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Need to Adjust Your Financial Attitude? Start Here--Now!

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

First, realize that you're not fighting a losing battle. The very fact that you see the problem and want to do something about it means you're already starting on the solution. And you're correct that it is a matter of attitude.

6 Surefire Tips to Save Money All Year Long

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 03.22.2015 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

Most of us know we should save more money than we're currently saving ... but that's easier said than done. If you feel like you're scrounging for change and can't figure out how to possibly save more, don't despair.

9 Strategies for a Cheaper Night Out

Casey Bond | Posted 03.14.2015 | Money
Casey Bond

I have compiled the best money-saving tips I've picked up over the years, as well as those contributed by whom I call the "frugal but fun" community, for going out with friends every now and then without devastating your savings in the process.

Your Money or Your Life? Why Not Both?

Jim Gibson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Money
Jim Gibson

You may have heard some buzz circulating around the Internet about the idea of your money or your life. Sounds simple in theory, does it not? Yet, pause for a second and consider whether or not this is actually the wrong question.

Paid Biweekly? Here's How You Should Budget

Gina Horkey | Posted 08.26.2014 | Money
Gina Horkey

Do you get paid every two weeks? Is it challenging that your bills come once a month, but your salary gets pieced out every other week? I've found a method that works well for me and I think it could work for you too!

Slumming It With a Stanford MBA: Paying Off Six-Figure Student Loan Debt

Michael Ruderman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Money
Michael Ruderman

Graduation day itself was a sunny day, but my future didn't look as bright as it did uncertain, if not ominous. I was graduating without a job, with no savings and with six-figure debt.

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

LearnVest | Posted 02.17.2014 | Women
LearnVest

For a few months I hadn't been able to pay the minimum balance on the card I had, and I was still at a steady pace of charging around $1,000 a month. When I saw the amount of debt I had on my card, I freaked.

Why I Lie to My Parents About How Much I Make

LearnVest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
LearnVest

I realized that if I continued to bail my parents out, nothing would ever change for them. They needed to get on a better financial track, and coming to their rescue wasn't going to help them do that.

Your Financial Life After Graduation

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.12.2013 | College
Jason Alderman

Let me share a few financial lessons I learned the hard way when I was just starting out. They might save you a lot of money in the long run and help you get closer to your life goals, whether it's buying a house, starting a family or even retiring early -- as far off as that may sound.

Resolve to Be Financially Secure in 2013

Jason Alderman | Posted 02.25.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

When it comes to making New Year's resolutions, getting into good shape financially ranks right up there with losing weight and eating healthier. All three goals require discipline and planning. Here are a few suggestions for better managing your personal finances in the New Year.

Tax Breaks, Benefits Available to Military Families

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.07.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Low pay scales, frequent relocation costs and other financial challenges sometimes cause military families to fall behind on bill payments or even be victimized by predatory lenders. Ultimately, these practices could jeopardize someone's security clearance or even trigger a discharge.

One Simple Step To A Better Budget, From Alexa von Tobel (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO, LearnVest.com, gave suggestions on how to track your spending when she joined me on Mondays With Marlo. Staying organi...

The 50-30-20 Rule, From Alexa von Tobel (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO, LearnVest.com, explained the 50-30-20 Rule when she joined me on Mondays With Marlo. This method divides your paycheck...

The Grocery Store Metaphor

James M. Lynch | Posted 10.29.2012 | Money
James M. Lynch

You have to choose according to your means AND pursue the ultimate goal: providing your family with a nutritious and delicious meal, hopefully three per day, including snacks and dessert at least every second or third day. How all of this happens is up to you.

Get Back-to-School Trends without Going Broke

Women & Co | Posted 10.16.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

With a little thought and some crafty ideas, you can outfit your little fashionista without going broke.

10 Secrets For Visiting A Big City On A Budget

Women & Co | Posted 10.02.2012 | Travel
Women & Co

If you want to make the most out of your trip -- whether it's for a quick weekend getaway or a full week of sightseeing -- follow these pointers for ways you can enjoy some of the most expensive cities in the world without breaking the bank.

7 Strategies for Smart Vacation Spending

Women & Co | Posted 09.11.2012 | Women
Women & Co

Planning a vacation? Here are seven smart strategies to help keep your spending on track.

New Poll Reveals Consumer's Top Financial Regrets -- But Is It Accurate?

Kevin Yu | Posted 09.11.2012 | Money
Kevin Yu

When you're polling consumers who are buried in debt, it's simple to blame overspending as the preliminary cause, but in reality it's a combination of not having an emergency savings fund, not budgeting, and trying to live the life of a rockstar.

The 9 Reasons You Are Still Broke

LearnVest | Posted 08.11.2012 | Women
LearnVest

You can't blame everything on the world, your circumstances or other people. Here are the nine reasons you're broke... when you shouldn't be.

How to Avoid Being a Bad Roommate

Jason Alderman | Posted 07.30.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

Roommate tensions are not limited to strangers. When cash-strapped young adults return to the nest, or older parents move in with grown kids for financial or caregiver assistance, long-suppressed family grievances can erupt if you're not careful.

How to Get the Spring Wardrobe You Want for Less

Women & Co | Posted 07.18.2012 | Women
Women & Co

You can have it all without spending a small fortune. If you plan ahead, you don't need to splurge every time you shop.

Obama's Budget Proposal: Six Lessons for Your Personal Budgeting Strategy

Tim Chen | Posted 04.30.2012 | Money
Tim Chen

President Obama released his budget proposal for 2013. While you're listening to the media discuss the implications at the federal level, why not take a moment to rethink your own budgeting strategy?

My Kids Will Cost Me Close To A Million Dollars And Other Financial Catastrophes

Emily Peck | Posted 04.30.2012 | Money
Emily Peck

We don't promise to have all the answers to life's money problems, but we'd like to be the place where you come to share your stories of spending and saving. Let's get talking!

Women and Personal Finances

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Jason Alderman

Women tend to earn less and live longer than men so at retirement they often have less in accumulated savings, receive smaller retirement and Social Security benefits and must spread out their money over a longer time period.

5 Ways to Improve Your Budget in 2012

Richard Barrington | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business
Richard Barrington

If you've had a tough time controlling your spending in the past, there are good reasons why things could be different in 2012.