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How to Save on Your Cable Bill

How to Save on Your Cable Bill

If you pay a monthly cable bill, you've probably bemoaned the soaring prices and the lack of choices when it comes to the channels you actually watch versus how many you pay for.
How to Close a Credit Card

How to Close a Credit Card

If you’re no longer using a particular credit card, there are financial benefits to keeping it open — as long as it’s free. But if it’s costing you unnecessary fees (or tempting you to spend), make sure to…

Can I Lose My 401(k)?

Can I Lose My 401(k)?

“If I leave my job to freelance or take another job, what should I do with my retirement account? I won’t lose the money, will I?”

— Jennifer, Brooklyn, New York

Before you leave, it’s important to understand the…

How to Talk About Money in a Relationship

How to Talk About Money in a Relationship

About a year before my husband and I tied the knot, we had a financial powwow over margaritas (just one each). We wrote down our personal “numbers” — including savings, debt and credit scores — on Post-its. Then we did a…

Is This Job a Good Fit? Here’s How to Find Out

Is This Job a Good Fit? Here’s How to Find Out

Let’s face it: There are a lot of people who don’t like their jobs.

A 2017 State of the American Workplace report by Gallup found that just 34 percent of “professional workers” were “engaged” with their work. If…

Mortgage 101: What Is Escrow, Prequalification?

Mortgage 101: What Is Escrow, Prequalification?

It can feel like mortgage lenders and real estate agents speak a secret language. If you’re planning to buy your first home — or your first in a while — you’re bound to hear unfamiliar terms during the mortgage process…

Frugal Vs. Cheap: What’s the Difference?

Frugal Vs. Cheap: What’s the Difference?

I’ve always considered myself frugal. I was raised by frugal parents who reminded us to throw on extra sweatshirts, turn off unnecessary lamps, and not be frivolous with money. Knowing how to bargain, barter and negotiate has been one…

Is it Too Late to Start Saving for Retirement?

Is it Too Late to Start Saving for Retirement?

I’m 57 years old and wondering: Is it too late to save money for retirement? I expect to be working for another 10 years. Is that realistic? — Maria, Trenton, NJ

Unfortunately, the American dream of retiring at age 65…

How 4 Successful Female Entrepreneurs Got Their Starts

How 4 Successful Female Entrepreneurs Got Their Starts

Many of us have big dreams about running a multimillion-dollar company. But getting there requires taking small, patient steps.

Below are the stories — and lessons learned — of women entrepreneurs who paid attention to the littlest details, paving the way…

What Bitcoin Reminds Us About Investing Basics

What Bitcoin Reminds Us About Investing Basics

Past performance is not necessarily an indication of future growth. Still, if you really want to try and “get in on the action,” that’s understandable. Remember to make sure you consider all the factors influencing an investment’s future performance—and please, know how much risk you can really afford take.
How to Save $1 Million

How to Save $1 Million

The elusive million dollar milestone…is it reachable? Well, in short, yes. But not without some careful planning and discipline. Time is a key factor, of course. It all depends on your age, when you plan to retire, what kinds…

Why I Quit My Job After Maternity Leave

Why I Quit My Job After Maternity Leave

I had a fairly straightforward, predictable pregnancy. The hardest thing about it was the 45-minute commute to work with a growing baby sitting on my bladder. I was a state employee, a senior editor at UC Berkeley, underpaid but…

10 Investing Questions Explained in Plain English

10 Investing Questions Explained in Plain English

Investing seems largely out of reach to many people (and Wall Street has especially shut out women). But it doesn’t have to be inaccessible or scary if you have basic knowledge to bolster your confidence. Here, we build on…

9 Reasons Why You Overspend

9 Reasons Why You Overspend

No matter how sensible with money you usually are, there are times when your budget is at risk of getting hijacked. “Emotionally charged circumstances make us prone to overspending,” says financial psychologist Brad Klontz, managing principal of Your Mental Wealth…