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How To Manage Your Budget: Top 10 Tips

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 04.05.2014 | Money
Tiffany Aliche

Online bill pay, smart phone apps, special calculators, email alerts sent to you from your bank; all these things are your friend. Hang out often.

Building Better Balance Sheets In 2014

Terri Friedline, PhD | Posted 03.30.2014 | Money
Terri Friedline, PhD

The news is already filled with advice on how to build better finances or warnings that Americans' balance sheets are tilted too far toward debts and not enough toward savings. Yet following the advice or heeding the warnings is easier said than done without policies that help families and individuals save and build assets.

5 Budgeting Basics for People Who Hate Budgeting | Posted 03.26.2014 | Money

Don't be scared -- it's totally fine if you failed econ in college and even better if you're completely Excel illiterate. These five tips will get you started.

5 Ways You Can Start Being Frugal -- Pronto! | Posted 03.18.2014 | Money

The truth is, if you were to continue your same spending habits past today, even with a bigger paycheck, you would soon find yourself in the same economic position, despite the fact that you have more money.

10 Out-Of-The-Box Ways To Pad Your Savings Account

Bob Lotich | Posted 03.17.2014 | Money
Bob Lotich

Having a healthy savings account is a great way to start building your financial foundation. It's essential to have an "emergency fund" that you can use when an unexpected bill hits your mailbox or when tragedy strikes.

3 Legitimate Ways To Improve Your Credit Fast

Rob Berger | Posted 03.15.2014 | Money
Rob Berger

Consumers often begin checking their credit report and scores a few months before buying a home or refinancing a mortgage. Realizing that a higher score can save them thousands of dollars, they are then left trying to improve their score fast.

The Top 10 Mistakes 20-Somethings Make Regarding Real Estate

Brandon Turner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Brandon Turner

At this point in life, many 20-somethings are more interested in when the next game of Call of Duty will start than the best way to start building their financial future. However, there are those of us who want more out of life, and understand the immense power of time that we have in building wealth.

5 Ways That Being Internet-Free on a Plane Is Better for Your Security

Adam Levin | Posted 12.22.2013 | Technology
Adam Levin

1. Online shopping: In addition to being a potential money pit, online shopping on a public Internet connection might allow a fellow traveler to invade your cyber space and turn your laptop into a transmitter of personally identifying information.

6 Apps and Services to Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck

Joseph Polverari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Joseph Polverari

Financial technology can save you money. Whether helping you avoid pesky fees, misleading subscriptions, or even just saving you time, a new wave of financial tools are gaining traction because, hey, who doesn't want to save money?

7 Steps to Deal With HR Looking at Your Credit Report

Adam Levin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Adam Levin

If a prospective employer is looking at your credit report, how do you deal with it? What if they see something bad? What to do? First, don't panic. Next, consider these tips.

How to Prevent Financial Snooping

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Edward Snowden made waves internationally with his revelations about the electronic snooping the U.S. government does into personal communications. But government spooks aren't the only people who may be trying to peer over your shoulder digitally.

It's Time for Your Midyear 401(k) Checkup

Catherine Golladay | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Catherine Golladay

Quarterly 401(k) statements are out and yours may reflect the double-digit rally in the stock market so far this year. But it's important to remember that past performance doesn't guarantee future results.

Revisiting the Rule of 72: The Power of Compound Interest Over Time

SaveUp | Posted 08.27.2013 | Business

How can you make compound interest work for you? Start contributing today towards your long-term goals, which will happen more than 10 years from now. You can use the Rule of 72 as a quick way to calculate how your money can grow.

5 Ways Student Loans Hurt Middle-Class Kids

Adam Levin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Adam Levin

Why should middle-class students pay more for loans than is absolutely necessary, all the while padding the government's coffers and enabling state universities to build facilities that the students will only get to use for four years?

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

SaveUp | Posted 07.02.2013 | Business

It might seem obvious that improving your finances includes saving for retirement, but it's important to think of your financial plan in a broader way. It's also about putting protections in place.

Tricks of the Trade: Teaching Personal Finance to High School Students

Kathy Focht | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Kathy Focht

Creating a generation of financially savvy consumers is within our capability. Every effort we make will improve our students' financial future and, as a result, the future of our economy.

Forget Frugality. Start Earning More Instead

Ramit Sethi | Posted 05.27.2013 | Business
Ramit Sethi

The classic advice of cutting back on lattes is the best example of personal-finance "experts" run amok. Not only does the advice not work -- most people fail to cut back on their caffeine because it's an important pleasure in their day -- but even if it did work, $3 a day doesn't add up to much!

Visualizing the Financial Fears of Americans, Particularly During Tax Season | Posted 05.05.2013 | Small Business

With the national savings rate hovering just below 1% and tax season in full swing, this seems like the most unfortunately opportune time to recognize how minuscule the balance of the average American family's checking account is at any one time.

What We Can Learn from Chicago's High School Students' Perspectives on Money

Charisse Amanda (Conanan) Johnson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Charisse Amanda (Conanan) Johnson

I have no doubt that these smart, talented, and college-bound students will continue to acquire the practical skills necessary to make good life decisions. I am confident that each of our own unique experiences can allow us to do the same.

Why You're Using the Wrong Online Broker -- And How to Stop

Tim Chen | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Tim Chen

Over 17 million investors are paying too much for perks and services they don't need, or they could oftentimes be receiving them more cheaply elsewhere.

Avoid These Common Car Shopping Mistakes

Brian Moody | Posted 03.06.2013 | Business
Brian Moody

Here are five common mistakes shoppers make that you should avoid if you want to get the best deal on your ideal car

Why an Entitled Attitude Leaves You Financially Crippled

Brazen Life | Posted 12.17.2012 | Money
Brazen Life

We don't necessarily believe these things should be free, but we think a normal person who works for a living should have certain things and be able to afford to do certain things.

The Entrepreneur and Fear: An Argument for Entrepreneurial Education, Part 2

Steve Mariotti | Posted 12.11.2012 | Money
Steve Mariotti

The paralysis of financial fear can be life-destroying. But, utilized in a positive way, fear can create a heightened sense of awareness, be a motivator and instill determination leading to success.

5 Common Financial Fears (and How to Overcome Them)

Women & Co | Posted 11.13.2012 | Money
Women & Co

By Linda Descano, CFA®, President and CEO, Women & Co. and Managing Director and Head of Digital Partnerships, North America Marketing, Citi We've a...

What I've Learned From 20 Years of Personal Finance

Stacy Johnson | Posted 10.29.2012 | Money
Stacy Johnson

Being on TV today is an indication of a good publicist more than genuine expertise. Harmless when you're talking fashion, perhaps, but dangerous when the advice concerns your life savings.