Household Budget

Being a smart money manager will carry you through good financial times and more importantly help you weather the bad times. Here's everything you need to know about building a household budget, covering monthly expenses, and saving for rainy days.

4 Things I Do to Keep Our Grocery Budget at $200 a Month for a Family of Four

Think it's impossible to feed your family on a grocery budget -- toiletries and cleaning supplies included -- of just $200 a month? Think again! Here are some tips on how you and your family can significantly cut your spending.

Parents-to-Be Severely Underestimate the First-Year Cost of Raising a Baby

Turns out there's a big difference in the actual cost of raising a child in the first year versus how much parents-to-be think it will cost.

New Mexico Becomes First State to Outlaw School 'Lunch Shaming'

It's about time schools stopped humiliating kids for not having lunch money. New Mexico is the first state to enact a law against the practice, and we hope others follow suit.

How to Save Money at the Grocery Store with Coupons

Don't toss those coupons and circulars-they can help save you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year! Learn how to coupon like a pro (and save money on groceries!) with these expert tips.

You Won't Believe How This Single Mom Spent Her $5400 Tax Return

The internet is loving this mom-of-two's message about how she's spending her tax refund.

Online Coupon Resources for Moms

If you don't have time to flip through newspaper inserts or scroll through hundreds of printable online coupons each week, there's an easier way to shop smart. Sign on to these online couponing resources, and savings are just a click away!

The Price of Parenthood: An Exclusive Family Finances Survey

Raising a kid takes more than patience; it takes a ton of cash, too. Our exclusive survey uncovers how young families are footing the bill--and what you can do to stay on budget, defeat debt, and feel financially secure.

Personal Finance Checklist: 10 Things to Do Now

For the past year, our Moms Money Clinic column has helped you face your finances one step at a time. Now we're down to the finish line. End strong!

Smart Couponing Tips

Who says you need to spend hours clipping, counting, and calculating to find major deals and savings? We've got smart, money saving shopping secrets for even the busiest moms.

Is Couponing Really Worth It?

Trolling for discounts can save your family money, but it's not for everyone. If you don't have the time, space, buying habits, or inclination, the couponing process will cause more headaches than it is worth. Take our quiz to see whether you're better off clipping -- or skipping.

Moms Money Clinic: How to Stick to a Budget

There's no need to dread making (and sticking to) a budget. Take control of your finances to make life less stressful.

How to Save Money on Groceries

American families spend about $140 a week on groceries. Learn how to save more with these expert tips, from skipping aisles where you don't plan to buy to stocking up when foods are on sale.

Tame Your Budget

If you knew how easy it was to set up a spending plan, you wouldn't avoid doing it for even one more day.

How to Reduce Food Waste and Save Big

Most American families throw away $1,600 every year, and it's literally rotting in the garbage can in the form of food waste. If you're watching your grocery budget (and who isn't?), reducing food waste is an easy way to save some dough, and help the environment to boot.

Car Negotiation Tips

Get advice on the best ways to prepare for car negotiations, whether you're buying used or new.

How the Proposed SNAP Changes Could Affect Parents

Millions of families in the U.S. rely on SNAP to help them put food on the table. How will the proposed changes to the program impact them?

How to Buy Baby Food on a Budget

Deals on baby food are easy to find if you know where to look. Here are ways to save.