15 Ways to Boost Your Financial Outlook in 2015

Make 2015 the year you build up an emergency fund or dump your debt for good. Photo: Tom Small Taking control of your financial situation can

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Five Reasons Your Budget Isn’t Working

Deciding how to cut up your financial pie is key to making your budget work. Photo: Chris Potter If you don’t use any kind of


Eight Times It Pays to Be a Quitter

If your relationship isn’t headed in the right direction, it may be time to quit. Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer As children, we’re taught only the strong

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The Secrets Behind Successful Budgeting

Budgets are like training wheels: They won’t solve all your problems, but they’ll get you off to a good start. Photo: Richo.Fan Budgeting is one of

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Small Business Money Traps to Avoid

Bad people decisions, like choosing the wrong partner or early employees, can be extremely costly to your business. Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg First off, accept


The Gradual Savings Strategy

When the time arrives to sign up for a retirement plan at work or open a Roth IRA, people are pulled in two different directions.


Saving Money While You Travel, Part 3

Don’t leave home without these apps loaded on your phone. Photo: Carolyn Coles In our past two posts, we’ve looked at ways to save money on


How to Save for Your Child’s College Education

Whether you hope to fund part or all of your child’s college education, here’s how to get started. Photo: Maxime McDuff When families talk about college, the subject

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Saving Money While You Travel, Part 2

You’ll find affordable lodging at a hostel — and probably some new friends, too. Photo: Barnacles Budget Accommodations After sifting through the matrix of flight options, it always


18 Ways to Slash Your Utility Consumption in Half

Appliances that generate heat or cold — think dryers — tend to use the most electricity. Photo: TraciTodd When you tear open your utility bill

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Is This the Perfect Investment for Your Kid’s College Fund?

Some states allow you to lock in tuition at current rates, but the conditions and risk vary. Photo: David McLeish How’s this for a sweet

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Saving Money While Traveling, Part 1

Here are some tips to help you save money on your trip, before you even step foot on the plane. Photo: Sonny Abesamis I’m writing

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12 Surprising Ways to Save on Groceries

You can often find good prices on fresh produce at local fruit stands and farmers markets. Photo: John Tornow If you’ve been trying to cut


Betterment Review

As I explained last week, I’m on a quest to find the best retirement plan to roll over my old 401(k). I’m going to conduct

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Confronting Your Worst Money Fears

These financial fears keep Americans up at night. Fortunately, we can prepare for many of them. Photo: Joe Penna A tornado sweeps through your town

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Nine Debt-Forming Habits and How to Break Them

Being disorganized with your bills can make your debt worse. Photo: Brendan C. The average American household with a credit card carries more than $15,000

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How and Why to Use a Zero-Sum Budget

Assign a job to every dollar you earn, whether it’s to pay bills, save for retirement — or buy a new camera. Photo: An Mai

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How to Use Technology to Start Saving More

The numbers on who is saving money in America — or more commonly, who isn’t — may shock you. According to a survey by Bankrate, 76% of