People often use the terms “rainy day fund” and “emergency savings” interchangeably when they are really two completely different forms of personal finance insurance. A rainy day fund is meant to help you weather short-term, relatively low-impact financial storms of less than $2000 such as a major car repair. On the other hand, an emergency savings account with three to six months of living expenses is designed for longer-term crises
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For many people, a credit card offers a flexible way to access funds when they’re needed. However, credit cards can do much more than this when they’re used properly – and can in fact end up saving you money in the long run.
Selecting the right credit card and knowing how to get the most out of it will end up leaving more cash in your wallet each month — and
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About a month ago I wrote a post detailing a recent supermarket misadventure where I had the misfortune of getting behind a nice lady who paid for her groceries with a giant bag of quarters.
I used that little episode to talk about about the benefits of Coinstar and why I have no problem paying their 9.8 percent fee. Needless to say, I was more than just a bit surprised when
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When it comes to saving money, one of the biggest hurdles for most folks is the lack of cash available after paying all the bills at the end of the month. Fortunately, this seemingly impossible problem is easily fixed by paying yourself — instead of your creditors — first. One of the best ways to do this is via automatic paycheck deductions, such as those for 401(k) retirement plans.
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True, not everybody needs a budget to successfully manage their personal finances. People who have minimal debt, pay off their credit cards in full each month, and have little trouble saving can often get by without one. For most folks, however, a budget helps them track expenses, control spending, set aside cash for retirement and rainy days, and save for vacations and other big-ticket purchases.
The bottom line: A
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by Jane Sanders
Do you find yourself running into financial problems and falling into debt? Do you wish you could save more money but find that you have nothing left of your paycheck to save? Overspending can cause a lot of financial problems including consumer debt and a lack of retirement funds. If you can learn how to change your mindset from spending to savoring what you have, you can improve
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Is it just me, or do I come off at times as a real financial stick in the mud? Uh huh. That’s what I thought.
Look back at my archives and you’ll notice I’ve written plenty of articles about the importance of saving money and spending less than you earn. But when it comes to posts on spending money and having a good time, well, you have to look a little
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The main benefit of frugality and saving is that they are good habits that lay a strong personal finance foundation. That being said, being frugal definitely has its limits. Although scrimping and cutting corners can result in significant savings, at some point, it simply becomes impractical to cut anymore. Meanwhile, those trying to save their way to prosperity will sadly discover that it’s a painfully slow process.
The bottom line: Frugality has
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Before the average American kid gets his high school diploma he or she will supposedly eat 1,500 peanut butter sandwiches.
Americans’ passion for peanut butter doesn’t stop after childhood though. Somewhat ironically, adults eat more peanut butter than kids. In fact, almost $800 million is spent each year on the sticky stuff, which makes it one of the most frequently purchased grocery store products.
Smooth vs. Chunky Peanut Butter
According to Skippy, 60
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I’ve written before about my insatiable addiction to iTunes; it’s one of the biggest money leaks I have to deal with on a monthly basis.
Believe it or not, some months I’ll spend upwards of $100 on iTunes songs for my iPod, although I’m trying my level best to rein in that nasty little habit. In the meantime, I do my best to find iTunes bargains wherever I can. Let’s face
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