Articles on Budgeting

These 8 Everyday Buys Will Be Cheaper This Summer

While rising temps can also lead to rising costs of everyday items, these eight things will actually be cheaper this summer. Stock up!

How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget

DIY and design experts Erin and Ben Napier share their brilliant tips on how to improve your outdoor space on a budget.

14 Useful Items Hotels Usually Provide for Free

If you forgot an essential travel item, don't stress! The hotel probably has it — for free.

Should You Hire a Broker to Buy a Car?

Believe it or not, paying someone to buy a car for you probably won't bust your car buying budget.

9 Dumb Ways You're Going to Waste Money This Summer

Summer is here! Just be wary of these common summer spending traps.

5-Day Debt Reduction Plan: Don't Ever Stop

It's Day Five of your debt repayment and you're on a roll, now. Keep up the great work and keep going after you've reached your goal!

5-Day Debt Reduction Plan: Pay It Off

Whether in a snowball or in an avalanche, it's time to freeze your debt for good. Try one of these strategies to get on track.

4 Clever Ways to Control Your Spending -- and One That Will Shock You!

For most of us controlling our spending just takes a little willpower. For others, more shocking modes of behavior modification are required.

5-Day Debt Reduction Plan: Search and Destroy

It's Day Three of your plan to tackle debt reduction. Where can you trim the fat from your budget to find extra cash to direct toward debt?

5-Day Debt Reduction Plan: Add It Up

It's Day Two of your plan to tackle debt reduction. Time to ditch the excuses, break out the calculator, and make a game plan.

How to Use New Toys to Teach Kids About Money

For savvy parents looking to teach valuable lessons in frugality, opportunities abound — even in the toybox.

How to Save Money on Kids' Activities

Balancing all of your kids' activities can be stressful — and expensive. Start getting creative about saving while your kids get creative about fun!

9 Money Lessons to Take From the Great Depression

The Depression was a dark time in America's history, but it did yield some incredible tips for surviving on a budget and saving money.

Never Borrow Money for These 5 Buys

You really, really want it... and oh, that credit offer just looks so tempting! But be forewarned — you'll regret it if you buy it.

Ask the Readers: Do You Keep a Budget?

Tell us whether you keep a budget and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

7 Ways Pride Is Keeping You Poor

Pride is not your friend. It can mess with your good judgment, and convince you to make terrible financial decisions.

6 Signs You Aren't Making Enough Money

Stuck in the paycheck to paycheck rut? You either need to spend less — or earn more — money.

One Simple Thing You Can Do to Start Budgeting Today

Forget the spreadsheets. The best thing you can do for your budget is to take a step back and look at the big picture.

Should You Budget Like You Diet?

"Budgeting" and "dieting" are our two toughest resolutions. The strategies that work with one just might work for the other.

Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free

Getting in great shape shouldn't cost you an arm and a leg. Here's how to get fit for zero dollars.