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What's a reasonable clothing budget?

How much is reasonable to spend on clothing each month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2010 - 68 answers

So what about Mint?

I like Mint.com and I want to use it. My wife, she disagrees. This has caused some consternation. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Nov 10, 2010 - 45 answers

Help broke students enjoy Hawaii on a budget

We're a couple in our mid-20s, both college students, who will be staying in Waikiki for a week with a budget. Ideas and tips needed. [more inside]
posted by asciident on Nov 9, 2010 - 16 answers


How do you temper or tone down your entertainment/recreation spending? [more inside]
posted by Small Pockets on Nov 9, 2010 - 21 answers

Calorie counter for my wallet

I'd love to get a handle on my money the same way I'm getting a handle on my eating. I've been using Fatsecret and its corresponding Android app for several weeks now to lose weight...and it's working! I think the reasons it works for me are A) it forces me to eat consciously; I know I will be entering the calories, so instead of scarfing eight cookies, I'm counting so I can enter the right amount in Fatsecret later, B) It's simple (takes only a moment to choose a food, dropdown menu for portion, barcode scanner/can enter food anywhere with app; I don't have to think about when, what, how often to eat), C) It's almost like a game (Hey, only 74% of allotted calories today! Woo!) I want something like that for money. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers


In balancing my budget, I found that I have, while not champagne tastes, microbrew tastes on a PBR budget. Help me brainstorm ways to drink on the cheap! [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Oct 25, 2010 - 26 answers

How to wean my wife off therapy?

How can I wean my wife off of visiting her therapist? We are in the second year of our marriage, and having the typical disagreements about money. My wife started visiting a therapist nearly a year ago, shortly after the death of her father. I don't ask much about her therapy, but my impression is that she discusses everything under the sun. cont'd... [more inside]
posted by reuscam on Oct 22, 2010 - 152 answers

I'm self-employed, and looking for a formula for dividing up my income.

I'm self-employed, and looking for a formula for dividing up my income. I am currently in the UK, and just about to file my first tax return since I've been here. Once I know what tax will actually cost me in this country, I would really like to have a sense of where the rest of my money should go. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Oct 18, 2010 - 2 answers

When should I go where in Europe?

Help me itinerary plan for 4 European vacations! What to see when in the fall and winter [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on Oct 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Hotel Hershey, not gonna happen

I'm looking for a cheap, decent hotel/motel in the Hershey/Harrisburg around Halloween. [more inside]
posted by Camofrog on Oct 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Cheap, decent movie projector?

Cheap projector question for probably the millionth time on the green: Can somebody recommend a sub-$450 projector for watching movies at home? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Sep 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me get what I need from my live-in boyfriend!

My boyfriend and I have been living together officially for about 4 months, and our relationship is only about 8 months old altogether. It's worked out fine for the most part, but now we're moving to a new place and I'm about to reach the end of my rapidly-fraying financial patience rope. (advance apologies for length) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2010 - 25 answers

I need suggestions for Mac budgeting software.

What is the best budgeting software for a Mac that I can sync with an iPhone? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Sep 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Broke, but not a hermit

How can I get out and meet people with -zero- financial cost? [more inside]
posted by frwagon on Sep 11, 2010 - 10 answers

How to set up a montly spending budget as self-employed?

Self-employed types with variable monthly incomes: how do you set up and stick to a monthly spending budget? [more inside]
posted by El Curioso on Aug 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Looking for a program that will track deposits and expenses

Looking for software or an app that will allow me to track expenses via SMS, but that will also allow me to track how much money is left in my account. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Aug 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Kauai in a week!

Looking for non-lonelyplanet activities to do in early October in Kauai. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Moving cross-country. No new address. No money... Yikes!

My girlfriend and I are shipping all non fixtures from our 1 bedroom apartment across the country. We will not have a new address until after we move. What is the best way to ship everything? [more inside]
posted by 1awesomeguy on Aug 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Send them back to school. Can't think anymore.

Please help me come up with a reasonable comprehensive list for back-to-school wardrobe requirements for 16 year old boy, and 13 and 12 year old girls, living in New England and doing their laundry once a week. [more inside]
posted by maloon on Aug 10, 2010 - 12 answers

What do people spend money on, in the real world?

I'm living and working in the "real world" for the first time, namely Manhattan. Help me figure out my budget, and thus how much I should spend on rent. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Aug 7, 2010 - 24 answers

Can we be happy without an entertainment line item in our budget?

Can we be happy without an entertainment line item in our budget? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple on Aug 3, 2010 - 22 answers

Vacation destination in the caribbean/mexico on budget

Looking for all inclusive caribbean/mexico vacation on a budget of 2000 CAD in a good hotel [more inside]
posted by victorashul on Jul 20, 2010 - 8 answers

Cheap & Relaxing European Vacation

Cheap, relaxing 5 day vacation in Europe, preferably by a body of water. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by kms on Jul 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Help for a first time international traveler

I'm considering taking an international vacation next summer. I've never been outside of North America and I have very little disposable income. Besides saving and obtaining a passport, what can I do in the next year to prepare? Is there anything I can do now or soon that will make my trip less expensive? What are some great budget travel locations? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Jul 18, 2010 - 17 answers

Where should I go in August?

I have a little under a month off, starting the first week of August. I plan to use it to do some (relatively) low-budget world traveling. I'm 28 year old guy in grad school and I haven't been many places, so everywhere is an option. What's my best bet this time of year? [more inside]
posted by decoherence on Jul 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Farewell, meat and fish, hello vegetables!

Going to be vegetarian by necessity soon. Teach me cheap and amazing recipes! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Jul 8, 2010 - 28 answers

How can I make epic treasure on a budget?

The world is boring. It needs more buried treasure. What things could I bury as treasure - things with great and lasting value, yet could be obtained cheaply? (Eg, a spirits/wine chest could be inexpensive to buy, but eventually become a treasure worth finding after enough years have passed. Superstar backstage passes are useless as treasure (they expire), but are an example of something of great value that doesn't cost much money to obtain - if you can find a way to obtain them.) How can I assemble epic genuine treasure on a budget? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Jul 3, 2010 - 19 answers

Cheap Mental Health Help in Denver

Can anyone recommend a good mental health professional or clinic in the Denver area that works on a sliding scale? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Buy a cake Alice, make sure it has our logo

Corporate Budget Transparency: Long standing difference in management style. Would love to settle a bet. Manage big spend via exception or line item? Is there a demonstrative impact to employees either way? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jun 14, 2010 - 4 answers

Walking around town with a bag of gold

i want a medieval-style leather coin bag which I will fill with Sacajawea dollars every month as a way to help me keep on budget. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jun 13, 2010 - 26 answers

Help me find budget software that thinks of the future.

I'm looking to replace my budget spreadsheet with a preferably free and definitely offline piece of software. I'm picky though, and the handful of programs I tried all lacked one very important feature. [more inside]
posted by waxboy on Jun 6, 2010 - 10 answers

What is the best/cheapest way to move from Toronto to Alabama?

What is the best/cheapest way to move from Toronto to Alabama? [more inside]
posted by skwt on May 29, 2010 - 17 answers

Rome Alone

I plan to visit Rome during the end of June primarily for a wedding and to meet up with an ex-girlfriend. I am on a very tight budget and with about 4 days alone, I would like to use the time to partake in some interesting (albeit cheap) activities. I plan on staying at Hotel Taormina due to it's location and reasonable price (43 GBP a night) although I'll take suggestions. Cheap watering holes relative to the hotel and advice on getting from Ciampino airport to the hotel (or one you suggest) would be helpful. Grazie.
posted by asharchist on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

I decided that I needed less. not. more.

What have you given up that you haven't missed? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on May 15, 2010 - 140 answers

I want to be like a squirrel putting away nuts for the winter.

Twenty-something Canadian girl would like some financial and investing advice. [more inside]
posted by catburger on May 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Where can I get my hair cut cheaply, yet stylishly, in NYC?

I am in NYC and would like to get my hair cut. I do not want to pay the GDP of a small country for it. Where can I, a woman with long hair, find a good stylist who listens, knows how to adapt a style to fit a face, and above all, isn't expensive? [more inside]
posted by cmgonzalez on May 1, 2010 - 16 answers

Quicken and Mint - The best of both worlds

Please help me find financial management software that both (1) keeps data in sync when used on multiple devices and, (2) works offline. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Apr 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Where can a teacher take a group of 13 to eat in NYC?

Where are some good, fun, and affordable places to take a group of preteens to eat in NYC? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Apr 14, 2010 - 13 answers

Unexpected expenses of property purchase and ownership

Long time renter, first time buyer. What am I forgetting to budget for? When you bought a house, what expenses took you by surprise? How much of a cash and credit reserve should I keep available for the first six months? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Apr 12, 2010 - 23 answers

How can I improve my (East Coast) Chinese take-out?

How can I improve my (East Coast) Chinese take-out? [more inside]
posted by sshelato on Apr 10, 2010 - 11 answers

It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking. Irish Proverb

Shoe Filter. Cute, affordable, and comfortable. I'm not willing to pick only two. Metafilter, I want to be cute and summery this summer, and my small shoe wardrobe does not support that. Also, I am a special snowflake with slightly weird feet. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 6, 2010 - 31 answers

Zappity doo dah

I have Duke Energy for my electric utility. They offer "budget billing". Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Apr 5, 2010 - 11 answers

Film Production Expense Report Suggestions?

What's a good tool for keeping track of expenses on a film production? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman on Mar 25, 2010 - 2 answers

My Military Industrial Complex

Help me get my head around the rationale or philosophy behind the budget for the U.S. Department of Defense. According to my rough numbers, it is more than 10 times that of the Department of Education. What is the justification / business case? Jobs? DARPA? China? I don't get it. Please enlighten me.
posted by jasondigitized on Mar 8, 2010 - 42 answers

Japan accomodations

I need help for a two week rental of a furnished room for a couple near Shimbashi station or Akihabara in Tokyo. Rental budget is 60000~100000yen for us combined. I've looked at the gaijin guest house links, but they seem to be out of our price range with linen and cleaning fees. Any advice?
posted by ayc200 on Mar 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Attention Norwegians! Norway on the Cheap? (Yes, That's cRaZy!)

Six weeks in Norway, (next to) no money, and a 13yo travel companion. How do we see the most educational/enjoyable things in and around Oslo without me having to sell him to a traveling Russian circus by week three? [more inside]
posted by RedEmma on Feb 28, 2010 - 10 answers

Need cheap moving alternative in Brooklyn

Moving truck rentals in Brooklyn area? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Feb 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Get me out of my comfort zone - at least a little ways...

Travelfilter: what country/region should I visit next? I have a week or so for a trip that I would like to take sometime this spring. I'll be traveling alone and I want to keep it to a relatively tight budget. [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Jan 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Best Speakers on a tiny budget.

Best HiFi experience for <=100€. [more inside]
posted by kall on Jan 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Big party. Small budget.

I'm organizing a monthly event where I will be feeding appetizers to up to 100 people. I'm a good cook, who will have much of the food pre-prepared. Unfortunately, I have a negligible budget. I need what is prepared to be tasty and diverse crowd pleasers, using ingredients that are as inexpensive as possible -- possibly available in bulk -- while still containing some protein. Carbs should be fairly healthy, unrefined, inexpensive ones. There can be some items made with flour, but not to excess. There will also need to be vegetarian dishes. Extra points for food that can be frozen and prepared as needed. I am a good cook, have a wide variety of spices, etc., rice for basmati and sushi. I also have good access to Indian, Asian, and Mexican supermarkets. I'm fine with doing extensive cooking in advance, so long as what I have is both affordable and easy-to-serve on the night of the event. Any ideas / recipes?
posted by markkraft on Jan 12, 2010 - 27 answers

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