Personal Budgeting: Keep More Cash

Congratulations! You have kept the U.S. economy afloat by opening up your wallet for everything from cars to candy bars. But if stuffing cash into the nation's economic cracks has swollen your credit card balances or depleted your savings, it may be time to turn your attention to your own economic stability. Frivolous spending may not be the problem. Maybe it's higher energy bills or a new... Continue reading

Find a Penny, Save a Million

This following is a guest post by Bob Bobala, personal finance guru and former Motley Fool editor-in-chief. In a sign of the times, educators in Florida are trying to collect 2.6 million pennies – one for each student in the state – to make a point about the plight of education on the steps of the Florida state Capitol. The plan has had some kinks, namely, the heft of 2.6 million pennies – about... Continue reading
Money saving tip: Turn off the lights

6 Easy Money-Saving Budget Tips Everyone Should Try

Tip #1: Mind the Lights Switch your incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent lamps that are qualified by the Energy Star program. You'll save around $40 over the life of each bulb. Traditional incandescent lights are the least efficient type of household lighting, since 90 percent of the energy used is lost to heat, but if you're still using them you'll save energy, and money, by turning them... Continue reading
9 great gifts without blowing budget

9 Great Gifts to Give Without Blowing Up Your Budget

Times are tough, money is tight, and the holidays are fast approaching. Many shoppers need to keep a tight rein on their spending, but don’t want to feel like the Grinch when it comes to giving budget gifts to friends and family. How can you save money while giving thoughtful gifts on a budget? Believe it or not, it can be done with budgeting help! Here are 9 affordable – and in most cases, free... Continue reading
Grow your own vegetables

Easy Ways to Trim a Household Budget

Grow your own vegetables, fruits or herbs Nutritionists recommend eating several servings of fruits and vegetables a day, but buying produce at the store can be expensive. Many people are also concerned about pesticides and genetic modification in mass-produced foods. “Growing your own produce can save a significant amount of money,” advises Holland, “and you’ll have control over what goes on... Continue reading
Savings piggy bank

5 Good Reasons to Curb Your Spending

I keep feeling I've already cut as much as spending as I can. Does everyone feel that way? But look, I moved from NYC to a farm. There are no stores here so I have to go to eBay at 2am for something to qualify as an impulse buy. There are no avenues for splurging on spoiled children beyond buying an extra dog or donkey. But still I find avenues to extravagances that I hate giving up. It's hard to... Continue reading

Finances 101: Opening Your First Checking Account

Finances 101: Opening Your First Checking Account Opening your first checking account, no matter how old you are, is a sign of financial independence. In fact, it's almost a necessity to function financially. Before you open your first account, make sure you shop around to find the account that offers the best benefits. There's no one perfect account for everyone, so knowing which features are... Continue reading
6 surprising things that can hurt your credit score

6 Surprising Things That Hurt Your Credit Score

Your credit score might only be three digits, but it can have a substantial impact on your financial life because lenders use it to decide whether you get a loan and how much interest you pay. Nobody wants to lower their credit score, but if you don't know what to avoid, you could unintentionally shoot your financial self in the foot and lower your credit score. “If you’re close to a hard cutoff... Continue reading
4 ways to get the most out of your doctors visits

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Doctors Visits

Health care is an unavoidable aspect of being human, and even with stellar medical coverage, it deserves a line item in your budget. According to the latest News and Numbers report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the average visit to a doctor’s office costs $199–but you’ll shell out $1,275, on average, for an outpatient hospital visit. While you can’t control all forms of... Continue reading
7 Ideas for Personal Budget Tracking with Quicken

7 Ideas for Personal Budget Tracking

At the end of the month, if you find yourself digging for coins at the bottom of your purse or saying to your spouse, "Where did all the money in our checking account go?" it might be the perfect time to start tracking your personal spending. Whether you're saving for a down payment on a home or you just want to know how much you're spending on what, tracking your personal spending will put you... Continue reading