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5 Budget ‘Serial Killers’

5 Budget ‘Serial Killers’

5 Budget ‘Serial Killers’

You went over your monthly budget — again. Now you’re looking at bills and bank accounts, figuring out how to shuffle money around so you can pay everything and avoid this awful feeling next month. Good luck with that. Everyone has different financial priorities, but no matter who you are, there are some expenses that… Read More

Working More Hours Won’t Get You a Raise, Study Finds

Working More Hours Won’t Get You a Raise, Study Finds

Working More Hours Won’t Get You a Raise, Study Finds

Work martyrs, here’s even more bad news. You’re not getting ahead by putting in those night and weekend hours. In fact, according to a new study, you’re falling behind. The U.S. Travel Association recently surveyed American workers and found that vacation-taking is at a four-decade low. That’s bad enough. But this nugget tucked inside the… Read More

5 Things You Own That Cost More Than $500 a Gallon

5 Things You Own That Cost More Than $500 a Gallon

5 Things You Own That Cost More Than $500 a Gallon

Last year my mother-in-law sent me to the store to pick up some over-the-counter ointment for her dry eyes. When I saw the price for the tiny tube, I was floored. “What’s it made of?” I wondered. “Gold dust?” I tried to calculate the price per gallon in my head and quickly realized it was… Read More

5 Ways to Avoid ATM Fees

5 Ways to Avoid ATM Fees

5 Ways to Avoid ATM Fees

Imagine if each time you wanted to take a $20 bill out of your wallet, you had to put a $5 bill through a paper shredder. That’s essentially what you’re doing when you pay ATM fees — you’re paying to access your own money, and it can add up to a lot of waste. People… Read More

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

America’s Biggest Financial Fears

Bats and spiders may give us the willies, but do you know what kind of worries have staying power — and will last much longer than the hauls of candy little goblins and ghosts hope to bring home on Halloween? The boogeyman most of us fear is money, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index. And… Read More

A Minimalist’s Guide to Saving

A Minimalist’s Guide to Saving

A Minimalist’s Guide to Saving

Living with less may sound easy, but paring down can be difficult process. Minimalism offers great potential for financial savings as well as peace of mind, but the hardest part is often getting started. Here are some tips on becoming a minimalist if you are ready to start living with less. 1. Make a Plan It’s important… Read More

How My New Husband & I Budget

How My New Husband & I Budget

How My New Husband & I Budget

On July 18, I married my husband, James Perkins. In three short months, we have learned how to set up and use a monthly budget with the goal of being a zero-debt household. James is a full-time student and we are supported by my small income and his part-time job. We built into our budget… Read More

12 Ways to Cut Your Rental Car Costs

12 Ways to Cut Your Rental Car Costs

12 Ways to Cut Your Rental Car Costs

Planning to hit the road in the near future? A rental car may be in those plans, but don’t let the hidden costs wreak havoc on your wallet. When I reserved my first rental car seven years ago, the price on the computer screen seemed almost too good to be true, only $75 for the… Read More

How to Avoid Overspending on Your Vacation

How to Avoid Overspending on Your Vacation

How to Avoid Overspending on Your Vacation

It’s great to dream about vacations, to take them and reminisce about them. But it’s not so great having to pay for a vacation. Travel can be a great way to relax, see new things or maybe visit family and friends. No matter what their motivation, vacationers often feel tempted to overspend. It is important to remember… Read More

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