When you’re in college, budgeting is different than budgeting in the outside world. Your largest bills — tuition, room and board — could be due on an annual or semester basis. Try these calculators to help you plan and estimate your expenses.
Gareth Edwards considers himself able to blow his money in the most unnecessary ways. However, when it came to shooting his postapocalyptic sci-fi movie Monsters, which opens October 29th, the young British director realized that shrewd spending could go a long way.
Manufacturers just love to helpfully instruct us on how to use their products. Some instructions seem like they’re made to be ignored, especially subjective instructions about how much of a product to use or how often to replace it. How do we know if something really needs to be tossed out every few months, or if its expiration date is set in stone?
Times are still tough, and many of us need an inspiration to start a budget, or to keep working on one. Some of us also need to change how we spend our money, or take stock of how we use our credit cards. Truth is, a good number of families get into debt because of misusing their credit cards. For this week’s roundup, we have eight stories of frugality and budgeting that should get us into thinking about our spending habits.
If your child or other family members are entering their senior year of high school and you worry about how they’ll manage their money when they head to college, use back-to-school shopping as a trial run for college budgeting.
But for those who like to supplement their online budgeting experience with something of a lower-tech nature, check out these tips from WalletPop.com’s “Bargain Babe” Julia Scott on how to “discover your money pot:” a 15-minute process that will help you create a budget and stick to it throughout the month.
These days, many newlyweds come back from their honeymoon to emptier bank accounts. That’s not surprising, considering many pay for their own weddings. This is where a carefully planned wedding registry can help.
Lots of personal finance advice focuses on reducing luxury spending: stay on budget by cutting out the lattes, the shoes, the vacations. But what if this is precisely backwards? Learning not to overspend on fun stuff is important, but shrinking the core expenses–especially housing and transportation–is actually a better move. <--more-->
Cooking at home is the best way to save cash, but it’s nice to go out sometimes, too. Check out Frugal Foodie every Friday for a selection of the latest coupons for casual and fancy fare. This week: free tacos, discount steaks and half-off Starbucks Frappuccinos, plus a special section of Mother’s Day deals!