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Make Your Home Energy-Smart

Before the temps drop and your heating bill skyrockets this fall, find and fix problems in your home by conducting a home energy assessment. Here’s how:   Do a DIY assessment. Use the Department of Energy’s guide to do-it-yourself energy audits....

Wait to Celebrate Fiscal Feats

You know the drill: You get excited about a goal (a real vacation! new fall clothes!) and you plaster your brain with promises to save. Then you lose that kick-butt momentum and your plan falters. Are you a savings slacker? Nope, but you may be...

When A Curveball Account Isn’t Enough

In the last couple of weeks, my husband and I had two big, unexpected car repairs, an error on our 1040 (translation: we owe the IRS) and—say it ain’t so! but it is!—my husband’s laptop needs a repair. Our curveball fund is wiped out and I had to...

Buying a House on a Teacher's Pay

My name is Christine, and I’m going to buy a house this year. I’ve been saving for six months, but unplanned expenses have sucked away a lot of my extra cash. I want to close on my house when my lease is up in December, so I need to get serious...

Your Holiday Savings Plan Starts Now

Remember last year, when you vowed to start that holiday savings account sooner—to relieve stress and prevent a giant Visa hangover? Now’s your chance! Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is 128 days away, on November...

How to Vacation Like It's 1975

Everyone's got a tight budget this summer. But don't limit yourself to a dull "staycation." Kick it old-school and rediscover the classic, low-cost vacations of yore: Long car rides, license plate games, and cheap motels with pools. Get your...

Get the Most out of Your Farmers' Market Haul

You have a fridge full of produce thanks to your CSA membership or a recent (slightly overzealous) trip to the farmers’ market. How do you make sure none of that green goodness—leafy or financial—goes to waste?Get recipes instantly. Those stalks...

Save More When You Get Friends to Help

If you’ve tried Mint, Yodlee, Hello Wallet and other money management sites without that ‘click’ of financial relief, you might want to try another approach. Imagine that Mint.com developed a sense of humor and merged with Facebook—and you’d come...

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