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Survey Finds Most Americans are Delusional About Their Money — Are You?

More than half of Americans 25 and older give the average American a failing grade when it comes to their knowledge of saving and investing according to a survey by Genworth Financial. Respondents (whose average annual income is $50,000 or higher) … [Read more...]

10 Astonishingly Common Misconceptions About Money

Lots of people have some pretty big misconceptions about money. Some of these are perpetuated by financial media. Many of them are dangerous. Are you guilty of any of these? If so, let me know in a comment and tell me why you believed it. 1. … [Read more...]

How to Negotiate Anything (Even if You’re Shy or Afraid)

If I were selling a tool you could use to earn more money, pay less for things you buy, and get your way more often, would you be interested? I hope so. Fortunately, I’m not selling anything. This tool is free; it’s called negotiation. In the … [Read more...]

How to be Thankful, Wherever You Stand

For many of us, the holidays don’t just mean good food, warm eggnog and new memories with family and friends – they also bring serious financial stress. If you are already strapped, the financial strains of December – travelling, feeding guests and bu … [Read more...]

Are You a Compulsive Shopper? Here’s How to Spot it and Stop it

Like a 500-foot inflatable Santa chucking gadget-filled, diamond-trimmed stockings to all good little iBoys and iGirls, Black Friday is nearly here. So, should I be psyched? I’m not. Actually I’m worried, though this has nothing to do with lan … [Read more...]

My Thanksgiving Dish to You: Give Thanks for Everything, Even the Tough Stuff

As I sit here at a Chicago Starbucks, in the heart of the funky Lincoln Square neighborhood, the first brisk snowfall of the season is coating the cars on Lincoln Avenue like a thin sheath of whipped cream on a warm mocha. It’s a beautiful sight to b … [Read more...]

Funny Money: Three Unnecessarily Stingy Stunts You Can Skip

The personal finance blogger community is a realm not unlike Fight Club. Writers and their followers go to extreme lengths to prove who's the hardest of the hardcore. The lady who's killed off tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt gets … [Read more...]

A Woman’s Money: 8 Steps to Financial Success

With the world of finance still dominated by men, it's easy to see why women – especially those just getting started with their careers and adult lives – often feel intimidated when it comes to seeking thoughtful pointers tailored for them. … [Read more...]

Funny Money: How to Get What You Want from Customer Service Reps

Customer service reps can be your best friends or greatest enemies. They can make life easy for you. They can make life difficult. They can bring you bliss or devastation. And what they are to you depends way more on you than on them. Put … [Read more...]

Married and Gay? How Post-DOMA Laws Will Impact Your Finances

When the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act in June, it tipped the first in a long line of dominoes that will affect the finances of gay couples for many years to come. The trouble is, even the most savvy financial advisors don't … [Read more...]