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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...

Just Released: Pull Yourself Together with Manilla

If “going paperless” with all your bills and statements has still left you in a state of organizational chaos, you may need Manilla. A new online management system for the 2.0 household, Manilla is like having a mail sorter, filing cabinet and...

Know Your Wealth

OK, so why are we here? To build net worth, a.k.a. Wealth. That’s our mission and, from what we gather via reader mail, it’s yours too. Inspired by America Saves Week, Feb. 20-27, let’s embark on a wealth-building plan. Start by getting...

Decorate on a Dime

Original artwork is expensive, so many people opt for nothing at all, for fear that DIY solutions will appear cheesy or inelegant. It doesn’t have to be this way. Find prints. As I describe on Mod Nest this week, you can find amazing, inexpensive...

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