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9 Things We’re So Grateful Mom Taught Us About Money

Today is the day we pause to reflect on everything our mothers have given us, from kisses on scraped knees and comfortable laps to sit on, to financial wisdom that has the power to stick with us through adulthood. We asked you to share the personal finance tips your mother imparted to you, because hey, sharing is caring and she’d probably approve. [More]

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What Did Your Mom Teach You About Money?

When I was in first grade, the lunch lady at my school informed me that my parents had overpaid for my meals for the month, and sent the extra money home with me, as I remember it. I took it to my mom, who said that everyone should have a bank account, and that we could use that $18 or so to start one for me. And to add to that — she said that moolah could grow to a larger amount all by itself through a magical thing called “interest.” [More]

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4 Ways You Can Save Your Self Into Financial Trouble

In general, saving money is good. But if you are overzealous about your thriftiness or think only in terms of immediate or short-terms savings, you could end up paying more in the long run. [More]

1-In-3 Americans Still Feeling The Sting Of Recession

1-In-3 Americans Still Feeling The Sting Of Recession

While many Americans are now doing better than they were during the Great Recession, those dark days took such a toll on many consumers’ savings that some people who are currently doing well enough to pay the bills and enjoy a decent living aren’t able to make necessary longterm investments, like buying a new home or saving for retirement. [More]

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]

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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]

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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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