How To Save While Throwing A Super Bowl Party

How To Save While Throwing A Super Bowl Party

If your social circle converges on your house to watch the best commercials of the year and the obligatory football that plays out in between, the burden to host a Super Bowl party can ravage your budget like University of Arizona product Rob Gronkowski does hapless secondaries. But you can cut corners here and there to trim costs without letting your frugality show. [More]

How To Decide Whether To Sock Funds Away Or Pay Off Debt

How To Decide Whether To Sock Funds Away Or Pay Off Debt

When you get a hold of a large chunk of cash — say, from a bonus, tax refund or item sale — those with the self-control not to blow the funds have to decide whether to save it or pay off debt. While there are other options available, such as investing or donating the money, saving vs. debt reduction is one of the tougher quandaries to decipher. [More]

Cheap Products That Can Improve Your Life

Cheap Products That Can Improve Your Life

Minimalists who get by with as few creature comforts as they can sometimes make everyday activities more difficult than necessary. Some small splurges more than pay for themselves with the way they make things easier. [More]

How To Create A Budget That You'll Stick To

How To Create A Budget That You'll Stick To

A budget is the basis of any financial plan, but if you’ve never made an efficient one before, it’s tough to determine where to start and how to come up with something workable. Slap some arbitrary numbers down on a paper and you’re sure to end in failure. The key is to adapt the budget to your needs and resources. [More]

3 Crazy Financial Stunts To Attempt

3 Crazy Financial Stunts To Attempt

Saving money and slashing spending aren’t typically the most entertaining or intrinsically rewarding activities, but those who make a game of the act can entertain themselves and others with bold attempts at lofty financial goals. [More]

3 Ways To Keep That Old, Embarrassing Car Chugging Along

3 Ways To Keep That Old, Embarrassing Car Chugging Along

If you want to save as much money as possible on your vehicle expenditures, don’t buy that next car until you absolutely have to. From the frugal perspective, you’re always better off investing in your current car’s well-being rather than dumping payments into its replacement. [More]

A Peek Into The Scrambled Mind Of A First-Time Home Buyer

A Peek Into The Scrambled Mind Of A First-Time Home Buyer

Just about everyone who knows what they’re doing when it comes to buying a house has bought a home before and learned from their mistakes the first time around. First-time buyers are in a tough position, with banks, real estate agents and sellers looking to exploit their naivete. [More]

Recipes For Chipping Away At Various Types Of Debt

Recipes For Chipping Away At Various Types Of Debt

Everyone with debt would like to eliminate it, but it’s not always clear where or how to get started. There are many types of debt, and each is suited to a different payoff strategy. [More]

Not All Charitable Donations Become Tax Deductions

Not All Charitable Donations Become Tax Deductions

Whenever you fill your heart with joy by contributing to a worthy cause, you get the bonus assurance that you’ll see further benefits from the donation come tax time. But the belief is not always well founded, because in the eyes of the IRS, not all charitable donations are created equal. [More]

Turn Yourself Into A Guinea Pig For Cash

Turn Yourself Into A Guinea Pig For Cash

If you’re looking for ways to scrounge up extra funds, the medical industry offers some outlets that might be worth looking into. While these methods of scrapping together supplemental income aren’t for everyone, they might become attractive given the right circumstances. [More]

3 Ways To Keep The Heating Bill Down

3 Ways To Keep The Heating Bill Down

When the temperature drops, the heating bills surge. But there are more ways to stay warm than figuratively setting your money on fire. [More]

What A Repo Men Reality Show Teaches You About Finances

What A Repo Men Reality Show Teaches You About Finances

Reality TV isn’t particularly known for its educational properties, but you can find some useful lessons if you look hard enough. For instance, a show about tow truck operators who repossess vehicles can teach a personal finance blogger how to handle her money. [More]

It's Not Too Late To Contribute To Last Year's Health Spending Account

It's Not Too Late To Contribute To Last Year's Health Spending Account

A few weeks from now, you should have all the forms and information you’ll need to file your taxes. Most of the numbers you’ll crunch have already been decided by your actions last year, but there are still some maneuvers you can make to tweak the numbers more in your favor. [More]

A College Financial Aid Primer

A College Financial Aid Primer

Students need to call upon several sources to cover the massive expenses college drops on them. Unless they’re independently wealthy or have a large college fund set up for them, they’ll scramble to come up with the funds to pay for tuition, fees, books and living expenses. [More]

If You Want To Spend Less, Here Are 5 Things To Stop Buying

If You Want To Spend Less, Here Are 5 Things To Stop Buying

It’s easy to list ways friends blow money, but tougher to turn a similar focus on yourself. If you step back and evaluate your spending with a fresh eye, you’ll probably find several areas in which you can cut spending significantly. [More]

Stop Yourself From Saving Too Much

Stop Yourself From Saving Too Much

In our free-spending society, it’s tough for some to fathom the concept of saving so much that it hurts, but it’s possible to place frugality on such a pedestal that necessities are sacrificed. [More]

Punish And Reward Your Own Behavior To Save Money

Punish And Reward Your Own Behavior To Save Money

If you want to start saving but know you lack the discipline to stash money away, you’ll need to come up with ways to trick yourself into getting into the mood. An ongoing game of mental solitaire could end up being quite profitable. [More]

A List Of Lists To Help You Organize Your Money

A List Of Lists To Help You Organize Your Money

Those who are good with money are almost always organized. One way to get on top of your finances is to keep exhaustive lists of your funds, glimpse the ugly truth they reveal and set financial goals accordingly. [More]