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Money Management Tips and Finance Basics

Confused when it comes to managing your money? Learn how to save, budget, get out of debt, and more.

Family Matters

3 Ways to Navigate Finances as a Couple
Three things to consider when sharing finances with your partner.

4 Ways to Teach Kids About Money
Start your kids off right by teaching them about their finances early.

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Your Guide to Saving Money

Follow these six straightforward steps to achieve a lifetime of financial goals, from paying off credit cards to retiring to Florida (or the carefree paradise of your choice).
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6 Personal Loans, Decoded

Learn the difference between a home-equity loan, a line of credit, and more.
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Money Management for Your Busy Life 

You don’t need as long as you think to get your financial life in order. Just squeeze in these 12 easy moves—some of which take a mere 15 minutes to tackle.
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6 Money Questions, Answered

Foolproof solutions to your financial dilemmas.
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Real Simple March 2008

Helpful Tools


Tool: How Healthy Is Your Budget?
Are you allocating your monthly income wisely? Use this tool to find out.

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Tool: Calculate Your Hourly Worth
Is it better to pay someone to do the job or to spend time doing it yourself? Find out how much an hour of your time is worth.

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Get-Out-of-Debt Checklist

Does the old saying "Another year older and deeper in debt" ring too true? Take these steps now to reduce your debt and fix credit problems.

  • Transfer your balance to a low-rate card. But only under certain circumstances. A zero percent teaser offer can be a good option if you plan to pay off your balance completely and you don’t charge anything else on the card. However, make sure that the lender is not charging any balance transfer fees, and beware: Terms can be changed at any time.
  • Negotiate a lower rate. It’s possible if you have good credit.
  • Close unused cards. If you never use a credit card, close the account and cut up the card to discourage identity theft. Make sure to get rid of newer cards first; a lengthy credit history with a single lender helps to improve your credit score.

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