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Saving for the Small Stuff

It’s easy to get overly focused on (and worried about) saving for the big purchases, the long-term goals. For balance, sprinkle your savings plan with things you can save for today: A new suit. That eco-skillet you’ve had your eye on. New...

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...

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