How to Manage Your Finances in a Volatile Economy

5 Basics of Personal Finance in a Crazy Economy

Between the congressional budget drama, debt ceiling deadlines, S&P credit rating downgrades and the fed funds rate announcement, it’s almost dizzying to try to understand what all of this economic activity means for your wallet. The best thing you can do is get back to basics and make sure your finances are ready to weather any financial storm. We cover five personal finance basics that you should always make sure are in order.

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Money Saving Ideas

How to Save Money: Small Cutbacks that Add Up

You often hear stats about how if you give up that morning cup of coffee at Starbucks, you’ll be saving x dollars per year. That’s great, but some of us just aren’t ready to give up that shot of energy in the morning. That’s okay! There are many other small changes you can make in your life that can add up to big savings over time. Here are a few to consider.

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Make Your Finances into a Game

How to Make Finance Fun

I know a lot of people dread looking at their finances, but honestly, I’ve never understood why. Dare I say it, I actually enjoy analyzing my finances. In fact, it’s something I often do when I’m feeling bored. Trust me, I’m no math guru, and I’m certainly no expert in stocks or bonds. I just get a level of satisfaction in tracking my progress, and you can too. It’s easy, I promise!

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No More Excuses! 5 Budget Myths Debunked

5 Common Excuses for Not Budgeting Your Money

Budgeting can seem like math minus the fun – and we all know how fun math is. What’s exciting about adding up all your expenses and seeing that you spend way too much each month and need to cut back? Or maybe you put everything on your check card so you won’t overspend. Genius, right? Except you’re not building credit then, and unless you’ve also set up an automated transfer into a savings account, you’re probably not retaining any money either. But many people don’t want to hear that. Let’s examine five common myths that keep people from budgeting.

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