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How to Keep From Overspending on Your Restaurant Budget

Let’s play a little game of truth or dare.

First up, truth: In what area of the budget are you most likely to overspend?

Pretty sure we can all answer that one together: food—especially restaurants. Going out to eat has a way of burning through money like no other expense. After all, we have to eat.

Of course, when we’re hoping to reach our big money goals—like saving for a dream vacation or paying off debt or buying a new home—busting the restaurant budget ends up being a real bummer in the long run.

Which brings us to the dare portion of our game. We dare you to take action. We dare you to save more money by sticking to your restaurant budget for the next three months. Don’t worry—we’re here to help with five easy ways to stay on track.

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

When it comes to food, you might feel like you have two choices: you can eat foods that are inexpensive or you can eat foods that are healthy. You can save money or you can watch your waistline. You can eat like a pauper and live like a king, or you can eat like a king and live like a pauper.

Did you know you don’t have to choose? With a little extra know-how, you can eat a healthy diet on a budget!

And, listen, we get it. Adulting is hard. You have enough on your plate without also trying to maintain a balanced budget and diet. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to enjoy healthy, affordable meals at home without adding to your workload.

To make the most of your budget without sacrificing your diet, think of creating healthy, affordable meals as a three-step process: planning, purchasing and preparing. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best tips for eating well on a budget. Each step plays an important role, and all contribute to the final result: a healthier, happier you. Bon appétit!

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Save Money on Groceries This Fall With These 5 Budget Tips

With the arrival of the brightly colored autumn leaves and cooler temperatures, it’s time to shake up your grocery list. Summer produce is coming to an end, and you can officially start eating all those pumpkin-flavored treats you’ve been dreaming about for weeks.

But before you dive headfirst into fall, check out these five coupon-free budget tips to save money on groceries—and keep your belly full.

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9 Easy Tweaks to Make to Your Grocery Budget (Summer Edition!)

9 Easy Tweaks to Make to Your Grocery Budget (Summer Edition!)

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with the grocery store.

We love having food in our fridge, but we hate figuring out what to cook, shopping for all the ingredients, and handing over our hard-earned cash each week. But we’ve all got to eat!

So how can you save more time and money on this necessary task?

While there’s no magic number for how much your grocery budget should be (that varies based on family size and income), there are some easy ways to keep your family fed for less. Especially during the summer months when fresh fruits and veggies are on sale!

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10 Items You Should Buy Generic

10 Items You Should Buy Generic

Sometimes it’s worth paying a higher price for a name-brand product. Maybe you like the taste of a particular food or you want a certain brand of baby diapers—we totally get that.

But what about those items you hardly think about, like trash bags or sugar? You could save a hefty amount, possibly to 20–30%, by purchasing the generic version instead. You probably won’t even notice a difference in your daily routine. Plus, that extra money can make a big impact on your budget.

Sound too good to be true? It’s not, and here are 10 ways we can prove it to you. Next time you go shopping, look for the generic versions of these items.

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