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Personal Budgeting

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything

Leisa Peterson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

Do you skip workouts, phone-in conference calls, or only half listen to your spouse? Most of us are guilty of one or more of these transgressions, periodically. You may not realize it, but these actions may be causing more harm than you realize.

Why You Should Avoid Black Friday Sales | Posted 11.23.2015 | Business

Imagine this: It's Thanksgiving night. You've gobbled your fourth serving of mashed potatoes and green bean casserole. You've turned on the TV. The local news is reporting that hundreds of people are lined up in front of local stores to score items for steep discounts.

10 Ways to Cut $500 off Your Monthly Bills

GOBankingRates | Posted 07.21.2015 | Money

Surely, you've heard the advice to cut out discretionary expenses -- such as a daily latte -- to save money. It's true that those small savings can add up and provide a little more wiggle room in your budget. But what about those necessary expenditures?

How to Save for Retirement Without Kicking Your Starbucks Habit

Lule Demmissie | Posted 06.03.2015 | Money
Lule Demmissie

Budgets shouldn't be about denial. They should be about empowered spending and realistic trade-offs.

Five Reasons Why Saving for Retirement Should Get Priority Over Paying Off Your Mortgage

Bob Lotich | Posted 05.29.2015 | Money
Bob Lotich

There's an almost perpetual debate as to which should get priority, saving for retirement or paying off your mortgage early. In a perfect world, the best solution would be to do both at the same time.

Setting Financial Goals For The New Year That You Can Actually Keep | Posted 03.07.2015 | 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.