spending habits

Why Our Brains Want to Buy New Stuff, Even When We Don't Need It

Overspending on stuff you don't need is a problem for many Americans. Learn why the solution is not so simple as "spend less," and what you can actually do to help.

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.

What's Your Credit Card Spending Style?

Whether you're a credit pro or a plastic-card newbie, understanding your card use can help you have a better relationship with your money.

How Your Last Name Affects Your Spending Habits

Think that alphabetical line-up in elementary school just kept you in order? It could also have affected your lifelong spending habits. Learn how.

How Spending Less Made Me Happier

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need money to be happy. In fact, spending less can actually make you happier.

New Year, New Spending Habits

Christmas has a way of sneaking up on you, and before you know it, the budget is out the window as you spend money like no other month. This year I want to encourage you to set som

5 Ways to Live Better Without Spending More

The most simple-minded measure of your standard of living is how much money you spend: spending more equals living better. Reality is more complex. There are a lot of ways to li

The Bank Christmas Tree

What are we teaching our children about wants and needs this Christmas? At my local bank branch the 'give to the needy' Christmas tree has reached new levels of tackiness.

The seven deadly sins of consumerism (and the frugal redemption).

Sit ye down, hold your loved ones tight, and get ready for the seven deadliest sins of the modern day consumer. [more]