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The Save-to-Spend Budget

If you'd like to become an avid saver, and/or if you scored in the lower range on our budget quiz, try this Save-to-Spend plan. While most budgets are designed to control spending, this one is designed to expand your saving. And...

You Save, America Saves

What does it take to become a steady, successful saver? In honor of America Saves Week (Feb. 21-28), we are devoting these five days to help you develop the skills you need to reach your savings goals—including smart ways to budget and cut...

Retirement Catch Up

Q: I'm 45 and I'm way behind on my retirement savings. What can I do? A: Plenty! You have about 25 years before you retire (the standard 65 is inching toward 70), so let's make the most of the time you have. Hint: If this topic makes you...

Have a Sexy, Cheap Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day weekend is just a week away—the perfect amount of time to put a little thought, rather than lots of money, into creating some sexy fun for your guy or gal. Here, an inspiring collection of our frugal favorites, from around the...

Split Your Refund and SaveUP!

Note: This post applies to Canadians, in part. Millions of Americans use their tax refunds as a form of forced savings. You know who you are. Money experts quibble with this strategy, arguing that when the government withholds extra money from...

Fuzzy Math Recovery (winners announced!)

Many thanks to all those who participated in last week's pop quiz!Congratulations to Sophia and Kristina, our two winners! Although several other readers came close—Stephanie, Amanda, Kateh, Jordana, Debi, Beth, Di, Jamie—we regret to report that...

Cheap, Quick Meals

You know the Six O'Clock Scramble: that dreaded, end-of-day moment when you realize—holy fishsticks, Batman!--you have nothing planned for dinner. Should you dash to the store? Pray to the gods of leftovers? Aviva Goldfarb has a smarter, tastier...

Decide When to Refinance

  Q: How do I decide whether it makes sense to refinance my mortgage at a lower interest rate?In this example, imagine that you're refinancing a $160,000, 30-year fixed mortgage that is currently at 6.5%, into a 30-year fixed at 5.5%. Your current...

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