California’s total budgetary shortfall is astounding, but that is also the country’s biggest state. In this infographic, we put things in perspective: in addition to calculating each state’s shortfall as a percentage of its budget for fiscal year 2011, we also calculate shortfalls on a per-capita basis. The results may surprise you.
Getting fit and improving one’s finances are two of the most common New Year’s resolutions: yet they often seem mutually exclusive. Fitting a personal trainer into a tight budget isn’t easy (though not impossible), and even gym membership fees often end up in the “wasted money” category as we tend to slack off and visit the gym less and less often as the year progresses. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Here are six inexpensive winter workout tips.
In itself, Mint.com is a thorough budget calculator, looking at all of your actual expenses and income and giving you comparisons to allocated budget amounts. But sometimes you just want to run a few hypotheticals based on a potential income or expense increases or decreases as the result of a future event. Or maybe you just want to drill into a very specific situation. That’s where the 10 quick and easy budgeting calculators we’ve outlined below can come in handy.
Last July, we examined the California budget crisis, explaining the state’s massive $26.3 billion budget deficit as a result of borrowing against anticipated future revenue to meet current budget requirements. Today, we look at the fallout of that decision and what it means for Californians.
Unless you’re a real wine aficionado, you probably lack the confidence to know which of those bottles of wine on-sale at the local BevMo are a bargain and which deserve the appellation, two-buck-chuck. That’s why we’ve asked two Master Sommeliers to suggest some wines that can stand-in for more well-known (and expensive) bottles. With the right attitude and our handy chart, you’ll upgrade your wine cred, impress your guests, and save money.
Less is always more right? Not so fast. When budgeting for medium-term expenses like vacation, car repair, furniture, and holiday spending, having lots of bank accounts can work better. And the web makes it easy.
December means fuller social calendars, fuller bellies, and, for most of us, emptier wallets. You’d probably love to have a festive party, but the impending financial stress of such an event may numb the joy, or dissuade you from throwing something altogether. We’ve asked two of the country’s most accomplished professional party planners their tricks to throwing a successful bash without painful monetary investment.
Just because the economy is tanking, doesn’t mean the party is over. Entertaining at home is less expensive than you might think. These simple money saving tips will help you throw a great party for less than you’d spend on a big night on the town.
Like many US households, the US government also spends more than it earns. Whether this is an extension of its electorate or the setting of a bad example, the country as a whole is in worse shape than the sum of its parts. Let’s put the US debt in perspective by visualizing it on a more personal level.