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Spending

Designer Decorating Looks for (Way) Less

With the holidays creeping up, now is the time to whip your home into shape. With a little creativity and some DIY spirit, you can pull off high-end looks in your home—and still have money for gifts. Wood Paneled Accent Wall A slick, modern,...

DailyWorth Debt Survey: Tell Us We’ll Help

A full 71% of DailyWorth readers say that paying off debt is one of their top money goals in the coming year. But not all debt is the same, and not everyone deals with it in the same way. We want to know more about the kind of debt you have, the...

A Pro Organizer De-Clutters Your Spending

Sometimes it makes sense to splurge on a pricier item—sometimes it’s smarter to skimp. But when? Working as a professional organizer, I see both sides of the purchasing problem—homes cluttered with over-priced items—and the frustration caused by...

Time to Reset Summer Spending Limits

Whether you’re in back-to-school or back-to-business mode, this first week of fall is a tough transition, especially around spending. You’ve got all the expenses of resuming school and work—clothes, fees, commuting passes, lunch money. And you’re...

5 Places to Cut Yourself Off

Trying to rein in your spending? Forget vague vows like “tightening your belt” and institute a hardcore No-Spend Zone in just one area. Some ideas: No-Spend Zone 1: When you leave the house. Picking up a prescription? Grabbing pizza—er,...

Travel Insurance: How to Getaway with It

Saving money is the goal of every savvy traveler. Who wants to add the cost of travel insurance to a trip? It may be worth it, if just a couple of hundred dollars can buy you peace of mind while you’re on the road or planning to be. Policy prices...

Michelle Singletary’s Advice to Kerry

When I first started working with Kerry as part of the DailyWorth Money Fix, Kerry’s marriage was ending, her husband was planning to move to Texas with their two daughters, ages 7 and 9—and Kerry intended to stay in Alaska, in part to finish her...

Can Credit Cards Help Us Spend Better?

In the midst of the recession, some credit-card companies are trading in the old, carefree “life takes Visa” approach and rewarding more responsible credit use instead. Chase Blueprint is a system that can be activated with certain Chase cards....

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