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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...

Quick Fix for a Budget Breakdown

Each season brings its own set of expenses, and recently I had to give my budget a serious summer tune-up. Soon I’ll be fretting about holiday gifts and heating bills. Right now—with guests and picnics and parties and potlucks—my issue is food....

Rx for Pesky Medical Claims

If the Affordable Care Act ever comes together, it could give some 44 million uninsured Americans access to health coverage. But it probably won’t stop insurance companies from mishandling one in five claims—or make it any easier to get...

Love, Money and My 1040 Form

You hate to give the IRS credit for anything, but tax-time revelations can provide some eye-openers. My favorite this year happened when my husband and I were in pre-tax prep, combing through our budget. I asked my dear spouse—who pays our...

Your Brain, on a Budget

Do you start ambitious budgets only to abandon them after a few weeks—or days? Good news for the noncommittal: researchers say you can train your brain to become better. New habits are formed in 66 days on average, according to a 2009 study from...

Burned Out on Fuel Costs?

Gas is up to $3.57 per gallon, nationally, with no relief in sight. While you can’t avoid the pump, you can maximize every gallon. Here, some tips and apps to prevent you from runnin’ on empty. Auto experts at Edmunds.com tested some old road...

5 Ways to Save $500

Until now, we’ve been staunch fans of the Dave Ramsey method, which is to save $1,000 as your minimum cushion. But Liz Pulliam Weston, author of a must-read new personal finance book, The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New...

Want to Save? Think Like Mom

It’s a little uncanny how often money studies echo stuff that Mom told you (or yelled at you) when you were a kid. And while you could argue with Mom, you can’t dispute how much these tricks can help you save.   Don't touch that! It’s natural to...

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