The weather outside is still frightful, and unfortunately, the calendar is no longer filled with homey holiday parties that keep you indoors and outside of stores. The simplest way to prioritize saving is to automate it, but there are plenty of other ways to maximize your saving potential rain or shine. Try these simple tips to keep your budget on track and bills manageable.
Winter weather offers a great opportunity for cozy, creative dates, so we've come up with fun, inexpensive options to keep your social life humming no matter how low the temperature dips. Take a break from the classic dinner-and-a-movie routine with one of these original ideas.
I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I really start to fizzle out at work. The holidays are over, we still have two more chilly, wet months of Winter, and the days are still feeling much shorter than I’d like. But, when the post-holiday blahs set in, I know it’s time to switch up my routine. If yours could use a shake-up too, read on for a few ideas.
No one likes a Debbie Downer, but these are trying times, and you need a financial backup plan. Whether you feel a strong sense of job security or have a million bucks in the bank, it's crucial that you embrace the motto of the Boy Scouts ("Be Prepared!") so you don't end up in a serious financial and personal conundrum should you draw a short stick. The calendar changes so quickly it's easy to forget your nest egg and backup scheme amid the momentum, but follow these basic steps and suggestions to keep yourself on track.
When job hunting is your full-time job, you've got to do everything in your power to get an interview. That means using your open-ended days to exhaust all of your resources. Get out of your job-hunting rut and find more opportunities by tapping into these 10 places.
The last days of 2012 are in sight, which means many of us are procrastinating with the rationale that we'll be on top of our game in the new year. There are a handful of money and job-related tasks that can't wait until the ball drops, so take advantage of your time off this holiday and accomplish these six things before the new year.
Tough times have made us all a bit more cautious about whipping out our wallets on a whim. When it comes to spending with discretion, it's important to have priorities about things you think are worth the money, and those items or services that are not. Here are 11 things that I think are worth it.
There are many that think regifting isn't rude; I've never done it myself, but I think I might have received a regift or two along the way. If you choose to wrap something up from storage and put someone else's name on it, be sure not to make these mistakes that give regifting its sometimes tacky reputation.
It's the holiday season, and we're getting in the spirit with our fourth annual 18 Days of Holiday Giveaways! Every day for the first 18 days of December, one of the POPSUGAR sites will feature a new fabulous giveaway.
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You work hard for your money, so spending it on things that just aren't worth it is a cruel thing to do to yourself. When it comes down to it, you're better off putting your cash toward some expenses than wasting it on others. I'd rather put my money elsewhere than spending it on these 11 things that aren't worth it to me.
I have yet to meet a job hunter who doesn't dread writing cover letters. They're time-consuming and tedious, and unfortunately, they're unavoidable. It's easy to break cover letter etiquette if you're not careful. Those errors can cost you the job, so check out some common mistakes to be sure you're playing by the most important rules.
Splurge is the word of the season, whether pertaining to eggnog or gifts. The holiday music and displays make it a festive time of year, but it can also be a pretty pricey time if you're not careful. No need to forgo celebrating all together this year, just follow some of my tips on spending less this month.
Luck has its place in a job search, but it's certainly not everything. Put your searching smarts into action and you'll be on your way to success; just be sure to save yourself from job hunting failure by avoiding these seven no-nos.
The season of giving can influence our preferences for excess, whether it's a second helping of dessert or spending money we don't have. There's nothing Scrooge-like about staying financially smart throughout the holidays — consider it a gift to yourself. And when it comes to gifts like these, the more the merrier, so follow these eight steps and feel the love.
- Hold the milk. In your coffee, that is. If you regularly stop at the coffee shop on your way to work, order it black to avoid any extra costs.
- Go generic. At the grocery store, pick the generic variety of different foods to save big on pantry staples.
- Keep the change. Sure, sometimes it's annoying to have change littering your purse or jangling in your pocket, but you'd be surprised by how quickly those nickels add up.
- Swap soda for water. If you can't give it up altogether, vow to sip water instead of soda during at least one meal each day.
- Trade CDs with a friend. Hoping to add the latest Rihanna song to your workout playlist? Reach out to a friend and burn CDs for each other to gather new music for free.
- Fuel up for less. Unless it's required for your specific car model, nix the premium gas habit and use gasbuddy.com to find the cheapest gas in the area.
- Find free WiFi. Work in cafés or libraries with free WiFi. Not sure which spots offer Internet? Use the Free Wi-Fi app to scope out local places with wireless access.
- Practice your sewing skills. Skip a trip to the tailor and learn to do the simple adjustments yourself, like shortening a hem or taking in a blouse.
Mitt Romney may be the Republican nominee most in the spotlight for his finances, but vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan also boasts notable worth.
Although he rakes in cash from Home Depot stocks and being a former landlord, most of his money comes from his wife and inheritances. How rich is he exactly? Take our quiz to find out!
There's no denying that one of the most satisfying feelings comes from saving big or scoring a deal on a product. But sometimes we might think we're saving money when in reality, we're not. We've put together seven different scenarios to be aware of so that the next time you come across one, you won't be left feeling swindled.
- Bundle packages: When shopping for home necessities — cable, Internet, phone — you might be lured by packages that offer to deliver it all at a reasonable cost. They promise fewer bills and companies to deal with, and less hassle. But most of these bundles come at higher speeds and with more channels than you really need. And, depending on where you live, different carriers sometimes offer better prices for individual services that make dealing with several companies worth it for your wallet.
- Daily deals: If you're like us, you probably subscribe to one or more email lists that send out daily specials offering, for example, $50 for $100 worth of jewelry. While that might sound like a steal, you can end up spending more than you intended because those two items that you want don't add up to $100, and you have to buy something else to meet the minimum.
- Free gifts: Sometimes sites offer free items but leave it to you to pay shipping and handling, which can end up costing upwards of $10. Remember to ask yourself: Would I have wanted this item anyway, or am I taking the offer because it sounds like a good deal?
- Grocery-store lunches: Picking up premade lunch items, like sandwiches and salads, at the market may seem like a better alternative to eating out. But they often cost anywhere from $7 to $12, which can be more than what you would spend at a restaurant or deli, where you know that what you're getting is made right then and there. Of course, the best option is to cook your own food and bring it to work, but if you can't, this may be the one time where eating out is the better choice.
- Disposable items: We all have certain items that we skimp on, and disposable products only encourage the habit. When shopping for items like razors and batteries, straws and toothbrushes, it's tempting to go for the cheaper option. You'll save more in the long run though if you invest in items like an electric toothbrush or reusable razor. Plus, you'll notice a major improvement in the quality of the products.
- Food in bulk: Places like Costco make buying in bulk seem like the greatest thing since sliced cheese. It's important to remember that groceries, like fruit, will expire quickly and before you know it, you'll be tossing out the food you never ate. Other nonperishable items deserve reconsideration, too: Who really needs 12 bottles of ketchup?
There's so much emphasis on preparing for a job interview, and rightfully so, but your actions afterward can make or break your chances of peaking employer interest. Get on top of your game by knowing the steps to take after you've answered the tough questions. Here's an action plan to follow once you walk out of those double doors.
Halloween definitely isn't just for kids. They're the ones wandering around with pillowcases in the dark, but most adults love a good celebration and Halloween is the perfect excuse to do something different. If you can't afford to attend a big bash that started selling tickets back in August or pay cover charges to enter one of your city's hot events, it doesn't have to mean Halloween is a bust this year. Check out my ideas to make it a low budget holiday.
Making a calculated effort to snip your expenses isn't easy. While there are things you can do to ease the pain of cutting back, tracking spending requires daily budgeting and discipline. Clearly, some days are better than others. Most of you agree that weekends are the hardest time to keep your wallet in your purse, but there are some simple ways you can bank on time-of-day discounts throughout the week. How can you save by spending on the right days?