We take modern grocery stores for granted without realizing how drastically they've evolved in the last century. There weren't always supermarket giants, and dashing to the grocery store was an entirely different experience.
You've probably heard "you are what you eat" more times than you can count. Well, what if the only thing you had access to eat were unhealthy, processed foods that eventually led to chronic illness? For 23.5 million people living in food deserts, this is a nauseating reality.
Food in America is big business, and since we all have to eat, it sits right in the "needs" column of every budget. Understanding the economics of food and how it affects our daily lives can help us regain control of our choices.
The federal government spends billions to feed Americans with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
One-hundred-fifty years ago, 90% of the U.S. population was farmers, and local food wasn't a movement but how you survived. Now, it's a movement that asks us to consider where our food comes from and how it got here.
It may seem counterintuitive, but you can save money on your wedding by having a destination event. My fiancé and I learned this when we chose to have our wedding in Maui in September. How? These five steps can help you keep the budget lower than a hometown celebration:
As someone living on a tight post-college budget, I'd like to think that I'm good at stopping myself from spending when I shouldn't. However, there are days when my resolve is weak and I rationalize buying an overpriced coffee drink or a pair of boots very similar to ones I already own (because I need to have different colors). Usually my rationalization holds up just long enough for me to make an unnecessary purchase, at which point it evaporates and I'm left questioning my spending habits.
Besides being a unique experience, camping is a great way to save money while traveling. I have to admit that I wasn’t always an avid camper. But while trying to find ways to save money on lodging, I discovered how helpful camping really is.
Where to go
Before you start looking for a place to camp, determine what you’re looking for. What type of activities would you like to do? Do you want a secure campground?
Before signing the lease to that amazing new apartment you discovered, there are many things you need to learn about your potential home that can affect your finances ¬– and your quality of life. Consider these questions to ask your potential new landlord before you sign the lease:
How much is rent, and what does that include? Sometimes certain utilities are included in the rent or other fees.