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Moven My Cash Around: My Experience Using the Moven App

Perhaps you recognize this nagging truth about your financial habits: It's sooooo much easier to spend money (especially other people's money on credit) when you don't keep track of it. I know that's me. And over the years I've tried many systems, … [Read more...]

With Amex Bluebird, You Don’t Need a Checking Account Anymore

I’m always surprised when I see new construction along busy commercial corridors and later learn that it will become a new branch of XYZ Savings Bank. Presumably, the rise of ATMs dramatically reduced the number of banking transactions handled by a … [Read more...]

Toshl Review: A Beautifully Simple Manual Budgeting App

A reader recently let me know about Toshl, a budgeting app available online and for iPhone and Android (thanks, Rachel!) In a sentence, Toshl is a manual budgeting and spend-tracking app with a beautiful design and intuitive user experience. As far … [Read more...]

Four Sure-fire Tips for Mobile Banking Security

I'm writing this dispatch from the Pacific Coast, where I've just seen a fabulous-yet-disturbing documentary at the Newport Beach Film Festival. It's called "Terms and Conditions May Apply," and director  Cullen Hoback's movie takes a chilling look … [Read more...]

Military Money: Where to Start Your Military Savings

Today's guest post is brought to you by Doug Nordman, a military retiree who's been financially independent for over a decade. He wishes he'd known this stuff over 30 years ago when he was just getting started, but he learned enough to overcome his … [Read more...]

Savings Bonds: When to Consider Them as an Alternative Investment

Savings bonds: before writing for Money Under 30, all I knew about them was that I thought they were a terrible gift when I was little! I remember getting savings bonds as prizes in elementary school, looking at how long they would take to mature, … [Read more...]

Should You Save or Pay Off Student Loans?

One of the most common questions I get is "should I save or pay off student loans?" Although it can be daunting to start out with a lot of eduction debt, you may want to resist the urge to repay those student loans as fast as possible. Earlier … [Read more...]

How Dwolla Works to Free Online Users From Fees

In the last few months, I've had many a bone to pick with PayPal, which I consider eBay's monetary equivalent of the Death Star from "Star Wars." Whenever someone sends me money for an item I sell on eBay, PayPal sees good to take 2.9 percent on the … [Read more...]

Variable Income: How to Manage Money When you Don’t Earn a Steady Paycheck

We all like to wake up in the morning knowing there’s enough money for breakfast and this month's electric bill -- not to mention those whopping student loans. For meeting these everyday financial obligations, nothing beats a regular paycheck. But … [Read more...]

Fired! How to Get Your Finances in Order When you Lose Your Job

Imagine the unimaginable: It’s Friday and you head to work in a good mood, primed for the weekend ahead. You settle at your desk, check your email, and see that your boss wants to see you in his office. You go in, he closes the door, and you notice t … [Read more...]