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How to Create a Bare-Bones Budget

Whether you’re struggling to get your debt under control or simply want to build up an emergency fund or a down payment as quickly as possible, a bare-bones

04.16.15
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13 Ways to Save Money and Protect the Planet at the Same Time

With Earth Day 2015 almost upon us, it’s a good time to think about how our actions impact the planet and, more importantly, what we

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How to Live on Last Month’s Income

For a long while, I’ve been an advocate of , which is a software package and philosophy that I use for budgeting. I’ve used it

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Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Planning a vacation and dreading all the costs? While there are many ways to spend less on vacation, there’s another route to try if you want to travel

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Roth IRA vs 401k? You May Not Have to Choose

One of the most common retirement questions I get asked is: Roth IRA or 401(k)? Although both are good options worth considering, the answer isn’t

03.27.15
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Buying a House? How to Save for a Down Payment

By Peter Miller Saving for a new home has just become easier. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they will now buy mortgages with

03.21.15

A Simple Trick to Get Organized With Your Money

What did you buy today? No, really. I want to know everything you bought. Sit and think about it. Did you buy a meal out,

03.20.15
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Six Biggest Myths About 529 Plans

By Kathryn Flynn A college degree is worth more today than ever before. In fact, according to a study by Pew Research, young adults with

03.18.15
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Why Americans Aren’t Ready for an Emergency

Let’s talk about our saving skills for a minute, America. Because it seems that while we’re improving, we have yet to master the skill of

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Don’t Waste Your Tax Refund: Four Better Ways to Use It

According to the IRS, the average tax refund so far this year has reached a staggering $3,539. It’s still early, however. And as the tax agency notes,

Best Credit Cards for College Students in 2016

When used responsibly, the best credit cards for college students become valuable tools that can help accomplish two crucial financial tasks: They help teach money

03.10.15
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Three Simple Money Management Lessons for Teenagers

My most important goal for my children is that they grow up to be independent human beings. Although my twins are only a few weeks shy

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Balancing Act: Pay Down Student Loans or Save More?

You’re finally there: You’ve graduated from college after many hard years, you’ve got a job in your field, and you’re actually able to balance your

Barclaycard Review: Arrival™ World MasterCard® Annual Fee vs. No Annual Fee

For a multitude of reasons, the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® is considered one of the best credit cards around. Still, there’s a lot of curiosity

02.25.15

Can Cash-Back Rewards Beat Your Savings Account?

Are you tired of earning less than 1% on your savings? You’re not alone. With interest rates hovering near record lows for the past few

02.23.15
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More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family

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Getting Rich on a Small Salary

Once every month or two, I’ll come across a story like this one that describes how someone on a small salary managed to slowly amass

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Dealing With an Unexpected Financial Blow

It was the most bizarre sound I’ve ever heard. I was driving down the interstate with both of my babies strapped into their car seats.

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