Budget Bash: Throw Your Holiday Parties for Less

A holiday party is a fun way to bring people you care about together, whether it’s your friends and family or employees at your business. The problem is that by the time you pay for the space, the food, the drinks and any entertainment, you could be in for an expensive end-of-the-year bill. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to keep your holiday parties within a budget, no matter how many people you’re inviting and how much you can spend. Here are three tips to throw a holiday party on the cheap.

How Young Families Can Move Past the Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck Phase

When first starting out, many families get in over their heads, in their rush to buy a home and get established. This often results in a lack of savings for emergencies and living “paycheck to paycheck”.
When you live paycheck to paycheck, it can seem like you are struggling to get by. You may regularly wonder what would happen if you got severely sick or seriously injured. Financial concerns may keep you up at night, and you may not feel like you can afford to take a vacation or even a random day off when you feel run down. If you are tired of living this type of lifestyle, there are a few steps that you can take.

What to Do When Debt Piles Up

The simple fact is that debt equals stress, especially when that debt keeps growing. Even when you feel that there is no possible solution to your current debt situation, don’t lose hope. Options are available to help you to keep the debt from growing and to get yourself in a better financial position. Here’s what […]

True Cost: How to Calculate the Financial Needs of Your Family

When you sit down to write out your expenses, you probably know that you need to account for mortgage or rent, heating, electricity, water, car bills, credit card payments and student loan debt. However, don’t forget to account for the smaller bills too. For example, you might need to contribute money to your children’s sports team, or you may have small private loan that you’re still paying off. Don’t forget that money has to pay for food whether you’re going to the grocery store or eating out at restaurants. Don’t forget to factor in things like insurance and saving for emergencies.

3 Keys to Teaching Your Kids Financial Literacy

Teaching kids how to take care of their money while they are still kids can help them become financially healthy adults. They must learn how to take care of their money, even if their school doesn’t offer classes in money management. You, as their parent, should teach them about the concepts of budgeting, saving, and spending. If you do, they stand a better chance of developing excellent and healthy financial habits that will benefit them well into adulthood.

Cut Your Food Budget and Save Big

?Feeding a family is a big expense. Typically an American family spends 14% of their budget on food. If you want to eat a nutritious diet or if you have food allergies or medical conditions, groceries will cost much more. Keeping these tips in mind can help you to save big money on your family’s food budget.

How to Save Big on Your Weekly Food Shopping

While food is definitely a necessity, sloppy spending at the store can leave your monthly budget shattered. Instead of constantly bringing food back to the shelves because you can’t afford the items, or seeing perfectly good produce go to waste in the fridge each week, use some budgeting tips to make the next shopping experience less stressful and a little more effective.

How to Manage Your Debt

Most people hate, hate, hate the word budget and everything it stands for. For budget haters, curbing spending habits feels very restrictive. However, this is the wrong way to look at it in terms of debt. Having a budget means you always have money. At least that’s the goal.