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What do I want? What do I need? Why do I want it? What's in it for me?

Some general and specific questions about bringing your budget classification terms in line with published guidelines. In your personal budget, how do you classify fees like overdrafts, ATM fees, ATM refunds etc? What about taxes paid and refunds received? How do you determine wants and needs? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Jan 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Give me your flats, your heels, your wide-calfed boots. And jeans. Jeans, please.

I am a lady on a quest to never shop for clothes or shoes again. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jan 16, 2012 - 35 answers

Food + Time x 2 - Money = Dinner

Chefing for two? What recipes/menus are good for a "cooking date" night, and will keep my boyfriend and I occupied for a couple hours on a Sunday evening? Frugality level: high. Dietary restrictions: none [more inside]
posted by itesser on Jan 13, 2012 - 27 answers

Anticpating budgetary drift

Do I disclose my actual budget to my architect/designer for a major renovation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

How much house can I afford?

It is often said (by presumably reputable sources, such as FHA), that you can afford a house payment that equals 28% - 35% of your pre-tax salary. This seems like an astonishing large amount of money to me -- it's almost 2x what I pay now in rent. Even considering the tax deduction, how can this be right, in this day and age of low housing appreciation rates?
posted by yarly on Jan 4, 2012 - 35 answers

How do I operate a budget?

Personal Finance and budgeting 101 for the low income world traveler. [more inside]
posted by slartibartfast on Dec 28, 2011 - 15 answers

NYC Christmas dinner miracle

Bugdet Christmas meal NYC filter - Any recommendations for NYC restaurants serving a traditional Christmas meal (turkey, mashed potatoes, veg, etc) that won't break the bank? [more inside]
posted by kaybdc on Dec 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me take my mind off of my body's march toward death

Where to take a 5-7 day international (from the US) vacation next late September? Some restrictions apply . . . [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Dec 22, 2011 - 14 answers

How to find super-cheap but quality gifts?

ChristmasGiftsFilter: What's the cheapest quality stuff out there? [more inside]
posted by catesbie on Dec 10, 2011 - 13 answers

How do I trick myself into thinking I have less cash on hand?

Budget Hacks Filter: I need to pretend I have less money than I do. [more inside]
posted by newrambler on Dec 4, 2011 - 13 answers

I have no idea who is telling me the truth.

Where can I get a decent breakdown of Government spending and taxation in the UK? In particular, where can I find reliable information about the cost of public workers / pensions. [more inside]
posted by seanyboy on Dec 2, 2011 - 4 answers

400 dollars should make for an awesome new years

New Years Eve @ home Filter: Lets say you and your partner decide to stay at home for new years and you have pooled your money together to have $400 to blow on the whole evening (food, alcohol, general supplies/decorations/presents/whatever). How would YOU spend that budget? Describe your fantasy new years eve under that budget. Best suggestion wins a cookie. Additional requirements within.... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister on Dec 1, 2011 - 31 answers

Organizing savings goals

Looking for an online savings account or an elegant non-spreadsheet method to track my savings goals. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

How to save money and enjoy a trip to Bremen, Germany?

Planning to attend a language course in Bremen, Germany early next year. Need extensive MeFi advice/help! [more inside]
posted by naskar on Nov 12, 2011 - 14 answers

I Need Motivational Help!

I've asked here about HOW to budget for a family, but darn it, I can't bring myself to do it! I need help. (Perhaps psychological help.) [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Nov 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Mass transit.

I'm spending nearly $400/month on automotive-related expenses for a car I don't enjoy driving. That's about 25% of my monthly income, and when it really comes down to it, I think I'd rather be saving that money for something better, like travel. Or education. Or Scotch. Lots and lots of Scotch. [more inside]
posted by bhayes82 on Nov 7, 2011 - 34 answers

If it's not a budget, what is it?

Unemployed and looking. After over a year, it's time to start considering jobs making a good bit less than I did before. How do I figure out the minimum I need to make to be able to pay rent and still eat every day? [more inside]
posted by Jaie on Nov 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Smaller me! YEAH! Can't afford new clothes! Boo!

I have lost weight, yeah! What do do about my clothes that no longer fit? [more inside]
posted by jennstra on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

I project that we will bankrupt ALL OF SCIENCE by 2013

Need budget/bookkeeping software recommendations. Difficulty: Mac-compatible. Additional difficulty: It's for projecting/tracking expenses for NIH/NSF-awarded grants in an academic setting. Inside I give a list of requirements (most of which aren't grant-specific) and you tell me what software packages can accomplish 'em. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Sep 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Budget for all the things

When buying your first house, how much did you budget for decor/paint/furniture/etc right up front? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Sep 27, 2011 - 24 answers

Fashion 101 for the Tall and Clueless

How can a tall 20-something female become fashionable on a budget? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Sep 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Around the world budget?

How much money should a couple budget for one year's worth of travel? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Sep 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Cheap car rentals in Hawaii?

Cheap car rentals in Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Sep 12, 2011 - 23 answers

Where should we travel as a family next?

Where should we go as a family next? We have just returned home (Canada) from a great European visit (Germany, Belgium, Holland and England) and are already looking towards planning and saving for our next trip. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Sep 9, 2011 - 10 answers

Poverty Food Ideas on a Renal Diet?

For the next month or two, I need to tighten up my already very small budget. I'd like ideas for easy-to-cook meals that I can make very cheaply. Complications: chronic illness, restricted diet, and an ineffective air conditioner. [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Aug 31, 2011 - 18 answers

Stressful Day Holiday Daydream

Thinking about a break in the springtime, somewhere in Europe, somewhere cheap with stuff to do. Is this an impossible dream? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Seeing Europe, One Weekend Away At A Time

Help me figure out the best way to see Europe on a budget during my seven months there. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Aug 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Help us use our transatlantic move to save money on stuff!

We're moving back to the UK (London) from the US (SoCal) in a few months. What would you stock up on if you were us? Much more detail about our tastes and situation inside... [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Jul 28, 2011 - 31 answers

What the hell should I wear: looking well put together on a

Let's say I have $500-$700 to spend on a work week's worth of clothing. And let's say I want to look good — sharp, competent, grown up and well put together, not just vaguely "professional" or dress-code-compliant in a Wal-Mart-khakhis-and-a-polyester-shirt sort of way. (In fact, I have no dress code at all, and I'm totally willing to sacrifice ostensible "dressiness" in the interest of looking sharp and grown up and etcetera.) What should I buy? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on Jul 26, 2011 - 29 answers

Cash rules some things around me.

If you use budgeting software, do you have a good system for tracking and categorizing your cash spending? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Jul 17, 2011 - 16 answers

What budgeting software do bi-weekly earners use?

Help me find a simple budgeting software that knows how to handle bi-weekly income and spending. [more inside]
posted by Dojie on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

US Budget for Dummies

Can you help me better understand the US budget? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Jul 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Alternative to flowers for an anniversary?

What is a good anniversary present for a long-distance relationship on a budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 - 9 answers

Make a wish, any wish.

What essential and not-so-essential kit do small voluntary organisations need? [more inside]
posted by fix on Jun 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Excel Formula for First Instance of Something in Row, Then Top Value in That Column?

Excel question (debt management/budgeting): what formula gets me the first instance of something in a row, and then how I can pull the date from the top of that column? More inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Moving to Fairfax, VA. Looking for an apartment where we won't get knifed or offered crack.

Moving to Fairfax, VA. Looking for an apartment where we won't get knifed or offered crack. [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey on Jun 22, 2011 - 19 answers

How much does animation cost to produce?

How much does modern (non-CG) animation cost to produce? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer on Jun 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Go with the (cash) flow

I would like to live as cheaply as possible, please! [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas on Jun 15, 2011 - 55 answers

Making a budget

I'd like to make a budget, electronically, and track my expenditure. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jun 12, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I remain calm, focused and accurate when dealing with personal finances?

How can I get more organized about money and more on top of my budget when my brain freezes up at the sight of bills and bank statements? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Jun 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Mo muscle, no funds

I need protein. I have just started (re-started) weight training and I have very limited funds, but I cannot afford lean steak or chicken or fish. I have some protein powder and can afford chicken thigh meat, canned tuna and any amount of pulses. Which is best? I'm trying to build lean muscle. [more inside]
posted by evil_esto on May 28, 2011 - 29 answers

How can I make my curly hair fabulous for cheap (and how do I embrace it)?

Hair Filter: Help a grad student living frugally to make her curly hair fabulous. Moral support for going curly would also be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on May 26, 2011 - 41 answers

Table for one please

Planning a vacation for one. Something within driving distance of my home. Something relaxing, interesting, surrounded by nature and quiet. Wouldn't mind a place that offers up meditation classes perhaps massages etc. I live in Iowa again prefer nature setting but am willing to travel. Anybody know of something in this area that fits that description? [more inside]
posted by gypseefire on May 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Please help me navigate the waters of fashion in the artsy west coast city office!

I am a 22-year-old female who has just been informed that I have received a prestigious arts and culture internship in my Western U.S. city's government. This is my first real job, and I'm perplexed about what clothes to buy for a professional, yet comfortable summer wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by gothchick33 on May 19, 2011 - 12 answers

How do you judge if you can afford something?

How do you judge if you can afford something? [more inside]
posted by matthewr on May 19, 2011 - 23 answers

Engineering has failed me.

Help me think of essay topics relating to the national debt! [more inside]
posted by masterscruffy on May 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Questions about Cuban Cash

Tips on tipping in Cuba, please! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 3, 2011 - 10 answers

Free alternative to MyFoodDiary.com?

Friend is trying to cut costs in her budget. Does anyone know a website that's as comprehensive and easy-to-use as MyFoodDiary.com, but doesn't cost $9 a month? [more inside]
posted by ®@ on Apr 28, 2011 - 17 answers

Should I study in London, even if I can't afford it?

Should I study abroad when finances and my gut are telling me no, but everyone else is telling me yes? (Lots inside. Yes, I'm going to talk to the financial aid office and a therapist.) [more inside]
posted by Judith Butlerian Jihad on Apr 22, 2011 - 33 answers

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