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Can You Spend Money on Fun Without Feeling Guilty?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Cut yourself some slack. Because while preparing for the future is important -- especially saving for retirement -- so is enjoying the present.

5 Steps to Getting Out of Debt Without Cutting Up Your Credit Cards

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Business
Debra Carpenter

Debt is the four-letter word Americans hate to hear. Today, the average American household has debts totaling around $7,200. According to Aimee Picchi on CBS Moneywatch, American household credit card debt is increasing despite the fact that average household earnings have not experienced a similar increase to account for that new debt.

Learning to Be Frugal

Nina Boug Lichtenstein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Nina Boug Lichtenstein

Talk about a sexy blog title. The word "frugal" does not score high in the sexy department, but that is something I am committed to change. This summer I will turn 50. I am, in my ripe age, learning to be (deep breath)... frugal.

The Be-All, End-All Saving Solution: Stop Locking Your Cards Drawers! Instead, Do This...

Eli Dagostino | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Eli Dagostino

Slowly but surely shopping cart tabs disappear, I find myself spending more time producing and sharing and less time consuming. I will have what I'm saving for (and more) sooner than ever!

4 Ways to Lower Your Credit Card Debt

Dustin Jacobs | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Dustin Jacobs

Many people use credit cards to build their credit but lose track of how much they're spending. Credit cards are a quick and easy fix when you want something and don't have the means for it. If you're swimming in credit card debt, these tips will help you get to dry land.

The Time Is Now: 7 Ways To Teach Your Kids The Value Of A Dollar

Kari Luckett | Posted 05.15.2015 | Money
Kari Luckett

Even when they're little, kids pick up on a lot more than we often give them credit for, and they are paying attention to how you spend money. It's important to frequently engage your kids, from a young age, in conversations about money -- what it is and how it functions within our economy.

Baby Boomers' Retirement Strategy: Binge Spending Or Nothing At All

Buck Wargo | Posted 05.30.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

When it comes to retirees and their nest egg, there's no strategy regarding how much they spend a year. It's either a big chunk or nothing, according to a study by a financial research firm.

Involving Kids in Family Vacation Planning

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Learning about actual costs involved in the average family vacation can be an eye-opener for kids. By planning all or part of the trip, kids can gain an understanding of how to bargain hunt, budget and save money. Here are a few ideas to help involve the kids in family vacation planning.

Getting Serious? Five Important Money Questions to Ask

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.13.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

This Valentine's Day, consider thinking beyond the roses and candlelit dinners to a potential future of merged finances. If your relationship is heading that way, a discussion is essential before making the move.

Before You Say 'I Do'... a Few Don'ts

Melanie Young | Posted 04.01.2015 | Money
Melanie Young

Don't delay writing wills or reviewing and planning for insurance coverage when starting out in a marriage. You need to know how finances will be managed while you are both alive and healthy and also if one of you becomes disabled or dies.

Financial Advice You Might Want to Ignore

Steph Wagner | Posted 03.28.2015 | Money
Steph Wagner

Taking advice at face value, or blindly following one rule or formula, doesn't do anything to increase your financial know-how. Long-term success will only come when you learn the rationale behind the advice and then decide for yourself if you should take it (or leave it)!

8 Steps To Building Better Financial Habits

LearnVest | Posted 03.10.2015 | Money
LearnVest

Whether you're looking to pad your emergency fund, contribute more to retirement or save up enough to buy a new home, good habits may eventually help you make even the biggest financial goals a reality.

7 Ways To Secure Your Financial Future

Donny Gamble | Posted 06.25.2015 | Money
Donny Gamble

Your financial future is incredibly important. If there is anything we have learned from the recent financial crisis, it is that we can only count on ourselves to make sure our financial future is secure.

Buckle Down Or Mess Around? You Decide

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 02.21.2015 | Money
Jonathan K. DeYoe

There are goods and services many of us decide to pay for, because we value the help of someone who knows what they're doing -- especially when we don't. Financial services are no different.

The Top Financial Planning Resolutions for the New Year

Bradford M. Pine | Posted 02.18.2015 | Money
Bradford M. Pine

As a wealth advisor, I receive a lot of phone calls in January that deal with New Year's resolutions about money. Of course, resolutions often come with negative associations. We've all been in the situation of getting really motivated at first, but seeing the enthusiasm fade quickly.

4 Reasons Why You Are Still Broke

Kara Stevens | Posted 02.16.2015 | Black Voices
Kara Stevens

As women destined for greatness, we have to manage our finances in a way that empowers our lives, brings us joy, and enriches our souls. The first step on this journey to greatness begins with self-reflection and a decision to no longer be broke.

Holiday Rules for Getting Rich

Martha Burk | Posted 01.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Martha Burk

The last of the turkey's in the soup, and Black Friday (make that Thursday afternoon) weekend is behind us. We're now kicking off a full-on month of...

No Regrets: Three Money Mistakes To Avoid

Jonathan K. DeYoe | Posted 01.17.2015 | Money
Jonathan K. DeYoe

As I see it, there are only three big mistakes (not 300 tiny ones) that will completely torpedo your financial future. These three mistakes are almost impossible to reverse -- especially once they become habits.

Turn Money Tricks Into Treats

Soul Dancer | Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Soul Dancer

This holiday season, watch out for money tricks! Halloween isn't the only time of the year where we're tricked into spending money on things we know ...

Pretending to Have Lots of Money

Alex Madda | Posted 12.28.2014 | Comedy
Alex Madda

Working hard to appear rich has its price (literally). In about 48 hours, you've put your bank account (and your heart) deep in the red. You now have $14 left for the second half of the month.

A Close Look at the Online Spending Behavior of Children

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 12.23.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

As consumers, it is up to us to teach our children to use, and not abuse, technology.

Brown's Tax and Spending Spree

Nicole Kaeding | Posted 12.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Nicole Kaeding

Cato Institute's 12th biennial edition of its "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors" assigns grades of "A" to "F" to the governors based on their efforts to restrain government. Not only did Governor Brown receive an "F" in this year's report card, he received the worst score of any governor.

Three Charts To Email To Your Conservative Brother-In-Law (Updated)

Dave Johnson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the FOX-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits" and how the "stimulus" just made things worse. Solution: Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him.

3 Ways 20-Somethings Can Get Debt-Free

Credit.com | Posted 10.05.2014 | Money
Credit.com

Getting debt-free in your 20s can be more than just a dream. It can become your reality if you are willing to work hard, pay your debt obligations as agreed and spend less than you make.

Stop Lying to Yourself About Early Retirement, It's Not About Saving Millions

MyBankTracker | Posted 09.15.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

Ever indulged in that dream of basking in the sun by your cabin on the lake while you're still young enough to enjoy it? Early retirement -- the id...