Budget Living In Life
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Budgeting is too often misunderstood. The problem: Many people look over their expenses after the money is gone. Then they get startled or—even less productively—embarrassed at how much money was spent on things like eating out or buying new clothing, and vow to cut back next month. It’s an endless cycle that does little to change your spending habits.
Nov 1, 2018
Amazon’s Hidden Feature Lets You Easily Budget Your Spending
If you’re anything like me, a.k.a. prone to compulsive late-night Amazon Prime purchases (especially after a couple glasses of wine), then boy do we have the solution for you. Amazon Allowance is a feature on Amazon that allows you to fund your shopping (or someone else’s) with gift card credits you set aside ahead of time—so you can shop to your heart’s content without ever sharing your credit card info.
Oct 24, 2018
10 Free (or Very Cheap) Tiny House Plans
So you’re going to build a tiny house. It may be small, and it may be cute, but you’ll still need a plan to build from, just like with any other house. Even if your tiny budget doesn’t allow for an architect, there are plenty of free (or very inexpensive) tiny house plans available on the internet. Here are some of our favorites. This tiny home has a distinctly modern look, and the inside is filled with light.
Oct 20, 2018
You’re Missing Free Money—Here are 5 Places to Look
What would you say if I told you I stumbled across $2,000 in free money that I’m using to go to France? It sounds like the beginning of an email scam you’re too smart to click on, right? Well get this: It’s a true story. This summer my husband and I replaced the decrepit roof on our 128-year-old house.
Oct 16, 2018
10 Things You Should Always Be on the Lookout for at Stores Like HomeGoods and Marshalls
What good home finds are waiting for you at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods? Um, to sum it up briefly, a lot! I have a fairly intense relationship with Marshalls. I grew up shopping their Bedford, MA, store and now I am lucky enough to live near a “really good one” outside Los Angeles. This is not just my personal opinion — I am quoting a very impressed gentleman I heard remark as he walked through it.
Oct 12, 2018
The $6 Gift I’m Sending Literally Everyone for Everything
Let’s start this off by saying I don’t usually send cards to people. I like to think I’m a gracious, considerate person—but I’ll be the first to admit I’ve forgotten to send my own thank you notes on more than one occasion (more like every single freaking time!). Hey, when you don’t have your mom nagging you every day for the month after your First Communion, it’s easy to forget that displaying gratitude is something you should prioritize.
Oct 11, 2018
Target Announced a New Bargain Brand Where Most Things Are Under $2
If you love a bargain, you’re going to do cartwheels over Target’s latest announcement: a new line of everyday essentials that undercuts its existing house brand, Up and Up, by nearly 50 percent—and with most items under $2. The new line of lower price point essentials and everyday personal care items from Target features more than 70 unique products in the Smartly line, from body lotion and all-purpose cleaner to razors and garbage bags.
Oct 10, 2018
7 Things Smart Shoppers Do Right Before They Hit “Add to Cart”
We’ve all been there. You’ve found just the right fill-in-the-blank (light fixture? bag? end table?) you’ve been looking for online, and are ready to load up your cart and check out. Then that nagging suspicion hits that there might just be a better price out there. It’s a valid concern. Prices can vary, sometimes drastically, from site to site, promotion to promotion. So how can you be sure you’re getting the very best price?
Oct 7, 2018
9 Small Ways to Save a Little Extra Money in October
Not to frighten you, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. If you want to be generous with your giving but mindful of your spending, you need to start pinching your pennies now. Good news: Beyond those trusty daily habits like making coffee at home and bringing lunch to work, there are some more season-specific ways to keep your expenses down this month.
Oct 1, 2018
This Cult Favorite Store Is Even Better than Costco
You love Costco, I love Costco, we all geek out over this bulk-sized Narnia. But what if I told you there was something even better than Costco? Something that only people in a small-ish pocket of the country really seem to know about? Well, I am telling you that! Keep reading to find out what I’m talking about. It’s called BJ’s Wholesale Club, affectionately known as BJ’s (let’s keep it clean here, folks) by residents of the East Coast.
Sep 23, 2018
This Is Probably the Best Thing You’re Not Buying at IKEA
Here’s a scenario you’re probably familiar with if you’ve ever been to IKEA: You topple out of the store, exhausted and vaguely elated, stocked up on affordable furniture. You have a day of assembly ahead of you, complete with minimalist illustrated instructions and the inevitable moment where you nearly burst into tears because how can this seemingly straightforward table be so difficult to assemble?
Sep 2, 2018
The 13 Best Kirkland Signature Products at Costco
Store-brand products aren’t usually something to get excited about. They’re cheap and … that’s about it. But Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand of products are a bargain-hunter’s dream because they are not only economical, but also often top-of-the-line.
Aug 31, 2018
The Best Section at Costco That No One Seems to Be Talking About
No, it’s not the inexpensive gas, the discounted eyeglasses, or the great travel perks — people talk about those deals plenty! (And rightfully so, as they’re legitimately amazing!) Need a hint? Okay, we’ll just tell you: We’re talking about the gift card section! In the grand scheme of life, gift cards rarely go on sale and 99.9 percent of the time, coupons can’t be used when purchasing a gift card. Take Target, for example.
Aug 23, 2018
7 Useful, Money-Saving Things Hidden on the Target Website
We can count on trusty Target for stylish products and affordable pricing. But it turns out if you’re willing to spend some time digging through the website, you can find some pretty special sections to shop that are filled with even bigger discounts and doubly awesome deals. We’ve rounded up seven of the most useful pages on Target.com that you might not know about.
Aug 21, 2018
A Flight Attendant Reveals the Easy Trick for First-Class Service in Economy
No matter the journey, in-flight service can vary wildly. In my experience alone, I’ve encountered flight attendants who are delighted to bend over backwards for their passengers and others who are more stern and tight-lipped. But apparently there is an insanely easy tip for getting on any cabin crew’s good side to receive first-class service at your economy seat — and you don’t even have to do any superficial schmoozing.
Aug 8, 2018
8 Little Ways You’re Leaving Money on the Table with Amazon
If you’ve already traveled down the Amazon wormhole to trade your soul for free shipping, you know how convenient it can be to shop an online mega marketplace that can get you anything you need in two days flat. It’s good, then, that Amazon is constantly coming up with new ways to help you save more money on the stuff you’re buying. It just takes a little research. To save you some time, we rounded up all of the awesome money back programs the site has to offer.
Aug 6, 2018
12 Things You’ll Regret Buying This Summer
Summer is the season for doing all sorts of fun things, but shopping isn’t always one of them. And while it’s easy to take a break from the scorching heat by getting lost in online sales, the reality is, summer isn’t always the best time to splurge on stuff—because there’s a good chance it’s going to be cheaper later. To prove our point, we rounded up a dozen items that you’ll probably regret buying this summer.
Jul 23, 2018
If You See This Mark on Your Favorite Costco Item, Stock Up
Costco is like a magical fantasyland full of oversized surprises. A lot of the time, you don’t know what you will find there. Sure, there are some classics. Kirkland-brand olive oil and apple pies are beloved standards that you can count on seeing virtually every time you walk through those warehouse doors. Not everything at Costco sticks around, however, and a great deal found one day might be gone the next.
Jul 17, 2018
Conserve Resources and Money: How to Take Shorter Showers
According to the Boston University sustainability department, an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. That means if you shorten your shower by just 2 minutes each day, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons at a time. It really adds up–with major impacts to your wallet and the environment. Whatever your goal–lowering your bill or just your water usage overall–it’s quite the challenge to try and shorten your time in the shower.
Jul 14, 2018
This $14 IKEA Find is Perfect for Smart & Savvy Travelers
No surprise we are big fans of IKEA’s home decor. But you ought to know by now that the Swedish superstore delights and amazes outside the home as well. In fact, an $14 IKEA find is the best travel companion that’s ever hit the road with me. (No offense to past travel buddies!) It was love at first sight when I saw this FÖRENKLA shoulder bag hanging on the wall at IKEA. I adore the color, the functionality, and the smart design.
Jul 11, 2018
8 Money-Saving, Life-Changing Things Hidden on the Amazon Website
If you're willing to spend some time digging, you can find some pretty special deals.
Jul 8, 2018
This Relatively Painless Practice Can Save You $100 a Month or More
Cooking meals at home is commendable. When we have so many other options—whether it’s eating out, ordering takeout, or buying ready-made meals of one sort or another—taking the time to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and assemble them into a home-cooked meal demonstrates a commitment to a relaxing hobby, saving money, or the determination to eat as healthfully as possible. But it’s not always easy.
Jul 6, 2018
You Can Help Save the Environment (and Money) With These Reusable Paper Towels
Do you try your best to be eco-friendly? You recycle everything you can and you even sort your recyclables. You try to avoid plastic straws. You prefer to use regular plates and wash them, rather than use paper plates. But you can’t help but overuse paper towels, right? Did you know that about 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used every day in just the United States? Paper makes up the biggest portion of municipal waste in the U.S.
Jun 30, 2018
One Store You Aren’t Shopping at but Should Be
If you’re a fan of a clean, streamlined aesthetic, and you haven’t heard of Muji, prepare to suddenly want to buy a lot of things. Founded in 1980 in Japan, the brand sells a variety of goods, from clothing and accessories to organizational gear and furniture. The name, which translates as “no-brand quality goods,” is the perfect description of the brand — the materials are top-notch and the products are timeless and simplistic (but still super stylish).
Jun 15, 2018
The Best Grocery Store in America, According to Consumers
Every grocery store has its own strengths and weaknesses: Whole Foods is fancy, Aldi is super inexpensive, and Costco will sell you four-and-a-half pounds of its Kirkland-branded version of Nutella for $7.99. But according to a report on customer satisfaction in the U.S., the highest-ranked grocery store in the country is Publix. Publix is a Southern supermarket chain.
Jun 7, 2018
10 Bad Habits that are Costing You Money
Have you ever wondered where your money disappears to each month? You work hard; you know you make it—yet it seems as though you never have any, or at least not as much as you think you should after you pay your bills (and Uncle Sam takes his portion). It’s like it goes into some giant universal dryer that only spits out part of what you put in—obviously stashing the rest of it away in that secret place where the matches to all of your socks are sent.
May 29, 2018
11 Smart Secrets to Steal from People Who Never Overspend at the Grocery Store
Recently I was talking to a friend and the subject of budgeting came up. Actually, it’s one of our favorite subjects, but this time the subject of our grocery budgets came up specifically. We both felt like we were spending way too much on groceries for our families of four (sometimes upwards of $300 per week), and on top of that, felt like our cabinets were full and a lot of food went bad or leftovers went uneaten.
May 13, 2018
Amazon Wants to Give You Money Back for Everything You Buy
We all have routines. You might gravitate towards a particular shampoo because you like the pump top, or stop at the same grocery store due to its proximity on your route home from work. Convenience matters a lot when it comes to what we buy and where we buy it. Me? I’m sort of a recluse. I work from home and, if it weren’t for my dog, I might actually go days without leaving the house if I had a fridge full of groceries and a particularly busy schedule.
May 9, 2018
These Companies Are Hiring Remote Employees (And Here’s How Much Money Working From Home Can Save You)
Are you interested in working from home but aren’t sure where to start, how it works, or if it’ll be good for your wallet? Well, Inc.com gave a comprehensive look at the financial gains of working remotely. The publication notes that remote work saves the average person around $5,000 per year on expenses like gas, car maintenance, dry cleaning and laundry, lunch and other cafe munchies, and a business casual wardrobe, to name a few.
May 7, 2018
9 Money-Saving Secrets for Shopping at CVS
What’s not to love about CVS? Not only is it brimming with affordable beauty products and home essentials, it’s by far one of the easiest drug stores to save money at while shopping. Don’t believe us? We did our research and dug up nine awesome money-saving secrets for shopping at CVS that you probably didn’t know about. Read ahead to find out how to score even better deals next time you raid the local drugstore.
May 6, 2018
A Nutritionist’s 10 Favorite Costco Finds for $10 or Less
Fact: There are several steals at Costco that are so cheap and versatile, it’s almost a shame not to buy them. While I don’t allow myself to buy the 10-pound tub of organic coffee every time I go (I know I’d never drink it all before it turned rancid), there are a few things I always buy. Bonus: They’re all $10 or less, and they help me stick to a healthy diet between trips. Read about my favorite finds — and how I use them — below.
Apr 30, 2018
Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent Were on Trading Spaces and You Have to See the Rooms They Designed
Reboots can either be the absolute worst, or they’re the best thing to happen to TV. It’s frustrating that some showrunners just won’t let a series end. But then there are instances where they know what’s best and bring back the show we really needed – thank god Trading Spaces is back! In a world where HGTV reigns supreme with 20 different house-flipping shows, the Trading Spaces reboot is a breath of fresh air on TLC.
Apr 29, 2018
The 5 Best Products from Costco, According to Employees
On the face of it, shopping at Costco seems like it should be a very straightforward experience. With any luck, you avoid impulse-buying a handful of diamonds on the way in (yes, Costco sells diamonds), and then you check out and stop for a $4.99 rotisserie chicken and a $1.50 hot dog at the food court on the way out. But some of Costco’s deals are better than others, and nobody knows that as well as Costco’s own employees.
Apr 28, 2018
6 Super-Quick Ways to Curb Your Spending and Save More Money
A few super quick ways to curb your outflow of cash and ultimately save more.
Apr 16, 2018
Clear Your Mind & Your Desk: The Paperwork You Absolutely DON’T Need to Keep
We all have one. A shoe box, drawer, or filing cabinet at home overflowing with old paperwork—receipts, bills, bank slips, etc.—we have haven’t touched in months. The problem: These abundant piles of paper keep growing, so it’s important to know what kinds of paperwork you actually need to hang on to before you stash it away from sight.
Apr 12, 2018
7 IKEA Staples I Still Have (and Love!) 10 Years Later
Some are long retired, but some are still there on the shelves for you to take them home right now. Make sure you're ready for the commitment!
Apr 12, 2018
Here’s Just How Much Millennials Spend on Rent
Sorry in advance: I’m about to use the word millennial a whole bunch. Our good researchin’ pals over at RentCafe set out to see if the often talked about phenomena of millennials spending a crazy amount of their income on rent is true. By analyzing census data they found that we (hi, old millennial here) weren’t just crying crocodile tears into our avocado toast (har har har)— millennials are paying significantly more in rent than boomers were at their age.
Mar 30, 2018
Save Yourself a Trip to IKEA With This Clever Shopping Hack
IKEA stuff is great. But sometimes a trip to IKEA is something less than great.
Mar 18, 2018
The Fan-Favorite Costco Membership Perk You’re Probably Not Using
You can shop Costco.com online without a membership. You may soon be able to get in the store to shop with only your library card. And if your store has an outdoor food court, you can eat as many $1.50 hot dogs as you want, uncarded. So you might be wondering why you’d ever want to pay $60 per year for a Costco membership in the first place. The membership club fans on /r/costco think that the warehouse store’s travel program is worth every penny of joining.
Mar 13, 2018
10 Things From Your Childhood That Could be Worth Money
Growing up, you couldn’t have put a dollar sign on my Polly Pocket collection – those tiny plastic people and their tiny plastic pastel furniture were priceless to me. But now, I’ve got bills to pay. And truth be told, I’d sell Polly and her whole tiny plastic family down the river for a tidy chunk of cold hard cash.
Mar 4, 2018
These 9 Stores Have the Best Return Policies
Oh, the joys of online shopping. Not only can you bypass crazy long checkout lines and cramped dressing rooms, you get all the stuff you ordered delivered straight to your front door. The only drawback: Returning items that don’t work for you can be trickier when the post office gets involved. That’s why it pays to know ahead of time which stores have stellar return policies, so you can have a totally worry-free online shopping experience.
Feb 16, 2018
Here’s How Much Money the Property Brothers are Actually Worth
If you’ve ever considered going into business with family, look no further for role models than Jonathan and Drew Scott. Having found fame as hosts of the hit HGTV reality series Property Brothers, the pair really brings home the bacon. And by bacon, we mean money. And by money, we mean a combined net worth in the millions. Property Brothers Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott have flipped their way to a combined net worth of $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
Feb 3, 2018
I’m Starting a “No-Shopping-for-Clothes” Year and It’s Healing My Soul
When I saw Elise Blaha Cripe post about a no-shopping year on her Instagram stories, I was intrigued. She linked to this New York Times article by Ann Patchett, who had in turn been inspired to pledge not to shop for a year by a friend of hers. I felt like I was following a chain-linked sisterhood of women who had extricated themselves from the hamster wheel of shopping and I wanted in on it. My interest became a decision: I’m not going to shop for clothes for a year, either.
Jan 23, 2018
Amazon Is Raising Prices On Its Monthly Prime Memberships
Bad news for Amazon Prime subscribers who pay monthly: The online retail giant is raising prices by nearly 20 percent. While an annual subscription to the service remains at $99, monthly prices are jumping from $10.99 to $12.99 in the U.S., which works out to an increase of 18 percent, costing a total of $156 per year. The price change goes into effect on February 18.
Jan 19, 2018
10 Things Smart Shoppers Always Do at the Grocery Store
The smartest shoppers really know how to make the most of their trips to the store. It’s a skill, one I’m sure many of us wish we were better at. Smart shoppers know how to stretch their dollar further, avoid buying unnecessary items, and make their store work for them. Want in on some of their secrets? Here are the 10 things smart shoppers always do.
Jan 18, 2018
Do You Know This Amazon Price-Matching Trick?
We all know Amazon’s pricing fluctuates from day-to-day, making it hard to determine if we’re always getting the best deals the website has to offer. While most other major retailers offer price-matching refunds — i.e. they’ll refund you the difference if a product’s price drops within a certain number of days — Amazon makes no such promises. However, there’s a rumor making its rounds on the web about a price-matching hack you can use on Amazon.
Jan 14, 2018
IKEA’s New Credit Card Is Now Available
If you fly a lot, it makes sense to get a credit card with airline rewards. Now, if moderately priced Swedish furnishings are your thing, IKEA just released a card for you. The retailer announced back in January their plans to launch a branded credit card in the United States that will also provide additional financing options for “major home projects,” as initially reported by trade publication Chain Store Age.
Jan 10, 2018
3 Things at IKEA That Have 25 Year Warranties
With their rapidly changing inventory and uber affordability, it’s no surprise that people tend to think of IKEA as a place for stopgap buys and not “buy it for life” quality home goods. That’s why it may come as a bit of a shock that the Swedish superstore actually offers 25-year warranties for three of their most popular items—suggesting that despite the low cost, IKEA is willing to stand behind some of their products… for a quarter century, no less.
Jan 9, 2018
A Genius Idea for Saving Money on Takeout Meals
My husband and I rely on takeout more often than I’d like to admit. If I haven’t had the time to meal plan (or grocery shop) for the week, chances are, we’re having cereal or takeout for dinner. One of those things can be inexpensive (two boxes for $5? Yes, please!), while the other can add up — very quickly. Luckily, we’ve figured out one little hack to help us keep our weekly food bills below budget.
Dec 28, 2017
A Pain-Free Trick that Pays Off: How to Save an Extra $1500 Next Year
Anyone who’s searched for a way to save more money has probably heard of the 52 Week Challenge. It’s a way to slowly build up your savings throughout the year—you start by putting aside $1 on week one, $2 on week 2, and so on until you reach week 52, putting aside $52 that week. In total, if you follow the 52 Week Challenge, you’ll save $1,378 by the end of the year. Easy enough, right? While it sounds like a great idea (and if it works for you, keep it up!
Dec 28, 2017
Brilliant Gifts Under $20 When a Card Just Isn’t Enough
When it comes to close friends and family, buying gifts is often a lot easier. You know them, and you’re probably willing to spend a little more (not just money, but time and effort) to get them a gift that they’ll really love. But for everyone else on your list—when a card just doesn’t feel like enough on its own—there are small things you can do that they’ll definitely appreciate.
Dec 2, 2017
These Are the Cult Favorite Brands that Offer Lifetime Warranties on Everything
If you, like me, feel serious shopping stress whenever you need to make a purchase, you probably make it a point to shop at stores that have easy or extended return policies. But some brands go above and beyond making returns a more simple, happier process—they back their products for life. As in, if you buy something from them, you never have to worry about shopping for that item ever again, because they’ll repair or replace it forever.
Dec 1, 2017
Is it a Bad Thing to Give Stores Your Zip Code When You’re Shopping?
While many of us do the bulk of our shopping online throughout the year, as we gear up for the holidays, it’s inevitable we will hit up some brick-and-mortar stores. When it comes time to check out at some of these retail stores, you might be surprised how many ask for personal information, particularly your ZIP code, in order to complete the transaction.
Nov 13, 2017
16 Clever Ways to Save Money that We’ve Never Thought of Before
There are simple ways to save money: Things like bringing a homemade lunch to work instead of buying it every day, brewing your own coffee at home, using apps that squirrel money away, and setting up automatic transfers are all pretty straightforward. But there might also be ways to save even more right under your nose, from little tricks you can do every day to totally reframing the way you think about money and spending.
Oct 20, 2017
What Chip Gaines’ Night In Jail Taught The Fixer Upper Stars About Money
They may be HGTV tycoons these days, but that wasn’t always the case for Chip and Joanna Gaines. The duo, who recently announced that they’re ending their beloved home renovation show Fixer Upper, say they learned their best lesson about money over a decade ago, when Chip was tossed in the county jail after he was busted for having $2,500 racked up in tickets.
Oct 10, 2017
Small Ways You’re Leaking Money & How To Stop
When it feels like you’re already doing everything you can to save money, finding new ways to cut corners can feel like a huge struggle. The conventional advice — keeping a budget, setting up auto-transfers, and using apps that help you squirrel away money — are all great ways to help you set extra cash aside… and you’re probably already doing them. Even when you’re in budget mode, you may be spending more money than you need.
Oct 9, 2017
Shopping 2.0: All the Ways You Can Save More Money at Target
If you’re a regular Target shopper, you already know that its main attraction is low prices. With a little research and the help of some special programs, you can get really thrifty at Target—so thrifty that it won’t even matter that you had 5 things on your list and inevitably left with a cart full of items you didn’t know you wanted or needed. (Such is the nature of a Target trip! Embrace it!
Oct 6, 2017
Here’s How Much Extra Cash You’d Have If Rent Were Affordable
Imagine, if you will, that you only had to pay the recommended maximum of 30% of your income on rent. For a family earning $100,000, that would be $2,500 a month. Not exactly chump change, to be sure — but still not enough to afford even a median-priced two-bedroom apartment in cities like New York, San Francisco, Washington, Boston, or Los Angeles (places where a six-figure salary doesn’t stretch like it used to).
Sep 29, 2017
Bloggers’ Secrets for Avoiding Shipping Fees, Snagging Amazing Deals & Becoming a Pro at Online Shopping
Online shopping can sometimes be a science when it comes to saving money. With all the coupon codes, social media campaigns, free shipping hacks, and surprise sales, a person needs to be savvy in order to tap into all of the available resources. In order to help you get the cheapest possible price the next time you go shopping, here are online shopping tips from real thrifty and money-minded people. Buy more for less from now on!
Sep 22, 2017
Here’s Exactly How Much Whole Foods Dropped Its Prices Today
The news swept the internet last week that due to their acquisition by Amazon, Whole Foods was going to start dropping prices on a variety of items as of today. Several news outlets have visited different locations of the organic grocer and are reporting on just how much savings there is to be had.
Aug 28, 2017
More and More People Want to Retire Early, And In These Cities You Actually Can
“We spend more time clicking ‘like’ than we do planning for retirement.” It was a Prudential investment planning billboard that snapped me out of my head and back to reality—a sad, sardonic chuckle escaping my mouth as I read it aloud. Too true.
Aug 23, 2017
Beyond As-Is: How to Save Even More Money at IKEA
Thrifty IKEA shoppers know the key to a good deal is to always check the As-Is section, where you can find items that have been returned or assembled and used for display for a discounted price. Even savvier shoppers know that you can negotiate prices for As-Is items, and that you can score better deals there at certain times of the year. But, the As-Is section, as glorious as it can be, isn’t the only way to save money at IKEA.
Aug 18, 2017
8 Things You Should Never Buy Used
We’re all about finding great deals on stuff, but sometimes drawing the line between secondhand and spoiled can be tricky. Some items — like tables, art, and gym equipment — are more than worthy of a second (or third or fourth) life, while others are best left alone after use. That’s why it pays to know what kinds of goods are okay to purchase pre-owned, and which ones are best bought brand new.
Aug 11, 2017
Could This New Money App Be Better Than Mint?
Saving money can be a challenge, which is why many people rely on apps to help them be more money-conscious. It makes sense—your phone is almost always on you, and you’re much more likely to think about the state of your financials when all the info and tools you need are just a click away in your pocket.
Jul 28, 2017
Real Life Experiment: Is It Possible to Resist Temptation at Target?
Once I'm there, it's like, might as well try on some giant beach hats and pick up a paperweight shaped like a woodland creature and 25 sale yogurts. In other words, it gets weird.
Jul 17, 2017
The Shift in Thrift: Goodwill Steps Up to Compete with For-Profit Resale Shops
Good news, tag-popping shoppers: the thrill of the bargain hunt has officially become a massive moneymaker in the post-post-recession era, with e-commerce websites, peer-to-peer apps, and for-profit brick and mortar retailers all competing with charity shops to innovate resale shopping.
Jun 11, 2017
We Tested 5 Grocery Delivery Services; Here’s What We Found
There are so many grocery delivery services available now, which makes it almost impossible to choose—especially if you’re totally new to them. I am for sure a procrastinator when it comes to physically going to the store, but I’m also big into planning my meals in advance, so switching to a delivery service seemed ideal to me.
May 25, 2017
Beyond Cookie Butter: Here’s Why You Should Be Shopping Trader Joe’s for Your Beauty Stash
Trader Joe’s: The land of insanely addictive cookie butter, everything-bagel seasonings, and other super cheap snacking treasures; though it’s hard to steer my attention away from their Speculoos cookies and bake-and-serve Mandarin Orange Chicken, I’ve recently taken notice of TJ’s other charms…their beauty and skincare products.
May 12, 2017
Real Folks Share Their Saving Money Secrets
If money grew on trees, we wouldn’t need to work so hard at saving it. (Not spending it so much might help keep more money in your bank account, as well.) Because I suck at saving money (and it’s possible someone else out there does, too), I asked the same folks graciously giving advice on making a home about how they’ve been able to save money over the years. Their tips are smart and may help you start saving a bit more.
Apr 12, 2017
We Feel Betrayed That No One Told Us About This Diptyque Birthday Freebie Sooner
Even if you’re not the type to make a special trip out for a birthday freebie (or two or ten), this is definitely one that might change your mind. Purveyor of stylishly chic candles, Diptyque, will hand over a gift to you on your very special day. We just have one very pressing question: Why did no one tell us about this sooner??
Mar 30, 2017
10 Things that Are Way More Expensive Than They Should Be
Some things in life are inexplicably (or at least seem to be inexplicably) expensive, but for one reason or another, you still have to use them and buy them. Most things, like razor blades and printer ink which are notoriously expensive, can be explained—others, not so much—but the good news is, there are often ways around it to help you spend less. These 10 things seem way more expensive than they should be. Here’s why, and how to save when you do buy them.
Mar 22, 2017
Negotiation Tricks to Get You More Money at Your Next Job
Do you give yourself enough credit for your career experience? Only 37 percent of people negotiate their salaries. Fourty-four percent don’t even bring up the subject of salary negotiation. And the thing is, fear is the only thing holding you back. Salary is a scary topic to broach, but it needs to be done. (You deserve it!
Mar 19, 2017