Category Archives: Saving Money

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving With Friends on the Cheap

For the last two years, I’ve been more than 2,200 miles away from home and family for Thanksgiving. Flying back home for the long weekend to celebrate wasn’t an option for me, financially speaking, so I was left to create my own Friendsgiving in my new city.

Friendsgiving is a great way to spend Thanksgiving, and I’ve really enjoyed both of mine! If you’re stuck in a similar situation, here’s how I’ve made it work.

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Why A Shopping Ban May Not Be Right For You

Have you ever heard of a shopping ban, a spending fast, or a spending diet? A lot has been written about this style of saving money recently.

Whether you want to call it a shopping ban or a spending diet, it’s the same thing: you stop spending money on everything except the bare essentials. Things like rent, food, and health insurance get a pass, but everything else like eating out, movie nights, concerts, or clothes are a no go.

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4 Ways Meal Planning Helps Your Budget

As a working mom, I know how hard it can be to prepare healthy meals for your family day in and day out, especially after a hard day at work. The last thing you want to do once you finally pick up the kids, make it home, and start on homework, is worry about what you’re going to serve everyone for dinner. Believe me, I’ve been there, and it’s why a lot of people resort to fast food and takeout meals on a regular basis.

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How Little Expenses Add Up and Cost You

I’m sure most of you have heard of the “Latte Factor” at some point. It’s supposed to illustrate that having a somewhat inexpensive daily spending habit can add up to thousands of dollars down the road.

It’s not false, either. If you’ve never stopped to track your spending, you could very well be spending close to $1,000 on coffee per year. Or $2,000 on fast food. Isn’t that a bit scary?

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5 Fun and Cheap Ways to Enjoy Fall

In most of the US, fall has arrived! It’s time for sweaters, boots, and scarves. I grew up in the northeast, where fall is pretty magical. The leaves change colors and the air smells crisp. There’s a chill in the evenings that makes you want to snuggle up with a cup of tea. Now that I’m in Austin, fall is pretty much the same as summer, just with slightly fewer hours of sunlight. Le sigh.

Still, there’s a million ways to enjoy the turning of the season. Personally, I like the change in seasons because it reminds me that nothing is permanent. Not summer, not your debt, and not the routine that you may have fallen into. Mix it up with these fun and cheap ways to enjoy the fall season!

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