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Four Tips to Start Saving More Money Now

By Pamela Yellen, Author of Bank On Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future

Building your savings -- not an easy task in the best of times -- has become even more of a challenge. While women typically earn less than men in most occupations, the good news is that women's jobs have mainly held up during the recession. Women have a 20% lower unemployment rate than men, according to a just-released report from the U.S. Department of Labor. » Read more

The Family Bum: How to deal with family members who constantly ask for money

Money is more important now than ever for many families.  If you are one of the families fortunate enough to be in good financial shape during these tough economic times, this may make you a magnet for the family bum.  Jeanne Fleming, financial ethics columnist for Money magazine and co-author of Isn’t It Their Turn to Pick Up the Check?, surveyed 800 people across the » Read more

5 Easy Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

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12 Money Saving Tips

By Erin Lozano, Co-founder of GreenSherpa.com

Create a budget -- This is one of those tasks in our household that is right up there with brushing your teeth.  It is a must do and it is on the calendar every week.  Every Sunday I make a meal plan for the week and I refine our weekly budget.  Out of this process I developed a cash flow management program called Green Sherpa.  It helps me stay on trac » Read more

An Emotional Stimulus Plan: Why you need one to succeed in turbulent times.

By Margie Warrell, Author of Find Your Courage

Yesterday a friend emailed me to say that after years trying to make it as a freelance writer she's admitted defeat and is now trying to find a paying job.  I replied to her that she needed to drop the 'defeated' talk and instead reframe her situation more positively. » Read more

Paying Off Your Credit Cards: The Five Step Plan

The current economic crisis can seem overwhelming and out of control – but you can exert more control over your own financial situation, and paying off your credit cards should be at the top of your personal “to do” list. » Read more

How to Make Sure You Don’t End Up Broke

By A. B. Jacobs

A fundamental question that every financially concerned individual must face is this: Will my money expire before I do? » Read more

Five Money Issues Couples Must Never Fight Over

By A. B. Jacobs

It’s normal that spouses harbor different opinions on a variety of subjects. The two maroon shirts I occasionally wear—and love—are regarded by my wife as particularly ugly. As she’s kind enough to humor me on this matter, it’s only fitting that I don’t openly criticize the TV melodrama she chooses to view at 9 o’clock every Thursday night. » Read more

Creating a Family Budget

Everyone is feeling the financial crunch these days, and it seems like money matters are totally out of our control. That may be true on the large scale, but in day-to-day life, you have a lot of control – and one of the best ways to manage household expenses is to create a family budget. » Read more

Bi-Weekly Mortgage Calculator

This calculator will show you how much you will save if you make 1/2 of your mortgage payment every two weeks instead of making a full mortgage payment once a month. In effect, you will be making one extra mortgage payment per year--without hardly noticing the additional cash outflow. » Read more