The Tortoise in Your Portfolio

While investors love to chase gains, it’s important to devote a portion of your portfolio to slow, steady investments that protect you from losses. Here are

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The Best Free Checking Account in 2017

Free checking accounts used to be commonplace, but as banking has grown more sophisticated it’s also gotten more expensive. The Internet, though, has made it

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How My Cheese Addiction Taught Me to Automate My Savings

Sigh… I guess that’s enough cheese. Photo: Catriona Savage I wouldn’t consider myself an overly indulgent person. I generally eat two well­-balanced meals a day.

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Capital One 360 Review

If you’re looking for a strong all-round option in online banking, Capital One 360 is a particularly good choice. In fact, it’s The Simple Dollar’s

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Six Bills You Can Negotiate Down to Save Money

When it comes to your cable, Internet, insurance, or credit card bills, it never hurts to pick up the phone and ask for a lower rate. The

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Best Prepaid Debit Cards of 2017

While prepaid cards were once a last resort for those who couldn’t qualify for a traditional bank account, new features have moved some of the best

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Ceiling Fan Hacks to Save Energy (and Money)

Look for a switch like this one to change the direction of your ceiling fans depending on the season. Photo: The JH Photography Summer’s just

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Five Things I Was Willing to Give Up to Save Money

When you cut monthly expenses like a gym membership or cable TV, you might realize that you didn’t really need them in the first place. Photo:

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12 Items That Pay for Themselves Tenfold or More

Ditching paper towels for cloth napkins and dish towels can save hundreds of dollars over a few years. Photo: Liz West When you’re trying to live a frugal


How to Save Money: 100 Great Tips to Get You Started

No matter where you are on your financial journey, you need to know that it’s possible for anyone to turn their financial life around. Sometimes


40 Ways to Save Money on Monthly Expenses

Hot water heaters account for about 14% of the average home’s energy costs, and many people have theirs set higher than necessary, using extra energy. To save money on

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How to Create a Bare-Bones Budget

Keeping the lights on, the fridge full, and a roof over your head are essential expenses. Cable TV is not. Photo: Gisela Giardino Whether you’re struggling

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

A reusable water bottle can save hundreds of dollars or more over its lifetime — and help keep plastic bottles out of landfills and waterways. Photo:

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How to Live on Last Month’s Income

Getting a full month ahead with your budget alleviates financial stress and the need to time your bill payments. Plus, it’s like having a one-month emergency

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Five Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation

Add a professional conference or networking event to your next vacation, and you could write off a portion of your trip. Photo: Tech Cocktail Planning

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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


A Simple Trick to Get Organized With Your Money

There’s a simple way to gain more control over your spending. Got a pen? Photo: Markus Rodder What did you buy today? No, really. I

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Six Biggest Myths About 529 Plans

Using a 529 plan to save for college doesn’t limit you to just state colleges or schools within your state. And you don’t even have to use