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6 Simple Ways to Save More

It’s no surprise that Americans are not particularly good at saving money. Even after the financial crisis of 2008, the savings rate only went up to about 5.5 percent, and it was back down to 2.6 percent by 2013, according to Sheldon Garon, a...

Save Money on Your Summer Plans

How to cut costs on special events — from giving gifts to getting there

Why Is It So Hard for Us to Save?

It is not okay that you (or we, a collective we) do not have an emergency savings fund. And yes, I know what you’re going to say because I used to say it too: It’s hard enough just trying to get by paycheck to paycheck. You’re not making nearly...

These Hidden Fees Are Costing You

Even the tightest budgets are rarely airtight. Maybe you don’t overspend on groceries or entertainment, but you do end up paying for fees you were never expecting. Consumers are dinged with hidden fees almost everywhere they turn — from bank fees...

11 Money Saving Habits That Can Cost You

Trying to cut costs in your daily budget is a valiant — and often necessary — practice. A few dollars saved here and there can amount to a sizeable sum over time, after all. But how you save can make a big difference in how much you save. Because...

Is Negative Thinking Keeping You From Getting Rich?

While I like to think that I have a pretty healthy relationship with money — I save, I try to stick to a budget (key word: try) — I still have nagging negative thoughts about my income and what I choose to do with it. And I’m not alone. No matter...

4 Hacks to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

Losing points from your credit scores is all too easy — and getting them back is hard. But if you know how credit scoring works, you can hack the process to rehabilitate your numbers faster. Here are four effective strategies to do just that. Pay...

How – and Why – I Saved $1 Million

It was six weeks before my wedding, and I was preparing a spreadsheet that listed all my assets for the prenuptial agreement my fiancé and I had agreed to sign. (It was his second marriage and my first.)  I carefully listed each account: the two...

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