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Desktop computing! On a budget! In Australia!

I'm looking for a desktop (tower) PC of solid quality that can be purchased and delivered to my house for less than $1000 in Sydney, Australia. Can you recommend any? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on May 2, 2015 - 2 answers

We created a household budget! Now how do we keep to it?

My partner and I haven't always been good at tracking or controlling our spending. After looking at a couple of years of spending data from various sources, we've finally nailed down a monthly household budget, and we're hoping to implement it starting tomorrow (start of a new month). Now the question is how to make sure we stay within our spending limits for each category. Herein be snowflakes... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Apr 30, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I buy a very inexpensive viola?

I'd like to spend ~$300 on a viola to be used by me for experimental purposes. Should I buy online, from a shop, from craigslist, or? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Apr 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Looking for Monthly Gifts for a Precocious Three-Year-Old

My best friend (really, my sister for all intents and purposes) just had a baby. She has a 3-year-old boy who is super, super precocious (as in, "name all the parts of your mouth" elicits responses including "hard palate" and "uvula"). He's excited about having a baby sister but I know that there will be some dislocation as he adjusts. I want to do something cool for him so that he feels special in this first period of time where things are likely pretty weird. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven on Apr 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Question about You Need A Budget (YNAB)

I am new to You Need a Budget so I'm trying to get everything set up properly. I have one thing that I don't know what to do with - I have a credit card that, for now, is being paid by someone else. When I set this up as a credit card, YNAB counts it as debt that I should be budgeting for. Really, I want to set it up as an income of $200 monthly. Any input on how to set this up, which type of account? "Cash" or something else? Thanks in advance!
posted by carlypennylane on Mar 14, 2015 - 5 answers

Last minute trip to Mexico or Caribbean on a budget

I have a week off next week, and am looking to book a last-minute trip to somewhere warm for a few days, flying from the northeast US. I'm thinking the Caribbean or Mexico, but open to other ideas. My budget is up to $700US for flights and 4-5 nights accommodation, and I don't want a spring break type trip. Am I asking the impossible? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Mar 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Best way to tabulate grocery store receipts

I'd like to start putting the details of all my grocery receipts into a spreadsheet. What's the simplest and quickest way to do that? [more inside]
posted by alms on Mar 4, 2015 - 13 answers

New job, new budget, yay!/halp?

I'm about to make more money than I ever have before. Help me figuring out saving and investing. [more inside]
posted by sockity sock on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Long term traveling with partner, looking for tips and advice

We are thinking about quitting our jobs to travel for a year or so. I'm looking for general advice regarding RTW kind of traveling as well as traveling as a couple. [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jan 26, 2015 - 6 answers

How to argue with the contractor on construction overruns

How do we argue/negotiate with our contractor on construction overruns without being jerks? Beans and snowflakery inside. [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

What is an operating budget?

I recently asked someone at work for our operating budget for the purpose of registering for software discounts. I was given a number and it didn't quite make sense to me. I think that there may be at least two definitions of 'operating budget'. The workplace in question is a 501c(3) non-profit if that changes the definition. What would be tallied to make up the operating budget?
posted by sciencegeek on Jan 19, 2015 - 5 answers

How much should we budget for home maintenance?

How much should we budget for home repairs? The internet gives pretty varied advice. 1% of the purchase price per year? 4.5% of the purchase price per year? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Nov 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Where can I get an affordable, stylish curly haircut in NJ/NY?

Hey Internet. I want to get my long, thick, curly hair cut for less than $100, preferably closer to $50, in NYC, Brooklyn, or NJ (northern/central). Help? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Oct 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Budget range - 4 month cycle trip through Europe

One thing that my wife and I would like to do soon is a longer bike trip. We have ideas about taking four months [may through august] to cycle across [mostly] western Europe. Can we afford to do this? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Oct 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Do I go for it?

Currently employed in retail working my way through college. [more inside]
posted by Urban_Painter on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

How to Plan for Unpredictable Irregular Expenses

Is there an easy way to track and prepare for this one irregular $20 charge that happens 7 times a year at intervals I can’t really predict? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Oct 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Shop Once, Eat All Week

I had my life changed recently by a magazine article that showed me how to prepare a complete dinner for the whole week in 10-15 minutes per night with a few hours prep on Sunday, all for under $100. But it seems to be the only article of its kind! Please help me find more. [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Oct 4, 2014 - 22 answers

E=mc^$

I need help thinking of cool ways to spend $30k or more for high school physics equipment! If you're a physics teacher, or had a great physics teacher in high school (or college), tell me what equipment makes for inspiring and effective physics education. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Is this a normal thing to be charged for by an architect?

I feel like we're paying for our architects' professional development... which might be ok if they had given us a little more notice, but it came up suddenly and without much warning. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Sep 27, 2014 - 13 answers

What are your ideas for a budget-friendly Spa night, at home?

I am in need of some pampering. So is my SO! We are just a little stressed from being busy, but we always set aside a few nights a week for just relaxing. What at-home spa activities do you like to do to help you relax? We have tried giving each other massages, clay masks, and baths. I want to know what you do, or want to do! Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Sep 10, 2014 - 11 answers

Travelling to Japan, in November

We (myself, husband and 10 year old son) are hopefully making a return trip to Japan in November. While we were planning on mainly visiting Shikoku and Kyushu, we are open to suggestions. MeFi has been awesome on the travel front before, so hoping you can help again. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Sep 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Dapper men in suits: help me join your ranks on a budget.

Help me buy some great-looking men's suits without breaking the bank. I'm not well-educated on the subject, and I want to look good but avoid spending more than I have to. [more inside]
posted by hootenatty on Aug 5, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I actually budget, taking into account variable expenses?

I have been using Quicken to track my expenditures for more than ten years. But I'm stuck on how to use the information for budgeting, because every expense category is so variable. How do I do this? For the sake of this question, assume I'm trying to calculate the minimum salary I'd need from a new job. [more inside]
posted by xo on Jul 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Moving from San Diego to Los Angeles with a Moving Company

It looks like I will be moving to LA in as little as 6-8 weeks. I would like to use a moving company to make this happen as my parents and friends will largely be unavailable at the time I need to go go go. Can you recommend a moving service in San Diego, and can you tell me what I should be aware of from a safety, budget, bargaining, etc standpoint? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Putting a pricetag on my dream?

I've had a fantasy that has been rolling around in my head for the past 15 plus years of opening a small public aquarium. It's always been the sort of things that I thought to myself "If I ever won the lottery one day." level of realism. Over the past year or so, I've been getting encouragement from friends to actually go for it. While I still thinks it's just daydream fodder, I sort of want to figure out a rough idea of cost to see just how crazy the idea is. The problem is, I have no idea how to figure that rough estimate of what it would cost. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 29, 2014 - 13 answers

novice party host seeks help!

Is it a faux-pas to not provide dinner for a party held during dinnertime? Also, need more suggestions for a first-time party host! [more inside]
posted by bearette on Jun 25, 2014 - 36 answers

a road trip without any ability to drive

BeMyTravelAgentFilter: Help me figure out a way to make a trip from the Bay Area to New Orleans doable and affordable - when driving is not an option. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Budgeting software for biweekly paychecks?

This question was posted three years ago, but none of the answers seemed to have worked out and technology moves so fast that I thought I'd check in. Is there a budgeting program that will let me do a biweekly budget? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on May 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Budgeting 101?

Can you recommend budgeting and personal finance courses, or where I should be looking for such a thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 13 answers

What bills do I pay first?

I have $13 to my name and a long list of financial obligations. Can you help me prioritize them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2014 - 34 answers

Budget hotels in San Francisco

I'm headed to San Francisco for a week at the end of the month. Work will reimburse up to $190 per night for a hotel. I really want to stay downtown for easier access to restaurants, bars and nightlife. I'm fine with driving to and from the worksite. Which hotel(s) would you recommend?
posted by grateful on Apr 8, 2014 - 14 answers

In search of some intermediate financial advice.

MeFites have always been pretty good at giving basic financial advice, like how to start saving, building a budget, getting out of debt, etc. I'm there already. I find myself in the surprising situation of being comfortable these days, and I'd like to know: what's next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2014 - 13 answers

Determination, Will Power, and Achieving Goals

I have several goals that I have been working on for a long time, and I never seem to keep up with them. They're pretty standard - stick to my budget, develop an exercise habit, spend more time with friends and less time watching tv, etc., and I usually start out well, but fizzle quickly. I'm looking for resources that will help me create and sustain my plans better. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Feb 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Quality budget USB/midi piano keyboard for my son?

My son's piano keyboard broke, it was 10+ years old. His birthday is coming up, and I would like to get him a piano keyboard with midi/usb (for making music) for his birthday. It can't be too expensive - I'm thinking $80-200 range, but a little outside is fine as well - but I don't want to get him a piece of junk either. I could use some advice, since I don't know much about keyboards and would like to keep it a surprise without picking something silly. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Feb 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Calling all Freelance/Paycheck couples...(wall o text, sorry!)

How do you budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 8 answers

New Year's break in Paris, on the cheap

My girlfriend and I have won a week's holiday in Paris over the new year period. Flights, bed, and breakfast are covered -- how can we stretch our food and entertainment budget? [more inside]
posted by pont on Dec 26, 2013 - 22 answers

Do We Have Enough Money For A Trip To England?

We are a married couple with one child who is old enough to require their own room. If we're leaving from the midwest of the US, and plan to stay for two to three weeks, is $9k USD a realistic rough estimate of the amount we ought to budget for the trip? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Dec 17, 2013 - 21 answers

I don't want to have to go to Dr. Oz or Andrew Weil for this one.

Which healthy grocery items/nutritional supplements/dietary interventions have you found to be worth the splurge, and how/why? [more inside]
posted by blue suede stockings on Dec 15, 2013 - 35 answers

SoCal Costal Hotels for Overnight Getaway?

My girlfriend and I both have some time off between Christmas and New Years Day. We'd like to take a one-day roadtrip somewhere along the southern California coast, get a hotel, hang out on the beach a while, sleep, come home the next afternoon. We're located in Santa Monica, and on a pretty tight budget. Ideas for great little spots/hotels? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Dec 14, 2013 - 15 answers

A better Dappered for affordable men's streetwear.

A previous question about affordable men's style generated a recommendation for Dappered. Dappered has helped in a couple of cases, but its glib self-importance, aspirational posturing, and adolescent dating advice (from a real, live woman!) make me feel like I'm reading a 19-year-old's advice for the varsity jacket crowd. What are some alternatives that do stick to a similar, relatively sensible budget and don't descend into tedious aspirational window-shopping, as many other fashion and consumer design blogs do?
posted by Nomyte on Dec 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Shared budget app for iPhone?

I am looking for an iPhone app that will allow two users to track their spending for a shared budget. [more inside]
posted by leedly on Dec 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Reliable sources of corrective financial advice in South Carolina?

My in-laws in South Carolina, who don't have a stellar history with money, are facing some challenges that are really restricting their circumstances. They're not against cleaning up their act in terms of budgeting and being smarter about money, but don't really have a head for it. What's the best way to help from a distance? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Appropriate to Include my Expected Pay Raise in 2014 Budget?

I'm in the process of writing a budget for my department for 2014. I've just been given a title bump with the promise that a pay raise will be coming when cash allows. Should I include my expected pay raise in the 2014 budget as a line item for my salary? I haven't been told what it is, but I have a good idea what it should be.
posted by grubby on Dec 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Recommendations for an online meal planner?

I need to be better about managing my grocery budget and streamlining my time in the kitchen. I've just started poking around for options but I'm eager for hive mind recommendations. The main caveat is that I'm in Canada, which has ruled the promising foodonthetable.com. Something that allows you to cost meals fairly easily would be nice. Please pardon any typos--mobile AskMeing is a bit tricksy.
posted by Decimask on Nov 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Is this what "being the breadwinner" means?

What strategies can I use to convince my husband to more openly discuss our household finances with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2013 - 49 answers

How do I learn to budget and reduce my debt?

I'm living with just shy of $50,000 of debt. That's actually pretty crazy to say. $18k of it is credit card debt. $22k of it is owed to the IRS (terrible decisions while freelancing). It was recently down to $20k, but I missed one of my monthly $500 schedule payments so I got hit with a sizable penalty. The rest of it is a Sallie Mae student loan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Studying the masters, not their pupils (budget edition)

I am a frequent buyer of <$5 books on Amazon. Lately I am interested in math treatises but have been unable to find any that aren't way out of my price range. Am I being way too demanding? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Switching cell phones from Cincinnati Bell to another carrier

My wife and I got HTC Sensation cell phones from Cincinnati Bell in Nov 2011. The contract will expire shortly, and I'd like to find alternatives that would save us some money. We're generally happy with the hardware, so I see little incentive at this point to get rid of the phones. Does anyone have any experiences, good or bad, that they can share regarding switching from Cincinnati Bell to a prepaid or other budget carrier? We would both need voice and data (though not a huge data plan), and my wife needs SMS messaging (I use Google Voice). Thanks!
posted by zainsubani on Oct 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Reputable budget online jewelry?

I'm interested in finding online sources of precious-metal jewelry at a low cost. For example, a site that had solid gold/gold plated/solid silver chains to put other jewelry on. I know ebay has a good selection, but I have found that things have been mislabeled (ie something marked solid gold that is obviously not). I also know there are some things like that on Etsy, but there has to be a source of their supplies. I'm more interested in the low cost side than the artful jewelry side (I already have lots of sites like that to drool at!).
posted by fermezporte on Sep 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Brockley (London) on a Budget

Spending a week in accommodation in Brockley, London, in early October. To be specific, Manor Avenue Brockley London, SE4 1TE. As London seems to be the place where you literally breathe out money in order to survive, keen to do this on as low a budget as possible. Will not have a car and prefer walking where possible. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

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