budget

How to Stay Stylish on a Budget

With the holidays fast approaching, the beginning of October is the time of year that my two older brothers start calling while inside a suburban…

Can Expensive Budgeting Apps Really Help Pull You Out of Debt?

When I first moved to Chicago, jobless and in debt, I opted to take advantage of my charitable friends by sleeping on their back porch…

My Friend Eats Off the Kids’ Menu to Save Money. Is He Insane?

Sam Dworkin, MEL’s senior designer, is a 27-year-old man who makes his own money, pays his own rent and sure as hell does his own…

Dining Out Is Just About the Worst Thing You Can Do to Your Finances

One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll get from personal finance experts is to eat out less. By cooking at home, you almost…