How to Furnish a New Place With Patience and a Budget

Moving season is almost over. But if you’re one of the many people settling into a new home right now, you might feel like the furniture-buying season is just getting started. And that can get expensive. After paying rent, a security deposit or mortgage down payment — plus all the costs associated with moving — … Continued

This May Be the Cheapest Road Trip in America

Road trips are a rite of passage for many Americans. These driving adventures are full of roadside attractions, eclectic diners and incredible memories. Yet, with high gas prices, many families are understandably reconsidering their vacation plans. One way to keep your travel plans intact without breaking the bank is to focus on destinations with the … 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

Why You Should Hit the Store on the Day After Christmas

Customer service desks will be packed on the day after Christmas with consumers requesting refunds and exchanges, but store aisles will be packed with something else — deals. Here’s why you should venture out on Dec. 26, and how to emerge with a bargain instead of a headache. Seasonal staples will be on sale After-Christmas shopping used … Continued

Millennial Money: How to Just Say No to Gift Exchanges

Your college roommate. Your current roommate. Your book club. Your brunch crew. Your office secret Santa. Your cousins. Your siblings. Your parents. Your partner. Their parents. As your social circle expands, so does your holiday shopping list. But what happens when you can’t afford to buy gifts for everyone? One option: Cut back on gift exchanges. … Continued

7 Gifts That Help Your Grad Stash More Cash

If you want to give a graduation gift that is always appreciated, give cash. If you want to give a gift that will help your grad save cash, though, you’ll need to give it a little more thought. Any of the following gifts would be appropriate for a college graduate heading out into the world, and most would work … 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

What to Buy (and Skip) on Black Friday 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for shoppers. With huge sales and steep savings at nearly every retailer, Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — has long been touted as one of the best times of the year for buying just about anything. But it won’t be all discounts and deals during the … Continued

Three Ways to Cut Costs in College

Typically people think of spending—not saving—while in college. It’s true that once you choose where to attend school, your tuition and fees costs are fixed. However, at many schools tuition and fees may be less than half of your overall costs. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public four-year, in-state costs in 2015-16 for … Continued

Ask Brianna: How Can I Budget When My Rent Is So High?

“Ask Brianna” is a Q&A column for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. This week’s question: “A huge … Continued