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By Glass Bottle Apps | Timely tips and tricks on saving more, spending less, and stressing less from the people who brought you Glass Bottle Apps.

Why it seems like everyone else can afford the things you can't

Your neighbor pulls up in a sweet new ride. Your co-worker announces she's taking yet another trip abroad. Your best friend upgrades to a bigger house in a better area of town.<p>You're pretty sure these people don't make a lot more than you do.<p>So how are they able to spend that kind of money?<p>Maybe …

Personal Finance

How to save money on food when you live alone

If you’re cooking for one, you probably know the feeling of disappointment and frustration that comes with throwing away a lot of food before you’ve had the chance to finish it.<p>You’ve probably also thrown items in your cart, knowing fully well that half of it will end up in the trash. Often food …

Frugal Living

How I cut my $80-a-week grocery budget in half without eating less

<b>• Kenny Gould followed one of the USDA's food plans for a month. It cut his normal grocery budget almost in half — from $80 to $42.</b><p><b>• He shopped at a different store each week: his local chain, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and a food co-op.</b> <b></b><p><b>• He was able to buy plenty of healthy food and still save</b> …

Money

Money-Saving Habits of Seriously Frugal People

If frugality is a continuum, some people fall very far on one end (let's call it the "saving used aluminum foil in a drawer" end). They'll go to …

Hacking

This is the best, most underrated way to make your money feel worth more, according to science

Spending money outsourcing chores you could easily do yourself can feel like a lazy indulgence, but a new study from researchers at University of …

Harvard Business School

How to set up a budget you'll actually keep in just 4 weeks

There are few of us out there who would attempt to build a house without following a blueprint.<p>And for good reason: One poorly placed beam, and your home could come crashing down.<p>Yet when it comes to our finances, so many of us choose to forgo that all-important money blueprint: a budget.<p>A 2013 …

Budgeting

Stop wasting money: How to cut back on “convenience vices” — but still have fun

You know perfectly well that eating out and hitting Starbucks more than a few days a week can wreak havoc with your budget. And while anyone can tell …

Avocado Toast

How to Make Budgeting Fun

It’s possible, trust us.<p><i>This post was written by Pamela Capalad, and originally appeared on Girlboss.com.</i><p>Before you write this article off as just another bitter pill to swallow (because let’s be honest: the word “budgeting” in a headline isn’t exactly an endorphin creator) I have a confession to …

10 secrets to help you save money on everything you buy — all the time

Sometimes saving money feels like playing a game of whack-a-mole at a carnival. You save $6.50 by bringing lunch to work on Tuesday, then blow $7 on …

Money

5 secrets of people who spend way less than they earn

If you want to get rich, or at least enjoy some financial security, you have a few options. One: Win the lottery (a bad bet). Two: Inherit a lot of …

Money

Personal finance expert: Do these 6 things to save an extra $700 per month

Compare two people trying to get an edge in life after starting with debt.<p>John focuses on small wins: removing little costs wherever possible. He …

Money

Cheap is delicious: How to spend just $5 a day on food, save money and enjoy what you eat

If you think limiting yourself to only $5 a day on food means a steady diet of ramen and Taco Bell, think again. Using technology and a little …

Frugal Living

My partner makes twice as much money as I do. What’s the best way to split the rent?

<b>Dear Emily,</b><p><b>I’m a 30-year-old man, and I’m getting ready to move in with my boyfriend. Right now we both have separate bank accounts, and we’re trying to figure out the best way to share expenses.</b><p><b>His income is a lot higher than mine (almost twice as much). The fairest thing to do would probably be</b> …

Happiness

25 ways to save $250 a month that everyone is messing up

When it comes to saving money, not every way is the right way. A lot of it depends on your lifestyle and the goals that you’ve established.<p>At the same time, there are plenty of mistakes we typically make when it comes to saving like the 25 ways listed below.<p><b>1. Not monitoring your budget</b><p>When it …

Money

Stop being cheap and miserable — here’s how to save money by spending

All the experts seem to say the same thing: “If you want to save money, stop spending it.”<p>Stop buying lunch. Don’t buy a coffee in the morning. Cancel your cable.<p>They make it sound so easy to save money!<p>But I like buying lunch. I’m a zombie without my morning coffee. And I really enjoy “Game of …

Coffee

Why your clutter is costing you a bundle

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Clutter is costly. Just ask Jessica Doyle of Fullerton, Calif. After her divorce in 2010, she moved to a small apartment, dumping a few boxes on the living room floor and sending the rest of her belongings to a storage unit, incurring a …

Minimalism

5 personal money numbers everyone should know to check their financial health

You might know your weight and your (pre-tax) income. But how much do you really know about your full financial situation? Your salary and monthly …

Personal Finance

These 3 stupid-simple moves will help you get richer this month

Your money isn't going to manage itself, no matter how much you wish it could. So it's important to take an active role in growing it to so you can …

Personal Finance

The Secret to Saving Money on New Appliances

Shopping for a new appliance can easily feel like an overwhelming whirlwind of features and rebate offers and extended warranties, bringing up …

Shopping

11 Lifestyle Changes You Need to Adopt If You Want to Be Rich

Cut unnecessary expenses, save aggressively and visualize how you'll get there. But don't forget to invest in yourself and in relationships with other successful people.<p>There’s a simple formula to follow if you want to become rich and successful: Earn more, spend less and save as much as you can. …

3 strategies to save money each month without sacrificing

There are hundreds of ways to save money each month. You could walk to work. You could cancel your monthly streaming subscription. You could pack your lunch.<p>While each of these can be effective, they’re not mandatory. Here are three simple ways to save money each month without eliminating all the …

I never fight with roommates over bills because of this genius expense-splitting app

The bill for brunch comes, and silence falls over the table. I've been there.<p>At 26, I've lived with 10 roommates at different times in my life. Splitting the bill — for brunch, utilities, rent, the movies, and everything in between — was a consistent pain point throughout these relationships.<p>Then I …

Money

Save more money by spending less: 10 secrets of shoppers who always get the best deal

Although we shop all the time <i>—</i> spending as much as 54 minutes a day buying stuff, according to a government estimate <i>—</i> many of us really aren't good …

Frugal Living

31 easy money hacks to help you get richer every single day this month

Having money is fun! But worrying about money is a major source of stress. Just thinking about goals like creating an emergency fund and saving for …

Money

These 7 sneaky expenses are destroying your monthly budget: Slash them and save money

Sneaky expenses can suck the air out of your budget and send you into financial purgatory. The worst part is just how many of them there are, from …

Money

5 Things You Need an Emergency Fund for—and How to Save for Each One

Here's the thing: Emergencies always seem to happen to other people—until the day you find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire and a zero dollar balance in your savings account. And for this exact reason, it's wise to set away some money so you have some cash on hand in case …

Personal Finance

A Best-Selling Finance Author Reveals the #1 Money Rule to Follow in Your 20s

Do you have a friend who is always traveling somewhere glamorous, wearing something new, and eating at the trendiest restaurants? Chances are they …

Personal Finance

Keep Your Budget Simple By Sticking to Three Categories

You could spend hours trying to devise a flexible system to categorize and label every single expense you have, but it won’t necessarily help you. …

Budgeting

11 Ways To Be Frugal Now So You're Rich Later

It's easier to double how much you save than it is to double how much you earn.<p>To be honest, there isn’t one sure-fire way to become rich. However, you can increase your chances by investing in things like stocks or real estate, planning for your future by saving for your retirement as soon as …