What is your annual clothing budget for 2020 — and how will you keep track? Do you already know how you want to spend that budget in terms of “holes” in your wardrobe?
How do you save money on food? Do you feel like it’s harder to save money on food if you’re working long hours, or easier?
How much of your salary should you be spending on housing costs? What do you actually spend? We decided to devote a post to this topic after seeing an interesting discussion about readers’ rent/mortgage payments as compared to their incomes. Before getting to specifics about housing: The general 50/20/30 rule for budgeting is still commonly accepted advice. The guideline was made … Read More about What Should Your Monthly Housing Costs Be?
For today’s money feature, let’s discuss living within your means — how to make a budget and stick to a budget. What does “budget” mean to you? What tips and tricks have you used to set a budget, pay down debt, save money and protect against lifestyle inflation — and what alarm bells have you used to tell … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: How to Make a Budget
2017 update: we still stand by this advice on sticking to a budget; we’ve also updated links below. You may also want to check out our more recent discussion of how to make a budget. Readers got into this discussion a bit in the comments to Monday’s resolution post, but I thought I’d continue the discussion … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: Setting (and Sticking to) a Budget
2018 Update: We still stand by these tips on saving money on lunch at work — but you may also want to check out our most recent roundup of environmentally-friendly and stylish office lunch containers if you’re bringing lunch to work! Reader L has a question about lunchtime… Could you perhaps do a post on … Read More about 6 Tips for Saving Money on Lunch (Even If You Eat Out All The Time!)
Today’s reader mail deals with the inevitable problem: buying the same clothes as your coworkers. I have just started my career and I am building up my wardrobe essentials one button down at a time so i am kinda slow because i had to start from scratch (my college wardrobe wasn’t ahem ‘ladylike’). I have … Read More about Reader mail: My coworker has my same suit!