food and drink

The average household spends roughly 13% of their budget on food costs. Dining out too much or overspending on food and drink can hinder your ability to maintain a balanced budget. You may not think eating lunch out every day at the office or getting your morning coffee fix is costing you, but those added transactions really add up. Here’s how to keep food costs under control.

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4 Easy Ways to Save Time and Money at the Drive-Thru

September 22, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Want your order fast and right? See how it’s done

Enjoy non-GMO food.

14 Easy Ways to Create an Emergency Food Stockpile

September 20, 2016 | Money Talks News

Start small if you need to, but start building your stockpile now.

Why do Asians like grocery shopping so much? Different strokes for different folks...

7 Clever Ways to Save Money at Sam’s Club

June 21, 2016 | Money Talks News

Here is a set of simple ways to stretch a dollar and make sure you’re getting a deal.

By the numbers: millions and billions

FOMO Plays a Huge Role in Millennial Spending

June 21, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

How the fear of missing out effects this generation

Why do Asians like grocery shopping so much? Different strokes for different folks...

21 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer

April 26, 2016 | Money Talks News

A few simple moves can extend the life of bananas, tomatoes, bread, milk, and many other items.


6 Ways to Make Cheap Foods Taste Delicious

February 16, 2016 | Money Talks News

Bargain foods are only a good deal if you are willing to eat them. Here’s how to give them a flavor boost.


Being In Debt And Having A Social Life

January 7, 2016 |

You don’t have to live like a hermit while you conquer your debts.

food smart

Dvorkin On Debt: No Free Lunch

November 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

However, cheap lunches abound. So do other easy ways to save money and get out of debt.

national donut day 2015

Free Donuts This Friday!

June 4, 2015 | Karla Bowsher

It’s National Donut Day, so here’s your ultimate guide to sugary gratis goodies.

flesh and bone

By The Numbers: Flesh And Bone

February 20, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

This week: Figures about your figure.

Save money on groceries

Ask The Expert: How To Save Money On Groceries

January 7, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to pay off her debts with money she saves on food, but the grocery store intimidates her.

Community supported agriculture

3 Things You Can Learn From Community Supported Agriculture

December 4, 2014 | George Chidi

A subscription for fresh, local veggies can save you in the short term and the long term. Here’s how.

Worst small appliances

5 worst small appliances that waste your $$$

November 11, 2014 | Meghan Stewart

Save your cash and counter space by avoiding these absolutely useless appliances.

The top small appliances

The 5 top small appliances worth your cash

November 10, 2014 | Meghan Stewart

The right appliances save time and money, but what does a frugal foodie really need in the kitchen?

Identity theft at restaurants

Your Waiter Might Be An Identity Thief

October 27, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

No stats are available, but our research shows dining out makes you a prime target. Here’s how to protect yourself.

DIY Popcorn

4 fun facts and recipes for National Popcorn Month

October 20, 2014 | Jess Miller

October is National Popcorn Poppin Month. Find out why Americans eat more than 17 billion quarts per year.

Stop calling them secret menus

There’s no such thing as a secret menu

October 13, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Everybody’s talking about them again, but you shouldn’t care. Here are six reasons why.


How you think about money can make you rich — or broke

October 2, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

A new PBS documentary about the psychology of spending translates neuroeconomics into plain English

Endless shrimp await, if you remember to ask

Why you should eat at Red Lobster this month

October 2, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

A new PBS documentary about the psychology of spending translates neuroeconomics into plain English

Gender and food

Buffalo wings or edamame?

September 30, 2014 | Jess Miller

Your takeout preferences may be determined by your gender.

national coffee day

What would you give up for your morning mocha?

September 29, 2014 | Jess Miller

Today is National Coffee Day, in which 83 percent of adult Americans celebrate their favorite beverage.

Around the web

This week around the web

September 26, 2014 | Jess Miller

Creative ways to save on food, tuition costs, and dating.

by the numbers

By the numbers: Beer, deer, and fear

September 18, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

This week: What it costs to run into a deer and obey the government, among other things.

Should you be buying groceries online?

How to buy groceries online the right way

September 16, 2014 | Angela Colley

Only a fraction of shoppers buy groceries online, but that’s growing. Here’s how to save money and eat right.

Around the web

This week around the web

September 5, 2014 | Jess Miller

Avoiding campus credit cards, why butter prices are going up, and the unconventional way one woman plans to pay for her daughters’ college education.

Chicken consumption is up, and so are men's life insurance prices

This week’s Debt Report: men, women, tech

July 25, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Maybe they should call it Wi-Fly. And maybe everything should be priced like chicken, too.

Where to buy American for the 4th

How to have an all-American Fourth of July

July 1, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Don’t fly flags or eat meat from another country for Independence Day. Here’s how to buy American.

Today's Money Monday: Where to get alcohol at Disney World.

How to drink like an adult at Disney World

June 16, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

In EPCOT, you can eat gourmet, drink top-shelf, and not blow your budget.


Is mead worth the money?

May 28, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here’s the buzz on the newest, oldest alcoholic beverage that’s making a comeback.

Memorial day

Happy Memorial Day! Now sit down and shut up!

May 26, 2014 | Monica Victor

Going out to eat on this holiday? Here’s what you’ll face…

You can grow your own food no matter where you live.

5 simple steps to growing your own food

May 1, 2014 | Angela Colley

You don’t have to possess a green thumb or spend hours getting dirt under your fingernails.

Here's how to save on drinks, whether it's wine, beer, or spirits.

How to imbibe at the bar without going broke

April 14, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here are 5 tips for saving while drinking — from a New Orleans bartender.

Day 263 - Lunch At My Desk

Are hour lunch breaks a thing of the past?

April 10, 2014 | Andrea Richard

Occupy lunch room: You won’t want to skip lunch when you learn why not to.

Saison was one of the best restaurants of 2013.

4 tasty lessons you can learn from America’s best restaurants

January 13, 2014 | Dylan Bouscher

Some of the best restaurants cook food in old bank vaults, others have no walls between the kitchen and customers. But how much will dinner cost?

Happy Thanksgivukkah.

Thanksgivukkah: Shaking up holiday meal traditions on a budget

November 20, 2013 | Brian Bienkowski

It’s amazing what you can cook on a budget when the Thanksgiving holiday meets Hanukkah to create the once-in-a-lifetime holiday named “Thanksgivukkah. Try to mix and match the great tastes from each holiday to create unique dishes that won’t run up your grocery bill.

Specialty foods are becoming more affordable.

The best ways to buy specialty foods

October 29, 2013 | Brian Bienkowski

Specialty foods are becoming more popular for all generations, and even for people on a budget. From chocolates, to cheeses, from buying at farm markets to ordering wonderful foods on your smart phone — find out how to create a memorable meal at home and join in on the culinary fun.

Enjoy non-GMO food.

Building an affordable, natural food budget for Non-GMO Month

October 25, 2013 | Meghan Stewart

October is non-GMO month, which means there’s a big push now to go all-natural with your family meal plans. But given how expensive, certified organic and all-natural foods are, is it really possible to build an all-natural non-GMO menu without modifying your budget?

Craft beer is becoming more popular, and isn't as expensive as you think.

More craft beer for the buck

October 16, 2013 | Brian Bienkowski

Craft beer brings better taste and big savings when you know where and how to look for the right brew. our resident craft beer expert Brian Bienkowski breaks it down and tells you how to get the best beers without breaking the bank.