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Liz Weston

The Art and Science of Personal Finance

Liz Weston is an award-winning personal finance columnist and author of five books, including the national bestseller “Your Credit Score” and “Deal with Your Debt,” which recently came out in a second edition. Her question-and-answer column “Money Talk” appears in newspapers throughout the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the Palm Beach Post and the Portland Oregonian. She’s a regular commentator on public radio’s “Marketplace Money” and has appeared on “The Dr. Phil Show,” “The Today Show,” CNBC and “NBC Nightly News,” among others. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.

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...

3 Common Myths About Women and Money

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 money. Yet we're...

The 10 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 you use as how you use them. Here...

3 Quick Tips to Save Hundreds of Dollars

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 very little payoff. I prefer the...

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 was turned down for a...

The Smart Way to Give to Charity

We’re giving more these days — but we’re not necessarily being smart about it. Charitable contributions have increased more than 12 percent since the recession ended in 2009, according to Giving USA’s annual report, with the average household...

What to Do Before 2014 Ends: A Financial Cheat Sheet

The holidays are a busy time of year — and expensive too. That's why it makes sense to take a break from the hubbub and look for some last-minute ways you can save money on your taxes. Here are the top moves to make: 1. Stuff money into...

How to Spend a Million Dollars

I read once that the typical windfall is spent within 18 months. No matter how big the inheritance, bonus, tax refund, lottery win, or lawsuit settlement, people think they're richer than they really are and the money is soon gone. I thought I...

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