General: Saving

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.

4-Week Holiday Savings Plan

Use these week-by-week ideas to minimize the damage to your bank account.

Save on Baggage Fees on Your Return Flight    

If you’re among the thousands traveling this holiday season, use these simple tips to make sure you reach your destination without getting hit with costly baggage fees.

How to Make the Holidays More Affordable

Don’t let money worries ruin your reindeer games. Here, insiders go off the record to spill their best-kept secrets for an affordable holiday season.

Inexpensive Ideas for Party Food

Don’t let sky-high food-and-drink bills crash your party. These affordable strategies let you scrimp without looking like Scrooge.

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.