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5 Places to Cut Yourself Off

Trying to rein in your spending? Forget vague vows like “tightening your belt” and institute a hardcore No-Spend Zone in just one area. Some ideas: No-Spend Zone 1: When you leave the house. Picking up a prescription? Grabbing pizza—er,...

Saving for the Small Stuff

It’s easy to get overly focused on (and worried about) saving for the big purchases, the long-term goals. For balance, sprinkle your savings plan with things you can save for today: A new suit. That eco-skillet you’ve had your eye on. New...

A Budgeting Solution to Keep You Sane

I’ve always been a yo-yo budgeter. Some months I'd be the DailyWorth poster-child for clarity; in other months I'd fall into a Money Coma, resulting in over-spending. Then, I came up with an ingenious solution: I took the old tactic of multiple...

Learning to Save Means Fixing My Spending!

In my Money Fix quest to buy a house by December, I’ve started putting J.D. Roth’s great advice into practice. I currently have one savings account for the house and one for emergencies. I’d like to add two more: one for gifts and vacations and...

Wait to Celebrate Fiscal Feats

You know the drill: You get excited about a goal (a real vacation! new fall clothes!) and you plaster your brain with promises to save. Then you lose that kick-butt momentum and your plan falters. Are you a savings slacker? Nope, but you may be...

When A Curveball Account Isn’t Enough

In the last couple of weeks, my husband and I had two big, unexpected car repairs, an error on our 1040 (translation: we owe the IRS) and—say it ain’t so! but it is!—my husband’s laptop needs a repair. Our curveball fund is wiped out and I had to...

Buying a House on a Teacher's Pay

My name is Christine, and I’m going to buy a house this year. I’ve been saving for six months, but unplanned expenses have sucked away a lot of my extra cash. I want to close on my house when my lease is up in December, so I need to get serious...

Your Holiday Savings Plan Starts Now

Remember last year, when you vowed to start that holiday savings account sooner—to relieve stress and prevent a giant Visa hangover? Now’s your chance! Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is 128 days away, on November...

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