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

12 Money Saving Tips

By Erin Lozano, Co-founder of

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

Toddler Spends Big Money Online!

A 3-year-old girl managed to bid in an online auction – and won an item for $12,300! That is, until her mother woke up from a nap and learned the big news! » Read more

Gardenscape on a Shoestring

By Sara Noel,

Many of us flip through garden magazines, all the while thinking that it takes years, a professional, or tons of money to landscape the gardens featured in the glossy pictures. This isn’t necessarily true. You can design a breathtaking garden and be the envy of the neighborhood by following some of the following tips. » Read more

Enjoy your Holidays Without Breaking the Bank

By Maria T. Pepin Holidays are a time to count your blessings and express feelings of appreciation for the loved ones in your life. However, with the state of the economy and rising everyday costs, families are starting to curb their spending. Not to worry! Cutting costs on holiday shopping doesn’t have to mean ditching all the fun. » Read more

Don’t Go Into Debt This Christmas: Think Before You Spend

At holiday time, ‘tis the season to be jolly – but for many it’s also the time of year to go deeply into debt. With so many people already having a hard time financially, the thought of starting the new year with yet more money problems can be very troubling. But with early and careful planning, you can celebrate the holiday season and still remain debt-free. Before you start shopping, talk with family and friends about cutting back on gift giving this year. » Read more

Working from Home: How to Get Your Unsupportive Spouse on Your Side

You’ve finally found the perfect gig to earn some money from home. But just when you think you have it all figured out, you learn that your spouse is not on board with the plan. Whether it’s a concern about money, time, housework, or anything else that might be on his mind, you’ll need to work it out together if you want your new arrangement to succeed. » Read more

Great Part Time Jobs for Moms

By Maria T. Pepin Are you a stay-at-home mom looking for a flexible, family friendly career? You may want to consider getting a part time job. Not working a standard 9-5 office job will allow you to devote your time to motherhood, while putting some extra cash in your pocket. Here is a great list to get you started: At a School District ~ These jobs are ideal because they offer flexibility and you may have the opportunity to work in the same district in which you reside. This way your children are nearby or even down the hall! » Read more