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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...]

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...]