Make Money – How to Get Rid of Your Storage Unit

To store or not to store...that is the question.Storage units make sense for short-term situations, but if you're using your storage unit to stash unwanted stuff...I have a must-read story that will make any frugal girl cringe!   Storage Unit Saga Note: Grab a tissue, it's a sad, sad story.My sister-in-law, who shall remain nameless, put all her furniture in storage after they sold … [Read more...]

4 Beauty Recipes You Can Make with Ingredients You Already Have

We all love to be pampered and to feel like we're doing great things for our skin and our beauty routine. However, the supplies we need to accomplish this are often quite expensive. These super fast and cheap beauty recipes will help you save money without sacrificing your beauty routine!1. Brown Sugar Body ScrubThe¬†Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish¬†at Sephora costs $65 for the 14.1 ounce. … [Read more...]

Downsize Your LIFE!

My parents are in their downsizing phase of life...ready to move from a 5000 square foot home to a 2000 square foot townhouse.Less house = less work = a simpler life.Of course, there's more to downsizing than just buying a smaller house. Cutting square footage by more than half requires a serious paring down of belongings. As my mom goes through boxes in the basement, I receive emails … [Read more...]

3 Habits That are Preventing You from Saving More Money

Saving money is essential at any age and there are so many things to save for - emergency funds, college funds, retirement funds. As much extra money as possible should be going into savings accounts, but it can often be difficult to find that extra money at the end of the month to save.Many times, this is because the extra money you would normally be saving is being siphoned out of your … [Read more...]

20 Fun Things To Do Instead of Shopping

When the weekend rolls around, how do you spend your free time? Choose the one answer that describes how you spend the majority of your free time.A. reading B. watching TV C. shopping D. relaxing E. outdoor activities F. crafting G. cooking H. partyingIf you answered "shopping", and you're trying to cut your spending, it's time try 20 fun things to do instead of shopping. P.S. - Let … [Read more...]

How I Paid $42 for a Pair of $120 Shoes

You're probably thinking I found these shoes on the clearance rack, and I did, but there's so much more to this story.If you're a loyal Budget Diet reader, you know there's more to saving money than just finding the clearance sale.We all love to save money, we all love a good deal and The Budget Diet Girl likes to brag about her great deals. In this case, consider my bragging your frugal … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Your New Year’s Resolutions Break the Bank

A month ago we were eagerly making New Year's resolutions. Some of us vowed to lose 20 pounds or simply start eating healthier. Others committed to getting in shape - either physically or financially. We signed up for expensive diet programs, joined gyms and started shopping at Whole Foods.So, here we are, 1 month into the new year.How's it going?If you've decided that your … [Read more...]

The True Cost of Bottled Water

Bottled water seems to be the American way.We go to the grocery.We buy a case of bottled water.We lug it home.We put a bottle in each child's lunch box.We send them with a bottle to ball practice.We watch our children grab a bottle a home when they're watching TV...even though we have perfectly good filtered water.We repeat this scenario next week and the week after and … [Read more...]