7 Money Lessons I Learned From ‘Friends’

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7 Money Lessons I Learned From ‘Friends’

7 Money Lessons I Learned From ‘Friends’

Even after all these years, “Friends” is still my favorite show. I watched the series when it originally aired and have binged the stories of my favorite six New Yorkers several times since — laughing with them, dreading turning 30 with them and even learning from them. I’ve looked to the group for dating advice... Read More

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum Wage

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10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum Wage

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum Wage

Are you squeaking by on minimum wage? If so, it might seem like there is little hope for you to get money into savings. After all, working full time on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour brings in a whopping $15,080 a year before any taxes. But even if your budget is down to the bare... Read More

How to Build the Perfect ‘What If?’ Fund

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How to Build the Perfect ‘What If?’ Fund

How to Build the Perfect ‘What If?’ Fund

Whether it’s an impromptu trip to the emergency room or an unanticipated repair bill, life’s little surprises can really do a number on your finances. However, with a well-built “what if?” fund, you should be able to take unexpected expenses in stride without disrupting your financial well-being. So, without further ado, here are some tips... Read More

14 Ways to Get Bigger Checks From Social Security

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14 Ways to Get Bigger Checks From Social Security

14 Ways to Get Bigger Checks From Social Security

If you have focused all your retirement planning energy on your 401(k), you may be missing a key piece of the puzzle: Social Security. You can influence your eventual payout from this safe, dull, old-age safety net to a surprising degree by making some adjustments and changes in your planning. The time to get started pumping up your... Read More

5 Sad Facts About Americans’ Savings

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5 Sad Facts About Americans’ Savings

5 Sad Facts About Americans’ Savings

Spend less than you earn. It’s not a complicated concept, but in reality, saving is anything but simple. Americans have struggled for years to save adequately for emergencies, retirement and major life events, and that’s still the case, according to a new survey. The Consumer Federation of America and the American Savings Education Council coordinated... Read More

Savings Priorities: What Should Come First?

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Savings Priorities: What Should Come First?

Savings Priorities: What Should Come First?

When it comes to saving money, it can be hard to know where to start. Between your retirement, next vacation, and down payment on a new house, it’s easy to find yourself confused and unsure of where to focus the bulk of your saving strength. Luckily, there are a few simple questions you can ask... Read More

How Much Money Does It Take to Feel Safe?

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How Much Money Does It Take to Feel Safe?

How Much Money Does It Take to Feel Safe?

When I heard the question, “How much money is enough to make you feel safe?” on Open Account, SuChin Pak’s podcast about money and life, it made me wonder how much that number was for my parents, who used to switch to Vietnamese when talking about overdue bills in front of their English-speaking kids. When... Read More

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