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    • How to Create a Budget You Can (Really!) Stick To Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      Your personal budget should work for you. Learn seven steps to creating a budget you can use and how to make it work.
    • What is APY? Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      What does the acronym "APY" stand for? How does it differ from APR?
    • 4 Ways to Lower Your Monthly Mortgage Payment Created: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Does your monthly mortgage bill put a serious dent in your budget? Here are four ways you can lower your monthly payment.
    • What's an Annuity? Created: Friday, July 04, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Thanks to the disappearance of workplace pensions, many people are opting for annuities to create retirement income. But what exactly IS an annuity?
    • 4 Surprising, Great Things Your Budget Achieves Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Learn four reasons why your budget does more than just tell you how much money you need to save and how much you can spend.
    • 8 Worst Habits That Blow Your Car Budget Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014
      Are you committing any of these eight budget-busting car habits?
    • Create Your First Budget Created: Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Create a Budget – How to Make a Budget
    • Eleven Solid Financial Rules to Help You Build Wealth Created: Friday, February 17, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      There's a lot of money advice floating around. What's the most important? This article outlines 11 rules for building wealth." itemprop="description">
    • Budget Worksheet - Discretionary Spending Created: Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Track your discretionary (your fun!) expenses here. Sorry to say it, but this category is the easiest place to hunt for savings." itemprop="description">
    • Want Budget Success? Plan to Fail Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Some parts of budgeting can be hard. Prepare to prevent common budget fails by following these tips.
    • How to Create a Budget on One Income Created: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      It is possible to live on one income. Learn five ways to stretch your money and live on less.
    • Frequently Asked Questions about Budgets Created: Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Curious about managing your money and making a budget? Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked budgeting questions." itemprop="description">
    • Are You a Two-Income Couple? Live on One Income, Save the Other. Created: Monday, October 28, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Are you a two-income couple? Living on one person’s income and saving the other is one of the most effective ways to ramp up your savings.
    • What's the Difference Between an Actively-Managed and Passively-Managed Fund? Created: Saturday, June 09, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      Bob puts his money in a passively-managed fund that tracks the 5&P 500 Index. Sheila puts her money in an actively-managed mutual fund. What's the difference between Bob and Sheila's investment...
    • Budget for New Baby Costs Created: Monday, December 16, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      How much money should you budget for the cost of a new baby? Here's a breakdown.
    • What’s a Want and What’s a Need? Created: Monday, February 27, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The 50/30/20 Rule says to spend 50 percent on needs and 30 percent on wants. But what's a want? What's a need? Is internet a want or a need? What about fixing a dent in your bumper? This article lo...
    • Don't Cut Corners on These Essential Items Created: Monday, April 14, 2014 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      There's a difference between being frugal (searching for good value) and being cheap (potentially risking your health). Don't cut corners on important expenses like maintaining your car, house and health.
    • What's the Rule of 72? How Can It Help Me Double My Money? Created: Sunday, November 25, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
      Want to double your money? The Rule of 72 explains how to double your money, without accepting too much risk, in a realistic 7 year time frame.
    • Debt Snowball vs. Debt Stacking Created: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
      Let's compare two popular debt payoff strategies: traditional" itemprop="description">
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    • 7 Tips to Help You Get Out of Debt Created: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      Need help getting out of debt? Here are a few tips on that can help you eradicate your debt, regardless of whether you're struggling with a home loan, car payment or credit cards."
    • IRA and 401k Contribution Limits Increasing Created: Saturday, November 24, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      Contribution limits for IRA and 401k retirement plans are increasing, beginning in 2013. Eligible workers can now contribute $17,500 to their 401k and 403 retirement plans and $5,500 to their IRA r...
    • How Much Do I Budget for Taxes as a Freelancer? Created: Thursday, July 04, 2013 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      If you're self-employed, how can you budget for taxes? Here are three tips." itemprop="description"> Monday, October 31, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      How much money will I need to retire? Sometimes I open a magazine and see that I need $1 million or $2 million. Could that possibly be right? Check out this rough guide to getting a back-of-the-en...
    • 7 Tips for Saving for Retirement with a Late Start Created: Tuesday, June 05, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
      You had a late start in saving for retirement. What should you do? Here are 7 tips to guide you through a comfortable retirement, even if you started saving in your 40's." !--#if expr="$zTP='t3'" -...
    • Budget Worksheet - Income and Necessities Created: Friday, October 28, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
      This budgeting worksheet helps you track your earnings and your necessary spending." itemprop="description"> Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
      Want to double or even triple your money? This handy rule-of-thumb shows you how long it will take you to turn $10,000 into $30,000.
    • What's the Difference Between Fixed and Variable Expenses? Created: Sunday, October 21, 2012 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
      Your budget is comprised of fixed and variable expenses. But what do these two words mean? How do they differ from necessities vs. discretionary spending?
    • Why You Should Budget Like You Get Two Paychecks Per Month Created: Thursday, August 22, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      Are you a traditional employee who gets paid every two weeks? If so, design a budget around the assumption that you'll get two paychecks per month. During the months that you get three paychecks, you'll be able to throw your entire paycheck towards savings.
    • 4 Tips for Couples Transitioning from Two Incomes to One Created: Sunday, August 05, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      Congratulations -- you've decided to make the switch to a one-income household. What factors will you need to consider? How can you make the transition as smooth as possible? Here are four tips to ...
    • Q&A: What if I Can't Cut Costs Any Further? Created: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      Feel like your budget is too-tight? Here are ways you can both earn more and trim your spending further.
    • Can You Be a Millionaire If You Earn $30,000 or $40,000 a Year? Created: Thursday, July 11, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
      Can you become a millionaire, even if you only earn a modest income of $30,000 or $40,000 annually? Yes, you can. Read this article to find out how." itemprop="description"" --> itemprop="descripti...
    • Plan for Retirement Based on Lifestyle, Not Current Income Created: Friday, February 24, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
      Many experts say that you should plan to spend a percentage of your current income -- such as 85 percent of your present income -- in retirement. But a competing school of thought argues that you s...

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