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Gimmie your favorite week long recipes.

Help me fatten my cookbook with recipes that create copious amounts of food that last a while. [more inside]
posted by kpraslowicz on Nov 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Cheap and easy frames and prints of wedding photos for gifts

Hi all! For our wedding, we got a disc and rights to all of our photos, but no prints. As the holidays are approaching, we want to get some prints and nice frames to give close family. However, money is tight and we are lazy. What is the cheapest and easiest way to get a dozen or so prints and frames in standard sizes, at a quality level somewhere above we-bought-everything-at-the-dollar-store? Thanks!
posted by likeatoaster on Nov 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Australia to US via Sri Lanka and Jordan (and Israel)?

I'm flying back to the US from Australia at the end of February, and decided to take advantage of some cheap flights and stop through Sri Lanka along the way. I've always wanted to see a bit of the middle east as well. Coincidentally, there are some cheap flights to Amman from Colombo. How should I split my time and (very limited) budget to maximize this trip? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on Nov 5, 2015 - 2 answers

meals: budget friendly, healthy, easy to make (plus some restrictions)

I am looking for ideas on budget-friendly, healthy and easy to make meals for a single person. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by bearette on Oct 25, 2015 - 17 answers

Accountants/Finance folks: How do you help manage budgets?

I would like my non-Finance colleagues to be more involved in creating and owning their budgets. How do I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by watrlily on Oct 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Japan on the cheap with a young teenager

My 7th grader is fascinated with Japan and Japanese culture and has been asking for a long time if we can go to Japan. I've never traveled overseas and have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Oct 17, 2015 - 25 answers

Road Warrior: Expenses Edition

I am weighing a job offer that is 50% travel (consulting). As I consider it, I realize that part of the issue that has me hung up is that I have no idea how to think about living expenses as a person who is only home 50% of the time. Help? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Oct 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Budget friendly travel somewhere warm in February?

My best friend and I want to start planning our winter escape vacation for February. But where to go? Looking for ideas. [more inside]
posted by smeater44 on Oct 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Am I doing money wrong?

I feel like I go from one financial juicebox to another. I can't save money, am trapped in an unpleasant job situation as a result, and the whole mess has me frankly pretty depressed. Is there anything at all that can be done? Warning: long woe-is-me descriptions within. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 1, 2015 - 39 answers

Is collaboration possible when planning dates for wedding stuff?

This is basically an "am I being reasonable or should I just stfu" question. My sister and I are both getting married within the next 24 months (she wanted a long engagement to plan an elaborate wedding; I'm having a long engagement because she doesn't want me to get married before her) and already we are running into problems re: expectations for travel, spending, and scheduling. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Sep 10, 2015 - 37 answers

Best inexpensive smartphone/plan these days?

What is the best smartphone/plan combination right now, given a budget of $250 max for the phone and $45/month max per month for the plan? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Sep 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Corolla or Prius c? So many special snowflakes...

If you're on a super-tight budget, would you go with the practical regular ol' car or spring for a (maybe reliable, I dunno) hybrid? [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Aug 31, 2015 - 21 answers

Simple personal budget.

Hello; I am seeking software for a simple home budget. I am wanting a budget that will auto adjust,meaning that if I enter and amount for a bill,then change the amount,the rest of the budget will automatically "adjust"the the "total owed". Should be free,or a very low cost-not wanting a program that connects with my bank. Thank you :-)
posted by LOOKING on Aug 30, 2015 - 9 answers

That sweet spot for pretty, affordable Toronto wedding venues

My boyfriend and I just got engaged after being together for four years. Hooray! We're thinking about getting married in June 2017, and we want to do it in or near Toronto, Ontario, with about 95 friends and family members. I've scoured the Internet for venues, asked friends for recommendations, and we've found some decent options but since this is going to cost us a lot of money (though both sets of parents will help out), I want to consider all possible options. We want to find a place where we can do both ceremony and reception (with dinner and dancing), and where the cost of the venue, including food and alcohol (open bar), comes to $13,000 or less. [more inside]
posted by ThousandYellowDaisies on Aug 26, 2015 - 17 answers

Sussing out wedding vendors & afraid to commit (to a $deposit)

How can you find out whether you can afford a vendor, without sitting down for an appointment and telling them your life story and/or feeling guilted into some kind of commitment? Very few vendors, so far, are forthcoming with price lists, and I don't know how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Aug 19, 2015 - 26 answers

Please explain credit cards to me the way you would to your teen

I am in my late twenties and beginning to realize I don't understand how credit cards work and that they kind of matter. [more inside]
posted by Otis the Lion on Aug 1, 2015 - 25 answers

NYC Trip on a budget

I'm heading to NYC for a short, 5-6 day trip starting tomorrow! I did a bit of planning myself, but I'll be on kind of a tight budget (I'm staying with a family member in Queens). Any fun things I should check out while I'm there from July 17 - 22? I love: music, food, festivals (of any kind) and especially anything comedy-related. Thanks!
posted by themaskedwonder on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Life is Disappointing: NYC Apt edition

Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on May 28, 2015 - 39 answers

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 - 3 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


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

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