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Buying a House on a Teacher's Pay

My name is Christine, and I’m going to buy a house this year. I’ve been saving for six months, but unplanned expenses have sucked away a lot of my extra cash. I want to close on my house when my lease is up in December, so I need to get serious...

Your Holiday Savings Plan Starts Now

Remember last year, when you vowed to start that holiday savings account sooner—to relieve stress and prevent a giant Visa hangover? Now’s your chance! Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is 128 days away, on November...

How to Vacation Like It's 1975

Everyone's got a tight budget this summer. But don't limit yourself to a dull "staycation." Kick it old-school and rediscover the classic, low-cost vacations of yore: Long car rides, license plate games, and cheap motels with pools. Get your...

Get the Most out of Your Farmers' Market Haul

You have a fridge full of produce thanks to your CSA membership or a recent (slightly overzealous) trip to the farmers’ market. How do you make sure none of that green goodness—leafy or financial—goes to waste?Get recipes instantly. Those stalks...

Save More When You Get Friends to Help

If you’ve tried Mint, Yodlee, Hello Wallet and other money management sites without that ‘click’ of financial relief, you might want to try another approach. Imagine that Mint.com developed a sense of humor and merged with Facebook—and you’d come...

A New Carry-On Will Save on Fees

These days you’re paying about $25 each way to check a bag when you fly. (Americans paid a shocking $3.4 billion to check bags in 2010—up 24% from 2009.) You can buy a still-roomy carry-on that meets most airlines’ size limits, and add that $50...

Great Gifts for a Laid Back Father's Day

  Enough with the aftershave and the golf ball polishers. Today’s hard-working dad needs some serious down time for Father’s Day—and a few toys to help him get the, er, least from every weekend.   Price: $99 Sit down, relax What’s 5-feet tall,...

On My Unnecessary Spending Guilt

I’m getting my kitchen remodeled as a 50th birthday gift, but I feel guilty. I coupon; I make my own dishwashing detergent; I made my kids start an iTouch fund—and then I blog about all my economizing. So now I feel like a frugal fraud, because...

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