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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...

3 Ways to Prevent Financial Infidelity

A recent Marie Claire article described incidents of financial infidelity that would curl your hair.One woman had no idea her family was swimming in unpaid bills and eviction notices—until she found a wad of them, stuffed into the lining of her...

The Top 3 Credit Myths for Married Couples

When you vow to take your spouse in sickness and in health, are you saying “I Do” to their bad credit, too? Couples don’t typically discuss credit health before walking down the aisle, but they should. Knowing the truth can prevent credit damage...

Tackle Pesky Money Chores on June 9

I devote a great deal of time to thinking about my financial future. Unfortunately, thinking about it and doing something about it are two different things. Take the long-term care insurance proposal my financial advisor emailed me more than a...

3 Killer Debt Apps

When debt is the enemy, you need to mount a relentless assault. Debt Quencher—Should you pay down your debt with the lowest balance first, or the one with the highest interest rate? Enter your info into Debt Quencher and it’ll show you the...

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