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Six Tips to Deal With Holiday Spending Stress (That Don’t Involve Lying!)

by Meredith Lepore December 2, 2014

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December is a great time. Who doesn’t look forward to giving gifts, parties festivity? But it’s also a time of lying and major financial anxiety, according to a new survey by McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union. Egg nog, mistletoe, and lying to your significant other? Happy Holidays! The survey polled over 1,000 couples in three different segments: […]

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Marriage & Money: How to Divide Bank Accounts

by Katharine Paljug November 17, 2014

Couple and money

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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How to Have a Monthly Money Date With Your Partner

by Kali Hawlk September 4, 2014

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If you’re in a serious relationship, it’s vital to stay on the same page with your significant other about money. Why? There are several studies that state arguments over money early on in a relationship spell divorce. Money is at the heart of almost all we do in life, and if it’s one thing you […]

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7 Fun Budget Date Ideas For Summer

by Meredith Lepore July 6, 2014

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Summer can be a good time for romance. People spend more time outside, enjoy the gorgeous weather, and you can almost feel love in the air. But you can easily go broke trying to come up with great date ideas on a budget. We talked with Kendal Perez, the Marketing Manager for Kinoli Inc., a family […]

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Millennials: Why Aren’t Women Saving As Much As Men?

by Meredith Lepore June 30, 2014

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Bad news, ladies: Men are saving more than women. We may be graduating from college and masters programs at higher rates and we may be the breadwinners in some marriages, but apparently we aren’t saving as much as our male counterparts. Men Saving, Earning More Than Women According to a new study by Wells Fargo, 45% are not […]

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How to Rethink “Balance” for Success in Love and Money

by Kali Hawlk June 20, 2014

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The traditional view of a successful relationship is one that is “50/50,” meaning there is a nicely balanced, equal share of give and take from each partner. While this sounds great, reasonable, and fair on paper, life is never this simple. The key to having and maintaining an excellent relationship with the one you love […]

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When She Makes More – An Interview with Farnoosh Torabi

by Rebecca Jackson June 12, 2014

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In the past five decades the number of households headed by a female breadwinner has increased dramatically. According to research by the Pew Research Center, “40% of all households with children under the age of 18 include mothers who are either the sole or primary source of income for the family.” While this group is […]

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Wedding Budget: Why the Average Cost of Weddings is Not What You Think

by Erika Torres June 8, 2014

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We hear it all the time: Weddings are Expensive!  According to costofwedding.com, the average wedding cost in 2012 was $28,427. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is spending $28k on their wedding and that’s what you should be striving for. The “average cost of weddings” stat can be deceiving because “average costs” always have outlying numbers […]

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How We Paid Off $60k of Debt Early

by Amanda Grossman May 29, 2014

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Racking up $60k in debt is not the hard part, it’s paying it off early that stumps most. I’m a money-loving gal with an eye for a good deal and a head for finances. So how did someone like me end up $59,496 in debt? Life–which included graduating from a great, four-year college and getting married […]

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How to Help a Friend Reach Her Financial Goals

by Kathleen Fordyce May 19, 2014

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Setting a goal is easy – sticking to it is the tricky part. Having someone to cheer you on, offer encouragement and help you get motivated after a slip-up can mean the difference between success and failure. If a friend mentions a money goal – whether it is to pay off her credit card debt, […]

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6 Ways Not to Go Broke During Wedding Season

by Meredith Lepore May 13, 2014

Bridal Shower

With June coming up, it can only mean one thing: wedding season. Along with the flowers, the dresses, and the romance comes… the debt? If you are attending a wedding this summer, chances are you’re feeling the financial strain of weddings. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. According to USA Today, 69 million Americans will attend at […]

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How To Forgive Yourself for Your Financial Follies

by Rebecca Jackson May 9, 2014

Forgive Your Financial Mistakes

Have you ever missed a credit card payment or ignored a bill? Has this has happened more than once? Have you ever cashed out a retirement account or raided your emergency savings for non-emergencies? Have you racked up debt for no real reason, or even racked up debt for very good reason, and then felt […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – May 3, 2014

by Sarah Chang May 3, 2014

Spring

To say we love spring is an understatement. The air is clear and fresh, the sky is blue, and it seems like anything is possible. Getting out of the house during this season is key – and we’re all about enjoying the weather on a budget. From frugal dates to staycations, here’s what inspired us […]

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How to Slow Down and Save Your Sanity in 3 Steps

by Shawn Fink April 30, 2014

Slow Down

Two summers ago, I was that mom driving all over town. Work was crazy. The kids’ summer camp was clear across town and I was the sole parent all week long. Even vacations that summer were not possible due to work obligations. And, of course, I was trying to do it all mindfully and intentionally […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – April 26, 2014

by Sarah Chang April 26, 2014

Mother's Day

Hard to believe, but it’s time to start thinking about Mother’s Day. You’ve still got a few weeks, so there’s time to plan something really special. And do we have the round up from you. From frugal gift guides to presents for the money conscious mom,here’s what inspired us this week. Think your mom has […]

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Save Money: Say “I Don’t” to These Wedding Expenses

by Kendal Perez April 9, 2014

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According to the Real Weddings Study commissioned by the creator of The Knot, the average wedding cost (excluding the honeymoon) in 2013 was just shy of $30,000. That’s nearly $1,500 more than 2012 ($28,427), and close to 10-percent higher than 2011 ($27,021). In fact, the amount spent on weddings has been on the rise since […]

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From Two Incomes to One: How to Make the Switch

by Mary Beth Storjohann April 7, 2014

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Making the decision for one partner to leave the workforce for any period of time is always a tough one. Perhaps you’d like to spend time with children, need to care for an aging parent or are planning to launch a business that will require sacrificing some income for a few years. To minimize financial […]

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Why and How We Save Half Our Income

by Kali Hawlk April 3, 2014

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I’m an inquisitive person by nature. I like to ask questions and when someone tells me that something is done a certain way, my first thought is, “why?” Understanding the why behind the way things work is important to me. When I started asking how much I needed to save for retirement, I wasn’t satisfied […]

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