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Save Your Finances (and Maybe Even Your Marriage): Invite Your Partner on a Money Date

Nearly half (44%) of married couples in the United States have fought about money in the past year, according to the recent “Marriage and Money” survey from TD Ameritrade. And at least one study has found that early arguments about money are a top predictor of divorce down the road. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring up the M-word with your partner — quite the contrary, in fact. Talking about m […]

Save Your Finances (and Maybe Even Your Marriage): Invite Your Partner on a Money Date

Nearly half (44%) of married couples in the United States have fought about money in the past year, according to the recent “Marriage and Money” survey from TD Ameritrade. And at least one study has found that early arguments about money are a top predictor of divorce down the road. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bring up the M-word with your partner — quite the contrary, in fact. Talking about m […]

Putting It Down on Paper: A Look at 12 Goal-Oriented Paper Planners

A few months ago, I mentioned that I had been using a goal-oriented paper planner for a while in order to reflect on my daily progress toward various goals in my life. […]

Putting It Down on Paper: A Look at 12 Goal-Oriented Paper Planners

A few months ago, I mentioned that I had been using a goal-oriented paper planner for a while in order to reflect on my daily progress toward various goals in my life. […]

Personal Finance and the Flood of News and Information

Last week, for a full seven days, I tried an experiment. It’s basically something I’ve described before on the site – a media diet where I intentionally avoided almost all sources of “news” and instead stuck to books and offline games and physical activity for entertainment. For seven days, I didn’t watch the news at all. I didn’t visit any news websites – in fact, I blocked all of them. […]

Personal Finance and the Flood of News and Information

Last week, for a full seven days, I tried an experiment. It’s basically something I’ve described before on the site – a media diet where I intentionally avoided almost all sources of “news” and instead stuck to books and offline games and physical activity for entertainment. For seven days, I didn’t watch the news at all. I didn’t visit any news websites – in fact, I blocked all of them. […]

This Often Overlooked Credit Card Perk Could Save You Money This Holiday Season

There are 16 days left until Christmas, and the crunch is on to find the perfect gift while sticking to your budget. You’ve tracked prices, flipped through fliers, searched online and in-store to finally find the item you want at the lowest price. But wait… it’s been a few days, and there’s your item for $15 less than you paid! What do you do? […]

This Often Overlooked Credit Card Perk Could Save You Money This Holiday Season

There are 16 days left until Christmas, and the crunch is on to find the perfect gift while sticking to your budget. You’ve tracked prices, flipped through fliers, searched online and in-store to finally find the item you want at the lowest price. But wait… it’s been a few days, and there’s your item for $15 less than you paid! What do you do? […]

How to Set Meaningful Financial and Frugal Goals for Yourself

Many people – myself included – like to use the month of December as a time to reflect on personal goals, both the ones that we’ve been working on throughout the year as well as ones that we might embark on in the future. Most years, I wind up setting several goals for the upcoming year and, if they’re planned well, I end up finding some level of success with almost all of them. […]

How to Set Meaningful Financial and Frugal Goals for Yourself

Many people – myself included – like to use the month of December as a time to reflect on personal goals, both the ones that we’ve been working on throughout the year as well as ones that we might embark on in the future. Most years, I wind up setting several goals for the upcoming year and, if they’re planned well, I end up finding some level of success with almost all of them. […]