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Budgeting

4 New Cash-Tracking Tools

Maybe you haven’t yet figured out how to make a budget that works for you, but these four new tools could change your mind, your life, and your net worth:   The Birdy is an addictive money tracker. Reply to a daily email with a list of the...

So Fresh and So Clean in 2012

Welcome to RESTART 2012, a painless four-part financial scrub-down that will have you in fighting shape before you can say “FICO.” This week, you’re going to streamline your accounts. Why? Because stray checking, dormant 401ks and other financial...

A Quick Game for a Richer 2012

Ahhhhhhhhh. It’s do-over time. What’s the best way to put a fresh spin on 2012? Try the water method, a surprisingly powerful exercise to help you get a grip on your priorities—in five minutes.You need: 5 cups or glasses + 4 strips of paperSet...

Your Budget's Best Friend

Maybe you’re a spreadsheet wonder woman, color-coding like there’s no tomorrow. Maybe you get queasy just glancing at your bank statement (ATM fees—gah). No matter what, you’ll love our top five budgeting stories of 2011: Yo-yos are a hoot, but a...

Releasing Shame Around Limitation

Last week I was in Whole Foods. On the rare occasion I'm feeling flush, it's the first place I want to go. Thanks to my bankcard budget, I knew I had a firm cap of $70 to spend on groceries. When I got to the register—with my cart full of organic...

The New Normal: Hanging in There

Wasn’t it supposed to be easier by now? I’m 45 years old, my husband is 42. We have college degrees, professional careers, and years of work behind us. And we’re struggling. Whereas our parents struggled to attain their spot on the middle-class...

Get Your Battle Plan in Order

While the debate continues over how many jobs really were added this fall, there’s one group that’s seriously under fire when it comes to finding work: The spouses of those in the military are battling a whopping 25% unemployment rate. For...

Giving Means More than Money

If you’re thinking about giving now to a cause you care about, you’re not alone. The average person makes 24% of her annual donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, according to research from the Center on Philanthropy. But between regular...

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