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The Magic Math of Paying Yourself First

When my husband and I first started building a life together in our 20s, we treated our money the way too many young couples do: We

08.02.17
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Five Back-to-School Items I Refuse to Buy This Year

Is there anything that says “summer is basically over” quite like the arrival of next year’s school supply list? Since my children’s school follows a “modified,

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14 Things to Borrow, Not Buy

If there’s one thing no one ever tells you about adulthood, it’s how easy it is to accumulate stuff. Let’s face it: Many families have

07.27.17
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Why Making Trade-Offs Is the Most Important Financial Lesson I Learned

As an ’80s baby born to an insurance salesman father and a stay-at-home mother, I grew up watching my parents scrimp and save. My mother

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10 Fun and Frugal Ways to Beat the Rain on Vacation

You’ve spent months planning the perfect vacation, and it’s finally here. Your bags are picked, the kids are bouncing off the walls, and you’ve finished

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How to Make Money as a Pet Sitter or House Sitter This Summer

If you started summer with the goal of picking up part-time work, you might wish you had started searching sooner. While it’s still possible you’ll

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Why I Quit Having Garage Sales (and What We Do Instead)

Whether you’re trying to get out of debt or just need spending money, there’s something eerily satisfying about selling your unwanted “stuff” for cash. Your

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Here’s How We Took a $20,000 European Vacation for $3,500 This Summer

More than a year ago, I started dreaming up a plan to take my family on one of our longest trips yet – a nearly three-week

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11 Side Hustles for People Who Hate People

Whether your goal is paying off debt, building an emergency fund, or saving for a rainy day, a side hustle could be the answer you’re

07.09.17
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Nine Money Mistakes New Retirees Can’t Stop Making

If you’re on the fast track to retirement, you’re probably busy planning your new, post-work world. Perhaps you’re considering a stint as a volunteer, or

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Why I Quit Caring About My Credit Score

If you believe everything you read about your credit score, you’d think it was the most important component of your financial health. Without a good credit

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Should You Use Plastiq to Pay Your Mortgage and Other Bills With a Credit Card?

If you love credit card rewards and spend your free time pursuing points and miles, you already know the secret to outsized rewards: The more

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Why I Finally Broke Down and Bought Travel Insurance

When you travel as often as I do, you get used to unexpected expenses throwing your budget out of whack. You can plan ahead all

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How to Deal With Huge Medical Bills

A report from the American Journal of Medicine shared some sad statistics about the state of American medical care and medical bankruptcies: A 2009 study revealed

06.14.17
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Five Ways to Save on Your Summer RV Rental

Summertime is perfect for packing up the family and hitting the open road. And whether you want to camp or simply travel in style, renting an

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Home Buyers, Beware: Wire Fraud Is on the Rise

Imagine you’re getting ready to close on your first home. You receive the closing paperwork and take special care to ensure all the details are correct. But,

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Why Women Should Embrace Their Breadwinning Status (and Stop Complaining About It)

A few weeks ago, I was sucked into a rabbit hole of the worst kind – an article (and comments section) that piqued my interest

06.05.17
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When You Can’t Afford to Be a Bridesmaid

Several years ago, Sylvia Inks was caught in an uncomfortable dilemma. A childhood friend asked her to be the maid of honor at her wedding, but