Archive for: Life…On A Budget

Funny Money: How Not to Suck at Shopping for a New Computer

If you read Highlights magazine when you were a wee whippersnapper, you remember the comic strip Goofus and Gallant. The former was an oblivious idiot who screwed everything up, and the latter was a pompous dweeb obsessed by acting so self-righteous … [Read more...]

Money Manners: What To Say When Friends — or Mom and Dad — Ask About Your Money

A reader recently asked: I’m sick of my mom asking how much money I make. So far, I’ve been able to just mumble and walk away, but she keeps asking. My friends are nosy in their own way. I just rented a new apartment, and no one seems to think t … [Read more...]

How to Haggle for a Better Price on Almost Everything

When you see a price tag, you probably assume you have to pay that price. That’s not necessarily true. Last year, Consumer Reports found that 89 percent of people who haggled for better deals when shopping were given an extra discount at least o … [Read more...]

Money Manners: Do You Have to Chip in for Office Gifts and Parties?

This month, a reader wrote in about a tricky work-related financial issue: “I don’t love my job or the people I work with. But since no one has called me back for any other jobs, I imagine I’ll be here for awhile. At least once a month, someone col … [Read more...]

How to Start Travel Hacking: Fly for Little or Nothing (Even in First Class)

This July, I’m flying my family of four from Portland, Maine to San Antonio for a family wedding...for free. Had I paid for the airfare, the cost would ring in at over $2,000. Also awesome: I’ve gotten free first-class upgrades on about six out … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Pro Athletes Don’t Need Your Money; How to Watch Your Team Play for Less

Every sporting competition yields winners and losers. Well, except for soccer, which yields 0-0 ties. But the winners, losers and, uh, tie-ers are not limited to the competing athletes. There are also plenty of losers in the crowd, and I'm not just … [Read more...]

Survey: Today’s 20-somethings Are Broke But Optimistic; How Do You Compare?

80% of 20-somethings expect to do at least as well financially as their parents -- Click to Tweet The State of 20-somethings' Finances in the United States In January 2014, Money Under 30 surveyed 300 random Americans between the ages of 21 and … [Read more...]

The Price of Amazon Prime is Going Up; Will You Still Pay?

At this point in time, it’s no longer of a question of whether Amazon Prime rates will go up in 2014, but when—and by how much. The service, which costs $79 a year, is unsurprisingly popular: It offers free, unlimited two-day shipping on more than 19 … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, Take That Vacation: 5 Ways to Travel Cheaply

Before you read any further, let’s make one thing clear: If you’re having trouble paying for your housing, food and utilities, don’t go on vacation! Instead, to get a little R&R, try out these ideas for a staycation. But if you’re like me, empl … [Read more...]

Three Easy Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products

Looking good can be expensive, especially if you’re a woman. The Huffington Post and YouGov recently polled 1,000 people and found that 35 percent of women use up to two beauty products daily (54 percent of men, on the other hand, don’t use any pro … [Read more...]