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Archive for: Spending Less

How You Can Be A Smarter Shopper And Resist Impulse Buying

How to resist impulse shopping.

Ahh, Target! How do you walk in the door for deodorant and cat food and leave $150 later? Impulse purchases rarely fit into your overall financial plan. Say “no thanks” to impulse displays and put your money to better use.

How To Convince Your Cable Company To Lower Your Monthly Bill

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Cable is on the chopping block of every frugal budgeter out there. But for a lot of us, the enjoyment we get from cable is worth the cost. However, that doesn’t mean we should pay more than necessary. Your cable bill is often up for negotiation…you just need to know what to say.

How To Get Divorced For $450 Or Less

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Getting divorced is hard on your finances, but if you haven’t been married long and the split is (relatively) amiable, you don’t have to spend thousands at an attorney’s office to get a legal divorce. Here, how to get divorced cheap.

You Know You Don’t Need A New Phone; So Why Are You Buying One Anyway?

You know you don't need a new phone, so why are you going to buy one anyway?

The iPhone 6 and Galaxy S5 are amazing gadgets, and the urge to upgrade takes over. Sometimes, knowing you don’t NEED it isn’t enough. Before you buy, ask yourself these questions instead. They may make you much happier with your decision to hang onto that old phone a little longer.

Funny Money: 5 DIY Projects That Will Cost You More In The Long Run

Our satire on when DIY can backfire big time.

Some jobs should be left to the pros. If you’re feeling confident about your DIY skills, you should read this before you leave yourself with a flooded house or gnarled hairdo.

Quicken 2015 for Mac Review

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Quicken 2015 for Mac launched last month. This is solid software for managing your money, but doesn’t yet offer all the features longtime Quicken users might expect. Our review can help you decide whether to invest in Quicken or stick with less costly options for tracking your finances.

Health Insurance: Understanding Your Deductible, Co-Pay, & Out-of-Pocket Maximum

Health insurance: Understanding your deductible, copay, coinsurance, and out-of-pocket max.

Could health insurance be any more confusing? Here’s our quick guide to understanding health plan terminology like premium, deductible, co-pay, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximum.

The Annual Cost Of Pet Ownership: Can You Afford A Furry Friend?

Can you afford to own a pet?

The first-year cost of pet ownership exceeds $1,000, according to the ASPCA. Learn what pet expenses to expect before bringing a dog or cat into the family.

Money Manners: Talking With Your Partner About The Costs Of Smoking

Smoking isn't just bad for your health -- it's expensive too! How to get your partner to quit.

Smoking isn’t just bad for your health, it’s expensive, too! Quitting tobacco is a difficult topic to broach with a loved one, but a level-headed attitude and hard-hitting money stats can help you start.

5 Reasons To Keep Your Finances Separate From Your Significant Other

It's not that you shouldn't trust your partner, it's about making life easier for both of you.

There’s something to be said about keeping love and money separate — not allowing one to taint the other. Here are five reasons to keep his and hers checking accounts as you begin your lives together.