emergency fund

Change Jars and 8 Other Clever Ways to Build an Emergency Fund

You don't need a windfall to kick-start your savings. These baby steps will do just fine.

Easy Budgeting for First Time Singles

Single living has its own budgeting quirks. Here's how to get off to the right solo start.

11 Frugal Gifts Your Future Self Will Love

Before gift-buying season gets started in earnest, think about getting something nice for that very special someone in your life — the future you!

10 Foods You Need in Your "Emergency" Pantry

This isn't prep for the zombie apocalypse — it's how to save money and time by stocking up on 10 frugal foods for quick "emergency" dinners.

8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion

A promotion isn't an invitation to launch a spending spree. Make these smart, responsible money moves instead.

12 Reasons Your Debt Isn't Diminishing

Uh oh — your debt burden has hardly budged from your initial starting balance. What are you doing wrong?

9 Money Moves to Make the Moment Your Credit Cards Are Paid Off

Congratulations! You're finally free of credit card debt. Now what should you do?

Best Money Tips: How to Build an Emergency Fund From Nothing

Today we found ways to build your emergency fund from nothing, ways to fight clutter and get organized, and a guide to buying refurbished products.

Is Your Emergency Fund Costing You Money?

Yes, we're always telling you to work on building your emergency fund. Now we'll tell you when to stop.

11 Ways Life Is Amazing With an Emergency Fund

Life happens — and it usually costs money when it does. Build your emergency fund so when it happens, you're good to go.

9 Financial Skills Everyone Needs During Hard Times

When the going gets tough, the tough get frugal. Stick to those frugal habits when finances brighten, and you'll save even more.

10 Ways to Prevent an Emergency From Driving You Into Debt

If you're caught short when life catches you short, don't panic. Instead, try these strategies to manage an emergency and avoid debt.

How to Balance Saving for Retirement, Emergency Fund, and Paying Off Debt

Funding the personal finance Big Three — debt repayment, retirement, and emergency cash — is possible if you follow a balanced plan, like this one.

5 Things 30-Year-Olds Don’t Have Enough Of

While 30-year-olds may be firmly settled in adulthood, that doesn't mean they have their finances in order. If you're close to 30, here's what you need to know.

Is Building an Emergency Fund Always a Good Idea?

We often hear the same advice — everyone needs to have an emergency fund. But, in some situations, it might be OK to skip it.

Becoming Financially Secure: What to Do First

Standard financial advice is full of things to do first — emergency fund, 401(k), paying off debts...but what REALLY comes first?

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Emergency Fund

A strong emergency fund is one of the most important keys to financial security. Learn how to build yours.

Financial Lessons From "It's A Wonderful Life"

The classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life” isn't just a heartwarming holiday classic — it also contains financial lessons that are still relevant today.

A 5-Step Plan to Quitting Your Job

Want to quit your job? If you play your cards right, you can use these steps to turn an awkward situation into a great new career opportunity.

Investing 101: 5 Essential Steps

Investing can be one of the most intimidating parts of personal finance. But if you follow these five steps, you'll be on your way to smart, sound investing.