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6 Months of Savings—Really?

You’ve been hearing that you need a six-month emergency fund for years. But the advice—while it sounds commonsense enough—just doesn’t work for many people.In fact, most Americans don’t have an emergency fund: a recent survey by the National...

Fun Funds

You’d think it would be a breeze to get yourself to save for vacation or that new entertainment center, right? Yet, as most of us have discovered, perversely, it’s not.You tell yourself you’ll stash a couple of hundred a month. Maybe you even set...

Know Your Unknowns

It was one of those minor life events that put a spotlight on a big financial issue. I’m the type to stay on top of household spending, but when my daughter started preschool, my system went haywire. I combed through our bag of receipts and...

Save Like You Mean It

A once-in-a-lifetime trip, a new baby, recharging your career—how do you save for the biggest things in life? Six women share their stories of stamina, smarts, and success.$80,00 for a new life “I ran my photography business from New York City for...

Where to Stash Your Cash

Today’s belly-low interest rates pose a real challenge if you’re trying to sock away some money. Where’s the growth, when the average savings account is paying a measly 0.20%? Good news: We got the inside scoop from top money experts about the...

Longer Loans Cost More. So?

It’s car-buying season, and new data show that a growing number of Americans are choosing longer car loan terms—as long as seven years. Most personal finance advice would steer you away from the longer loan—because in the end you’ll typically pay...

The Happy Truth About Boxed Wines

Let’s imagine—hypothetically—that you like to drink wine. Not enough to slur your words, but a sufficient amount to keep dinner conversations slip-sliding along. You know, then, that vino adds up fast. But the hit isn’t as big if you buy boxed...

Day 4: Don’t Fear the Digits

The New Year is rising. And you’re ready for a fresh start. Our four-day Money Fit plan is designed to get you scrubbed and ready. Day 4: Become a numbers gal. Studies show that checking your numbers regularly—regarding your weight or your...

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