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5 Things to Remember Every Time You Face a Financial Failure

Everybody falls down, even when it comes to their money. The key to success is getting back up again.

Here's How a Spending Ban Can Help (and Hurt) You

Finances currently a mess? Hit the reset button with a spending ban. Just be careful not to overdo it.

How to Help Your Kid Build Their First Budget

Everything your teen needs to master their money starts with you. Teach them budgeting basics that will last a lifetime.

5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor

Your love of lattes might not be totally to blame for your low funds. Cognitive biases could be derailing every one of your money-related decisions.

How to Manage Your Money — No Budgeting Required

Nobody likes budgeting. Here's how to keep track of your money without one.

6 Ways to Deal When You're Way Behind at Work

Looming deadlines, a 10-mile to-do list...it's time to conquer it all and get back on track at work. You can do it!

4 Ways Pessimism Can Actually Improve Your Finances

They say looking at the glass half empty is no way to live, but it might be the best way to steer clear of debt.

5 Big Brands Making the World a Better Place

Next time you're ready to spend some cash, try shopping these brands. The dollars you spend there will go toward making the world a better place.

7 Ways to Make Money During a Semester Abroad

Studying abroad can enrich your life, but deplete your wallet. Offset the costs by earning your keep while you're overseas.

4 New Year's Resolutions Your Pet Wants You to Make

Fluffy and Fido are really, really hoping you'll keep these New Year's resolutions. Even better — they're good for you, too.

You're Missing Out on These 5 Easy Fixes for FOMO

While you've been afraid of missing out on everything, you've also missed out on ways to cure FOMO. But here they are!

5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget

Anxiety and depression can worm their way into many aspects of life — including your money. Here's how to fight back.

Earn More Interest by Reducing Savings Friction

Sometimes friction is a good thing. Like when you can use it to save tons of money.

4 Easy-to-Fix Reasons Your Savings Account Isn't Growing

Don't get frustrated by a stunted savings account. Make these moves instead to help your money grow.

Stop Falling for These 6 Social Security Myths

Put the fearmongering to rest. These harmful Social Security myths are a hazard to your money.

6 Simple Financial Upgrades You Can Make During Breakfast

Now you have another reason never to skip breakfast — it's the perfect time to do a little personal finance.

5 Financial Moves You Should Make Five Years Before Retirement

With retirement just five years away, you can't afford not to make these smart financial moves.

7 Best Money Management Tips From John Oliver

Cable TV funnyman John Oliver gets a lot of laughs skewering the rich and powerful. Through the mirth, he also shares some solid financial advice.

7 Ways to Reuse Clothes That No Longer Fit

Dust off those ill-fitting clothes taking up space in your closet and give them a new purpose!

5 Financial Reasons Paid Parental Leave Is Essential for Moms and Dads

Paid parental leave benefits everyone involved — Mom, Dad, baby, and even businesses, too. So why do so few employers offer it?