Planning

Saving and Budgeting Basics

Learn how to cut expenses and save more than you spend.
 

How to Make the Most of Your Health Savings Account

If your health plan offers an HSA and you’re not taking full advantage, pull up a chair. Financial expert Jean Chatzky—coauthor of Age-Proof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip—cuts through the jargon and shares her secrets for maximizing those HSA perks for your whole family.

What Not to Tell Your Kids About Your Finances

Yes, communication is important, and children deserve the truth. But not the whole truth! Best-selling personal finance expert Beth Kobliner, author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius, outlines healthy boundaries for this touchy topic.

6 Money Questions Couples Need to Ask Each Other

These conversation starters will help make dreaded money talks easier.

9 Simple Steps to Getting Out of Debt In 2017

Armed with advice from financial experts, you’ll be out of the red before you know it.

Money-Saving Holiday Survival Guide

Best days to shop, affordable entertaining ideas, budget travel tips, and more money-saving advice for getting through the holidays with your wallet—and your sanity—intact.

Sneaky Christmas and Holiday Shopping Tips

How merchants get you to (over)spend on holiday gifts.

3 Ways to Break Bad Holiday Shopping Habits

’Tis the season of temptations. No wonder you end up busting your budget every December. Learn how to resist your worst buying habits and your favorite retailers’ enticements, from free hot chocolate to, yes, even “Jingle Bell Rock.”    

5 Ways to Pay Off Student Loans

One thing you never learned in school: how to pay for it. In part two of Real Simple’s get-out-of-debt series, educate yourself on the best ways to reduce, or eliminate, college debt.