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Budgeting

For Financial Aid that Makes the Grade, Speak Up

It’s a nerve-wracking time for parents of college-bound kids: Financial aid offers are on the table, but what do you do if your child’s desired school is expecting you to pay more than your budget allows?Negotiate, says Scott Anderson, founder of...

Last-Second Tips for Tax Procrastinators

You had three extra days to file your taxes, but now it’s April 18 and you’re risking the midnight scramble. Don’t let procrastination become panic—you still have options. Going DIY? If your Adjusted Gross Income is less than $58,000, you can use...

Bigger Means Better in the Budget-Cut Game

Part three of an ongoing ditch-your-debt series. It’s a lot more fun—and efficient—to demolish your debt in big, satisfying chunks. So instead of tightening your belt one small notch at a time, identify one or two big sources of savings and kick...

Budgeting for Pricey Pursuits

Motorcycling, sailing, snowboarding—my favorite sports aren't exactly cheap. And if you knit, garden, ski or scuba dive, I’m sure you can relate. A pricey hobby is worth every dime—but you still have to control your overhead. Easy Rider: Kenia on...

Love, Money and My 1040 Form

You hate to give the IRS credit for anything, but tax-time revelations can provide some eye-openers. My favorite this year happened when my husband and I were in pre-tax prep, combing through our budget. I asked my dear spouse—who pays our...

Your Brain, on a Budget

Do you start ambitious budgets only to abandon them after a few weeks—or days? Good news for the noncommittal: researchers say you can train your brain to become better. New habits are formed in 66 days on average, according to a 2009 study from...

Think Before You Text (Your Donation)

Survivors of an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami lie wrapped in blankets at the Red Cross operations centre in Miyagi prefecture March 11, 2011. Photo source: Reuters.comThe plight of the Japanese people is agonizing to watch. Naturally, your...

Burn Calories, Not Cash

Spring is coming, and you feel angst every time you look at all those fit babes in the Athleta catalog. Right? Before you sprint to the nearest gym, crunch the numbers: one national chain charges a $250 enrollment fee, plus $75 a month. That’s a...

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