Budgeting Tips

So much to buy, so little to spend. These articles will help keep your budget from springing a leak each month.

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Staycation: How to Make the Most of Your Time Off

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Will you spend your vacation at home this summer? Travel expenses can add up fast, so it’s no wonder that many people opt for staycations or short trips. But sticking close to home can have benefits that go well beyond saving money. Down…
5 Easy Ways To Save On Travel

5 Easy Ways To Save On Travel

Maybe you need to visit a sick family member three states away. Or maybe you’re just overdue for a vacation. Either way, expenses can add up fast when you travel. We’ve rounded up some tips to help you save on travel expenses – whether…
Thrifty School Lunch Ideas For The Rest Of The Year

Thrifty School Lunch Ideas For The Rest Of The Year

As you head into the second half of the school year, is it time to change up your kids’ school lunch routine? Whether they pack or buy lunch at the school cafeteria, the game plan you started them with back in the fall may be getting a little…

New Year’s Eve: How to Party Big on a Small Budget

If you’re planning to ring in 2018 at home, you’re not alone. More Americans are choosing to save money (and avoid the crazy crowds) by celebrating New Year’s Eve at home. The good news is, saving money doesn’t have to mean just sitting…
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10 Ways to Save on Gift Giving

Being short on funds doesn’t mean you have to sit out on holiday shopping altogether. With ideas like the following, you can spare your finances, enjoy the giving spirit of the season and provide your friends and family gifts they’ll appreciate. …

10 Ways to Lower Your Heating Bill

Winter is on its way – but it doesn’t have to come with a heavy heating bill. Follow these tips and tricks and you’ll be sure to save a few bucks while staying warm and cozy this winter season. 1. Get a home energy audit. Energy.gov says…

4 Simple Ways to Spend Less on Gas This Summer

These simple tips can save you money and keep your car in tip-top shape for warm-weather driving. People just get around more in the summer. Whether you’re planning a long-distance vacation, a season full of fun day trips or just regular…

25 Tips To Save Money on Everyday Expenses

Looking for extra cash without digging under the couch cushions? Search your everyday spending and household routines. There, you’ll likely find plenty of ways to cut expenses. Here are 25 tips to save money: 1. Make coffee at home.…

10 Ideas to Spend Less for Easter

Easter is on its way, which can mean expensive candy, outfits, decorations and dinner. Here are ten ideas on how to spend less for Easter: 1. Free Easter egg hunts  Go to a free community Easter egg hunt rather than spending money to…

8 Ideas to Make and Save Money This Spring

Spring is the season for starting fresh. As you are spring cleaning and thinking about expenses for the season, why not also make it a time to save or make a little money? Here are eight tips to get started. Make your own spring cleaning…
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5 Easy Gift Ideas Under $10

It’s the third week in December. You’re sprinting down the aisle at the drug store, trying to find a small holiday gift for your child to give his teacher. Or you stop by the grocery store on your way home from work, looking for something…

Envelope Budgeting: Can it Help You Spend Less?

It’s a low-tech budgeting method – but the envelope system is a budgeting technique that has stood the test of time. Financial guru Dave Ramsey is among the supporters of the system, which is based on dividing cash up into envelopes each…

5 Fixes for Your Broken Budget

So your budget has gone bust again. Don’t worry, it happens to lots of people and is no reason to give up. It helps to know that there’s much more to it than just saving receipts and adding up numbers. Here are five remedies that you may…

5 Apps That Help You Budget Better

Budgeting isn’t easy and you may need all the help you can get. With an app, you can turn your smartphone into your strongest financial ally. These four popular apps, all of which download for free and come in iOS and Android versions, could…

Create a Budget You Can Stick To

The economy seems to be rebounding and people may be doing a little better. But a study by Mintel, the market researching firm, says 91% of households are sticking to the tight budgets they set in tougher times. Are you? Here’s a simple three-step…

Family Fun on a Budget: 3 Spring Break Ideas

Spring break is looming. Warm-weather beaches and theme parks will be packed - and expensive. If you want a low-stress family fling without spending a bundle, there are alternatives. We’ve rounded up three family-friendly ideas. Splash it…

4 Ways You’re Wasting Money and How to Stop

No one wants to squander their money. But the reality is our spending habits are leading many of us to do exactly that. Here are four all-too-common ways you could be throwing your money away – and some simple steps you can take to fix the…

3 Painless Ways to Pay Down Holiday Debt

It’s not uncommon to feel a little blue this time of year – especially if you have a mountain of debt left over from the holidays. It’s smart to try and pay down that debt as quickly as possible, but slashing your budget and working extra…

3 Creative (and Cheap) Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day

More and more people – singles and couples alike – are admitting they’re just not into Valentine’s Day. If you’re tired of spending your money on all of the corny love talk, flowers, and candy that dominate this time of year, take…