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Learning to Save Means Fixing My Spending!

In my Money Fix quest to buy a house by December, I’ve started putting J.D. Roth’s great advice into practice. I currently have one savings account for the house and one for emergencies. I’d like to add two more: one for gifts and vacations and...

Your Anti-Panic Guide to the U.S. Downgrade & More

What is a “downgrade” exactly? It’s similar to when your credit score takes a hit; lenders question whether you’re going to repay your debts. Similarly, the credit rating of the U.S. was knocked down from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s, a credit...

Lessons from the U.S. Debt Debacle

Months of doom-filled predictions, public debates, people scrambling to protect themselves from disaster. Remind you of anything? No, not the recent debt ceiling debacle, silly. We’re talking about Y2K: widespread hysteria that engulfed the final...

A Newly Single Mom Gets a Plan

My name is Stephanie and I’m a domestic violence survivor. I prefer the word survivor, not victim. I’m also a newly divorced parent to two wonderful girls, ages four and six. I have a great job and I’m college-educated, but there’s no education...

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....

Dating Costs Add Up - But It's Worth It

The dating world is strange and competitive: I’ve had enough bad Saturday nights to fill a book. But what’s more shocking is how expensive it can be. Putting aside the who-pays-when politics, the dating lifestyle alone is pricey--and every single...

Should I Double My Minimum Payment?

The other night I was paying my bills and I was about to make the minimum payment on my card. The only problem is that you’re supposed to pay more than the minimum if you want to get rid of your balance. But how much are you supposed to pay? The...

Gas Prices Stink - How Do You Deal?

It’s one of those hit-the-snooze-button survey results: Americans are scaling back their travel plans this summer in order to save money. Strangely, many cite the price of gas as a factor! While we’ve written about a few ways to rein in your gas...

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