Financial planning

Do You Know How Much You Spend? Start Tracking

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 money. What's more embarrassing? It...

Which Financial Documents Can You Throw Away?

If you haven’t already opted to go paperless, you might be swimming in a flood of receipts, bills, pay stubs, tax forms, and other financial documents. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Some of those papers need to be kept, but others can be...

How My Husband and I Paid Off $62,000 in 3 Years

Two weeks before my senior year of college, I realized that my student debt was out of control. As I packed my bags in preparation for another semester, I overturned a thick stack of paper statements from Sallie Mae, and they spilled across my...

How I Stopped Worrying About Money and Learned to Love My Budget

I remember the first time I was introduced to budgeting. It was similar to the first time I met my husband: significant in hindsight but hardly memorable. I was having a conversation with my best friend’s husband. He was a rare person in my life...

Get the Most From Your Tax Refund

So you’re getting a refund. And you’re imagining how you’ll celebrate: Fund your next vacation, maybe? Or buy a new spring wardrobe? While it’s certainly okay to treat yourself, it’s a good idea to make the most of your tax refund — after all, it...

5 Common Money Myths — Debunked

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 not always true either. Money is complicated, and...

7 Questions 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 a warm smile and a nice...

9 Money Experts on Their Biggest Financial Fails

Admitting to failure is not easy. Especially when you’re a well-respected entrepreneur or money expert. But those difficult experiences can bring real moments of clarity. That’s why asking about failure is one of my favorite questions on the...

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