Budgeting After an Unexpected Loss of Income

Panic is a natural reaction when your income ceases or drops drastically, through illness, job termination or any other event that results in less income. Responding quickly is not only essential to make the most of your remaining resources, but it also gives back control at a time when you may feel you have none. A focused, methodical budget plan takes the pressure off as you get over the... Continue reading

Surprising Perks to Tracking Your Finances

Closely tracking your income and spending has some obvious benefits when it comes to meeting your financial obligations and living within your means. In addition to making sure there's enough money to cover essential and discretionary spending, there are other surprising perks that reward the time and effort you put into tackling your personal finances. Continue reading

The Stars of Saving: Famous People Who Were Smart About Money

Many celebrities crash and burn financially when their television series get cancelled or they lose their appeal at the box office. But others prove that pretty faces are not always adverse to business judgment by making big money in wise investments. Here are four standouts.   Paul Newman: Foodstuffs Baron and Philanthropist Paul Newman went from a childhood in Ohio, through a stint in the Navy... Continue reading
What percent of your paycheck should you spend each week?

What Percentage of Your Paycheck Should You Spend Each Week?

Managing finances looked so easy in grade school with those cute pie charts sliced into brightly colored wedges. But, out in the real world, dividing up your paycheck into spending and saving requires some additional calculating and a bit of shuffling. While you won't find a magic formula that sets out hard-and-fast rules for divvying up income, financial planners offer several possible ways to... Continue reading

Ways to Better Organize Your Bills

Keeping track of bills can be stressful, but developing a system to pay them on time at least ensures that you won't be hit with late fees and penalties. Here are some tips for a better payment experience to streamline your finances. Continue reading

How to Trick Yourself into Saving Money

If you find it difficult to save money, you're certainly not alone. Only 48 percent of Americans have more than $1,000 in their savings accounts, and one in five Americans don't even have a savings account. Here are a few ways to trick yourself into the healthy habit of saving. Continue reading

Best Personal Finance Software for Mac

When it comes to computer types, a line was drawn in the sand of public perception long ago. If you're doing business, you need a PC. When you're being creative, get a Mac. But in reality, this line blurred a long time ago. Applications for both computers are equally capable. Doing personal finances on a Mac doesn't mean you have to compromise. Here's what to look for in the best software to suit... Continue reading

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