saving money

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.

Should You Sign Up for That Store Credit Card?

Store credit cards are sometimes good for building credit. But their terms can make them less attractive than many other cards. Should you get one?

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 Smart Places to Stash Your Kid's College Savings

Sending your kids to college is expensive. These investment vehicles are the smartest ways to start saving up.

14 Things You Can Do Now to Prep for Your Best Summer Ever

Winter blues got you down? Look ahead to summertime, and make sure this will be your best one yet.

8 Ways to Save on Dinner — No Meal Planning Required

Tired of spending hours mapping out your meals? Good news: You can make healthy, affordable meals on the fly, too.

6 Ways Digital Nomads Can Save for Retirement

Digital nomads and perpetual travelers can use these simple tricks to save money for retirement — whatever their current address.

The One Thing That Will Help You Actually Save Money

A little positivity can go a long way — especially when it comes to reaching financial goals.

How to Manage Your Money — No Budgeting Required

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

Why You Need to Make Financial Habits, Not Goals

Everyone has their list of money goals, but you may hit them even sooner if you turn them into everyday habits.

A Simple Plan for Saving Up a $2000 Fun Fund

Whether you're planning for a wedding, vacation, or down payment on a home, these money-saving tricks will have you socking it away this year!

6 Smart Ways to Save Money This Year (Without Clipping a Coupon)

Put down the scissors and slowly walk away from the Sunday paper. You won't need a coupon to save at the stores this year.

5 Times Buying the Extended Warranty Makes Sense

We usually advise readers to skip the extended warranty. But not always.

4 Reasons to Cut Yourself Some Slack Following a Financial Setback

The first step to bouncing back from a money mistake is to cut yourself some slack.

The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu

'Tis the season when pretty much everyone is sick. And it turns out, these common illnesses are a total money suck.

One Surprising Skill That Can Save You Money When You Travel

Did you know that you can drastically reduce your travel costs by learning the local language?

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.

6 Grocery Purchases That Will Be Cheaper in 2017

We don't know exactly what 2017 will bring, but we do know that these grocery items will cost less!

10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money

Kids don't need to wait until adulthood to get excited about money. Give them these books to read and the money fun will start early.

My 2016 Budget Challenge: What to Do With a Totaled Car

Things took an unfortunate turn for Max — somewhat literally — on the 110 Freeway. Can she find the silver lining in her totaled set of wheels?