My husband keeps a pile of wadded-up 20-dollar bills in a drawer in our bedroom. He says he’s saving up for our son’s Christmas gift – a LEGO set with a price tag so high that I am ashamed to share it here. It’s nice that he is doing that, I told him. And in... Read more
If it’s been awhile since you’ve attended a wedding, or if you’re a young adult whose friends are just starting to tie the knot, you may feel clueless about buying wedding gifts. You’re not alone: giving gifts for big life occasions can be tricky for anyone. The traditional guideline for wedding gifts is that if... Read more
Keeping yourself and your family warm during the winter months isn’t cheap, and we often wonder how we can keep the heat in the house and away from our bills. Here are a few simple tips that will keep you toasty, without burning through your cash. Click on “Launch Infographic” for an expanded view.
At this point in time, there’s a real good chance that half the e-mails you receive and that aren’t immediately filtered to your Spam folder are for Daily Deals. Sites like Groupon and Living Social bombard you with multiple intriguing offers every day, because when you signed up for their service, you apparently told them... Read more
If you have sons, you know that they are much smarter than your daughters. And it follows logically that you’d talk to your boys about important issues of the day much more than you would your girls. If I made these statements just about anywhere today, I’d either be shouted down or completely ignored since... Read more
You got the job. Congratulations! At the orientation, the benefits office is going to give you a huge booklet about your retirement plan (or a link to a website that would cause a laser printer to catch fire if you tried to print it all). Here’s what not to do: Set the booklet aside, promise... Read more
Did you know that the average American household is expected to spend $125 on Halloween this year? If you want to trim that number, here are some ways to save this spooky season: Nasty Noises Once upon a time you had to buy sound effects on a cassette tape and hide a boombox fitted with... Read more
After a busy summer, you’re likely ready for things to slow down a bit. But are you ready to deal with your financial situation? Do you have an action plan? Here are five money moves you should consider making this fall: Prepare for rising interest rates Given that the economy is on the mend, you... Read more
Watching football isn’t just a matter of turning on the TV or showing up to the stadium to cheer for your team. There are preparations to be made! From tailgating, to rituals, to superstitions — find out how Americans prep for the big game. Click on “Launch Infographic” for an expanded view.
Just as with mindful budgeting, awareness and common sense make up the foundation of ATM safety. It can be easy to lose sight of the risks associated with ATMs given how convenient they are, but cameras and skimming devices that can scan account and PIN numbers continue to pop up more often than we think.... Read more