Archive for: Spending Less

Quicken 2015 for Mac Review


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.

How to Negotiate Discounts And Freebies For Your Dream Wedding

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Weddings are a blast to dream about, but can be terrifying when it’s time to consider the costs. We talked with someone who has great first-hand advice for cutting down the expense of your upcoming wedding without having to sacrifice your big plans.

6 Ways To Financially Prepare For Grad School

What you shouldn't forget when figuring out how to fund your graduate degree

Though often a sound investment, graduate school is a costly affair. Before enrolling, there are things you can do to financially prepare for grad school including studying your anticipated return on investment (ROI), making a borrowing plan and putting your existing budget and credit accounts in order.

Money Manners: How To Help A Friend Who Is Bad With Money

How to handle friends who are bad with money.

What do you do when a friend makes stupid financial decisions? What if she asks you for a loan? How to handle friends who are bad with money.

Angie’s List Review: An Inexpensive Way To Find The Best Contractors (And More)

Angie's List review: Find the best contractors

Lauren and I subscribed to Angie’s List — a paid review site for contractors — when we bought our first home. For the price, the service has been invaluable for finding the best help fast.

Three Easy Ways To Save Serious Money On Your Wedding

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The cost for the average wedding is approaching $30,000. That’s serious money. Assuming you want some cash left over for important stuff — you know, like a place to live — here are three easy ways to dramatically slash costs on your wedding day.