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Americans Hooked on Savings?

You may have seen the numbers: In the last couple of years, the personal savings rate has kicked up from about 2%-3%—where it hovered for years—to an astounding 6% today. Economists and government wonks can gripe all they want about how too much...

Phone Savings on Target

Target is making it easier for you to offload old phones and video games with a new trade-in program that we just read about (thanks for the tip, Barbara Weltman).The good news: They take old iPhones, iPods, cell phones and video games—and give...

Step 3: How Many Savings Accounts Do You Need?

This week, let's work together on 5 small steps that will enable you to worry less and feel more in control—so that it takes less effort to manage your finances this fall. We all know the answer to the question, How many pairs of shoes does one...

How Much House Can You Afford… Now?

Remember the good ol' home-buying days, circa 2006? You took out a $450,000 adjustable rate mortgage, at 4.25% (set to re-adjust after five years, but who cared) and bought a $440,000 home—with just $10,000 down. You can't get away with that...

5 Ploys that Get You to Overspend

Photo Source: Northwest dad's photostream on Flickr Have you ever popped into a shop to buy "a few things"—and left with a full bag? Get hip to stores' spend-more ploys and you can save a bundle, says Philip Graves, author of Consumer.ology:...

Dig No More - Loyalty Cards Go Digital

Suzanne Kantra is the founder and editor of Techlicious, a new site devoted to making tech easy and fun. This post originally appeared on Techlicious. Is your keychain or wallet weighed down by customer loyalty cards? Use a free loyalty card app...

Cell Phone Plans for Tweens and Teens

  Bzzzzzzzzzzzz—your 9 year-old just sent you a text... We’re spotting kids as young as 7 years old with cell phones. How do you choose a plan for your child when there’s so many varying needs and options? Do you want to ensure your child can...

Challenge: Wear Just Six Things

Heidi Hackemer in one of her Six. From the Little Brown Dress project to the Great American Apparel Diet, Americans have had a long, conflicted love affair with the strip-down-to-basics movement. Here we are, a consumption-crazy, credit-obsessed...

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