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A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

A Last-Minute Guide to Holiday Tipping

Holiday tipping can cause some anxiety among those of us who checked our lists carefully and made sure we’d covered all the bases. Except for when we check the mailbox and discover we have holiday greetings from the mail carrier, trash pickup service and maybe the volunteer fire department. You know they are hoping you’ll send something back, but… Read More

9 Money Lessons I Learned From My Parents

9 Money Lessons I Learned From My Parents

9 Money Lessons I Learned From My Parents

My parents are a couple that anyone can look up to financially — not because they drive fancy cars or have a home in Boca (spoiler: they don’t) but because they are resourceful and forward-looking with the money they earn. I’ve always known that financial responsibility is important to my parents, especially my mom. I… Read More

5 Tips for Writing Your Will

5 Tips for Writing Your Will

5 Tips for Writing Your Will

No one likes to think about his or her own death, but you can’t afford not to. In addition to thinking about life insurance, there’s also the matter of creating a will. It’s a good idea to be educated and prepared on end-of-life financial requirements so any money, possessions or debts you leave behind are distributed… Read More

6 Low-Cost (or Free!) Gifts People Will Actually Like

6 Low-Cost (or Free!) Gifts People Will Actually Like

6 Low-Cost (or Free!) Gifts People Will Actually Like

The season of giving is upon us, and it’s incredibly easy to overspend because we want people we love to know they really matter to us. Yes, it’s “the thought that counts,” and we teach our kids to say thank you, no matter how odd the unwanted the gift. But deep down, most of us… Read More

7 Ways to Beat Extra Airline Fees

7 Ways to Beat Extra Airline Fees

7 Ways to Beat Extra Airline Fees

The holiday season is here, and with it, holiday travel. Whether you have to fly to your family or are just planning your winter vacation, it is important to know all about the process for your next flight. If there is one thing we can be sure of, airlines will try to charge you annoying… Read More

5 Ways Procrastination Costs You Money

5 Ways Procrastination Costs You Money

5 Ways Procrastination Costs You Money

I recently switched my family’s cellphones from a major national carrier to a smaller provider to save money. Purchasing the phones upfront set me back several hundred dollars, and perhaps it was because I was feeling the pinch of that major purchase, or maybe it was sheer laziness, but I procrastinated on buying cases for them…. Read More

7 Holiday Savings Tips for Newlyweds

7 Holiday Savings Tips for Newlyweds

7 Holiday Savings Tips for Newlyweds

If this is your first holiday season together as a married couple, and you’re still learning how to budget as a household for this time of year, know that there are many ways enjoy the season without breaking the bank. Here are a few ways my husband, James, and I are planning to celebrate while… Read More

3 Scary Smart Ways Stores Use Your Personal Information

3 Scary Smart Ways Stores Use Your Personal Information

3 Scary Smart Ways Stores Use Your Personal Information

Retailers want to get to know you. This should come as no surprise — we’ve all seen how our Internet search history and purchases affect the online ads we see — but it’s just as important for bricks-and-mortar stores to understand their customers. It’s all about marketing. Whether you like it or not, retailers want… Read More

I’m 59 & Divorced. When Can I Retire?

I’m 59 & Divorced. When Can I Retire?

I’m 59 & Divorced. When Can I Retire?

Christine*, 59, is planning for her retirement. She’s been divorced for 15 years and she’s helping her son pay for graduate school. But now, she says it’s time to plan for herself. “I want to make sure that I have enough money set aside and that I know what to do with it at the… Read More

9 Tips to Cut the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

9 Tips to Cut the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

9 Tips to Cut the Cost of Homeowners Insurance

Although you may dread doling out large sums of cash for your homeowners policy year after year, you can’t afford to go without it. That would be crazy. However, you don’t have to break the bank to carry suitable coverage. It’s nearly 2015, so it’s time for a year-end review of how much you’re paying… Read More

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