Financial planning

7 Warning Signs You’re In Financial Trouble

I vividly remember being in my kitchen a couple years ago and having to decide between two bills to pay: our mortgage or day care. My husband has recently gotten laid off for the second time in four years, and in the meantime, we had doubled our...

8 Basic Money Lessons Everyone Should Know

Where should we learn how to handle money? School. But we don’t. Instead, what you know — or don’t know — about finances stems from a number of factors: how you were raised and what you learned from friends, financial advisors, a spouse, random...

7 Easy Budget Lunches to Bring to Work

Helen Gurley Brown, the illustrious editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for 32 years, didn’t believe in shelling out money for work lunches. As a longtime secretary who worked her way up, she thought throwing away money on lukewarm sandwiches was a...

Don't Make These 10 Common Money Mistakes

As a DailyWorth editor, I’m often asked for financial advice. By everyone. When people know what I do for a living, they instantly want to show me their student loan statements. They want my opinion on their 401(k) contributions. They ask what...

Checklist: All the Documents You Need to File Your Taxes

Confused about what you need to file your taxes? We've got you covered: Gather These Documents • Last year’s tax return: To file your tax return, the tax accountant will need some important documents. If it’s your first appointment, make sure to...

7 Top Money Management Apps — Updated

Keeping a balanced budget can help you stay on track and sleep better at night. But if your money-management system requires sifting through piles of receipts and retrieving cash from various pockets and purses, it’s time to reconsider your...

From Guilt to Sadness — How Emotions Affect Money Habits

We aren't particularly rational creatures when it comes to money. For example, my family’s recent house search left me underwhelmed — until I walked into what is now our home. I stopped dead in my tracks and knew it was the place for us, even...

IRA Accounts Are Tax-smart and Better Than Ever

Making meaningful contributions to IRAs has gotten a lot easier over the years. Back in 2002, annual contributions to a traditional or Roth IRA were limited to only $2,000. The opportunity to make deductible contributions to traditional IRAs was...

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