Budget Living In Life
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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
8 Grocery Hacks to Make Going Organic Easier on Your Wallet
If you’re one of the 45 percent of Americans who actively try to include organic food in your diet, you know that while organics might be the best fuel we can put into our bodies, it can be quite a drain on a household budget. All it takes is a quick stroll down the organic produce aisle at the grocery store to give you a serious case of sticker shock. For something that is so good for you and good for the globe, it can definitely be bad for your wallet.
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
Never Return Anything Again: How to Buy Clothes You’ll Love to Wear
Confession: I have a lot of anxiety about shopping for new clothes. I love adding new pieces to my wardrobe, but historically, I haven’t always been good at judging when I actually should or shouldn’t buy something.
May 3, 2019
Survive Your Spending Ban Resolution: How To Buy Fewer Clothes
As the noise makers whiz and the confetti falls on New Year’s Eve, a lot of us seal our new resolutions at midnight with a sip of champagne and a new can-do attitude. These promises run the gamut—from small steps like finally cleaning out that junk drawer to actually using your long-forgotten gym membership—but if you’re in the business of spending less money on Benton stripes and bucket bags this year, you’ve come to the right article.
May 3, 2019
Put Your Credit Card Away & Try These 7 “Shop Your Stash” Tricks Instead
Coming off a season when your paycheck was spent faster than you can say “peppermint latte, please,” you might have the urge to self-impose a shopping ban until, say, Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, though, retailers are sneaky jerks and saw your move coming about two turns back. Hence all those flashy yellow and red signs in display windows shouting “Sale! Who Needs Savings When You Can Have Suede Shoes?! 90 Percent Off!!!” Totally tempting.
May 3, 2019
The Secret to Scoring Treasures at Thrift Stores
When you pop into a thrift store, you almost want to roll up your sleeves upon entering. There are piles and piles of kitschy dresses, pilling sweaters, eye-searing patterns, and questionable pants. But tucked in between those pieces are diamonds in the rough, vintage scores and modern pieces that might look lackluster at first glance, but are actually sartorial wins. If you want to know how to hone your eye and be able to nab those pieces, read ahead!
May 3, 2019
5 No-Fail Ways To Avoid Buyer’s Remorse While Thrift Shopping
There’s something about a dress that costs less than a latte that makes you forget all your years of training. You’ve spent decades doing field work on sales floors and clearance racks; gathered data behind the curtains of changing rooms and spent years writing “The Holy Grail of Shopping Manuals” that has footnotes of proof. For example, “A1: Never buy bandage dresses because subject has learned the hard way they turn into tube tops upon sitting down.
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
Here’s How You Build a Smart Home the Smart Way
You dream of having a smart home the way others dream of having a closet full of designer shoes. The only problem? You’re on a budget, and smart home solutions are way beyond your means… Or are they? It’s true that just like designer shoes, many smart home devices and systems come with a high price tag. Truth: High-end connected appliances and kits costing thousands of dollars are nice, but they aren’t essential to creating a smart home experience.
May 3, 2019
17 Insider Things to Know About IKEA (from Employees Who’ve Worked There)
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at IKEA? With stores that resemble mazes and tons of products everywhere you turn, it’s sure to be just as much of an experience working there as it is shopping there. And of course, those who do work there just may be able to give us IKEA civilians a little helpful shopping advice.
May 3, 2019
Lessons Learned: 9 People Reveal the Biggest Money Mistake They Ever Made
I’m a firm believer that it’s important to be open and honest about money. In the past, talking about things like how much you make or the debt you’re dealing with may have been taboo, but being transparent and able to discuss these things is actually really important.
May 3, 2019
The Style-on-a-Budget Guide to a Fall Wardrobe Update
Thrift stores often get a bad rep, because when people think of charity shops, they envision moth-bitten sweaters and squeaky shopping cart wheels; ’80s razzle dazzle beading and broken old toasters. And to be fair, yes, a lot of that goes down in secondhand stores. But there is a lot of gold tucked in between all those shoulder padded blazers and hand-knit sweater vests. And with fall upon us, hitting those one dollar racks is a great way to update your wardrobe on a tight budget.
May 3, 2019
Plug This Silent Money Drain and Save Money All Year
You don't have to wait until you see a charge on your statement or when a box shows up on your doorstep.
May 3, 2019
This Secret Can Save You Serious Bucks at Costco
We’ve all been there. We’re riding high on the adrenaline rush of a great Costco deal on tires, vodka, shirts or whatever, feeling like the savviest shopper to ever shop. You log online to see what’s popping over on Costco dot com when you spot the exact same thing on sale for *gasp* way less. But don’t worry, there’s a way to get in on a sale, even if you’ve already purchased it.
May 3, 2019
Amazon Wants to Pay You to Declutter
I like to think I’m a pretty savvy Amazon shopper. I regularly surf for Lightning Deals and take full advantage of Subscribe & Save and no-rush shipping discounts. So I’m a little shocked I didn’t know about this well-kept secret sooner. Have you heard about Amazon Trade-In? Amazon’s Trade-In program lets you turn in used items in exchange for Amazon gift cards and discounts.
May 3, 2019
5 Unexpected Things Modern Couples are Registering For
Millennials are changing the wedding game by waiting to tie the knot and living together before marriage, so many soon-to-be spouses already have a solid inventory of home goods before they even say “I do.” No surprise then that modern couples are registering for wedding gifts that are a little bit outside the norm. Next to standard wedding gifts like dishes and blenders, today’s couples are also wishing for goods like Google Home, Roombas and even paddle boards.
May 3, 2019
8 Instagram Accounts That’ll Help You Save (Not Spend!) Money
Let’s be real: With all of the shoppable links and decorating inspo posts filling up our feeds, browsing Instagram usually makes us want to spend money more than save it. If your swipe-up-to-buy finger is itchy, you should add a few of these follows to your feed instead. Not only are they full of money-saving inspiration, they’ll also help you learn how to better balance and manage your bank account in the long run.
May 3, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About This Cult-Favorite Money-Saving App
A few weeks ago, Kitchn wrote a story called 10 Tiny Ways to Save Money This Month. One of the tips was to download the Ibotta app, and we got a mix of feedback from you guys: Some of you said the savings were too minuscule or that your go-to groceries weren’t featured often enough, while others said they’ve earned more than $100. And some of you hadn’t heard of it at all!
May 3, 2019
The Easy, Free Gift You’ll Want to Give Everyone This Year
“It’s the thought that counts” usually only comes up when a gift hasn’t quite hit the mark. But the phrase takes on a totally new and wholly positive meaning when a gift displays the giver’s labor of love and forward thinking—regardless of how much money the gift cost. Making plant babies (aka propagating) is exactly this kind of gift-giving.
May 3, 2019
The Sneaky (and Weird!) Thing That Can Drive up Your Amazon Prices
Ever notice how Amazon sometimes discounts certain colors of products? For example, these 52-by-63 inch blackout curtains are priced at $19.99 in navy blue, but if you want them in a bolder shade, like purple, you’re going to have to fork out 10 bucks more and pay $29.99 for the exact same size. Are some colors simply just more expensive when used to manufacture products? Or are more popular colors priced higher on Amazon?
May 3, 2019
This Overlooked Section of Target Houses the Biggest Bargains
Who doesn’t love a bargain? So many of us walk into Target to buy something small, like a roll of toilet paper. And naturally, we end up leaving with a cart full of stuff we didn’t know we needed. So in the spirit of saving a few bucks, we thought we’d highlight our favorite—yet often overlooked—bargain section of the store: the end caps. For those who didn’t even know they had a name, end caps are the shelves at each end of a store’s aisles.
May 3, 2019
The $2 Trader Joe’s Buy I’m Hoarding to Combat Holiday Stress
It’s the week before Christmas and all through the house, everyone is stressing and starting to grouse. If the holidays makes you anxious, you’re not alone. While there’s inevitably a lot to do, it’s important to work some self care into your routine, not only to preserve your sanity, but so that there’s enough gas in the tank for the marathon of parties, family gatherings, and other obligations about to bombard your every waking moment.
May 3, 2019
You May Be Overspending at Target—Here’s How to Check
We like to think that we’re seasoned bargain hunters. So when we caught wind of an investigation into Target’s app, our interest was instantly piqued. KARE11 did a two-month investigation into the Minneapolis-based retailer’s app, and discovered that the prices on certain items change depending whether you are inside or outside the store. Here’s an example: Target’s app price for a specific Samsung 55-inch Smart TV was $499.99.
May 3, 2019
Cancel Hulu: It’s Now Free With Your Spotify Subscription
If you’re like me, you subscribe to a bunch of streaming services. While they’re not particularly expensive, those monthly fees can add up. But there’s some good news for the multi-streamers among us: Spotify Premium members can get Hulu for free. Yep, totally free. If you’re already paying the $9.99 to listen to Spotify ad-free, there’s a new perk. The Verge reports that you can bundle the basic Hulu plan into your account for no extra monthly charge.
May 3, 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.
May 3, 2019
Amazon Might Be Wrecking Your Finances, According to One Financial Planner
Did you know you can find out how much you've spent on Amazon… ever?
May 2, 2019
Capsule Wardrobe Update: Eleanor’s Spring Capsule
Earlier this year, I wrote a 3-part series about my recent experiment with capsule wardrobes: why I did it, how I did it, and what I learned. While many of you seemed to like the idea of capsules and the posts themselves, a common comment was that you’d prefer to see real-life examples of what a capsule wardrobe looks like— i.e., my own wardrobe. Gulp. There were a few reasons I didn’t do this the first time around.
Apr 30, 2019
Why Are Some IKEA Products Cheaper Than They Were 20 Years Ago?
Much of IKEA’s success lies in that it offers well-designed furniture at affordable prices. But have you noticed how those prices often change over time, mostly getting lower but sometimes higher? FiveThirtyEight gives us a peek into the weird world of IKEA’s economics. The price roller coaster is especially noticeable when looking at the ubiquitous POÄNG chair, which celebrated its 40th birthday this year.
Apr 30, 2019
The 9 Things You Need to Budget for If You Have Kids in School
It's the one type of expense that creeps up on me every single year.
Apr 28, 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 with Kitchn) 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.
Apr 16, 2019
There Is a Secret Way for Target REDCard Shoppers to Save Money at Disney World
Who doesn’t love a good deal? Fools, that’s who! If you’re always looking for ways to save money when you’re shopping, you’re not alone. There are so many perks and bonuses that come with having a store card, like extra savings on purchases and gift cards/cash to use for the future. But, everyone who has a Target REDCard also knows that, because you’re saving money by shopping, you also tend to buy more. It is a habit we all must break, but it is just so hard!
Apr 13, 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
Clever Green Solutions to Everyday Issues
Some of my favorite Re-Nest posts are the ones that share clever solutions to everyday issues (you know, the kind that make you think “huh, how did I not know about this?”). From removing pesky stains to keeping pests at bay and everything in between, here’s a roundup of our favorites from 2011!TOP ROW• 1 Use Citrus Peels To Start Your Seedlings• 2 Hot Tip: Wrinkles? Forget the Iron. Use a Spray Bottle.
Apr 7, 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
If You’ve Ever Made a Tipsy Online Purchase You’re Not Alone, According to this Survey
It’s confession time: Like a fair amount of Americans who consume alcoholic beverages, I too, have participated in the act (or art?) of drunk shopping. If you’ve ever woken up to an order confirmation you don’t remember, you’re not alone. One survey reports just how much tipsy shoppers are spending, and where they’re doing the damage.
Mar 29, 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
The Biggest Threat to Your Retirement Might Be Your Kids
If you’re a parent of adult children, you’ve seen the headlines by now: Grown-up kids are moving back in with their parents at record rates. While there are many important considerations involved in the big picture of why this is happening—including the disparity in how wages and inflation have risen—the core of the decision is often to save money.
Mar 27, 2019
Here’s How You Can Save on a Costco Membership
If you’re one of the 52 million paying Costco members across the world, chances are you love a bargain. And seeing as the company has an 88 percent renewal rate, customers are clearly coming back for more. But when it comes to plunking down that fee for your annual membership, there are a few ways to save a couple bucks. Costco membership prices vary depending on what level of membership you are seeking.
Mar 20, 2019
Here’s the Real Difference Between an IRA, 401(k), Roth IRA, and a Roth 401(k)
You’re set to start saving for your future. You already put money aside for retirement every month, but you’re probably already wondering how you should invest it. Which type of retirement savings account is best for you? Should you start a 401(k), an IRA, a Roth 401(k), or a Roth IRA? What even are the differences? What about if your first home is your savings priority right now?
Mar 16, 2019
One Smart Click and You’re Scamming Your Way to Lower Monthly Bills
In the age of smart home devices, setting your thermostat and dimming the lights have never been easier. But these purchases have more long-term payoff than convenience alone. A one-time buy like a smart thermostat or home security system may feel pricy upfront, but by potentially lowering other monthly payments, they could pay for themselves over time—and have you feeling like a genius.
Mar 13, 2019
4 Things a Financial Planner Thinks You Should Know
Think of the term “financial planner” and what comes to mind? Somebody in a suit talking about complicated money matters with somebody rolling in dough. Think again, according to Certified Financial Planner Professional Shannah Compton Game, host of the Millennial Money podcast. I got to chat with Game about all things financial, and ask her my embarrassing money questions—which actually didn’t feel at all embarrassing with her.
Mar 2, 2019
8 Other Sites Just Like Amazon
The web is brimming with department store-style marketplaces, if you're looking to switch up your shopping.
Feb 16, 2019
Target & Costco Have Price Tag Codes—Here’s How You Can Crack Them
Whether you’re trying to tighten the belt this year, or you’re one of those people who can’t stand the thought of paying any more for something than you have to, scouring the sale and clearance sections at your favorite stores is probably a habit.
Feb 11, 2019
5 Clever Ways to Save Money—with Just a Pen and Paper
Never underestimate the power of the pen. Sometimes getting information down on paper can really change your mindset—and your finances are no exception. We gathered a handful of money-saving strategies that start with a pen and paper. From spending journals to shopping lists, read ahead for five handwritten ways to help manage your finances.
Feb 11, 2019
10 Amazon Buys Under $10 to Support Your Active Lifestyle
When it comes to health and wellness, nothing matches the motivation that comes with fresh start of the new year. But new stuff comes pretty close. If January had you motivated to try a new workout class or integrate more exercise into your routine, the secret to keeping up those healthy habits in February might be treating yourself new workout gear.
Feb 1, 2019
Kids 14 and Under Can Fly For Free On This Budget Airline
Going on vacation can be one of the best things that your family does together—you can make memories that will last a lifetime. As much fun as traveling can be, the flight costs to your destination can be crippling for a family, especially ones with multiple kids. Children over the age of two are charged a full-price ticket by most airlines, and even if that 3-year-old is going to demand to sit in your lap the entire time, you often will have to pay for a seat for them on the plane.
Jan 29, 2019
The $4 Trader Joe’s Buy That Saved My Dry Winter Hair
As January turns into February, it would seem that the harsh cold weather is here to stay. One day we have temperatures in the 40s, and the next, it’s a frigid 5 degrees. With these fluctuating temperatures comes dry skin and brittle, damaged hair. The winter weather can even take a toll on those who don’t color or use heat tools, or those who already have silky hair. One way to combat dryness is using a hair mask to help keep your locks hydrated.
Jan 29, 2019
This Cult-Favorite Costco Perk Pays for the Membership Fee—Twice
We did the math, and the benefits of being a Costco member actually work out in your favor on this one.
Jan 24, 2019
3 Lists That Will Help You Save Money in 2019
Lists help us get things out of our heads, and for that alone they’re useful. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed and scattered, practicing a “brain dump” of all your swirling thoughts will help restore order and clarity to your addled mind. And while there’s potency in the act of making a list itself, putting purpose behind the list can make it even more powerful.
Jan 16, 2019
Saving Money Is a Cinch When You Look for $5 Bills
Sometimes, no matter how much you try to budget, saving money just seems impossible. But what if we told you we’d discovered a brilliant, but oh-so simple, money-saving method, that could add up to some serious moolah? The trick: Take every $5 bill you come across and pocket it.
Jan 14, 2019
10 Side Hustles You Can Try to Make Extra Money in 2019
It’s a new year—and time to up your hustle. More and more people are turning their passions and creative outlets into profits, by making them their side gigs. In fact, according to Pinterest, searches for “side hustles at home” are up nearly 700 percent! So to make your moneymaking endeavors a little easier, we rounded up some of the best jobs you can take on in 2019 to supplement your income.
Jan 7, 2019
5 Places Where You Can Sell Gift Cards (Online and In Person)
Have you ever received a gift card you know you’ll never use? Your gifter probably had the best intentions, but there’s no worse feeling than this unuseful, plastic currency gathering dust in your wallet (especially when it’s time to pay rent). Whether you need the actual cash more than the gift card or you just don’t shop at the store, don’t fret just yet: You have options. Need cash now? Your best bet might be an instant, in-person option.
Dec 28, 2018
The Life-Changing Things Apartment Therapy Bought In 2018 (For $25 Or Less!)
December is a time of end-of-year lists, but unlike a look back at celebrity break-ups or songs you had stuck in your head all of 2018, this list could actually make your 2019 better. That’s because we polled our staffers to see what their best under-$25 purchases were this year. And while some things will change in the new year, wanting a more organized, happy, and beautiful home won’t. Ahead, eight little things that actually made our lives so much better this year.
Dec 26, 2018
The Smart Money-Saving Trick for the Week After Christmas
Staying on a budget throughout the holidays is no easy feat. On top of all the gifts, travel, and seasonal soirees you have to save for, New Year’s Eve is right around the corner—making it difficult to have enough money to celebrate the new year once Christmas is a wrap. But fret not my penniless friends; we’ve got a great idea: Have a No Spend Week from December 26 until New Year’s Eve!
Dec 26, 2018
There Are 6 Types of Smart Shoppers—Which One Are You?
While I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love a good bargain, the truth is that savvy shoppers come in all sorts of varieties when it comes to coupon clipping and deal sifting. Some of us are dedicated to dig until we find that perfect deal, while others think a 10-percent-off coupon in the mail is good enough for the bottom dollar.
Dec 12, 2018
Try This IRL Trick for Shopping Incognito on Amazon
Gift-giving season means we all have to be a little stealthier about our online shopping—especially if you share accounts with the people you’re trying to surprise. Or maybe you found the perfect thing to finish your shopping list, but don’t want to give your credit card info over to the Amazon machine to get it. Whatever your reason for wanting to shop incognito, we have the answer: Amazon Cash. Amazon Cash, my friends, the answer is Amazon Cash.
Dec 10, 2018
33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money
They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.
Dec 8, 2018
7 Hidden Ways We All Waste Money Over the Holidays
As magical as the holidays are, this time of year can also be a bit stressful—between handling a barrage of party invites, planning your own get-togethers, wrapping up the year, visiting family and getting all your holiday shopping done… well, it’s a lot. And then there’s the whole spending money thing. Shopping and celebrating add up, but it doesn’t have to be quite so painful.
Nov 29, 2018
40 Fun and Fulfilling Things to Do on “Buy Nothing Day”
Maybe you’ve already stretched the dollars you’ve saved during what has become, somehow, Black Friday month. Or you could be one of those who would never dream of spending a precious day off saving money at the cost of braving dense crowds on the prowl for a good deal. Whatever your reason for skipping shopping on Black Friday, there’s a day—the same day—just for you: Buy Nothing Day.
Nov 23, 2018
5 Ways Financial Experts Stick to Their Gift-Buying Budgets
Staying financially afloat during the holidays is no easy feat. That’s why it pays to set a budget and decide exactly how much you want to spend before you go gift shopping. And once you have a budget, you have to do everything you can to stick to it.
Nov 22, 2018
11 Free or Cheap Ways to Upgrade Your Airline Experience
Gone are the golden days of flying, when you would wear your best clothes onboard to eat a steak dinner served on white linen “tables”—while the flight attendant mixed up martinis in the back. But just because the flight experience has changed doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time. There are a couple of sneaky ways to try to get out of economy and behind the blue curtain into first class the next time you fly.
Nov 21, 2018
6 Inexpensive Things You Should Stop Wasting Your Money On
I am all for saving money. And since I started writing about cooking—and more recently spending hours researching prices for groceries and other goods at my local grocery and bulk stores—I’ve become an obsessed price-per-ounce reader and comparison shopper. But even though I believe in getting the best possible price for comparable goods, there are some products where the list price doesn’t reflect the item’s true value.
Nov 7, 2018
One Simple Mental Trick to Cut Your Spending and Boost Your Savings at the Same Time
This mental trick is simple, but it could pack a big punch in your budget.
Nov 6, 2018