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Raising $ for Medical Musts

Know someone with sky-high healthcare bills? You might. Three million households spend 18% of their incomes on out-of-pocket medical expenses. It’s an awful burden, on top of a crisis or chronic illness. Now you can help with GiveForward.How it...

Babysitter Backup Plan

It’s what Donald Rumsfeld called the “known unknowns.” At some point this winter, your kids will be home sick, and your sitter will be snowed in—or sick as well. That's why every working mother needs a backup plan. Start here. Strategize....

A Brain-Powered Emergency Fund

Saving is an art, but there’s a science to doing it well. To pack more power into your “It’s an Emergency!” savings effort, try these: Think “one.” If you have a few savings goals, cut back. You save more when you zero in on one goal at a time,...

Skinny Mailbox, Fat Wallet

Welcome to part two of RESTART 2012, a painless four-part financial scrub-down that will have you in fighting shape before you can say “FICO.” You can read part one here. Want to control spending? Get a grip on your mail. Three-quarters of...

4 New Cash-Tracking Tools

Maybe you haven’t yet figured out how to make a budget that works for you, but these four new tools could change your mind, your life, and your net worth:   The Birdy is an addictive money tracker. Reply to a daily email with a list of the...

So Fresh and So Clean in 2012

Welcome to RESTART 2012, a painless four-part financial scrub-down that will have you in fighting shape before you can say “FICO.” This week, you’re going to streamline your accounts. Why? Because stray checking, dormant 401ks and other financial...

A Quick Game for a Richer 2012

Ahhhhhhhhh. It’s do-over time. What’s the best way to put a fresh spin on 2012? Try the water method, a surprisingly powerful exercise to help you get a grip on your priorities—in five minutes.You need: 5 cups or glasses + 4 strips of paperSet...

Your Budget's Best Friend

Maybe you’re a spreadsheet wonder woman, color-coding like there’s no tomorrow. Maybe you get queasy just glancing at your bank statement (ATM fees—gah). No matter what, you’ll love our top five budgeting stories of 2011: Yo-yos are a hoot, but a...

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