Articles on Budgeting

Identify and Solve Your Spending Mysteries

Where does the money go? If you don't know, that's a problem. Discover how to identify your mystery expenses and get back on budget.

5 Frugal Celebrities Who Live Large on a Small Budget

Many celebrities make big bucks, and then use that money to make big purchases. But these five frugal celebrities know how to stretch a dollar.

Save More by Avoiding Multiple Bank Accounts

Have you been using multiple accounts to save for multiple goals? New research suggests a simpler system might lead to more saving.

8 Ways to Stop Spending — Today

If you're not in control of your spending, your spending is in control of you. Here's how to break the spending habit and regain control of your money.

What It Costs to Raise a Child

You probably already know (or, if you're not a parent, you've already guessed) that it costs a lot to raise a child. But just how much is "a lot"?

Evolve Your Money Management Beyond the Budget

Budgeting can be complicated, tedious, and inflexible. But for some, there's a simpler, more reliable way to accomplish the same thing.

How Much Should You Spend on a New Car?

If you're looking for a new car, use this simple rule to put yourself in the driver's seat while remaining in control of your car expenses.

The Five Stages of Not Shopping

When people see us make a lifestyle change — even a positive one like frugality — their responses often resemble the Five Stages of Grief.

How to Pay Down $100 Worth of Debt This Week

With some creativity and effort, you can boost your bottom line quickly to pay down a small debt or save something extra.

25 Ways to Save $5 This Week

Small changes can make a big difference to your savings account. Jump-start your savings with these 25 easy ways to put away $5.

How to Do a One-Month Spending Freeze

If you want to jump-start your financial goals, a spending freeze might be just what you need. Here's how to make it happen — and even have fun while doing it.

Find Your Hidden Spending Habits and Save

If you want to increase savings, find your hidden spending habits and wring out the waste. Start by checking out these spending categories.

Money Resolutions: 6 Ways to Take Control in 2013

The start of the new year is a great time to give your saving and investment strategy a makeover. Here's how to get started.

Lessons in Frugality From "The Walking Dead"

From budgeting to moderation, AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" can teach us about frugality (while it also teaches us to never enter a cellar alone).

25 Things to Do Before the New Year

During the December holidays, it can feel super stressful to even THINK about preparing for the new year. Don't worry! Follow this list, and you'll be ready for 2013.

No Money for a Week? Here’s What to Do.

Don't have a nickle to your name? Time to buckle down for a week and weather the storm. Here's how to survive it — and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Money Management in 5 Minutes a Day

Day-to-day money management doesn't need to take a ton of time. Here are some key steps and tools that'll help you create a super-efficient system.

Quiz: Am I Really Ready to Buy a Home?

Buying your first home is a big accomplishment, but it comes with a lot of responsibility. Take our quick quiz to find out if you're ready to take the plunge.

5 Ways That Charitable Giving Can Improve Your Finances

Can you afford to be generous? Or can you afford NOT to be? Learn how charitable giving can actually improve your finances.

A Step-by-Step Guide for When Friends Ask for Help Being Frugal

One writer shares his five-step plan for helping friends who want to be frugal, so you can use it for your friends, too — or yourself.