Easy Money

Tips for simplifying your finances

15 Fun & Free things to do in New Orleans!

If the Big Easy is one of your dream destinations, don’t worry, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have an amazing vacation when you’ve got this list of 15 Fun & Free Things to Do in New Orleans!  This city is so vibrant and has so much history and culture in it, no matter what you’re interested in you’re likely to find something you enjoy.   The best time to visit New Orleans is between February and May because the weather is likely to be the most comfortable then. If you want to enjoy all the Mardi Gras festivities then go between February and whenever Fat Tuesday falls, usually around the first week of March. Want fewer crowds, lower hotel prices, and less craziness? December and January are great months to visit.   If you’d like a packing list to make your…

40 Fun and Free Things to Do in New York City!

New York City ranks as THE most expensive city in the U.S. Rent in Manhattan (the most expensive borough) averages $3783/month, median home price 1.26 million. Grocery costs are 28-39% higher than the national average depending on the borough you are shopping in and restaurant prices are about 50% higher than the national average.   Does that mean that the budget minded guy or gal should wipe NYC off her list of travel destinations this year? Absolutely NOT!  There are plenty of awesome fun and free things to do in NYC!  Want a printable packing list to make getting ready for your trip easier? There’s a link at the end of this post that will take you to one. MUSEUMS!   OMG! New York has some of the most amazing museums. And not just art museums, either, but we’ll start with those because they are…

15 Fun and Free things to Do in Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and gambling. There’s lots of money flying around all over this town. But as with so many other things, you don’t have to spend a bunch of money to get a lot of enjoyment and value out of your Las Vegas Vacation. If you’re trying to trim your budget and spend less, there’s still a lot you can do in Vegas for FREE!  The Casinos The casinos are full of gaming tables, slot machines, fancy hotel suites, spa treatments and restaurants where you can spend all the money you have (and they’d love for you to do so).  But several casinos also have some very cool free things you can stop by and enjoy.  Want to make packing for your Las Vegas trip easier? You can grab a free printable packing list at the…

 Money Basics – 11 Ways to Grow your Emergency Fund 

Sometimes you have a little emergency and it really helps to have a stash of money in your emergency fund to pay an unexpected bill.  Our refrigerator died a couple of months ago, may it rest in peace. There wasn’t much warning. One night I noticed was that the ice cream didn’t seem quite as hard as usual, but the next night it was normal. I thought maybe we had just not quite shut the door tight enough or something. But no, the following day the stuff in the refrigerator section wasn’t very cold either and – lo and behold our refrigerator was dead. We only have one fridge. There’s no extra chest freezer or “beer fridge” in the basement. And our refrigerator was well stocked because we had just done a “big” grocery shopping. We were about to…

Money 101 – 3 Steps to Starting a Savings Habit

It’s never too early (and it’s never too late!)  One of the things that helps me feel less stressed and more balanced is knowing that financially I’m in a good spot or at least heading in the right direction.   We all have different levels of “comfort” when we think about our finances.  One person might need to have a million dollars in the bank (or better yet in safe high-interest investments) to feel comfortable while another person might be comfortable just being able to pay their bills and putting a few dollars into savings each week. Money is funny that way. What you think would be so easily “quantifiable” because it’s a numbers thing, is really a lot more ambiguous because of how we each view money and what our circumstances are. Don’t let your…