every day/week/month?
May 4, 2019
Better Late: NOW is the Perfect Time To Make New Year’s Resolutions
If you like making resolutions, there’s no need to feel like you missed the boat just because we’re well into 2015. In fact, I’d say you’re probably better off making resolutions now than in a hungover haze on the 1st— once again, procrastination wins the day! Here are the 5 reasons I’m a big fan of delayed resolutions- of course, if you don’t like making resolutions, simply carry on. 1.
May 4, 2019
How Much Do You Pay for Dry Cleaning?
We regularly ask readers to share how much they spent on a given item, service, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay. How Much Do You Pay for Dry Cleaning? If you take clothes to be dry cleaned, how much does it cost to launder a basic button down shirt, a dress, pants, or sweater? Did the price include any particular services, like stain removal?
May 4, 2019
How Much Do You Spend on Your Hobbies Each Month?
We regularly ask readers to share how much they spent on a given item, service, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay. How Much Do You Spend on Your Hobby Each Month? Let us know what it is you love to do, and how many dollars you throw at your passion projects. Are you a casual hobbyist, or a die-hard fan on the activity?
May 4, 2019
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Anything Else for Your Home
Home accessories- anything from artwork to decorative pillows, vases, and lamps- are essential to making rooms feel cozy, personal, and stylish, but how do you go about deciding which pieces you want? Here are some starting questions to ask yourself before making that purchase. 1. Why do you like it? Take a moment to consider why you like a particular item. Is it because you gravitate towards that same style every time? Or is it because it is trendy?
May 4, 2019
Is a Nursery Even Necessary?
New crib, new crib mattress, new rug, new curtains, new rocker, new wall art, new bookshelves, new dresser, new change mat—no doubt about it, the nursery business is big business. But do we really all need to buy into it? I mean, is it possible to just do no nursery? Would that be okay? How would that work? Well, ultimately, the answer to that question is going to be personal. And by personal, I mean it’s going to depend on you.
May 4, 2019
No More Tiers: 10 Fun & Budget-Friendly Wedding Desserts that Aren’t Cake
Nothing about planning my nuptials gave me sticker shock quite like looking at the cost of a wedding cake. So… we scrapped it. Traditionalists might balk at the idea of having a wedding without a big white cake, but I’m here from the other side to tell you: It’s totally OK if you’d rather have donuts or cookies or–like me–popsicles instead. Your wedding is a chance to choose a dessert that speaks to your unique taste.
May 4, 2019
How These 10 Beautiful Weddings Came in Under $10,000
Planning a wedding can bring about conflicting emotions. On the one hand, your romantic side finds warmth in the idea of being surrounded by the people you love, on a truly beautiful day that appeals to all your stylistic sensibilities. But your practical side remains firmly rooted in the grit, reminding you that it’s just one night of your life and not worth taking out a loan the size of a luxury vehicle. But you can have both. And these ten couples will prove it to you.
May 3, 2019
Coast to Coast, What Real Couples Are Spending on Weddings in 2016 (The Answers Might Surprise You)
It’s oft-quoted that the average cost of a wedding in the United States is around $30,000. While that might be true, you have to imagine that the seven-figure Vergara-Manganiello nuptials of the world might skew that number quite a bit. Real weddings are expensive, but maybe not as expensive as you think.
May 3, 2019
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
5 Things Every Couple Forgets to Factor Into Their Wedding Budget
The easiest way to get into a financial rut–wedding planning or not–is to be dishonest with yourself about how much you’re spending. To sit there and pretend like you’re not spending a small fortune on take-out or craft supplies. If you want to be in great financial shape–here’s where the wedding advice comes in–it’s important to make a really accurate budget for your big day from the start.
May 3, 2019
Can You Guess the Five Least (and Most) Expensive Places to Get Married?
All it takes is one look at the rent for a one-bedroom apartment to know that costs vary wildly depending on where in the country you happen to be sitting. That might be why, according to The Knot’s 2015 Real Weddings Study released last week, 49% of couples in 2015 were married 200 miles or more from where they lived at the time they were married. The Knot’s annual study calls upon nearly 18,000 real brides and grooms to candidly share the details of their wedding planning.
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
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
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