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Rewards for Good Behavior

You save money, you spend money (wisely, natch). Now it’s time to level up—and collect some easy rewards for your smart habits. After all, we’re building wealth here.   Boost savings. SaveUp gives you credits for making smart money moves (e.g.,...

Diet Tips that Save Money, Too

In case you needed more evidence of the mysterious connection between dieting and budgeting… I’ve been chatting with friends about some neat DIY food tricks that save calories—and cash. #1: Why buy overpriced microwave popcorn when you can throw...

Think Now, Save Later

Tip #3 in the It’s An Emergency! savings challenge is sneaky:  Avoid having emergencies. Step 1: Sit down and have a scary brainstorming session with yourself or your partner. What things could possibly go wrong that you can predict? Think: car,...

Tax Tips from a Pro

Getting a fat refund check from the IRS can feel like winning the lottery—but luck has nothing to do with preparing your tax return. To help you make the most of your deductions this year, here are some Dos and Don’ts from personal finance maven...

Get a Return on Responsibility

Your money reflects who you are. You buy organic, recycle, and generally try to live a good life. You want your portfolio to reflect those ethics. But investors who want to add “doing good” to their returns have to be savvy, even when considering...

How Dollar Stores Drain You Dry

Sometimes I go to the dollar store. After all, sometimes you need a mop bucket. But suddenly things start jumping into my cart. Books, an apple corer, a bag of gingersnaps. Yes, there are some deals. I’ve even bought underwear: Hanes “slightly...

Credit Score Number Crunching

How big a difference does a higher credit score make, really? Let’s crunch some numbers--with help from Frank Donnelly, CFP, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. Susie and Jane each take out a $200,000...

The Power of Social Saving

Studies show that social support helps you live longer and lose weight. Now imagine what some pal power can do for your financial goals! Tip #2 for the It’s An Emergency! Savings Challenge: buddy up. The Why Not only will securing a money buddy...

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