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Why You Should Be Saving For Retirement Now

by Sarah Chang March 26, 2015

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Is saving for retirement on your to-do list? You may think you have plenty of time to worry about stocking away cash. But the later you get started on saving the less opportunity you have to take advantage of compound interest (and your money working for you). Check out this infographic by our friends at […]

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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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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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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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Six Money Beliefs That Are Keeping You Broke

by Melanie Lockert February 2, 2015

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Are you still broke? It may be about more than just what’s in your bank account. Oftentimes when we struggle with money, we think of our struggles from a purely financial standpoint. It’s all about the money (or lack thereof). But more often than not, there is so much more at play than just money, […]

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Seven Easy Budget Tips for the Self-Employed

by Sabrina Rojas Weiss January 23, 2015

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When you leave the mother ship to work for yourself, there are just a few things you might miss. Along with the bad commute and worse coffee, you leave behind that steady paycheck from which a computer in a far off payroll office automatically deducted money for the things you never had to think too […]

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Five Savings Challenges to Try in 2015

by Kali Hawlk January 22, 2015

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Ready to save more money in 2015? You’re not alone! According to a recent survey from Fidelity on money resolutions, the majority of people who made goals to improve their finances said they wanted to save more this year. To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 5 savings challenges to try throughout […]

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This Year, Don’t Make Resolutions—Create Habits

by Sarah Kaufman January 7, 2015

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This is the year you’re going to crush your resolutions. You’re going to exercise five days a week, cut back on greasy foods, and save more—a lot more—money. You’re going to feel motivated the whole time, so it will be simple. It’s just a matter of adhering to your mission. Mind over matter. Right? Wrong. […]

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Building Your Financial Toolbox: 5 Financial Resources For Millennial Women

by Claire Murdough December 19, 2014

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When I studied creative writing at UC Santa Cruz a common piece of advice came up time and time again: add to your creative tool box. As an undergrad learning the technicalities of a craft, it seemed exactly the opposite of what I might have guessed. I’d always assumed I had to find my voice […]

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Five Gifts to Give Yourself Before Year End

by Ashley Feinstein December 18, 2014

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During the holiday season we tend to spend a lot of time and money on gifts for others. Here are six gifts you should commit to gifting to yourself before year-end – and they’ll even benefit those you love and care for as well. The Gift of Wealth While you don’t need to be spending […]

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How I Started Enjoying the Holidays — Without a Credit Card

by Katharine Paljug December 16, 2014

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The holiday season is a time to focus on all sorts of wonderful things, like family, faith, generosity, and giving. Unfortunately, it’s also often a time to focus on buying things. Our consumer culture regularly forgets about peace and love in favor of flash sales and blowing your savings on presents. This year, instead of […]

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Six Things You Should Do With Your Holiday Bonus

by Meredith Lepore December 15, 2014

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After a couple of very lean years for many businesses, the holiday bonus (as well as the company party) is back! According to a CareerBuilder study, 45% of employers gave out bonuses in 2013, up from 33% in 2010. What a treat to get some extra dough at the end of the year. Now, there is […]

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Six Tips for Surviving Black Friday (and Not Overspending)

by Meredith Lepore November 26, 2014

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It’s Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving! However, it’s already being overshadowed by Black Friday and all of its sales. Because Black Friday started this morning around midnight. Maybe even earlier. And frankly, can a big turkey and your annoying relatives stack up against 50% off a big screen TV? Nearly 70% of Americans — an estimated 97 […]

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Five Healthy Financial Habits for the Self-Employed

by Katharine Paljug November 20, 2014

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When I started my freelance writing business, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I had to learn as I went: how to find clients, how market my work… even how to keep myself on a schedule while working from home was a challenge! One thing I had going for me, though, was good […]

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How I Learned to Act My Wage (and Pay Off Over $30k in Student Loan Debt)

by Christine Nguyen October 27, 2014

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Many of us are not born a natural money manager. I can admit that I don’t fall into this category. I’ve been working since I was 13, and going into college I had nothing to show for my years of hard retail. Sure, my closet was stuffed with clothes, CDs, and movie tickets, but in […]

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Get Inspired to Save: How One Couple Saved Over $10,000 in Less Than a Year

by Kali Hawlk October 22, 2014

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It’s easy to feel intimidated by our financial goals. Life is expensive, and our goals require large sums of money to achieve. Traveling around the world can be a few thousand dollars. Buying a home can be hundreds of thousands. And when you start talking about retirement, you also start talking about millions. But it’s […]

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Tired of Debt? Four Tips for Dealing With Debt Fatigue

by Melanie Lockert October 21, 2014

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Paying off debt is more like a marathon than a sprint, especially for people like me who owe large amounts. My debt repayment journey will be spread out over the course of years, not months. Dealing with this reality can be difficult. Over the years, you may change jobs, relationships, or move. A lot can […]

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