Keeping track of personal finances and establishing responsible money-management habits is never easy. Just the thought of creating a budget or learning about financial planning makes some people’s heads spin, making it difficult to move forward onto bigger and better experiences in the future.
There are plenty of books and websites out there with helpful tips and tricks, but with television still being the second-biggest time commitment in the lives of everyday Americans, it’s there we turn our attention to today. Here are just a few great programs that give viewers practical advice and information to improve their financial well-being:
Ten Dollar Dinners
When people look to budget, the grocery bill is usually one of the first items that gets scrutinized. If tightening your family’s food spending is a primary concern, look to some of the helpful tips from Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners. Host Melissa d’Arabian shows viewers how to prepare meals that cost $10 or less and feed a family of four people. It’s a good show for those who are novices in the kitchen, and anyone who is already an excellent home cook can at the very least get savings tips and recipe ideas.
We’ve all used a coupon or two at the grocery store to save a few dollars, but the people featured on Extreme Couponing go above and beyond that. While you may be used to saving $5 or less using coupons, these people get hundreds of dollars worth of food, toiletries, and other items for free just by cashing in coupons and being very (some might even say “abnormally”) strategic when they shop.
Of course, not everyone is willing or able to become a true couponing guru, but the show has useful takeaways we can all put to use. Broadcast weekly on TLC, the individuals on Extreme Couponing show viewers the importance of recognizing which days are best to shop, how to double coupons, and the best ways to organize a shopping trip to maximize savings.
The Nate Berkus Show
Who doesn’t want their home to look good? Whether you’re a homeowner or a renter, having comfortable, aesthetic digs goes a long way towards feeling good about where you live. The problem: fabulous home decor doesn’t usually come cheap. The solution: tuning into The Nate Berkus Show. With reruns now broadcast on DTV, the famous designer’s show is great for those who want to save money and create a beautiful home. Nate Berkus features tons of affordable DIY projects, simple ways to re-purpose and use what you have to decorate, and home makeovers done on shoestring budgets.
Rachel Ray’s $40 a Day
If you frequently travel for work or leisure, you know that eating while on the road can get expensive. One can easily spend $40 per meal while traveling, but Rachel Ray’s TV program $40 a Day will teach you how to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner during each day of your travel adventures for $40 or less. In addition, Rachel shows viewers how to get the most out of their trips and find the best deals as a tourist.
The Suze Orman Show
Few people know money better than financial expert Suze Orman. She’s written books, penned newspaper columns, and remains a frequent commentator on financial news networks. Still, she also finds time to star on her eponymous advice program, The Suze Orman Show. Suze takes calls from viewers on her show and answers their financial questions on topics ranging from investment and retirement planning to buying cars, taking out loans, and managing mortgages. If you’ve had trouble reining in your debt or wisely allocating your funds, this is the perfect show to watch.
Tightening up your finances and getting you budget on the right path doesn’t have to be a painfully boring or much-dreaded affair. Tune into these TV shows, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about being smart with your savings while also getting a good dose of entertainment.