Friday Estimate

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to estimate our weekend spending.

How Small Brands Try to Make It on Amazon

They need to compete in two areas: price and reviews.

The Cost of Making a Low-Budget Short Film

“No budget” really just means “as little money as possible.”

Talking to Alanna Okun About Spending, Saving, and What We’ve Learned From Asking People About Money

Alanna runs the “How Do You Shop” series at Racked.

If You Haven’t Already Gotten Into CryptoKitties, You Might Be Too Late

This launched, like, ten days ago and cats are already going for tens of thousands of dollars.

Gift-Giving Through the Ages

Specifically, my ages.

Do 1 Thing and Set Aside the Cash

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to Do 1 Thing.

How One Man Helped Bring Down a Debt Collection Scam

Using techniques he developed as a copier salesman.

Holiday Costs When Your Partner Lives in the Arctic

This is the most expensive holiday of my life.

Planning My 2018 Budget

Here’s what I know about my 2018 overhead expenses.

What Do You Think of This $50 Shopping List?

A week’s worth of food, for one person, for $50.

How to Handle Holiday Gatherings When You’ve Been Laid Off

Your family will want to know everything about your current situation, and you have to decide what you’re going to tell them.

Question Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to branch out with your financial questions. 

This Week in Pods

Who is allowed to use the word “pods”—and who is allowed to receive money from the settlement?

Tea and Snowstorms

When gift-giving doesn’t go as expected.

My Bronze Health Insurance Premiums Will Cost $6,967.20 in 2018

That’s $580.60 per month.

How the NYT Thinks We Should Do Money Next Year

We’re supposed to order more takeout. (Seriously.)

The Cost of Buying a Home Using a VA Loan

Had it not been for the VA home loan program, I would never have owned a home.

Share Your Success Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to share our recent financial successes.

What’s Your Financial Goal for This Week?

It’s Monday, which means it’s time to set a financial goal for the week.

The Cost of Moving: Adding Up the Numbers

When I decided to move from Seattle to Cedar Rapids, I told you I’d keep track of every expense—and I have, from the security deposit to the pack of breath mints I bought at the airport.

A Budget-Friendly Holiday Tradition: Stockings-Only Christmas

We talked about a few different ways of cutting back on gift spending, and then I suggested that we skip the individual gifts but keep the stockings.

Where Are We With This Tax Bill?

The Senate passed their bill this weekend, and now it’s time to draft the final version.

Checking In With My Savings Plan: November 2017 Edition

In November, I received $4,692.95 in freelance earnings and $214.97 in book royalties, or $4,701.86 total. 

The Cost of Making My Own Holiday Traditions

For the first 26 years of my life, our Christmas plans were the same—Christmas Day with Dad’s family, and Boxing Day with Mum’s.