Hunger on Campus: How College Students Can Get Help

When college students paying their own way have a financial hiccup, they have to make hard choices about how to spend their limited funds — and some turn to their food budget to close a gap. Gina Higgins, a mechanical engineering student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, has paid for school with a … Continued

Drink Up Savings at Starbucks

One Starbucks grande Cold Brew with Salted Cream Cold Foam, please. Even if your order sounds fancy, enjoying your coffee shouldn’t have to put you over budget. Whatever your drink of choice, following these tips could help keep you from overspending at your favorite coffee spot — without giving up your habit. Write a money … Continued

5 Easy Ways to Enrich Your Dinners on the Cheap

No one at NerdWallet is writing about living frugally during the day and then logging off to indulge in caviar and cognac at night. We usually try to practice what we preach. So when dinnertime rolls around, we know a few ways to cook up an affordable meal. Check out our ideas below. Fill up … Continued

Travelers, Save on Meals With These Tidbits

After transportation and hotel costs, food and drink expenses can often be among the biggest budget-busters of any vacation. Whether you’re trying to stretch your per diem on a business trip or get the most value per dollar on your family excursion, here are some ideas for saving on meals and beverages. Before your trip Seek accommodations … Continued

5 Tips for Cooking an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can feel like a thankless job if you’ve destroyed your budget to do so. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By setting realistic expectations, shopping strategically and delegating tasks, this can be an affordable meal to prepare. Here’s how to pull it off: 1. Stick to the basics First, drop the … Continued

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Ask anybody who’s shopped at Whole Foods: Adopting a healthy diet can test your will and your wallet. Proper planning and savvy shopping can help you overcome challenges on both fronts. Armed with these tips, you can eat healthy, wholesome foods and stick to your budget. Make your own meals Cooking at home kills two … Continued

5 Ways to Stash Cash and Still Eat Well in College

When you’re looking for ways to rein in your spending, a food budget can be a good place to start. But you don’t want to sacrifice your social life. Here are a few ways to enjoy those tailgating parties, coffee dates and roommate takeout nights without food costs draining your bank account. 1. Plan your … Continued

Eat Cheap, Without the Junk

Is your regular diet consisting of more “junk” than “food?” Have the dining hall options that used to satisfy you now leave you with a bad taste in your mouth? Are you just bored with your routine and want to find ways to mix it up or nourish yourself within your budget? Well then get … Continued

The Weirdest Thing I Did to Save Money

Personal finance experts are in the business of helping readers save money every day. Although not every tip can apply to every reader, there is a shared goal of imparting financial wisdom to others to help them cope with debt, improve their credit, successfully obtain a home and accomplish a number of other financially based … Continued

8 Things That Sabotage Your Budget

It can be difficult to live on a budget if you feel like you’re constantly running out of money: you pay the bills, buy groceries and other necessities, and before you know it, you don’t have much left in your bank account. This is a constant struggle amongst college students that can be avoided. Sure, … Continued