How We Got Rid of Cable (And What We Watch Instead)

Nationwide, the average pay cable bill (not including internet and phone service) was $86 in 2011. It's expected to reach $123 by 2015, according to estimates by the NPD Group. That's well over $1000 a year on something that -- at least … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Make Hosting Shabbat Meals More Affordable

Over the weekend, I received a great question about how to budget for the expense of hosting Shabbat meals. I recently started reviewing your blog and I'm totally inspired. My husband and I are hitting rough times at the moment and when we sat down … [Read more...]

How Using Sink Funds Can Break the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle

For years, my husband and I lived paycheck to paycheck. Then life happened, and we started living credit card bill to credit card bill. The way we climbed our way out of that cycle is a long story, but if I had to pick the one turning point, I'd say … [Read more...]

How to Restock Your Fridge & Freezer After a Power Outage (On a Budget)

Whether your power went out because of a natural disaster, or you find yourself moving across country and need to start over with an empty fridge, here is my advice for how to restock on a budget. Tip #1: Make a List of What You Had When you … [Read more...]

How to Save Money with the SavingStar App

Smart phones are the hottest way to save money right now. Personally, I'm loving all these new money-saving apps, because they make it so easy to save. One of these apps that I've been using lately is SavingStar. SavingStar started out as a … [Read more...]

How to Stop Having a Car Loan

Car loans are pretty much a way of life in America. According to CNW Marketing Research, 70.5 percent of people finance their cars. Seven out of ten. Of the remaining 29.5%, 18.5% lease them and 11% pay cash up front. So, seriously, when I … [Read more...]

Price Books 101 & Free Printables

I'm not a super brand loyal person, but if I'm not making my own tomato sauce, I really prefer Newman's Own Marinara sauce. Yes, I'll use Barilla - or something else, if I've got a coupon. But Newman's Own tastes the best to me. Great, but what … [Read more...]

The #1 Tip for Avoiding Debt: Start With What You Have, Not What You Need

I often get emails from readers, who are looking for advice on getting out of debt. I love these emails, because it means that people are connecting and looking for solutions. Almost every email I receive shares a common thread: "How can we make it … [Read more...]

Open an Online Savings Account to Set Up Your Sink Funds (+ Reflections on the New Capital One 360)

This post contains my referral links, which helps to support Kosher on a Budget. For more information, see my disclosure policy. You've heard me sing the praises of our online savings accounts for keeping our sink funds (and emergency fund) separate … [Read more...]

Do You Have More Time than Money? Or More Money than Time?

Remember when I mentioned that we'd been thinking about hiring someone to mow our lawn? Well, we did it. And I must admit that for a frugal-to-a-fault gal, it feels pretty weird to be paying a guy to do something we are perfectly capable of doing … [Read more...]