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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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Why I Went on a Cash-Only Diet

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 4:41 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 why she opted for an all-cash diet to combat her habitual overspending -- and...

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How I Threw A 100-Person Wedding For Under $4,000

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 11:28 AM

When my husband and I got engaged back in 2010, I felt simultaneously thrilled ... and like I needed to brace myself for an oncoming wave whose only purpose was to sweep over me and pull all of my money out to sea.

The engagement wasn't a surprise -- being...

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How I Paid $100,000 Off My Mortgage in Under 2 Years

(90) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 8:18 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 man shares how he's tackling one of the biggest debts many of us will ever take on: a...

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I'm Scared to Pay Off My Student Loans

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:08 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 explains why she can't quite get excited about eliminating a debt that's followed her for nearly 10...

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Secrets of Success: How I Learned to Make What I Was Really Worth

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 1:14 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 entrepreneur talks about what it was like to start a new business -- and subsequently overcome a fear...

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Financial Animals: 8 Pets Who Can Teach Us Money Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Our pets have lives we can only envy. They've got daily meal service and a personal cleanup crew. And when we leave for work, they can go back to sleep ... for the entire day.

And they never, ever have to worry about money.

But despite their freedom from financial...

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Tax Time: Should a Married Couple Ever File Separately?

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:25 PM

One of the very first things you'll choose this tax season is your filing status, which determines the deductions and credits you can take.

Generally, there are two common filing statuses: married filing jointly and single. But it's a third, less common status that we'll be discussing today: married filing separately.

...
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I Refused to Get Married -- Until He Paid Off His Debt

(6) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 12:47 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 laid down the financial law for her husband-to-be--by postponing their nuptials until he paid...

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The Financial Side of Infertility: 4 Things I Learned During IVF

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 10:58 AM

In our "Money Mic" series, we hand over the podium to someone with a strong opinion on a financial topic. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy explains why she and her husband chose to undergo IVF treatment in an...

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10 Money Lies To Stop Telling Yourself By 30

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 7:29 AM

If you're turning the big 3-0 this year, give yourself a pat on the back.

Odds are you've finished a degree or two, your career is finally getting jump-started, and you've graduated from boxed Franzia to a much classier bottle of Malbec.

But even though you're all grown up, you...

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Why I'm Getting a Prenup -- and You Should Too

(41) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 11:03 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 who fell hopelessly in love -- for the very first time -- tells us why she's still...

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I Make 6 Figures, But I'm in Financial Trouble

(20) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 1:49 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to someone with a strong opinion on a financial topic. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, Holly Michaelson*, 28, who makes $100,000 a year, shares how she got into $14,000 in credit...

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Why I Lie to My Parents About How Much I Make

(23) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 9:05 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 32-year-old woman tells us how she went into five-figure credit card debt by footing the bill for her...

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I'm Married Without Kids -- and I Choose Not to Work

(130) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 2:28 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 tells us why she gave up her career in hotel administration to be a stay-at-home wife, what...

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Why It's OK to Let Kids Fail: A Guide to Not Overparenting

(7) Comments | Posted October 26, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Two years ago, Kristina Sauerwein, a mom of two in St. Louis, Missouri, attended a family fun night at her the new school her 7-year-old daughter Zoe attended.

One of the games, which involved putting a golf ball into a hole, gave kids the chance to win a stuffed snake....

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The Sit-It-Out Syndrome: Why Women Are Afraid to Invest Their Hard-Earned Cash

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 4:08 PM

They've earned it. They've saved it. And there it sits -- a big pile of money in their savings accounts.

At least that was the case with a handful of high-earning women I interviewed. Single, cohabitating, East Coast, West Coast... and they all had one thing in common: They were...

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