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Zina Paid Off $28,000 of Debt in Three Years

August 2, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

She put every extra penny toward her student loans and carefully tracked her spending.

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Bring Your Budget Back to School

July 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

More than half of parents shop with a back-to-school budget and expect a rise in expenses this year. But parents are working the extra expenses into their budget.

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What’s Your Back-to-School Budget?

July 26, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

After the holiday season, back-to-school shopping is the second largest spending event of the year. Nearly half of Americans will shop online, according to the National Retail Federation. In total, they’ll spend an estimated $83.6 billion — a more than 10 percent jump over last year, and a five-year high — to get grade school […]

The cost of a pile of school supplies is nothing compared to the shocking state of school teacher pay

Back-to-School Shopping: $73 Billion

July 25, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Kindergarten through college will cost consumers nearly $73 billion this back-to-school season, with college being roughly two-thirds of that.

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Americans Define Wealth in Very Different Ways

July 18, 2017 | Gregory Cox

Think it means being rich? Think again.

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QUIZ: Do You Know American Spending Habits?

June 5, 2017 | Emily Bloch

It’s like a really sad version of ‘The Price is Right,’ because the only prize is knowing how people budget

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How to Prepare for and Deal With an Income Emergency

May 19, 2017 | Money Talks News

How quickly could you come up with $400? Many of us would need to borrow it.

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Good And Bad News About Recession 2018

May 15, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The economic recovery is literally one step forward, one step back.

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Should You Hire a Service to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?

May 12, 2017 | Money Talks News

We tried out one of these services. Results? Meh.

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Can Trump Keep His Promise To Leave Social Security Alone?

March 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.

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8 Foolproof Steps to Get You Out of Debt Fast

February 10, 2017 | Money Talks News

Want to speed up your debt-reduction efforts? Here’s how to do so without a crash diet.

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Having Bad Credit Makes Saving for Emergencies Nearly Impossible

February 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most Americans can’t afford an unexpected expense and low credit scores have a lot to do with it.

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Millennials Will Start Budgeting This Year

January 27, 2017 | Joe Pye

More than any other generation, they want to track their spending better in 2017

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Budget Your Way to Your Financial Goals This Year

January 27, 2017 | Money Talks News

It may sound like as much fun as having your teeth drilled, but budgeting really isn’t that bad.

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Half-Banked’s Desirae Odjick Budgets For Dog Toys

January 25, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Here’s how she obsessively tracks every penny — by hand.

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The Most Important New Year’s Resolution To Keep [video]

January 23, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You need to create a budget — although believe it or not, that’s a controversial statement.

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None of Us Are Ready for an Emergency

January 12, 2017 | Dori Zinn

What if you don’t have enough cash even for a tragedy, disaster, or other emergency? Most of us aren’t ready for one.

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My Simple Trick For Always Staying On Budget

December 29, 2016 | Debt.com

No-stress, no-sacrifice saving? It’s not too good to be true. It’s too true to miss out on.

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How Your Thought Process Affects Your Finances

November 29, 2016 | Debt.com

Knowing how you think about money can help you save more of it.

If laying out an budget that manages debt has you confused and stressed about money, you may need Financial Literacy 101

Is Tying The Knot Easier Than Uniting Finances?

November 24, 2016 | Debt.com

For those who answer yes, there’s good advice and even outside help.

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Americans Aren’t Spending Less Because They’re Making Less

October 18, 2016 | Dori Zinn

They’re spending less to save more

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Spending Doesn’t Make Us as Happy as We Think

September 12, 2016 | Dori Zinn

But saving does, and most of us prefer it that way

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4 Simple Steps To Get The Very Best Car Loan​

August 30, 2016 | Money Talks News

Many people shop backwards for a vehicle — and that’s costly. Here’s how to get the best deal.

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Want to Save Money? Live on a Cruise Ship

August 1, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why it’s cheaper to take a year-long vacation than it is to live in California

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Want Cheap Homes and Great Pay? Move to Texas

July 21, 2016 | Dori Zinn

If there’s one thing that’s not bigger in Texas, it’s the cost of living. But that doesn’t stop Texans from overspending. They have some of the worst money managers in the country.

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Can You Afford To Grow Old?

June 28, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most Americans predict they’ll run out of money before they die

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Reach Your Goals Without A Budget

June 28, 2016 | Money Talks News

Budgets are about deprivation and discipline. No wonder they’re hard to stick to.

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Dvorkin On Debt: Taking A Bite Out Of Debt

June 27, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

The seventh Debt.com scholarship winner has a superior brain but a suffering mouth.

If laying out an budget that manages debt has you confused and stressed about money, you may need Financial Literacy 101

Ask The Expert: Which Bill Do I Pay First?

June 22, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader has only enough to pay the mortgage, car lease, or credit card. But not all three.

By the numbers: millions and billions

FOMO Plays a Huge Role in Millennial Spending

June 21, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

How the fear of missing out effects this generation

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Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

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The Financial Costs of Living Longer

June 6, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why most Americans don’t feel secure for retirement

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Dvorkin On Debt: A Prince-ly Sum

May 30, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

3 financial lessons we can learn from the artist known as Prince

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10 Easy Steps to Simplify Your Finances and Improve Your Life

May 17, 2016 | Money Talks News

How to declutter your financial life, your home and your social life and breathe easier.

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How to Prepare For and Deal With an Income Emergency

May 3, 2016 | Money Talks News

A lot of people in all income brackets are ill prepared to deal with financial shocks.

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Can You Afford to Quit Your Job?

January 28, 2016 | Debt.com

It depends on your answers to these 3 questions.

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Ask The Expert: Who Needs A Stinkin’ Budget?

December 30, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader says her son is taking the wrong advice from the Internet.

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8 Ways to Get Your Holidays Off to a Budget-Savvy Head Start

November 5, 2015 | Debt.com

If you start now, you can save hundreds.

How much money do you need to be happy?

3 Ways Your Weekend Is Busting Your Budget

September 22, 2015 | Debt.com

Why save five days a week only to blow it all in two? Here’s how to save all week long.

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Why Lifestyle Inflation Is Killing Your Budget

September 3, 2015 | Debt.com

This is the worst kind of inflation. Here’s how to lower it.

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15 Places to Find A Part-Time Accountant for Your Startup

August 11, 2015 | John Rampton

Sure, there’s accounting software. But sometimes, you need a human being to help you.

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5 Reasons Your Budget Isn’t Working

July 28, 2015 | Debt.com

Here’s how you can make it work for you, instead of struggle against it.

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Ask The Expert: How Much Do I Need To Save For Retirement?

May 20, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is overwhelmed by all the information out there, so Howard talks to her directly in a video.

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3 Months Later, Is myRA a Worthwhile Investment?

May 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

The federal government is encouraging people to save for retirement. Here’s how to know if the plan is right for you.

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How You’ll Go On Vacation 15 Years From Now

May 11, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

In 2030, relaxing will be a lot different than it is today.

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Get Out Of Debt Guy: Who is Right About Budgeting Our Money, My Wife Or Myself?

May 8, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know, so they can stop fighting.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Buy This Home Or Not?

May 6, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A 55-year-old reader has a wonderful problem: How to spend her money the right way.

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One-Quarter Of Americans Report Being Financially Stressed All The Time

April 23, 2015 | Jess Miller

Women and younger people freak out about finances more, but they don’t have to. Here’s why.

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How Long Will $1 Million Last You?

April 7, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Becoming a millionaire will no longer make you wealthy.

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Why You Aren’t Saving for an IRA

March 30, 2015 | Jess Miller

Don’t let one of these silly excuses prevent you from retiring comfortably.