After a summer of adventure, the time has come for kids to get ready to head back to school — and that means spending a couple hundred dollars or more on back-to-school clothes. But it doesn’t have to. With these strategies, you can survive the back-to-school season without breaking the bank.
Travel always costs more than you think it will. And that’s increasingly by design. As you plan your next getaway, keep a wary eye out for hidden costs and fees. They often get buried in the fine print — until it’s time to pay the bill. The good news is you can avoid many of them.
Whether you need to buy a car, pay off credit card debt, or save for a mortgage down payment, an extra $10,000 wouldn’t hurt. But what if you need the money ASAP — in months rather than years? With some effort, that extra 10 grand is well within your reach. Here are many ways to make $10,000 fast.
Nothing in the world is certain except death, taxes — and laundry. Families do eight to 10 loads per week, and given the cost of electricity, water, and detergent, the costs add up. Fortunately, with just a few easy tricks, you can cut the cost of your weekly wash by half or even more.
If you have a yard, you’ve probably daydreamed about what you want it to look like. But landscaping costs keep many homeowners from breaking ground. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a professional landscaper. You just have to get your hands dirty to save money on landscaping costs.
Student loan debt is growing six times faster than the U.S. economy. Fortunately, the government offers a tax-advantaged account called a Coverdell education savings account to help you save and invest money for higher education. Is it the right choice for your family?
You can’t avoid food spending altogether. But there are numerous ways to save money on groceries and everyday essentials without sacrificing products you enjoy. Reduce grocery costs with your smartphone by downloading a few of these money-saving cash-back grocery apps.
Leaving a bad job may be the best way to change your life, but to quit your job without arranging a new one leaves you vulnerable to hardship. Before you quit your job without an offer for a new one, find out how to think through the implications and prepare yourself financially for the change.
The percentage of public schools that require uniforms is on the rise. They provide many benefits for kids and schools, but uniforms have one big downside for parents: the cost. If your kids wear a uniform to school, these tips can save you lots of money from now until they graduate.
Remodeling a bathroom is one of the costliest home improvement projects, sometimes costing tens of thousands of dollars. But some homeowners have redone their bathrooms for as little as $1,000. And these tips can help you save just as much money on your bathroom renovations.
RV vacations are cheaper than other vacation travel. But expenses can rack up quickly. Fuel expenses, campground fees, and rental costs can put your trip over budget fast. Save money on your RV trip with these tips to cut costs while traveling comfortably and doing plenty of sightseeing.
Back-to-school time has become its own shopping season, second only to Christmas. If you’re stressed out about this upcoming drain on your bank account, take a deep breath. There are plenty of ways to avoid spending $1,000 per child this back-to-school season.