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10 Internet Habits Costing You Money

We spend a good chunk of our day plugged in. In fact, a study from last year determined that the average American spends 23 hours a week emailing, texting, or using social media. Twenty-three hours is ample time for marketers, advertisers, and...

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...

I Lost My Dream Job — Now What?

Last March, everything changed. It was 10 a.m. when I got the email from my office manager: “Mandatory company meeting at 10:30.” A few minutes later, another email with a reminder. I joined the meeting via video from my home office with a sense...

Disrupt Your Usual Gift Cycle

Ah, gift-giving season: It’s as American as football and apple pie. Or, in the parlance of startups, something so established that it’s ripe for disruption. That’s what I’m doing this year: disrupting my gifting circles and cycles. The same way...

13 Things Causing Your Bills to Skyrocket

To err is human; to make budgeting mistakes, totally human as well. Most people are not aware of the little budget traps we get caught in because life is so busy it's hard to keep track of the smaller money details. But being careless can rack up...

5 Ways to Trick Your Brain and Build Your Wealth

Sadly, our brains aren’t wired to make us rich. Thanks to evolutionary quirks in how we view the world and make decisions, behavioral economists tell us we often do exactly the wrong thing when it comes to money and accruing long-term wealth...

8 Surprising Things You Can Get for Free

In our culture of buy, buy, buy, it’s easy to forget that some things in life are still free. And we’re not just talking about fresh air and long walks: You can also get a handful of items that are cornerstones of American consumption, like...

6 Fascinating Mind Tricks That Help You Save Money

Putting money aside seems pretty straightforward. But seeing as the average personal-savings rate is just 5.7 percent (compared to 11 percent two decades ago), it’s definitely easier said than done. “We like to think of ourselves as rational when...

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