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  1. 8 Essential Four-Letter Words for Financial Health

    By embracing these four-letter words, you can take steps to improve your financial health.
  2. The Indiana Jones Guide to Getting Ahead

    Follow Indy's advice to conquer the obstacles blocking your path to financial well-being.
  3. Is Investing $25 a Month Worth It?

    Find out how small investments can add up over time and how to avoid the fees that can eat tiny returns.
  4. These 10 Habits Will Help You Reach Financial Freedom

    Learn 10 key habits for achieving financial freedom, including smart budgeting, staying abreast of new tax deductions and ...
  5. Save More Money to Reduce Financial Stress

    Feeling stressed out about money? Make changes in your spending habits.
  6. Millennials Will Be Still Be Working at 75

    A recent study concludes that Millennials will have to work until age 75 to fund their retirement.
  7. The Benefits of Doing a 30-Day Financial Detox

    Taking 30 days to detox your finances can help reduce spending and increase financial independence.
  8. Are You Saving Money for Big Life Changes? Part 2

    The second part of this series looks at preparing financially for two life-changing events.
  9. 3 Money-Saving Cruise Ship Tips

    Many cruise costs are fixed, but it's the little extras that will put a big dent in your pocketbook.
  10. How Much Does Frivolous Spending Cost You?

    You can make better spending choices for a more secure financial future and maybe early retirement.
  11. Bizarre Airline Rules You Might Need to Know

    Your airline's "contract of carriage" has hidden rules for travelers that are worth knowing about.
  12. 5 Budgeting Steps for Young Families to Follow

    Here are five steps young families can take to create and stick to a budget.
  13. LyftLine/UberPool vs. Owning Your Own Car

    Is using Lyft Line and UberPool better for your wallet than driving your own car?
  14. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  15. 6 Months to a Better Budget

    Can you have perfect abs in just six minutes a day? Maybe not, but you can have a rock-solid budget in six months.
  16. A Financial Planning Checklist Anyone Can Use

    These strategies should be on everyone's financial planning checklist.
  17. 4 Tips to Improve Your Financial Health in 2017

    Your financial well-being is as important as the traditional holiday resolutions.
  18. 22 Ways to Fight Rising Food Prices

    As food costs rise it can be difficult to stay on budget. Here are some handy tips to spend less at the till.
  19. 5 Signs That You're Living Beyond Your Means

    Learn what to watch for before you find yourself drowning in debt or filing for bankruptcy.
  20. Top 6 Mindless Money Wasters

    If you'd like to save more money, first you'll need to conquer the first step: coming up with the cash.
  21. Weather Waivers: Your Bad-Weather Airfare Escape Clause

    Getting a "weather waiver" when a storm threatens can save your trip – and your travel budget.
  22. LearnVest vs. Mint: What's the Difference?

    Decide which app is right for you in tracking your finances – LearnVest vs. Mint.
  23. 3 Ways to Make Budgeting a Success in the New Year

    Sticking with a financial plan isn't easy, but these strategies can help you achieve your goals.
  24. The 3 Key Tips for Budgeting Your Money

    If you have never tried budgeting your money, these strategies will help you get on track with your spending – and saving.
  25. How To Save Your First $100,000

    A few small sacrifices now will be worth it in the long run.
  26. Six Things To Buy AFTER Christmas

    Waiting out the frenzy of Christmas sales could actually save you a lot of money.
  27. What Are the True Costs of Your Household Expenses?

    Most spending is done with after-tax money, which means expenses cost more than you might think.
  28. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  29. Average Cost Of An American Christmas

    Here's a look at how much the average American family is expected to spend this holiday season.
  30. 3 Common Budgeting Challenges to Overcome

    Budgeting challenges don’t have to keep you from getting your finances in shape. Just follow this plan.
  31. Here's How to Create a Successful Budget

    Break your expenses into needs, wants, and savings goals for a budget plan you can stick to.
  32. Which Warehouse Club and Retail Memberships Are Worth It? (AMZN, COST)

    When it comes to major retail memberships in clubs such as Amazon Prime, Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club, which ones are really ...
  33. Is Sub-Economy Class Worth the Grief?

    Sub-economy is cheaper, but how basic do you want to get?
  34. These Savings Accounts Have the Highest Interest Rates

    Don't expect interest from a bank savings account to make you rich. You can do better, however, than the paltry 0.08% average ...
  35. Buying a Car? Read This Financial Advice First

    When you buy a new car, make sure you are getting the best deal possible with these tips.
  36. Top 10 Companies with the Best Parental Leave and Benefits (NFLX, ADBE)

    Ikea just announced it will offer its 13,000 salaried and hourly employees in the U.S. up to four months of paid parental ...
  37. 6 Tips For Last-Minute Christmas Budgeting

    Christmas shopping doesn't need to break the bank. These tips will help you shop smarter.
  38. Ways To Get Free Christmas Gifts (or at least cheaper ones)

    Christmas shopping can be expensive, but there are ways to get gifts free or nearly free.
  39. How To Make Extra Money At Christmas Time

    Here are some easy ways to make some cash if you need extra money for Christmas gifts.
  40. How to Talk to Your Family About Christmas Gift Budgets

    Talking Christmas gift budgets with family members can be hard, but having the talk will help you stay on track financially. ...
  41. 10 Common Habits That Can Increase Wealth

    Tips for saving money every day.
  42. Don't Wait to Teach Your Kids About Money

    Parents should always take the initiative to teach our kids to save from an early age.
  43. 10 Steps Toward a Financially Fit New Year

    Here are 10 steps everyone can use to start off the new year on a smarter financial note, and hopefully stick with throughout ...
  44. How To Make Money With Airbnb: Risks & Rewards

    Airbnb lets you turn your home or spare room into extra cash. Here's how to make money and protect yourself from the risks.
  45. This Is the Secret to Organizing Your Finances

    A careful analysis of cash flow and spending are two crucial steps toward forming a realistic savings or retirement plan. ...
  46. 7 Ways to Save Money Next Year

    A few small changes to your spending habits could mean saving hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in 2017.
  47. Eight Smart Ways To Save On Gift Giving This Christmas

    Here are eight ways to save on your Christmas shopping this year.
  48. What You Need to Know About an Emergency Fund

    Life often gets in the way of perfectly planned out savings. Here are a few tips on how to establish an emergency fund.
  49. Money-Saving Ways to Give the Gift of Travel

    Travel can be the best gift of all.
  50. The Lottery: Is it Ever Worth Playing?

    You have better odds of being bitten by a poisonous snake, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play — especially when the ...
  51. Why You Should Have an Emergency Fund

    Do you know how you’d pay the bills if you lost your job, had a health crisis or needed a major car repair? That's why an ...
  52. 6 Steps to Prepare Financially for a Newborn

    Nothing compares to the joy of being a new parent. But for many, the financial uncertainty of bringing a child into the world ...
  53. Black Friday Shopping: The 9 Worst Items to Buy

    If these items are on your holiday shopping list, consider finding a substitute – or don't expect to get the deal of the ...
  54. Stores Famous for the Best Black Friday Deals

    If you're shopping the post-Thanksgiving sales this year - whether online or in-person - you'll find great bargains at these ...
  55. Who Spends The Most During Black Friday?

    Texans spend more on Black Friday than any other state.
  56. Four Easy Budgeting Techniques You Should Master

    Budgeting money is critical for everyone, but to be successful at creating and sticking to a plan, it’s helpful to have some ...
  57. How Much in Savings You Need to Live Comfortably

    Discover how Americans' perceptions of their financial security differ from reality, and learn how much in savings is sufficient ...
  58. 4 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Budget

    Here's an easy way to approach starting a budget. Creating one will make you feel rewarded as you decide where to spend your ...
  59. 6 Tips For Renting An Apartment

    Find out what you can do to find a fabulous apartment to fit your budget.
  60. 4 Crucial Money Hacks to Save Money Fast

    Want to stop the drain on your bank account? These money and personal finance hacks will go right to work to save you cash.
  61. 7 Useful Travel Tips to Navigate Holiday Horrors

    Make holiday travel a little less crazy this year (and next) by following these tips.
  62. 7 Ways to Grow Your Savings Account Balances

    Creating a savings plan is key to building a solid financial foundation. Here's how to do it.
  63. A Household Spending Plan to Save for Retirement

    Too busy to plan for retirement? Curtail your expenses and increase your savings in only a couple of hours, by implementing ...
  64. 5 Steps to Build Wealth and Grow it Over Time

    There is a big difference between earning money and being wealthy. Here are some ideas to get you on track to grow your wealth.
  65. Tips for Talking to Your Partner About Budgets

    Are you dreading that conversation about family spending habits? With these tips, open up the lines of honest communication ...
  66. How to Find ‘Procrastination Deals’ for Thanksgiving

    If you don't have tickets for your Thanksgiving flights, it's getting late. Very late. How to do the best you can and still ...
  67. Achieve Your Financial Goals With a Financial Plan

    Many people have financial goals but lack an actionable plan. Here's how to get your financial strategizing kick-started. ...
  68. Holiday Travel: Use These 7 Booking Tips to Save

    Here's how to save money on holiday travel by picking the cheapest flight times and destinations - and taking advantage of ...
  69. 3 Crucial Tips for Living Within Your Means

    Looking to live within your means? Here are three tips to get you started.
  70. Female Breadwinners: Outsource the Necessities

    How might hiring help for household chores and other pieces of your daily routine reduce stress and increase happiness for ...
  71. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need To Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  72. 5 Ways to Get Maximum Student Financial Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find ...
  73. Got a Raise? Here's How to Avoid Lifestyle Creep

    Living above your means is a recipe for financial trouble. Here's how to avoid lifestyle creep when you come suddenly into ...
  74. Save on Your European Vacation

    This might be the year to go to Europe. There are many excellent deals to be had.
  75. The Importance of Building Savings Habits Early

    Here's why saving early will get you in the habit for the long-term, and give you a huge head start on your life's financial ...
  76. Is Selling Food From Your Home a Viable Way to Make Money?

    Selling food from home has its challenges, including adherence to legal requirements and "cottage food" laws, which are necessary ...
  77. Is Amazon Prime's $99 Annual Fee Worth it? It Depends (AMZN)

    More than 60 million people think Amazon Prime is a good deal. Here is how to determine if Prime membership may be worth ...
  78. Sam's Club vs. Costco: Which Has Better Deals? (WMT, COST)

    Costco and Sam's Club offer similar prices in all departments. The better wholesale club membership for you depends on your ...
  79. Do You Make More Money Than a Cruise Ship Captain? (CCL, RCL)

    As the cruise-ship industry continues to grow, ship captains are in demand, but it's a strenuous and demanding path to the ...
  80. A Back-to-School Savings Study Guide

    These four easy tips will help you spend less on back-to-school shopping no matter when you go.
  81. 5 Best Entry-Level Work-From-Home Jobs

    Good paying jobs are becoming more plentiful for people who prefer working from home. These are five of the best work-from-home ...
  82. How to Get Paid to Go to School

    Tuition benefits, grants and scholarships can help you get paid to go to school, and enjoy the payoff from your degree without ...
  83. Top 10 Work From Home Jobs That Actually Pay the Bills (AMZN, HUM)

    Work from home job opportunities are abundant as of 2016. Learn which well-known companies offer the best work at home jobs ...
  84. 5 Best Outdoor Jobs to Escape Office Life

    Some of the best outdoor jobs combine a decent paycheck with a fun and stimulating workday.
  85. How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

    The history and popular perception of engagement rings runs counter to the surprising correlation between ring cost and marriage ...
  86. The Best Cheap, Fun Destinations

    These travel spots can be surprisingly inexpensive to fly to – if you look for deals.
  87. Top Travel Destinations on Strong Dollar in 2016

    Take advantage of the strong U.S. dollar by traveling to these destinations for great value, and discover new cultures and ...
  88. 7 Flexible Ways to Make Side Money

    Learn about seven proven side jobs for extra money that can you can do easily alongside your regular job, as well as the ...
  89. 6 Places to Get the Best Back-to-School Deals on Supplies (WMT, AMZN)

    Check out these places for the best deals on school supplies in local retail and online.
  90. 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Costco's Diamond Rings (COST, TIF)

    Costco's low prices on diamond rings is one thing, but finding the ring that you want is another story.
  91. How Safe Is Traveling in Thailand?

    Exercise the kinds of cautions that are necessary anywhere in the world. And then pay attention to these three particular ...
  92. Most Americans Aren't Ready for a Financial Emergency

    A recent study reveals that two-thirds of Americans can't come up with $1,000 for emergency expenses.
  93. 4 Steps to Getting a Small Business Loan Without Collateral

    A small business can obtain an unsecured loan without collateral by taking steps to get the best possible terms.
  94. How to Create an Effective Budget

    Following a budget can be difficult. But it’s usually the difference between living a stressful retirement versus the retirement ...
  95. 5 Things to Avoid Buying During Labor Day Sales (HD, LOW)

    It may surprise you to learn that Labor Day weekend sales are not the best time to buy gas grills. Ditto for some other items ...
  96. Why You Absolutely Need an Emergency Fund

    What is an emergency fund, and why is it often the first component of sound financial planning?
  97. The Best 3 Debt Consolidation Loans Companies in 2016

    If you're looking for debt consolidation, these are three companies to consider.
  98. Paycheck to Paycheck? 5 Ways to Start Saving Now

    Five ways to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start saving.
  99. How Safe Is Traveling in the Philippines?

    There is an active travel warning for parts of the Philippines. Here are precautions to follow.
  100. Discover Student Loans: Are They Worth It? (DFS)

    Understand the pros and cons of Discover Student Loans, and analyze how this loan product compares to similar products, such ...
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