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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...

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,...

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...

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