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Financial planning

The Secret to Successful Budgeting? Splurge a Little

When the birth of my second child left me completely overwhelmed, and a bit depressed about the monotony of my life, I instituted a new house rule: Mommy doesn’t cook on Friday nights. The (nearly) three-meal-a-day routine had worn on me when my...

What Are the Most Tax-Advantaged Ways to Save for Retirement?

My husband and I are maxing out our 401(k) and IRA contributions. Are there other tax-advantaged places we could be putting more money away? What options do we have to save more for retirement? We are debt free, with the exception of the...

17 Free Apps That Will Cut Monthly Bills

Check out these apps that will save you money and won't cost you a cent. Now that's what I call a real deal. Love Food Hate Waste This free Love Food Hate Waste app generates recipes from your leftovers. Time to throw a fridge party! Get the...

Should I Cash Out My 401(k) to Pay Off Debt?

I'm a 33-year-old woman who's been unemployed for the past six months. So far I've been doing okay living on unemployment, but the money I put into my 401(k) is just sitting there. I'm not sure how much longer I will be unemployed, and in another...

Do Optimists or Pessimists Manage Their Money Better?

When it comes to our ability to make healthy and sound financial choices, mindset matters. If you’re an optimist, you’re likely someone who focuses on growth and advancement. You anticipate the best possible outcomes and — according to some...

6 Spending Strategies That Can Help You Save More

Philadelphia attorney Amy Gordon has a deceptively simple strategy for ensuring she won’t overspend. “If I don’t have dollars in my hand, I don’t buy it,” she says. Her cash-only approach is a very deliberate spending method she adopted five...

CPA, CFP or CFA? How to Find the Right Financial Pro

If you’re not a CPA, CFA, CFP or another of the myriad acronyms used to identify financial professionals, those extra letters after someone’s name can get confusing, quick. But when you’re looking for help with financial matters, it’s important...

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