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Setting Financial Goals For The New Year That You Can Actually Keep | Posted 01.06.2015 | Money

Your New Year's Resolution is to be better at managing your money. But that's a vague, ambiguous goal. What specific steps should you take? What does "better" look like in practice?

Free Your Mind, Free Your Money

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Money
Leisa Peterson

I think of a budget as a diagnostic tool. It is no different from going to the doctor and having the nurse take your temperature and blood pressure. They are establishing a baseline for your health. A budget is a baseline for your financial wellness.

5 Household Budget Templates That Will Help If You Actually Stick With It

Bob Lotich | Posted 10.20.2014 | Money
Bob Lotich

If you are like many, the challenging economy has caused us to take a look at our personal finances and consider making a budget. Good news! Budgeting doesn't have to be painful!

Tips on Saving for College

Diane Morais | Posted 10.12.2014 | Money
Diane Morais

Prioritize future college expenses as a monthly budget line item. The sooner you start saving the better, because even small amounts of money invested early can grow quickly through the power of compound interest.

Financial Advice for New Fathers

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Money
Jason Alderman

Each year when Father's Day rolls around, I'm reminded that I wouldn't trade the experience of raising my two kids for the world. But when I think back to how naïve my wife and I once were about the costs of raising children, I can't help wishing we'd been better prepared.

How To Take Control Of Your Money, From Suze Orman (WATCH)

Posted 08.14.2013 | MarloThomas

When personal finance expert Suze Orman joined me on Mondays With Marlo, she told me that she hates the word "budget." Instead of cutting back on all ...

How to Throw a Blowout Holiday Party -- on a Budget

Women & Co | Posted 02.17.2013 | Women
Women & Co

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting to throw an unforgettable party. Unfortunately, with so many year-end expenses and a sluggish economy, my budget this year is pretty limited. Here's what I've learned about how to throw a party on a budget.

6 Purchases to Buy on Sale This Winter

Women & Co | Posted 02.12.2013 | Money
Women & Co

With so many people holiday shopping this time of year, you might think retailers hold all the cards in the winter, but that isn't entirely true.

Gifts Penny Pinchers Can Buy

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 11.23.2012 | Money

It's always tough to find a great gift for the ultimate cheapskate. Thankfully, us penny pinchers at HuffPost Money have come up with a list of gi...

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

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

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

Parting Words of Wisdom for Your College Student This Fall

Mary Johnson | Posted 10.30.2012 | Fifty
Mary Johnson

Here are some tips to pass along to your college student for staying on track in the next four years.

What Does It Mean to Live within Your Means?

Women & Co | Posted 10.27.2012 | Women
Women & Co

As we added credit cards to our wallet, the notion of "living within your means" somehow morphed into "living within your available credit limit."

Ask the Readers: How Do You Handle Money Mistakes?

J.D. Roth | Posted 10.07.2012 | Money
J.D. Roth

In a lot of ways, learning to be smart with money can be like learning to ride a bike. At first, the ride can be wobbly. Sometimes you might even fall.

Ask the Readers: Should I Buy a New House?

J.D. Roth | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money
J.D. Roth

If you were in this position -- your only debt was your mortgage, you had ample emergency savings, and you had an extra chunk of cash -- what would you do?

Get the Most From Daily Deal Sites

Women & Co | Posted 09.09.2012 | Money
Women & Co

The more organized you are in accessing and managing daily deals, the easier it can be to save money on what you need and have a pleasant, positive experience. To keep the clutter out of your daily deals, I recommend these organizing strategies.

5 Hidden Summer Camp Costs

Women & Co | Posted 08.27.2012 | Parents
Women & Co

Around this time of year, parents can find themselves dishing out additional cash for the "hidden costs" of camp -- costs that were unanticipated during budgeting and registration.

5 Costs to Consider Before Getting a Pet

Women & Co | Posted 07.23.2012 | Women
Women & Co

Consider this list if you are thinking of buying a pet.

6 Steps to Rethinking Your Budget

Women & Co | Posted 06.25.2012 | Women
Women & Co

Rather than thinking of a budget as an impediment, start thinking of it as an instrument that is enabling you to stay on course to reach some goal.

Talking Finances With Your Valentine

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Jason Alderman

On Valentine's Day, don't kill the mood with talk of budgets; but do make sure that before too much time passes, you reopen the doors of financial communication so you know you're both working toward the same goals.

Six Biggest Money Mistakes Mothers Make

Kristin Maschka | Posted 08.17.2011 | Women
Kristin Maschka

Recently I led a chapter meeting for our local Mothers & More chapter on "The 6 Biggest Money Mistakes Mothers Make." Here are the "mistakes" I disc...

Financial Advice for Fathers

Jason Alderman | Posted 08.17.2011 | Business
Jason Alderman

With Father's Day upon us, dads everywhere are gearing up for an avalanche of gifts from their spouses and kids. If you really want to return their affection, think about what you can do to protect your family financially, now and in the future.

Navigating Marriage's Financial Minefields

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Alderman

As with all challenges in a marriage, what starts as a small issue can grow into a large one, given enough time. It's not surprising that after being ...

Psych Yourself Rich: With Farnoosh Torabi

Manisha Thakor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Manisha Thakor

These days it's the rare American indeed who doesn't have money on the brain. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends on your mindset.

Budgeting Tips: De-Stress And Live With Less

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

Being on a budget forces not only simplifying life, but also choosing only to invest in those things that have the greatest meaning.