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Budgeting

A Moving Budget Unpacked and Broken Down

They say moving is one of the most stressful life events—and I'll tell you why: the sheer expense of that stuff shuffle. I’m planning a move myself next year, and by budgeting ahead I hope to avoid the big expenses—and the sneaky ones. Get...

Step 1: Declutter Your Budget

This week, let's work together on 5 small steps that will enable you to worry less and feel more in control—so that it takes less effort to manage your finances this fall. If you have struggled with a budget, maybe that's because you've been...

Roadmap for a Fiscally Sane Fall

Knock the sand out of your ears—September is around the corner, bringing a bonanza of seasonal expenses. You need a roadmap to keep your money in track for fall. Here it is: Remember your summer budget? Sure you do. Now you need a new one for all...

Beauty and the Budget

If beauty products routinely blow holes in your budget, learn to shop smart (and cover those bare essentials).Samples, Please Shop sites and stores that are generous with samples, like Sephora, BobbiBrown.com, Drugstore.com and MACCosmetics.com....

Budgets Were Made to Be Broken

So your budget is suffering from a summer meltdown. Good news! That's normal. In fact, the occasional failure will make your budget stronger—if you follow these five steps. Reframe. Success isn't a straight-arrow process. When your spending goes...

Little Money Lessons for Little People

I like to treat my five- and seven-year-old sons, but I don’t want them to believe Silly Bandz fall from heaven, or that my wallet is a magic dollar dispenser. So every time they troll the grocery store with me or get tempted by the snacks for...

Mint Takes the Mess Out of Budgeting

So much to track The top concern that emerged from our latest reader survey wasn't starting a budget, but sticking to one (45% of you said so). Why? One of the biggest budget busters is—surprise!—not how you spend, but how tough it is to track...

The Money Rule That Changes Everything

In 1906, an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto noticed that 80% of the peas in his garden came from only 20% of the pea pods. (You may have heard that most people wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time.) Enter the Pareto Principle, often...

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