Liz Weston

Liz Weston
The 9 Worst Credit Card Mistakes You Can Make

The 9 Worst Credit Card Mistakes You Can Make

Credit cards can be a convenient, safe way to make purchases and build your credit scores. Or they can be an expensive nightmare that could put you in bankruptcy court.

The difference isn't so much in the cards…

Little-Known Ways to Get Rich

Little-Known Ways to Get Rich

You likely already know the standard advice about building wealth: Live below your means. Max out your retirement accounts. Pay off your debt. But in addition to those tried-and-true methods, there are other, less well-known ways that…

7 Ways to Save for Retirement

7 Ways to Save for Retirement

As if figuring out how to save for retirement weren't difficult enough, you also have to decide where to save. Is your 401(k) a good choice? Should you put your money into an IRA or a Roth…

Rewards Credit Cards That Give to Charity

Rewards Credit Cards That Give to Charity

Americans are a charitable bunch. Last year, we gave a record-breaking $358 billion to good causes, according to a Giving USA Foundation estimate. But while many of us have every intention of giving, we might not have the time…

Debt Consolidation 101: What to Know

Debt Consolidation 101: What to Know

Debt consolidation can help you pay off what you owe faster and more conveniently, with one payment instead of many. But if you choose the wrong method, you could waste your money and end up deeper in debt.

The first…

What to Ask Before You Open a 401(k)

What to Ask Before You Open a 401(k)

If your employer offers a 401(k), consider yourself lucky. About half of U.S. workers don’t have access to a workplace retirement plan, and not having a plan makes it more likely that they won’t save enough…

5 “Good” Credit Habits That Are Bad

5 “Good” Credit Habits That Are Bad

Americans know a fair amount about credit and credit scores. More than half understand, for example, that making payments on time, keeping credit card balances low or paid off, and not opening several cards at once can help raise a…

How to Deal With Money Bullies

How to Deal With Money Bullies

If you’ve ever asked a question about money only to feel embarrassed, ashamed, or defensive at the response, you may have encountered a Money Bully. Money Bullies come in a wide variety, but they all share the need…

How to Invest $1,000 or Less

How to Invest $1,000 or Less

Trying to invest less than $1,000 can be frustrating — everywhere you turn, you run into barriers. Many investment companies want you to pony up thousands just to open an account. Then there are fees, which can quickly eat up…

Reasons to Get a Postnup

Reasons to Get a Postnup

Financial advisor Jeffrey Landers once counseled a doctor who gave up her career to raise five children. After 15 years out of the workforce, the woman was getting divorced and facing the prospect of trying to earn a living with…

How to Apply the KonMari Method to Money

How to Apply the KonMari Method to Money

Marie Kondo’s best-selling book about decluttering, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has prompted people around the world to shed their stuff. The Japanese organizer’s precepts have “developed a cult-like following,” according to the Wall…

Why You Should Track Your Spending

Why You Should Track Your Spending

A few years ago, my husband and I started running out of money before we ran out of weeks in the month. (Don’t you hate when that happens?)

This was embarrassing because I make my living advising people about…

The Truth About 5 Money Myths

The Truth About 5 Money Myths

Yes, debt is a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean paying it off is always the right thing to do. Likewise, saving money and paying with cash are often lauded as good things. Except that's…

What to Ask Your Financial Advisor

What to Ask Your Financial Advisor

Relationships with financial advisors require trust, of course. If we’re taking someone’s advice, we’re relying on him or her to know more — and better — than we do. But sometimes that faith is based on little more than…

Sundance Films Female Directors to Watch in 2015

Sundance Films Female Directors to Watch in 2015

Female Directors to Watch

While Hollywood has been taken to task for its treatment of women, the Sundance Film Festival (held each January in Park City, Utah), is known for being ultra female friendly.

Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom…

Are Women More Risk-Averse Investors?

Are Women More Risk-Averse Investors?

A lot of what I know about investing I learned from women: my mother, personal finance pioneers Sylvia Porter and Jane Bryant Quinn, and a host of smart Certified Financial Planners.

They weren’t timid. They took risks. They made…

How to Save Money the Easy Way

How to Save Money the Easy Way

A few weeks ago, I saved our family $792 a year with a single, 10-minute phone call. A few months earlier, another quick call saved us $833 a year. Many times, saving money requires time and energy — sometimes for…

How to Deal With Debt Collectors

How to Deal With Debt Collectors

You don’t have to be a hot financial mess to have collection accounts ruining your credit. Rosemary had great credit scores until a $46 medical bill went into collections. Her scores plummeted by more than 100 points and she…