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Budgeting

The Basics of Budgeting

The following is an excerpt from “Art & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the Creative Class.” We also picked Elaine’s brain on money management for the creative class. Check out that Q&A here....

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...

Co-Sign at Your Own Risk

Should you co-sign a loan or credit card for a friend or relative? I get this question a lot, especially since  the economic downturn has made it harder for people to obtain loans.   There are certainly situations where you might be inclined to go...

Yes, It's OK to Charge Your Kid Rent

So your kid is armed with a shiny new college degree. Next step: moving back home?   “Boomerang kids” are a growing (and not necessarily bad) trend. Returning home has lost its stigma in the recession: 78% of boomerang kids are happy with their...

Open a Joint 'Romance' Account

Maybe thinking about a bank account doesn’t evoke the same kind of flutter you get when you look into the eyes of your darling. But here’s an idea that can rev up your chemistry and your bottom line as a couple:    Open a romance account—a...

Day 2: Brain teaser for a Better 2013

It’s the post-holiday lull. You don't have to leave your comfy chair to get your brain ready for the New Year, with our four-day Money Fit plan. Yesterday we covered how to stay motivated. Today is vision. Start with our year-end brain teaser....

Secure Your Home for the Holidays

Uneasy leaving your home for the holidays? You probably should be. Nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in November and December every year, according to the FBI.  Alarm systems provide some peace of mind, but you want to prevent a break-in, not just...

Start Planning Next Summer Now

Studies show that it’s not just your vacation time that makes you happy—it’s all the anticipation beforehand.Lesson: Ditch those end-o’-summer blues by planning your next getaway(s) now.   Think out loud. Where have you always wanted to go? Where...

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