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Managing Your Money: 12 Things Every Woman Should Know

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Poor April -- how envious it must be of its monthly neighbors! March gets to have St. Patty's Day and May gets to have, well, May Day -- but April? All the crocuses in the world couldn't make us forget that most unlikely -- and unlikable -- day of the year: Tax Day.

If you're an upstanding, tax-paying citizen (and if you're not, I don't want to know about it), right now you're probably staring at spreadsheets, number-crunching your finances and forecasting your upcoming fiscal year. It's never fun, of course, but we've gotta do what we've gotta do in order to stay on track. What's important to know, however -- especially for those of us who don't have a degree in accounting -- is that there are many creative ways to save, invest and maximize our incomes.

Last year, Time magazine reported that more than a third of American women are now the family breadwinner, yet still "lag behind men in actions crucial to building wealth and security, such as investing and having a long-term money plan." That's not very cheerful news. When it comes to financial matters, it is vital that we empower ourselves to take control and take advantage of every opportunity to make our money work for us. And the great thing is, it's not so hard to do this, provided you ask the right questions from someone in the know. Sometimes a little advice can go a very long way.

That's why we've put together a dozen wonderful tips and recommendations from some of our most prominent financial experts. We've been lucky enough to have a few of these terrific women as guests on Mondays With Marlo, and they've never failed to encourage, educate and inspire us.

So, take a moment to find out what Suze Orman, Maria Bartiromo, Alexa Von Tobel and others have to say about keeping your finances sound and secure. Their ideas, suggestions and advice are worth their weight in gold.

And cheer up. May is only two weeks away.

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