All three of the legacy airlines (American, Delta and United) are now selling Basic Economy fares. As a fairly frequent traveler I decided I needed to understand these fares. Here's what I've learned. We all strive to save money but sometimes the savings aren't worth it. Buying a Basic … [Read more...] about Are Basic Economy airfares worth the savings?
Buying a car is often a stressful and confusing process, with salesman pressuring for the sale while you try to juggle sticker prices and discounts and upgrades in your head. Smartphones helped alleviate some of the stress of a visit to the car lot, as you can now quickly search and compare … [Read more...] about Is it time to buy a car online?
Heading off to college? Congratulations. You’ll be surprised that much of the learning you’ll do over the next four years has less to do with the classroom than with life. If you’re like many young adults, college is the first time you’ll keep your own schedule, plan your own meals, manage your … [Read more...] about 10 things college students should learn about money
Most parents do not relish back-to-school clothes shopping. The crowds and the cost create a less-than-enjoyable experience. I can’t fix the crowds but I can help with the cost. Last year, I outfitted my two kids for the school year for less than $100 each. Considering many items easily sell … [Read more...] about 6 ways to save on kids’ back-to-school clothes
When the kids go back to school, life should get easier, right? Nope. It gets way more complicated. You need to get the kids to school and back (if they don’t ride the bus). You need to get them to soccer/swim/ballet practice. They need lunches and after-school snacks. They have homework. And then … [Read more...] about 10 tips to organize your back-to-school life
Some states have sales tax holidays around this time of year to assist families with getting their kids outfitted for school. At other times of the year, some states also have a sales tax holiday that focuses on hurricane preparedness items or energy-saving appliances. So if you plan to make one of … [Read more...] about Sales tax holidays for back-to-school shopping
If your child regularly brings his or her lunch to school, you've faced the "what to pack" dilemma. You want to pack something nutritious, but you also need to be sure your kids will eat it. A thrown-out lunch does nothing for your child's health or your wallet; it's basically cash in the … [Read more...] about Healthy school lunches kids won’t toss in the trash
Many people choose to be frugal for different reasons. Maybe they were raised to live a frugal life, so it’s second nature to them. Perhaps they are consciously frugal and are saving to pay cash for a house, or they have a child about to head off to college. Maybe they simply don’t see any other … [Read more...] about How frugal are you? 25 things frugal people do
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Do you want to can food at home, but are put off by the cost? For around $15, you pull together most of the essential equipment by using equipment you probably already own. Below we list a … [Read more...] about Preserve food with cheap canning equipment and free recipes
This article is part of a Don't Throw It Out! series on how to preserve fresh foods and avoid food waste. Americans waste about 25 percent of their grocery shopping dollars (or about $2,000 per year for the average family). Fresh fruits are high on the list of wasted foods. Here are some … [Read more...] about How to preserve and avoid wasting fresh fruit
The bargainista part of me just loves all those end-of-season sales. I get bargain-priced holiday wrap, Halloween decorations and more. Summer's end brings similar deals -- you know what I mean if you've ever walked through the pool/outdoor area of any Target, Walmart, Christmas Tree Shop, … [Read more...] about 16 post-summer uses for pool noodles and other summer clearance items
A major home repair can tax any budget. But you don’t have to be surprised when something in your home goes kaput. It’s possible to know, more or less, how long most home components are likely to last and plan for their replacement. Plus, knowing the life span of appliances and home fixtures can … [Read more...] about Plan for needed home repairs