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...]

The Anti-Shopping List

One of my favorite frugal living tidbits of wisdom is, "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." Wise words to live by, but this anti-shopping list created by Becky at BabyBudgeting.co.uk is your new frugal living checklist. Print it out, put it in your wallet and look at it before making any purchases. Consider the anti-shopping list your frugal subconscience making an appearance … [Read more...]

What’s Harder – Losing Weight or Saving Money?

It's been 2 weeks since New Year's, and many of us have already broken our resolutions. Not good.Two of the most popular resolutions are losing weight or saving money, and they both are challenging...requiring discipline and willpower.I've said it before, and I'll say it again...saving money is a lot like dieting (hence the name of this blog). Let's look at the comparisons, and then … [Read more...]

Today is National Cancel Day

Actually, The Budget Diet girl made up National Cancel Day, but it is a great idea.This is the day you're going to cancel memberships, subscriptions and services you don't use, AND return or exchange items in your closets that still have tags.The end result will be money in your pocket!Let's get National Cancel Day started!Here are a few suggestions to get you in the canceling … [Read more...]

The Great Money Hunt – Find Money!

This is the time of the year we all wish money really did grow on trees...oh what fun that would be!The joy of going to the mailbox and finding Christmas cards has been replaced with the dread of opening Christmas bills.If you blew your Christmas budget, there is money to be found. Consider this..."The average American has $56 in loose change lying around the house," according to … [Read more...]