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  1. Should You Pay in Cash?

    Avoiding all forms of plastic payment can do wonders for your stress level and pocket book.
  2. Student Loan Forgiveness: How Does it Work?

    With student loan debt at an all-time high, more graduates are considering loan forgiveness programs.
  3. The Beauty of Budgeting

    Whether your issue is credit card debt, student loans (or the fact that Social Security isn't rising next year), it's time ...
  4. 5 Ways to Stunt a Child's Financial Growth

    Personal finance is not covered in schools, so it's up to parents to teach kids how to manage money.
  5. 8 Great Ideas for Your Summer Staycation

    If the money just isn't there for a big trip, it doesn't mean you can't have a great summer.
  6. 5 U.S. Cities with High Paychecks and a Low Cost of Living

    Consider these U.S. hubs where workers get paid competitive salaries while enjoying a high quality of life due to a low cost ...
  7. How to Find a Cheap, Last-Minute Vacation

    Four steps to a last-minute vacation that won't break the bank.
  8. 4 Steps to Budget Based on Your Values

    Aligning spending according to values helps you reach your goals.
  9. Best Budgeting Software of 2017

    The best budgeting software helps users manage money and is something that you will actually use on a day to day basis.
  10. Amazon Monetizes Convenience (AMZN)

    Amazon has tapped into America's convenience culture. The company has struck gold with services that allow for maximum convenience ...
  11. Are You Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck?

    Here are some ways to stop living paycheck-to-paycheck and start saving some money each month.
  12. Money Habits of the Millennials

    Millennials are facing the bleakest financial future of any generation in decades, and are not likely to enjoy the same standard ...
  13. Declare Your Own Financial Independence Day

    Financial independence is not easy, but it is there for the taking with hard work and careful planning.
  14. Budget Without Blowing Off Your Friends

    With a little planning, you can maintain your social life without breaking the bank.
  15. Your Car: Fixer-Upper or Scrap Metal?

    Sometimes buying a new car can be cheaper than shelling out for repairs.
  16. 5 Economic Concepts Consumers Need to Know

    A solid understanding of economics helps build a strong foundation in almost every area of life.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The 7 Best Places to Put Your Savings

    You work hard to put your money away for the future, but where should you keep it?
  20. Are You Ready to Rent?

    If you think it's time to test your wings and leave your parents' nest, read on.
  21. 9 Reasons To Say "No" To Credit

    Instead of rationalizing, learn to talk yourself out of buying things you can't afford.
  22. Why New Parents Need a Flexible Emergency Fund

    New or expecting parents should have an emergency fund that they are willing to be flexible with.
  23. Why Is My Seatmate's Ticket So Much Cheaper Than Mine?

    How some travelers get their tickets for much less than others.
  24. Budgeting? Go Ahead and Drink That Latte

    Achieving financial success involves making the right big decisions.
  25. Top 10 Most Expensive Cities in the U.S.

    New York City tops the list of most expensive cities in the U.S., and five of them are located in California.
  26. The Best Time to Book a Flight From the U.S.

    Airline tickets go on sale as much as 11 months in advance, but the best time to book a flight from the U.S. is usually during ...
  27. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  28. The Story of Uber

    Uber's journey to become the world's most highly valued private startup.
  29. 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.
  30. How Renting Out Your Spare Room Can Backfire

    Renting out a portion of your home to help pay the mortgage sounds like a great idea, but it doesn't always work out the ...
  31. 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 ...
  32. The Cheaper Dates to Fly This Summer

    Prices are starting to rise. Here's where to find the best deals.
  33. I Make $50K a Year: How Much Rent Can I Afford?

    Before you go apartment hunting, spend some time calculating a price range that works for you. Here's how.
  34. How Much Cash Should I Keep in the Bank?

    Which portion of your money belongs in a bank, not somewhere else?
  35. How Long Should It Take to Save for a Down Payment?

    As housing prices and the cost of living rise, it can take longer to sock away the means to make a big purchase.
  36. How to Prepare an Expense Budget and Why

    It is important to budget your expenses so you are prepared for unforeseen costs or income losses.
  37. When to Talk to Your Kids about Finances

    Talk to your kids about saving and about your personal finances before it's too late.
  38. Is it Worth Going Green?

    Going green might make you feel good about your purchases, but it probably won't help your finances.
  39. Banks Can Notarize Your Documents for Free

    Learn how you can obtain the services of a notary public for free at your local bank branch, along with other places where ...
  40. How to Create a Budget (Even if You Hate Budgets)

    The closer retirement looms, the more important it is to create a budget.
  41. Top 7 Most Common Financial Mistakes

    Choose fortune over disaster by avoiding these money traps.
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. How to Manage your Grocery Budget

    Managing your grocery budget can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn't need to be. These simple changes in the kitchen ...
  45. 5 Ways to Manage Wide Income Swings

    Managing wide income swings requires discipline and a five-step plan.
  46. Improve Your Finances by Tracking Expenses & Net Worth

    It's helpful to track your expenses and net worth and review them on a monthly basis.
  47. Airline Baggage Policies: What's New, How to Save

    The cheapest flight may not be so cheap if you add in baggage fees.
  48. Financial Planning: It's About More Than Money

    Financial planning isn't just about the money. Find out where else to focus on.
  49. How To Save Your First $100,000

    A few small sacrifices now will be worth it in the long run.
  50. 8 Ways to Score a Cheap Flight

    Here are eight tips that will help you save money on your next airfare purchase.
  51. These 12 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 ...
  52. You Can't Live On Love

    If your head is in the clouds, check out this down-to-earth financial advice for couples.
  53. Used Car Shopping: How to Avoid a Lemon

    Being prepared before buying will save you thousands in the long run.
  54. 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.
  55. Commit to Saving Money to Transform Your Future

    Having money saved for an emergency and retirement will reduce your financial fear and insecurity.
  56. Basic Economy: Pay the Same, Get Less?

    Basic economy is supposed to be cheaper, but are you just paying the previously regular economy fare and getting less for ...
  57. The Basics of Financial Responsibility

    Just being able to make your credit card payment doesn't cut it. Find out what does.
  58. How Budgeting Works for Companies

    Learn how to break down and understand a corporate budget.
  59. How to Tell If You're Cheap or Frugal

    Here are a few distinct character differences between those who understand value and those who don't.
  60. These Travel Days Get You the Cheapest Flights

    For the cheapest flights, book on certain days of the week only.
  61. I Make $100K a Year - How Much Rent Can I Afford?

    You know your salary, but how much should you be spending on rent? Here's how to figure it out.
  62. The Psychology Behind Why People Buy Luxury Goods

    Luxury goods are a great example of how irrational we can be; a decent and sturdy handbag can be purchased for $50, yet people ...
  63. 2 Ways to Reduce Cash Flow: Automatic Savings vs. Budgets

    While tracking expenses may work for some, automatic savings may work better for others.
  64. The Path to Financial Abundance Starts With This Concept

    Financial abundance is achievable with awareness and self-discipline.
  65. Paycheck to Paycheck? 5 Ways to Start Saving Now

    Five ways to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start saving.
  66. 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 ...
  67. 5 Things to Know About Budgeting

    Use a budget to create a financial selfie and stay on track.
  68. Online MBA Programs: Top Ranking 2017

    The freedoms available with online MBA programs can outweigh the hardships. Find out if an online program is right for you. ...
  69. How Overdraft Fees Work - And How to Avoid Them

    At $35 a pop, overdraft fees can mount up quickly. Here are 4 different strategies for avoiding them.
  70. Save Money the Scottish Way

    Take a trip through history to learn from some (in)famously frugal Scots.
  71. How Much Money Do You Need to Live in Los Angeles?

    Learn how much money it takes to live in Los Angeles and how that amount varies based on whether you are a student, professional ...
  72. 8 Essential Four-Letter Words for Financial Health

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

    Follow Indy's advice to conquer the obstacles blocking your path to financial well-being.
  74. 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.
  75. Save More Money to Reduce Financial Stress

    Feeling stressed out about money? Make changes in your spending habits.
  76. 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.
  77. The Benefits of Doing a 30-Day Financial Detox

    Taking 30 days to detox your finances can help reduce spending and increase financial independence.
  78. 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.
  79. 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.
  80. How Much Does Frivolous Spending Cost You?

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

    Your airline's "contract of carriage" has hidden rules for travelers that are worth knowing about.
  82. 5 Budgeting Steps for Young Families to Follow

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

    Is using Lyft Line and UberPool better for your wallet than driving your own car?
  84. A Financial Planning Checklist Anyone Can Use

    These strategies should be on everyone's financial planning checklist.
  85. 4 Tips to Improve Your Financial Health in 2017

    Your financial well-being is as important as the traditional holiday resolutions.
  86. 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.
  87. 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.
  88. Weather Waivers: Your Bad-Weather Airfare Escape Clause

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

    Decide which app is right for you in tracking your finances – LearnVest vs. Mint.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. Six Things To Buy AFTER Christmas

    Waiting out the frenzy of Christmas sales could actually save you a lot of money.
  93. 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.
  94. Average Cost Of An American Christmas

    Here's a look at how much the average American family is expected to spend this holiday season.
  95. 3 Common Budgeting Challenges to Overcome

    Budgeting challenges don’t have to keep you from getting your finances in shape. Just follow this plan.
  96. 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.
  97. 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 ...
  98. Is Sub-Economy Class Worth the Grief?

    Sub-economy is cheaper, but how basic do you want to get?
  99. 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 ...
  100. 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.
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