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Tara Struyk

 I'm a freelance blogger, writer and editor who discovered finance just early enough to avoid getting into major money trouble. Now I'm seeking the path toward financial freedom - and writing about it as I go.  

Latest articles by Tara Struyk

Hate Budgeting? How a Percentage-Based Budget Might Work for You

When it comes to budgeting, play the percentages to find a spending plan that works for you, whatever your situation.

STOP! 10 Work Email Mistakes You May Be Making

Email has transformed how we work. That is, it has if you can avoid making any of these dumb email mistakes.

Dads Who Do Dishes Raise Ambitious Daughters (and 4 Other Ways Any Parent Can Help Their Kid Succeed)

A recent study found that daughters of fathers who help with household chores are more ambitious. Try more ways to encourage children to aim high.

14 Dumb Things Holding You Back From Losing Weight

Been dieting and exercising but still can't shed the fat? One of these dumb things might be keeping the weight on.

10 Reasons Why Bank Vaults Are Much More Interesting Than You Thought

Learn about KFC's secret chicken vault and other fascinating facts about the world's most secure rooms.

5 Painless Ways to Manage Money With Your Partner

A partnership is all about not going it alone — even when it comes to money. For a happier union, include your partner in the planning with these suggestions.

10 No-Stress Ways to Do More in Less Time

Getting more done doesn't necessarily mean working more. Follow these tips to get more done in less time — and feel great.

5 Beginning Investor Mistakes I've Made (And You Don't Have To)

Get a jumpstart on your investing career by avoiding these common beginner's mistakes.

Never Leave Home Without These 10 Essential Travel Apps

Need a translator, local tour guide, cheap calls or ways to escape the airport faster? There's an app for that.

The 10 Kinds of People Who Get Rich (and How They Do It)

What kind of people get rich? See if you have some of these 10 traits and habits common to the wealthy — and learn how you can start amassing riches.

6 Basics You Must Know Before You Start Investing

Investing seems daunting to beginners, but it doesn't have to be as complicated as it seems. Master these beginners' tricks and you'll be on your way!

How to Accept Criticism and Become an Awesome Person

Sometimes criticism, even if constructive, is tough to take. Here's how to grow a thicker skin so you can learn and grow from those critical comments.

This Interview Technique Will Get You Hired

Don't let your next job interview become another tale about the one that got away. Use this key technique to present the most employable you.

Why We're So Materialistic (Even Though We Know It's Dumb)

Getting control of our spending and our finances would be a lot easier if we weren't so materialistic. So why are we?

The 10 Commandments of Credit Card Use

Follow these 10 rules of responsible credit card use and reap the rewards of low interest, smaller monthly bills, and more money in your savings.

10 Fat-Filled Foods You Should Stop Avoiding

Fat should be avoided at all costs, right? Wrong. These are the fats you should be getting more of for a healthier you.

4 Financial Lessons From "Fifty Shades of Grey"

C'mon, don't lie. You know you only read the Fifty Shades series for the scandalous... personal finance lessons.

Build a Better Budget in 5 Minutes Flat

Creating a basic budget truly is simple and easy, and so is maintaining it afterward. What are you waiting for? Take five minutes and start budgeting!

The Secret to Succeeding at Absolutely Everything

What do most winners have in common (beside some natural ability and maybe some luck)? It's a gritty little secret that's easier than it looks.

15 Delicious Gifts You Can Bake

Holiday baking is a sweet tradition, and you'll find plenty of traditional holiday baking ideas here, plus a few new ones for some sweet holiday surprises.