Tip #1: Pack lunches for the rest of the week

This is Tip #1 of the 30 Day Challenge to save $1,000. The first tip is to go to the grocery store today and pack lunches for yourself all week. Sounds obvious, but below I'll include some specific tips and social-psychological techniques to make this actually work. This tip reminds me of something I heard in college from a ...

Announcing the Save $1000 in 30 Days Challenge

You’ll notice that I haven’t written a lot about frugality on this site. That’s because Americans suck at frugality. We spend more than we make. We’re terrible at deferring our immediate wants and investing for the long term. We go into debt. And we blame everyone but ourselves. Remember, fundamentally, there are two ways to have ...

17-minute interview about credit unions, money, and the economic crisis

Last week, I recorded an interview about credit unions, money, and the economic crisis with George Hofheimer at the Filene Research Institute, which studies consumer finance and credit unions. George and I met when I spoke to credit union executives a couple of years ago. Here's the interview in streaming MP3 form, plus a transcript below. RSS readers: Can't see ...

The Truth: What Obama and McCain won’t tell you about your money

After watching the debate tonight, I figured I'd translate what both candidates were saying. Sorry I'm not as politically correct as them, but I hope this is informative. Things will get a lot harder before they get better. All the predictions about the recovery taking until "at least the end of the year" are horseshit. In truth, nobody knows, but ...

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The Money Diaries: The 20-something who doesn’t make enough to cover her shopping habit

Today is the second post in the Money Diaries series, which is based off New York Magazine's Sex Diaries. We've collected stories from real people about their spending habits over seven days, anonymized them, and posted them here. Today's post is from a 25-year old woman who's struggling between paying her bills and the irresistible urge to spend. * * * DAY ONE ...

I saved $2,500 by buying 2 items abroad. Is that un-American?

My post on why we're all hypocrites about our weddings was one of my most popular. So since one of my friends just got engaged, I thought you'd find this interesting. When I had dinner with him last night, I asked him how the wedding planning was going. He told me that to save money, he's flying in a wedding ...