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6 Months of Savings—Really?

You’ve been hearing that you need a six-month emergency fund for years. But the advice—while it sounds commonsense enough—just doesn’t work for many people.In fact, most Americans don’t have an emergency fund: a recent survey by the National...

3 Retirement Traps

You max out your 401k have equity in your home, and keep an eye on your portfolio—so why do you still feel uneasy about the future?Maybe because you’ve fallen into one of these three common retirement traps, says Gregory Salsbury, Ph.D., author of...

Fun Funds

You’d think it would be a breeze to get yourself to save for vacation or that new entertainment center, right? Yet, as most of us have discovered, perversely, it’s not.You tell yourself you’ll stash a couple of hundred a month. Maybe you even set...

Save Like You Mean It

A once-in-a-lifetime trip, a new baby, recharging your career—how do you save for the biggest things in life? Six women share their stories of stamina, smarts, and success.$80,00 for a new life “I ran my photography business from New York City for...

Know Your Unknowns

It was one of those minor life events that put a spotlight on a big financial issue. I’m the type to stay on top of household spending, but when my daughter started preschool, my system went haywire. I combed through our bag of receipts and...

Inflation Translation

Remember when a slice of pizza was $1 or a cup of coffee was 50 cents? (If that was before your time, bear with us.) These days, depending on where you live, a slice is about $2 and a cup of ordinary, nondesigner coffee is about $1.25. At least....

Try the Dual-Income System

Couples often ask me whether they should combine finances or not. My personal answer is yes…and no.In other words, what my husband and I have found (and what many studies show) is not just that money fights can wreck a marriage, but the underlying...

Saving for Higher(-cost) Education

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You read a story about how you should start saving for college the minute your kid is born. You look at your baby, pooping in his onesie, and think, “Dang, I’m already late to the party!” And so you do…nothing....

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