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Coping With the Curveballs

You know what makes me feel like a million bucks? My curveball account. What’s a curveball account—as opposed to an emergency fund, or run-of-the-mill savings? A) It’s for surprise expenses; B) it’s not for emergencies; C) every girl needs...

Be Ready for the Worst-Case Scenario

Suppose the first thing your boss says to you tomorrow is, “Clean out your desk.” Any idea how you’d manage? Time for a financial fire drill: Imagine paring down your current expenses and creating a plan to cover just the basics. “Basic” means...

Meet the Emergency Savings Contest Winners!

Saving money is its own reward. But that doesn’t have to be the only reward.  Three participants in the Mint.com “It’s an Emergency!” savings challenge set up Mint accounts, and just won a tidy sum for their heroic savings efforts: Melissa, a...

Rev Up Your Car Care

A badly-maintained car will cost you a little now—and a lot down the road. Lori Johnson, president of Ladies, Start Your Engines!, offers this advice for savvy car care that will save you money: Open the glove compartment. Your owner’s manual...

Jean Chatzky’s New "Money Rules"

Michael Pollan condensed all the literature about healthy eating into one simple mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  Jean Chatzky took the simpler-is-better idea, multiplied it by 94, and published “Money Rules,” a bite-sized book...

Planting the Seed

File it under “facts I wish I’d known when I was 30.” You need a little pot of money stored away for when your parents age—especially if you’re a woman. Some two-thirds of caregivers are female relatives, and I’m now one of them, coping (along...

The Elation of Saving

When I left my tax guy’s office on March 14, I tweeted that I loved him. I did—in the pure, giddy way that you love someone who tells you that you’ll be $1,500 richer in a week. The only question: What was I going to do with my refund? First, I...

Three Smart Ways to Earn More, Save More

Today’s “It’s an Emergency!” saving tip: Stop scrimping and score yourself a mini windfall. Here are a few fun ideas for a $100 savings bump this weekend: Get paid to run to the post office, organize a closet, or buy and cook groceries for an...

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