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5 Common Money Mistakes That Even Good Savers Make

LearnVest | Posted 09.14.2014 | Money
LearnVest

If you're part of the minority and are putting money away regularly, congratulations -- it's an important part of laying the groundwork for a more secure financial future. But just because your balance is growing doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement in the way you save.

What The Top 30 Personal Finance/Wealth Influencers Know That You Don't

April Rudin | Posted 09.14.2014 | Business
April Rudin

Perhaps the quietest, yet most pernicious, danger we face is the lack of financial knowledge. Every year, this ignorance leaves millions of Americans woefully unprepared to fund their children's education or enter retirement.

'How I Cut My Food Budget $600 In 6 Months'

Credit.com | Posted 09.10.2014 | Money
Credit.com

I opened up my budget tracking tool last November and my jaw dropped -- I had spent $1,200 on food that month. That's when I knew I had to make a change.

I Spent Just $1,000 On My Wedding -- Here's How

LearnVest | Posted 09.09.2014 | Weddings
LearnVest

While there's a lot of societal pressure to splurge on a huge, expensive wedding, Sally and I held onto this one truth: An extravagant wedding does not equal a perfect marriage.

The Unfortunate Truth About Your New Chip Credit Card

CreditCards.com | Posted 09.08.2014 | Money
CreditCards.com

In these post-Target-breach days of heightened worry about credit card fraud, the arrival of EMV (which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa -- the card companies that spurred its creation) in America is a big deal. After all, about half of the world's credit card fraud reportedly happens in the U.S., due in large part to our preference for mag stripe cards.

Helping Recent Grads: How Much Financial Support Should You Give?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.08.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

The "real world" right after graduation may look a little different than you or your son anticipated. But that doesn't mean he should stop trying to get a good job -- or that you can't help him get a handle on real-world finances.

Financial Mindfulness: The Path to Worry Free Finances

David A. Dedman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

How would financial mindfulness work, and how would it help you and your finances? Reduction of stress and worry over money.

4 Unexpected Times Your Credit May Be Checked

Credit Karma | Posted 09.07.2014 | Money
Credit Karma

When it comes to your financial health, your credit score is one of those things that'll just keep seeking you out. It's tempting to think that your credit score or credit health will only come into play when you're looking for a mortgage or a new credit card. The truth is that your credit information can be checked far more often than you might think.

How Saving Less Can Help You Save More (Yes, You Read That Right)

Sarah Greesonbach | Posted 09.06.2014 | Money
Sarah Greesonbach

The next time you set up a transfer to put money into savings... pause. Are you 100 percent sure that you won't need to call this money back into your checking? Then proceed. If not, you might save more in the long run if you save less now.

Navigating Financial Milestones: Taking Control of Your Personal Economy in a Global Environment

Andrew Ireland | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Andrew Ireland

A strong personal economy has, historically, been built on traditional pillars: Make smart investments, manage expenditures, and build sound credit history. But in today's increasingly interconnected world, that alone won't cut it.

Buy Or Rent? And Where To Park Your Down Payment Until You Decide?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

While the general rise in home prices across the country has a lot of folks thinking about buying, I always counsel taking a step back and looking beyond the numbers. That's because home ownership is as much personal as it is financial.

Saying 'No' Can Yield Big Returns

Steph Wagner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Steph Wagner

For the first year after the divorce was final, my auto-response to just about every question that flew out of the mouths of my three sons was "YES!" It was an automatic, rapid-fire and knee-jerk reaction to each and every query.

With Wedding Season Upon Us, Financial Advice For Newlyweds

Ryan Bailey | Posted 08.31.2014 | Weddings
Ryan Bailey

There is no one right way to manage money with your partner. That being said, there are some things that every couple should take into consideration as they approach marriage and go about exploring their financial options.

The BE WISE Planning Strategy for Tech Executives and Entrepreneurs

Joyce Franklin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Technology
Joyce Franklin

Mark Zuckerberg does it. So does his sister Randi. Vinod Khosla has been doing it since before the Zuckerberg siblings were born. Reddit co-founder an...

Financial Literacy for Women: An Interview With Manisha Thakor

Omega Institute | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
Omega Institute

In this interview with Omega, personal finance expert Manisha Thakor, founder of MoneyZen Wealth Management, talks about gender and finances, the cult...

Four Steps Toward Financial Independence

Catherine Golladay | Posted 08.30.2014 | Money
Catherine Golladay

For many Americans, the stress of debt and other financial responsibilities can feel like a loss of freedom. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prioritize these competing obligations to put yourself in control of your financial future.

The #1 Secret Weapon and Surprising Best Friend In Your Divorce

Morghan Leia Richardson | Posted 08.27.2014 | Divorce
Morghan Leia Richardson

Maybe you feel like you over invested in the cost of your divorce and so you deserve to get what you want. After all, legal fees are a huge factor in your case. Still, if you approach your divorce with an eye on getting to the bottom of the numbers first, then your legal fees will be well spent.

How Young Adults Can Up Their Financial Vocabulary

Posted 06.26.2014 | Money

The first of the month means bills, bill, bills. But for the majority of young adults those words don't resonate beyond catchy lyrics to a Destiny's C...

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!

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

Adam Levin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Money
Adam Levin

If you are rigorous, you can have a six-month cushion in the bank in no time -- but you have to take the first step, which in many cases is a non-step. Leave the items on the shelf (virtual or otherwise) and keep your wallet in your pocket.

Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

Jean Case | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Jean Case

As we look at a world with urgent needs, many realize that there is an incredible opportunity to more effectively bring companies and entrepreneurs into the business of solving social problems by both tapping the entrepreneurial spirit, and by leveraging the power of the private sector.

Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 08.24.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

I wish there were a quick and easy answer to your question, but unfortunately there's nothing quick and easy about Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). There are a lot of rules and regulations, and it's tough to qualify.

Ann Brenoff

4 Retirement Fears And Their Antidotes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty

We've all heard the numbers: 10,000 baby boomers a day are turning 65, what used to be the traditional age for retirement. While not everyone can affo...

Why Graduates Should Reconsider Their Bank

Richard Barrington | Posted 08.20.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

Graduation is a turning point personally, socially and professionally. While those changes may take months or years to fully develop, getting your degree sets you on the beginnings of a new path.

Could an Adopt-a-Loan Program Take a Bite Out of Student Debt?

Adam Levin | Posted 08.20.2014 | College
Adam Levin

The private sector adopts all sorts of things -- highways, parks, medians, pets, pet projects -- so why not student loans? With the right tax incentives, an Adopt-a-Loan program could help ease the current financial quagmire of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.