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This One Move Can Save You $1,000 a Year

In addition to saving you money, ditching your smartphone can reduce distractions at work and help you be more attentive around people you care about. Photo: Matthew G It lets you shop endlessly on eBay. It keeps you tuned into the latest water-cooler gossip on Facebook. It allows you to follow photo stories of people — some you know, some you don’t — on Instagram. […]

Best Online Stock Trading Brokers for 2015

I’ve had an online stock trading account since I was 13 years old and I’ve used at least a dozen of the best online stock trading platforms. I’ve gained a few “learning experiences” from managing my own account and working as a proprietary day trader in Chicago for several years. There are over 50 online brokerages where you can open an account. […]

12 Money-Saving Food Strategies My Family Uses

Instead of pouring out the last of the coffee, freeze coffee ice cubes to make a refreshing drink another time. Photo: Jimmie Over the years, our family has steadily built up a number of little “food hacks” that we use to save money and time when buying food and preparing meals at home. […]

Here’s Why Being Frugal Gets Easier Over Time

How could you say no to that face? Resisting the urge to splurge on your kids can be extremely tough when you first try to curb your spending. But being frugal gets easier and more second-nature the longer you do it. […]

Five Money Moves No One Should Ever Make… Ever

Payday loans, with their obscene interest rates, can lead to perpetual indebtedness. Photo: Paul Sableman Donald Trump is famous for much more than his popular television show and confusing hairstyle; he’s also famous for being very, very rich. […]

Five Money Moves No One Should Ever Make… Ever

Payday loans, with their obscene interest rates, can lead to perpetual indebtedness. Photo: Paul Sableman Donald Trump is famous for much more than his popular television show and confusing hairstyle; he’s also famous for being very, very rich. […]

Questions About Bed Sheets, Used CDs, Health Insurance, and More!

Photo: Callum Baker What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five-word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Health insurance and job switching 2. Hosting guests at home? 3. Balancing retirement and college savings 4. Wonderful money free weekends! 5. Time to become a homeowner? 6. When to toss old clothes 7. […]

Questions About Bed Sheets, Used CDs, Health Insurance, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Health insurance and job switching 2. Hosting guests at home? 3. Balancing retirement and college savings 4. Wonderful money free weekends! 5. Time to become a homeowner? 6. When to toss old clothes 7. […]

More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

Expecting lots of caps and gowns in your future? Here are tips on saving for more than one child’s education. Photo: Josh Granier A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family for his higher education. […]

More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

Expecting lots of caps and gowns in your future? Here are tips on saving for more than one child’s education. Photo: Josh Granier A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family for his higher education. […]