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Paycheck to Paycheck: How 4 Real Single Moms Make It Work

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:24 PM

We all know single moms, and single parents, in general -- have it harder.

Earlier this year, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert" -- a documentary film produced by Maria Shriver, chronicling the heroic struggles of one single mom of three, aired on HBO.

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5 Common Money Mistakes That Even Good Savers Make

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:31 PM

It's no wonder so many Americans consider saving money their number-one financial struggle: Saving money consistently takes discipline and hard work.

In fact, a survey last year revealed that more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings whatsoever, and half have less than three months'...

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I Spent Just $1,000 On My Wedding. Here's How

(114) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 2:36 PM

I was just four months into a year-long stint teaching English in Seoul, South Korea, when I met Sally at a party five years ago.

I was struck by her big smile and bright eyes -- and we hit it off instantly, bonding over our private-school jobs and shared love...

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I Graduated College With No Debt -- and a $10,000 Refund

(59) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:31 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one woman shares how she amassed enough scholarships to graduate from college debt-free.

The first time I ever heard...

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Confessions of an Accountant: 'I Have $130,000 Worth of College Debt'

(18) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 6:00 AM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one woman shares how getting denied for financial aid left her with a massive amount of student loan...

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A New Theory for Why Women Earn Less

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Picture this: Your manager assigns you a challenging new project, and you log countless hours after everyone else has left the office in order to get it done before the deadline.

When raise and bonus time rolls around, your boss remembers how overworked you were -- and rewards you for...

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Adventures in Online Dating: Should You Reveal Your Income?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:07 AM

I reactivated my online dating profile a couple months ago.

For the most part, the pickings were bleak, but I was feeling giddy about my first date with a child psychiatrist. At 36, he was only a year younger than I am. We'd exchanged a few flirty text messages and,...

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30 Smart Career Moves You Should Make By 30

(4) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 9:22 AM

For many people, their 20s can be a rich time for personal self-discovery -- a period when you're more willing to take risks and maybe even make mistakes along the way.

But they can also be some of the most formative years for another important facet of life: your career.

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8 Summer Road Trips That Will Get You Out of the City Without Breaking the Bank

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Maybe it's nostalgia for our (long-gone) school days, but nothing says summer like getting out of town.

And thanks to a more optimistic financial outlook for 2014, travel seems to be on the to-do list for some 133 million of us this year, according to the latest American...

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How I Paid Off $90,000 of Debt in Three Years

(38) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 5:27 PM

It's funny how you can do all of the right things -- go to college, get a job -- and then one day wake up with crushing debt.

At 26, I was working hard and playing hard in Washington, D.C. I thought that I had everything under control -- despite...

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10 Grocery Shopping Tips to Keep Rising Food Costs in Check

(43) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 4:42 PM

As the heat index rises, so will your grocery bill this summer.

It's all thanks to Mother Nature, who has been doing a number on our food supply. Ongoing droughts have bumped up prices for produce and produced a trickle-down effect on meat, since feeding cattle has become costlier. At...

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How to Budget Your Money With the 50/20/30 Rule

(8) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 3:40 PM

When it comes to our money, there is no shortage of ways we could spend it: food, rent, gifts, medicine, clothing, education, technology, gym membership, gas ... you get the picture. We're often asked, "How to budget my money?" -- so we came up with a guideline to consider...

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8 High-Tech Tools for Turning Kids Into Money Whizzes

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:07 PM

It's never too early to start teaching children the ABCs of money. After all, parents seem to be doling it out -- big-time.

A survey by the American Institute of CPAs found that the average allowance of $780 a year provides kids with enough money to buy an...

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6 Ways to Help Spring Clean Your Finances

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Spring cleaning is simultaneously awesome and awful, isn't it?

You probably have to give up time you'd far rather be spending outside, where it's finally sunny. Yet there are few things better than that amazing, fresh-start feeling you get from blowing the dust off everything.

Guess what: The same can...

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Wedding Cash: How I Accidentally Spent It All

(3) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:14 PM

On my first date with my now-husband Mike, I was full of nerves, stammering away while getting to know him. He was the cute bartender I'd met on Bleecker Street in Manhattan.

We shared stories of our families, our upbringings, our favorite books and the characters we'd met in the...

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10 Money-Saving Things Everyone Should Know How to Do by 30

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 6:44 PM

The big 3-0 has heft: Most 20-somethings fear it, 40-somethings miss it and 60-somethings realize that they're way wiser than they ever were back then.

We don't think you're defined by your age on a calendar, but this turning point in our adult lives sure seems to hold mystique; at...

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7 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:34 PM

Saving up your hard-earned cash to stash away an emergency fund?

Well, it can be a hard sell. Spare cash can be hard to come by, and, after all, taking a vacation is a heck of a lot more fun.

Or at least a lot of us seem...

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7 Last-Minute Tax Filing Mistakes People Often Make

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:28 PM

No one enjoys doing taxes, which probably explains why so many of us leave it to the last. Possible. Moment.

With Tax Day fast approaching (next week!), millions of Americans are no doubt scrambling to track down receipts, bank statements and other important documents in a bid to...

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40 Financial Things You Should Know by 40

(22) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:25 PM

Many by-40 milestones have become debatable: Get married? Only if you really want to. Own a home? If it's financially feasible. Know what you want to be when you grow up? Well, if 40 is the new 30, you're certainly entitled to change your mind.

But there's one...

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I Finally Paid Off a Lifetime of Credit Card Debt. Here's How.

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 8:22 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses. 

Today, one woman who had been in debt all of her life -- to the tune of $100,000 -- tells us how...

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