Planning

A Routine Car Maintenance Schedule

Follow this simple schedule to keep up your car’s maintenance and keep yourself safe on the road.

Money-Saving Holiday Survival Guide

Best days to shop, affordable entertaining ideas, budget travel tips, and more money-saving advice for getting through the holidays with your wallet—and your sanity—intact.

3 Ways to Break Bad Holiday Shopping Habits

’Tis the season of temptations. No wonder you end up busting your budget every December. Learn how to resist your worst buying habits and your favorite retailers’ enticements, from free hot chocolate to, yes, even “Jingle Bell Rock.”    

Sneaky Christmas and Holiday Shopping Tips

How merchants get you to (over)spend on holiday gifts.

5 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans

One thing you never learned in school: how to pay for it. In part two of Real Simple’s get-out-of-debt series, educate yourself on the best ways to reduce, or eliminate, college debt.

10 Ways Color Affects Your Spending

Find out which colors are subconsciously associated with certain feelings, and how that affects how much you spend at the mall.

How to Survive When Life Gets Pricey

Multiple kids in preschool, a new house with rooms to fill, friends all getting married or turning 50—there are whole life stages when your expenses feel insurmountable. Don’t charge them. Instead, follow these money-stretching strategies so you can enjoy what you’ve got going on.

5 Strategies to Eliminate Debt    

Weighed down by credit-card bills? In part three of Real Simple’s get-out-of-debt series, learn insider strategies for zeroing out even a sky-high balance. You owe it to yourself.

Saving and Budgeting Basics

Learn how to cut expenses and save more than you spend.
 

How to Avoid Common Scams

Learn how to avoid the most common swindles—from high-tech password theft to low-tech door-to-door hustles.