Reboot Your Budget to Prepare for Reopening

Picture cruising your car deep into 2021 and never glancing in the rearview mirror. Vaccines, travel and a hope of normalcy are finally on the horizon. With so much to look forward to in the future, it’s understandable to not want to look back. But returning to typical day-to-day life will be a transition. And … Continued

Turn Your Quarantine Clutter Into Money

I placed more online orders than I can count in 2020. And I justified all of them. My front porch was filled with boxes containing all sorts of things: furniture (I needed to redecorate), paper towels (I needed to stock up), crafts (I needed activities), board games (more activities) and a treadmill (I needed exercise). … Continued

The Case for Shopping on Black Friday in 2020

Like most things in 2020, Black Friday won’t be the same this year. But at least in the case of holiday shopping, change might not necessarily be a bad thing. If you’re thinking about shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, here’s why you should — and at least one reason you shouldn’t. The day still holds meaning … Continued

What to Buy (and Skip) on Black Friday 2020

Amid all of the retail chaos and change of 2020, at least one thing remains the same: the biggest sale day of the year. Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has a reputation as the best time of the year to buy just about anything. But even though Black Friday still exists in … Continued

How to Renegotiate Your Bills to Save Money

I know, I know. You’ve probably heard all about how you should renegotiate your bills to save money. But that’s easier said than done, right? That’s why I tried it out. I called up some of my service providers and attempted to cut the cost of my bills. Here’s how you can learn from my successes … Continued

Financial Lessons We’ve Learned While Staying at Home

Shelter in place. Lockdown. Quarantine. Whatever you call it, it’s been a few months since the COVID-19 pandemic taught us what staying home for an extended period of time actually looks and feels like. These are unprecedented times. And although things are unpredictable right now, we can control our ability to emerge from this challenge … Continued

Can’t Make Money Right Now? Free Up Cash in Your Budget

You’re not the only one with a tight budget. Millions of Americans are currently struggling with unemployment, lost hours and lowered wages. There’s little comfort in knowing that others are feeling strapped. But you may be relieved to hear there are ways to make things easier — even if you’re out of work or can’t … Continued

Scaling Back Spending Yields Unexpected Benefits

When I originally set out to write this column, I wanted to share the unexpected benefits of cutting back on my online shopping habit. At the beginning of the year, I set a personal challenge to reduce my online orders from several times a week (insert embarrassed emoji) to a few times a month. As … Continued

Make Your Brand Loyalty Pay Off

Blogger Dani Austin of Dallas, Texas, logged into her Southwest Airlines account a few days before the end of 2019. Shortly after, she and her husband, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, flew to Las Vegas (and back home) in less than 72 hours. The spontaneous trip was part of a last-ditch attempt to try to earn the … Continued

4 Things to Know if You’ve Never Budgeted Before

We’ve entered a new year and a new decade. Not surprisingly, this fresh start has probably brought new goals to mind — like money management. If you’re planning to start balancing your income and spending, here are four things to keep in mind before you dive headfirst into budgeting in 2020. 1. Budgets aren’t just a New … Continued