Yes, It’s Possible to Create a Back-to-School Budget and Stick to It

Back-to-school season comes around the same time every year, but like the holidays, it has a tendency to sneak up on parents — and their bank accounts.  It’s like one day, you’re relaxing on the...

My Fiance Made Me Sole Breadwinner by Default

RODCHENKOV DMITRIY/Getty Images Dear Penny, My fiance lost his job nearly six months ago and got a decent severance payout. We used most of the money to pay off debt and have been surviving on...

Manage Your Money Each Time You Get Paid With a Paycheck Budget

Much of the conventional advice for creating a budget is based on managing your money for the entire month. But unless you’re paid monthly on the first, you may find it challenging to plan...

Keep Tabs on Life, Money in One Place With a Budget Calendar

Put the spreadsheets aside. Don’t worry about downloading an app. You can manage your money with a simple tool you probably already use on a regular basis — your calendar. It doesn’t matter whether you...

A Guide to Paying for Your Big Day

From the dress to the cake to the reception venue, wedding planning can pull you in dozens of different directions. It can also pull on your purse strings until they’re ready to snap. According to...

Our Simple Guide for How to Budget

If you’re anything like me, you’re perpetually swinging between vowing to cut all unnecessary spending cold turkey and humming “Treat Yo’self” as you order your third UberEats meal in 12 hours. Which one you’re doing...

Why Cash and Piggy Banks Offer the Best Money Lessons for Kids

Liz Frazier is pictured with her two children. Photo courtesy of Liz Frazier When you buy food with a swipe of a card and pay bills with a click of a button, what are...

The Budget Mom Shares Her Budget-By-Paycheck Method

Zero-based budgeting. The 50/30/20 rule. The cash envelope method. There’s no shortage of useful budgeting methods, but what works for one person may not work for the next. That’s something Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and founder...

This Woman Bounced Back From Budgeting Failures and Became The Budget Mom

Kumiko Love is known online by the moniker The Budget Mom, but money management didn’t always come natural to her. Having a finance degree didn’t make her immune to money issues. Not long after graduating...
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