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Nancy Mann Jackson

Career and Finance

Freelance journalist Nancy Mann Jackson writes regularly about personal finance, small business, healthcare and education. Her work has appeared in Entrepreneur, CNNMoney.com, Bankrate, Working Mother and many other publications. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their three boys.

Back-to-School Savings Tips You Can Use All Year

For parents, the beginning of a new school year requires more than just getting children back on a regular schedule and helping out with homework. It requires money — often lots of it. The average family with grade-school children will spend...

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...

5 Things You Should Never Buy at Full Price

Maybe it’s true that “you get what you pay for” with certain products and services, but for many commodities and everyday needs, it’s easy to pay way too much. According to a recent Gallup poll, 45 percent of Americans are spending more money now...

How We Paid Off More Than $100,000 in Student Loans

For 37 million Americans, student loan debt is a financial albatross around their necks. And it’s growing. Debt from student loans has increased by 300 percent over the past eight years to nearly $1 trillion, according to a report from the...

10 Common Lies We Tell Ourselves About Money

If you’re not saving money, maybe you tell yourself it’s because you just “can’t afford” to set money aside right now. (Not true.) If you’re splurging on items you actually can’t afford, maybe you tell yourself that excessive credit card debt is...

Build Your Own Business (Without Quitting Your Job)

Almost 18 million Americans identify themselves as independent workers, earning regular income without working as a regular employee, according to a study by MBO Partners. Countless others own small businesses. In fact, some experts say that...

Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

We don’t have to tell you this if you’ve ever been (or are) in this situation, but living from one paycheck to the next makes peace of mind an elusive goal. Thirty-eight million American households live this way, spending all of each paycheck,...

Common Money Beliefs That Hurt More Than Help

How often have you thought, “If I just make more money, I’ll surely be happy?” Or, the other side of the proverbial coin, “Money is the root of all evil?” While some commonly held money beliefs ring true — ahem, save 10 percent of your income and...

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