In 2012, Americans spent about 48 percent of their food dollar at nearly 1 million restaurants, according to the National Restaurant Association. According to Today.com Americans spend $1 billion a day dining out. The idea of giving up regular visits to The Cheesecake Factory, Olive Garden or Texas Roadhouse may be good for your budget, but if your taste buds say "no" try making your favorite dishes at home with these low cost knock-off recipes.
Stock up on new essentials for the start of summer. And don't worry about blowing your entire budget before Memorial Day weekend is over. We found low-cost must-haves that will still leave plenty of money to put steaks on the grill, margaritas in your tumbler and gas in the tank.
Nearly three in four women say they'll spend more than $100 planning their friend's bachelorette party and nine out of ten women will spend an additional $50 or more during the bachelorette party. That's according to a new poll from TheHouseofBachelorette.com. That may seem like a lot of cash to fork over-- especially considering that's in advance of any expenses for the actual wedding. Before you skip the bon voyage bash to the single life for budgetary reasons, try these cost-cutting measures.
Fame and notoriety aside, you can win boatloads of cash and prizes for appearing on a TV show. If you're looking for a way to make some quick cash or take home free stuff, signing up for a TV show is one way to do it.
It's been six years since tainted dog food killed thousands of beloved dogs, but many people are still skittish about feeding their dog's bargain basement kibble. While pet food is closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, the only way to be completely sure that your pooch is eating healthy, safe food is to make it yourself. And with these budget-friendly tips and recipes, making Fido's food at home is affordable, too.
Sorry moms and dads-- employers that offer generous maternity and paternity aren't all that common. According to research from the Families and Work Institute, only 30 percent of U.S. employers offer paid or unpaid maternity leave greater than 12 weeks. The Census Bureau says that about half of working women received some sort of paid leave, up ten percent from a decade ago. For parents looking for those types of perks, these companies seem to offer the best maternity and paternity leave benefits.
Teens looking for summer employment may not have to work very hard to land a job. Fortune reports that the number of companies hiring summer staffers has increased significantly in 2013. The average pay for these jobs is $11.50 an hour, that's up from $10.90 last summer, and is the highest summer wage in six years. Snagajob, a website posting hourly positions, polled hiring managers and found that one in three say it will be "easy" for a teen to find a job this summer-- as long as they know where to look.
Mom may have raised you to be a giving, thoughtful person, but she may not have emphasized the need to plan ahead quite enough. Mother's Day is around the corner and so far all you have is your traditional "roses are red" poem and a drug store greeting card. Check out these mail order deals for mom and she'll never know you waited until the last minute.
Hundreds of events across the country are planned for May 8, the second annual National Bike to School Day. Biking to school reduces traffic congestion, increases physical activity and eliminates air-polluting emissions. Need some other reasons to bike to school? Maybe these deals on bicycles and cycling gear will help.
This week the Senate will vote on a law that would create a new national framework for states to levy sales taxes on online purchases. It's called the Marketplace Fairness Act and it's creating a lot of controversy. Here are the facts.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. In 1980 just 7 percent of children between the ages of 6-11 were considered obese. But now 18 percent fall into that category. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a great time to spread the word about the benefits of being active. Need some ideas for encouraging your kids to move? Check out these free activities.
Babies are a lot of work, but there's nothing more rewarding than caring for a little bundle of joy. Celebrate these pint-sized portions of perfection on May 2, also known as Baby Day. Get help caring for the tots in your life with the best free apps for entertaining babies.
The only thing worse than forgetting Mother's Day all together is wasting money on a gift mom will hate. Do her (and your savings account) a favor and skip these five gifts that mom probably doesn't want you to waste any money on this Mother's Day.
Short, long, curly, straight, blonde or brown: Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates whatever you've got on your head. This year Hairstyle Appreciation Day falls on April 30 and while you may owe your colorist or stylist some gratitude for their hair help, consider these low-cost ways to keep your locks looking great at home.
No one works harder and loves more than mom. And single moms deserve extra special treatment on Mother's Day, but often they don't get the recognition they deserve. Spoil a single mom in your life with one of these affordable ideas.
Administrative Professionals Day is a great opportunity to say thanks to the person often credited with holding the office dynamic together. They track communication, maintain schedules and juggle a long list of often thankless tasks. But there are new tools that can help them do all of these things more quickly and affordably.
Whether you go public or private, college is pricey. The College Board says a "moderate" college budget for an in-state public college for the 2012–2013 academic year averaged $22,261. And for a private college that figured nearly doubled to $43,289. Some high school seniors are getting very creative-- and high tech-- with their search for college cash.
Prom costs can vary widely. According to Promgirl.com, the night can cost as much as a speeding ticket ($175) or as much as your first car ($2,100). The biggest variable is the dress, but these five tips could help you save some major cash on prom.
It's time once again to dust off the gardening gloves, rev up the lawnmower and get a little dirty. For many homeowners spring time means sprucing up the yard. Does it feel like keeping your yard green is costing more green than you care to spend? By making some smarter landscaping decisions it is possible to lower the cost of yard maintenance over the long haul.
Kermit the Frog said it best, "It isn't easy being green." And as it turns out, it's not always cheap either. When Earth Day rolls around we all want to be green. It's a great idea to conserve and do what we can to protect our planet. But being green can come with a price. Here are five areas where being green will put a dent in your wallet.
Can you imagine never having to stop at a gas station, never having to see the gas needle point to "E," and never having to sanitize your hands after touching those germy gas pumps? Electric cars are becoming more attainable and reliable, but how much can you really save compared to conventional models or hybrids? Here are some top picks for electric cars under $40,000. You could be driving one in time for Earth Day.
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