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The Last Budget You’ll Ever Need

I have a love/hate relationship with budgets. But mostly, I hate them. It’s not because I don’t like pie charts and spreadsheets. (I do.) I don’t like budgets because I hate telling you to write them when I know myself how boring, pointless, and di … [Read more...]

This Super-simple Strategy Can Make Anyone A Millionaire; Why Aren’t You Using It Yet?

Want to spend ten minutes doing one thing for your finances that will have an absolutely MASSIVE impact on your ability to spend less, save more, and reach your goals faster? If you answered yes, then it's time to pay yourself first. The … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on a Limited Income

In my twenties, the last thing I wanted to do, or felt I even could do, was save money. Investing money never crossed my mind – I thought that was something old guys in suits did while making evil plots to dominate the world. My financial p … [Read more...]

How I Make Online Banking More Secure

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency is harvesting our online data, NPR is airing a series that describes "just how vivid the typical person's digital picture has become — and how easy it can be for others to see it". This i … [Read more...]

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...]