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Start Saving For Your Summer Vacation Today

by Sarah Chang February 27, 2015

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When you hear the phrase “get bikini ready,” do you cringe and think of endless crunches? Don’t! We’ve got a beach challenge for you, and it doesn’t involve working up a sweat. It’s time to start planning your summer vacation. Yes, now. Don’t think you can afford to get away this summer? There’s still lots […]

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How to Avoid Financial Infidelity

by Meredith Lepore February 20, 2015

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In the past, it used to be a given that newlyweds would unconditionally apply the “What’s mine is yours; yours, mine” mentality to everything, including their finances. Most of us probably recall our parents pooling all of their money into a joint bank account. In contrast, many of my newlywed friends have told me that […]

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Marriage & Money: How to Split Bank Accounts

by Katharine Paljug February 19, 2015

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Where do you and your spouse put your money? It seems like a straightforward question, but for many new couples it’s a minefield. Should you combine everything into joint checking and savings accounts? Have individual accounts and put a portion of your income into common accounts? If you keep some of your money separate, does […]

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Five Ways to Upgrade Your Honeymoon for Free

by Katharine Paljug February 16, 2015

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When I was in the middle of wedding planning, the only thing that kept me going (aside for wanting to marry the love of my love of my life) was looking forward to our honeymoon. Sure, I was spending my evenings staring at a seating chart, wondering where to put the ten relatives that were […]

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Should You Check Your Partner’s Credit?

by Meredith Lepore February 13, 2015

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Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and you’re probably thinking about all the romantic activities that go along with it. Talking about your partner’s credit score probably doesn’t make the list. Indeed, there are about 100 other things that are more romantic than this. But checking your partner’s credit — especially if you are about […]

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How to Stop Fighting About Money

by Kali Hawlk February 11, 2015

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One of the biggest trouble spots that many couples face when trying to work together to create a fulfilling life: figuring out finances. In fact, the results of a Kansas State University study show “arguments about money are by far the top predictor of divorce.” According to the study, it takes couples longer to recover […]

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How to Prepare Financially: Going Back to School

by Katharine Paljug February 10, 2015

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Have you or your partner decided to go back to school? Congratulations! Whether the goal is an undergrad or an advanced degree, going back to school can be a great way to advance at your current job or switch to a new career. But in order to get that degree, you may have to reevaluate […]

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How We Cut Wedding Expenses – and Saved Thousands

by Katharine Paljug February 9, 2015

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The price tag for weddings is rising. In fact, according to The Knot’s 2014 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding cost in the US is up to $29,858! But what exactly is all that money paying for? And how much is necessary for a beautiful wedding and a good party? When my husband and I […]

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How to Be a Good Bridesmaid Without Going Broke

by Katharine Paljug February 5, 2015

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The holiday season has come and gone (and Valentine’s Day is almost upon us), which means that someone you know may be newly engaged. If that someone is a close friend, you might just find yourself asked to be in the bridal party. Being a bridesmaid is an honor, of course, and a great opportunity […]

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7 Female Characters From Romantic Comedies Who Need to Learn How to Budget

by Meredith Lepore February 4, 2015

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You may remember our article on female television characters who are living way above what their salaries would allow in real life. Given it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I think it’s time we turned to the big screen – particularly the romantic genre comedy. Though “romcoms” can be wonderfully entertaining, they can also be horribly cliche […]

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Five Money Habits That Will Ruin Your Marriage

by Erika Torres February 3, 2015

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When it comes to marriage and money, my husband and I did everything wrong. We barely talked about finances before we got married. We had no idea how much debt we each had. We had no idea how much money we made jointly. It was the perfect start to wedded bliss, right? Not exactly. If […]

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Five Questions to Ask Before You Combine Finances

by Katharine Paljug January 30, 2015

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Are you and your partner planning to combine your finances? Whether you’re married, moving in together, or making a long-term commitment, combining your finances is both exciting and scary. Are you ready to take that step? And once you do, how will you make everything work? The best way to figure out if you’re ready […]

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Five Signs Your Finances are In Trouble

by Melanie Lockert January 29, 2015

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Do you find yourself more stressed out at the beginning of the month when bills are due? Do you hold your breath until a check clears? Are you unsure of how much money is coming in and out each month? We’ve all experienced some financial stress at one point or another, but there’s a point […]

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Five Tax Law Changes in 2015 You Need to Know

by Lisa Hay January 21, 2015

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For retirement savers, 2015 is already shaping up to be an important year with new guidelines from the IRS about tax-advantaged saving. While many savers will be eligible to contribute more next year based on higher income and contribution limits, new restrictions on IRA and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) rollovers require planning ahead. Sponsored content […]

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What I Learned In My First Three Months as a Freelancer

by Melanie Lockert January 19, 2015

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A little over 3 months ago, I took a leap of faith and quit my full-time nonprofit job to be a full-time freelancer. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. It was a decision that came crashing down on me, as I realized I couldn’t do both jobs anymore. In the past three months, I […]

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Three Small Ways to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Money Goal

by Kathleen Fordyce January 15, 2015

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Lets face it, spending is more fun than saving. It just is. Even if you are saving for something you want, it is challenging to hold off from instant gratification. Whether you are trying to pay off your debt, build your emergency fund or put aside a down payment for a house, it is critical […]

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Get Your Favorite Golden Globes Looks For Less

by Meredith Lepore January 14, 2015

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The Golden Globes aired on Sunday night and as usual we were presented with a whole lot of glitz, glamour—and a few big mistakes. But mostly we got to see some of the evening gown trends that will be big this year. Of course, most of us don’t have the budgets of the average Hollywood […]

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How to Financially Prepare for an Unexpected Pregnancy

by Catherine Alford January 13, 2015

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If you or anyone you know has ever had an unexpected pregnancy, you know all of the emotions and shock that come with it. It may take a few weeks to get used to the idea of being pregnant. Then you have to tell your family and assess how you will handle this huge change […]

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