How Long Should I Hold On To My Old Bills & Other Documents?

How Long Should I Hold On To My Old Bills & Other Documents?

Thank goodness for electronic billing, bill-pay and account access. The digital world can help you save time, be more organized and cut down significantly on paper… Significantly — but not completely. [More]

How To Not Suck At Making The Transition From School To The Real World

How To Not Suck At Making The Transition From School To The Real World

All around the country, people who’ve never had a full-time job or paid their own way are going to be pushed out of safe bosom of school. Maybe you’re one of them. Well, now that you’re done with your cap and gown and you have a diploma in your hand, it’s time to join the rest of us in the real world. [More]

(Mark Turnauckas)

Here Is A Guaranteed Strategy To Win The Lottery

There was only one winner of the $425 million Powerball drawing this week, and the ticket was sold at a gas station in California’s Bay Area. As you spend that money in your head, as we inevitably all do, you might wonder how you could win the lottery. You don’t need luck. Here’s a guaranteed winning strategy. [More]

How To Not Suck… At Merging Your Money When You Marry

How To Not Suck… At Merging Your Money When You Marry

Time and time again, we hear that money is the biggest problem for married couples, and yes, the main cause of divorce. It’s a problem that starts before most couples tie the knot. [More]

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At first, grabbing drive-thru coffee was an occasional indulgence to get you going on a slow Monday morning. Then you gradually picked up coffee more and more, until one day you realize that you’re spending a couple hundred bucks a year on paying other people to pour water over ground-up beans for you. That’s lifestyle creep, and you can put a stop to it before it eats your entire budget. [HEY YOU, POOR KID!]

How To Not Suck… At Getting Out Of Debt

How To Not Suck… At Getting Out Of Debt

You’re in debt and you know it. But (a brief pause, while I invoke my inner Jersey) whaddya gonna do about it? Credit card debt can seem like a never-ending spiral. As you try to pay it down, more interest charges accrue, and it seems your balance isn’t getting anywhere. Stop the bleeding already so that you can ultimately get back in the black. [More]

(Jeff Keen)

We Have Some Problems With Visa’s Sample Budget For McDonald’s Employees

Someone meant really well. We think. A few years ago, Visa and McDonald’s partnered to launch a personal finance site for McDonald’s employees to help them better manage their money. Unfortunately, whoever wrote these materials had no grasp of what it’s actually like to live on $8 or so per hour. [More]

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How Does Emmy-Winning Comedian With Her Own MTV Show Have $57,000 In Debt?

Comedian Sara Schaefer already has two Emmys to her name, and her new TV show Nikki & Sara Live just debuted this week on MTV. But fame and notoriety don’t necessarily equate to being smart about your finances. [More]

Plenty Of People Wanted To Move Checking Accounts This Year But Banks Made It Too Tough

Plenty Of People Wanted To Move Checking Accounts This Year But Banks Made It Too Tough

Fed up with your bank but too frustrated by how tricky it is to take your money elsewhere? You’re not alone: Our benevolent benefactors over at Consumer Reports have been busy polling bank customers to see how they’re feeling about their financial institutions and found that while almost one-fifth of all consumers with checking accounts flirted with the idea of switching to a new financial institution in the last year, many didn’t just because it was simply too difficult to do so. [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

8 Reasons You’re Not Earning the Salary You Want [US News] “Not getting the salary you think you deserve?”

Consumers Prefer to Get More Rather than Pay Less – Because They’re Bad at Math [Moneyland] “Is it better to get more or pay less?”

A Complete Guide to Saving at America’s Baseball Stadiums [Wise Bread] “The 411 on how to save more money at every Major League Baseball stadium.”

Answers to your awkward money questions [CNN Money] “What do you do about a spouse who won’t help with the finances or a pal who can’t repay a loan?”

How Married Couples Can Boost Their Social Security Checks [SmartMoney] “There are certain complex strategies that can help pad a married couple’s retirement savings with tens of thousands of dollars of additional income.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

7 Credit Myths Even Smart People Believe [Moneyland] “Credit counseling professionals share the most common myths they have to debunk.” [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

The New Money Apps [Wall Street Journal] “Here are some new services that are pushing online budgeting and investing capabilities in new directions.” [More]

Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

How to Swap Your House With a Stranger [Wall Street Journal] “How can I trust someone I don’t know and who comes from a foreign country?”

Personal Finance Is Rarely Black and White [The Simple Dollar] “If you see a tactic that you don’t find useful because it doesn’t match who you are or where your life is right now, don’t waste even a second of your precious energy or time on it.”

10 Things to Look for Every Time You Visit a Thrift Store [Wise Bread] “You never know what you’ll find during your treasure hunt, but here are 10 things you should always be on the lookout for at a thrift store.”

How and What to Negotiate When Relocating for Work [US News] “Bottom line: Don’t assume anything when it comes to relocating for work.”

Best money advice for new grads [MSN Money] “Financial experts share what they wish they had known and their best suggestions for someone just starting out.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

“Do What You Love” Is Bad Advice [Free Money Finance] “The number of people who make a lot of money doing what they love is so insignificantly small that it’s an unrealistic and useless thing to model.”

10 overlooked retirement tips [Market Watch] “Here’s a look at 10 [retirement] tips that advisers say you shouldn’t overlook.”

Six Great Tech Tools for Planning Your Own Death [Wise Bread] “There are several apps and online tools that can help you plan ahead for the time when you will shuffle off this mortal coil.”

10 Tips for Leaving Your Job Gracefully [US News] “A bad exit can have long-range consequences and should always be avoided if possible.”

Fix your finances in a day [MSN Money] “It’s easy to procrastinate when it comes to money chores. Here’s a simple way to tackle what’s not getting done.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

12 Tricks to Make Groceries Last Longer [Wise Bread] “The best ways to make your groceries last a good while.”

How to Host a Yard Sale [Get Rich Slowly] “As a veteran of many profitable yard sales, here are some of my top tips.”

Are You Your Retirement Plan’s Worst Enemy? [Wall Street Journal] “Many retirees unwittingly make decisions that result in major, self-inflicted damage to their nest eggs.”

How to Make Recruiters Work for You [Moneyland] “Here are TIME Moneyland’s top tips for how to make recruiters work for you.”

Helping Aging Parents Manage Their Money [US News] “The role reversal between parent and child isn’t easy. Here are some strategies to get started.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

Can a side gig help your career? [CNN Money] “Certain kinds of moonlighting may actually help you in your main job, and wise organizations can embrace, rather than squelch, entrepreneurial zeal.”

11 Quick Tips to Earn a Stellar Performance Review [US News] “If you want a stellar performance review next year, start thinking about how you can make a positive impact at work.”

6 ways to use your IRA now [MSN Money] “If you need to cover emergency expenses or want to make an investment in the future, you may be able to use your retirement savings early without paying penalties.”

20 Frugal Ways to Brighten Your Spouse’s Day [Wise Bread] “To help you show your sweetie that he or she is still the one for you, here are 20 frugal ways to bring a smile to their face today.”

Your 7-Step Midyear Money Checkup [Daily Finance] “The goal of this six-month checkup is to identify potential trouble spots before they become big money gushers.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

7 smart ways to pay for college [MSN Money] “Try these 7 savvy strategies to help them get an education without going broke.”

Generics: Six I Buy, Six I Avoid [The Simple Dollar] “Use these lists as encouragement to try a few lower cost store brand products, as well as a useful reminder to not buy something that will end disastrously.”

25 Ways to Have Cheap Summer Fun [Wise Bread] “Check out the following ideas for frugal summer fun.”

7 Things Employers Want from New Grads [US News] “For 2012 grads intent on landing their dream job, here are seven key things that employers want.”

Fixes For These 10 Money Mistakes [SavvySugar] “Solutions for some common money mistakes people make.”

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Personal Finance Roundup

Personal Finance Roundup

10 biggest mistakes renters make [MSN Money] “Be aware of these potential pitfalls before you sign a lease.”

8 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship [US News] “Here are eight tips for getting the most out of interning.”

Insurance You Can Live Without [Wall Street Journal] “What is worth your hard-earned cash and what’s not?”

The 10 Worst Ways to Make Extra Money [Wise Bread] “It doesn’t make sense to slave away over something that isn’t actually going to put money in your pocket.”

Save Hundreds on These 10 Essential Household Goods [Moneyland] “Cut your bills with these money-saving tips on buying household essentials, clothing, and personal products.”

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