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Spending

Time to Reset Summer Spending Limits

Whether you’re in back-to-school or back-to-business mode, this first week of fall is a tough transition, especially around spending. You’ve got all the expenses of resuming school and work—clothes, fees, commuting passes, lunch money. And you’re...

5 Places to Cut Yourself Off

Trying to rein in your spending? Forget vague vows like “tightening your belt” and institute a hardcore No-Spend Zone in just one area. Some ideas: No-Spend Zone 1: When you leave the house. Picking up a prescription? Grabbing pizza—er,...

Travel Insurance: How to Getaway with It

Saving money is the goal of every savvy traveler. Who wants to add the cost of travel insurance to a trip? It may be worth it, if just a couple of hundred dollars can buy you peace of mind while you’re on the road or planning to be. Policy prices...

Michelle Singletary’s Advice to Kerry

When I first started working with Kerry as part of the DailyWorth Money Fix, Kerry’s marriage was ending, her husband was planning to move to Texas with their two daughters, ages 7 and 9—and Kerry intended to stay in Alaska, in part to finish her...

Can Credit Cards Help Us Spend Better?

In the midst of the recession, some credit-card companies are trading in the old, carefree “life takes Visa” approach and rewarding more responsible credit use instead. Chase Blueprint is a system that can be activated with certain Chase cards....

Making Sense of the Market Drop

This morning I was watching my son, now almost five, finish his first jigsaw puzzle—100 pieces, which taxed his patience never mind his ability to sit still. Trying to make sense of yesterday’s market plunge, a harrowing 513 drop in the Dow,...

E-Read My Lips: No Extra Spending

I want an e-reader. But I don’t want to spend money on a gadget that requires me... to keep spending money. Hate that.Solution: Buy an e-reader that lets me download books from the library. Earlier e-readers didn't offer this money-saving option....

This Fourth, Look Ahead (Not Backward)

So you have $80,000 in student-loan debt for a degree you’re not using. So you ignored your credit-card payments for three months because you wanted to send your kid to summer camp, and your credit score took a massive hit. So you got divorced and...

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