Save money, and be richer than your parents.Let's face it: There's nothing fun about sticking to a strict budget. But there are easy money-saving tricks you can use to cut back here and there that won't feel like a massive drag. Financial expert Zac Bissonnette, author of the new book, How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents, shares his tips:
By Korin Miller
Rethink Your Cell Plan
Most people don't have the right plan-and you could be shelling out too much for extra services that you're not using. Zac recommends using Billshrink.com. It analyzes your service plan and susses out whether you're overpaying.
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Go Crazy With Coupons
Sites like TheCouponClippers.com have great deals on groceries for a small handling fee. Here's how it works: you spend literally 10 cents to "buy" coupons-some of them are as big as $2 off. And you can buy loads of coupons for the same thing at once. So if you find one for your fave cereal, you can stockpile the savings.
Save money, and be richer than your parents.Let's face it: There's nothing fun about sticking to a strict budget. But there are easy money-saving tricks you can use to cut back here and there that won't feel like a massive drag. Financial expert Zac Bissonnette, author of the new book, How to be Richer, Smarter, and Better-Looking Than Your Parents, shares his tips:Read More »from 3 Easy Ways to Save Money
These smart programs may help ease the financial pain of paying for your child's four-year degree.Read More »from Smart Ways to Start Saving for College
This article originally appeared on LearnVest.com.
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Saving for your child's education can seem confusing and complicated.
--When should you start saving?
--How should you do it?
--How do you save for your retirement and your child's education at the same time?
Jupiterimages/Getty ImagesThese are all vital questions to ask yourself as you begin to think about saving for Junior's college education.
For starters-take a breath. The first thing to remember is that your child will have many more options to help her pay for college than you'll have to help you retire. Between scholarships, financial aid, federal grants and loans, there's no reason to jeopardize your retirement savings to put her through school. In other words-you should never plan on taking money out of your retirement savings to pay for your kid's college education.
That being said, the sooner you can start saving, the better.
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 1:50 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Any time you're told you'd better jump on an opportunity before it's too late, it's more likely than not there are things someone wants you to overlook. Save yourself a bunch of headaches, arguments and money by taking your time. Get down to the details.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Leaping before you look is certainly not out of character for you. In fact, it's something you should be defending yourself against by now. Rein yourself in, because you'll be tempted by a ridiculous impulse buy or an investment that is too good to be true.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading
Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Wednesday April 25, 2012
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Don't let yourself stagnate. When you're stuck, look to others to help you get a jump-start. Just talking about things can
In a world with too many choices, being the obvious one in your category really isn't that hard. You just have to stand out from the pack. In a good way.
There are lots of people with your skill set, no doubt. But, there's no one who has your combination of personality, abilities, qualities and look: your personal brand. Even identical twins aren't identical in every way.
The fundamental qualities that form you, drive you, and make you attractive to us are extraordinary. In other words, there is no ordinary you. There is just you.
You are an advertisement
You are almost always advertising the assets that form your brand. Now, you might not think you are advertising - after all, you're not buying ad-words or those mean little Facebook ads.
But you ARE advertising, all the time. Just by showing up. The way you look - by photo, skype, and in-person - showcases your stuff.
So visually speaking, are you telegraphing what you want us to take in and judge?
Yes,Read More »from Visualize Your Personal Brand
- U. S. News & World Report | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 24, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
By Susan Milligan
It appears that the manufactured fight between Ann Romney and Hilary Rosen is just about over. And, as unfortunately happens in such cases, all women ended up being the losers.
There was a chance that the overwhelmingly-male candidates for state and federal office would have had to take a look at some tough issues affecting women. Why hasn't the Violence Against Women Act been extended? Why did mostly men lose their jobs during the recession (the "mancession," it was called), but men overwhelmingly were given the jobs that came back in the recovery? Why do women still only earn less than 80 percent of what men do? And why isn't contraception understood to be basic healthcare for women, who cannot plan their lives and certainly not their career, without the choice of using it?
Those are good questions, but they've been pushed aside by a more media-titillatingRead More »from The Real Losers in the Hilary Rosen-Ann Romney Fight
Live your richest life - no matter what you earn - with these no-fail tips from LearnVest's money guru Alexa von Tobel. By Alexa von TobelRead More »from Smart, Sexy Money
marie claireI can't tell you how many times I've been out with my girlfriends and, inevitably, one will complain about the state of her finances - how underpaid she is, how her AmEx is maxed out, how she can't afford her big dream, whether it's to take an exotic summer vacation or move into a bigger apartment. My inclination is to be helpful, ask how much she's got in savings or whether she's taking advantage of her company's 401(k) contribution match. But I've learned from experience that such questions are the equivalent to asking a woman if she's put on a few pounds. Just don't go there.
The fact is, women don't like to talk about money, let alone deal with it. Though we're killing it at work, earning more than ever, running our households, and making big-ticket decisions, too many women still worry they'll be judged by what they earn and how they spend
real estate agent with for sale sign in front of houseBy Woman's Day Staff
1 Ask for the best broker. "Often the worst thing you can do is walk into a real estate office and go with whatever agent comes out to greet you," says Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC's Shark Tank and founder of The Corcoran Group. "Chances are, it's going to be a newbie." Instead, call the sales manager ahead of time and ask him to recommend his best person. Here's why it works: "Every sales manager is compensated based on how much his agents sell." Photo by: Corbis
2 Price it right. "Listing too high is the biggest mistake sellers make," says Marie Otis, a real estate agent with CBSHOME Real Estate in Omaha, NE. "It drives me crazy when people say, 'Can't we list at a higher price for the first few weeks to see if we get any action?' Buyers won't waste time looking at an overpriced home. So when your agent suggests a price range based on comparable sales, go with the lower end of the range," says Otis. Don't chase the market or else you'll end up sellingRead More »from 7 Steps to Selling Your House
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Mon, Apr 23, 2012 1:31 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Hindsight is 20-20. You're quite insightful when it comes to figuring out past mistakes, but that's the easy part, Aries. It's time to add up all of those lessons and put them to good use.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Career Strengths Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Make sure you are talking in a positive tone today. Everything you say affects those around you for better or for worse. It's especially important when talking about your financial endeavors -- be upbeat.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading
Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Tuesday April 24, 2012
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You can't do too much thinking before taking out your wallet today. Deliberate over every financial decision, because you could make some wildly wrong choices if you're not especially careful.
Today's Gemini Reading:
Ways to Boost Your Career
With any luck, the job market will start to turn around soon, but it's still a good idea to make some positive changes in your work habits. Doing a little extra or trying something new will likely get you that attention you deserve, and who knows-it might also help you keep your name off your employer's list of possible layoffs. Here are some small things you can do to make a big impact.
1. Suck Up (Subtly)Read More »from 7 Ways to Boost Your Career
No one wants to be the office brown-noser, so don't start polishing your boss's shoes or anything, but a little gab at the water cooler won't hurt you. It's much harder to fire someone when you can put a face to a name, so developing personal relationships around the office is a wise strategy for protecting your job. It's also a good networking opportunity; in case you do get laid off, you'll have solid contacts, good references, and excellent chances of landing another job quickly. Being more social in your work environment can also make going to the office
- BettyConfidential.com | Work + Money – Mon, Apr 23, 2012 12:52 PM EDT
What good will knowing Emma Watson's salary on Sofia Coppola's Bling Ring movie do the Burglar Bunch's defense? Mean Betty isn't entirely sure...
-Mean Betty, BettyConfidential.com
Emma Watson bling ring
Kittens, have you seen those photographs of former Harry Potter star Emma Watson that have recently begun making the rounds through this glorious invention we call the Internet? Heavens! It looks like Little Miss Emma-at 22, no longer quite so little!-has shed completely the good-girl image of the brainy Hermione Granger in favor of talking a walk on the proverbial (and perhaps literal) wild side! Clad only in a leather jacket, short shorts, a bra, and sky-high heels, the images feature Emma lounging languidly in the sun. How shocking!
Emma Watson bling ring 2
Though perhaps not as shocking as at first it might seem; Emma, you see, is working. These photos were snapped on the set of Emma's new movie, The Bling Ring. Does that phrase sound familiar to you, kittens? Perhaps in conjunction with a certain Miss ParisRead More »from Mean Betty: Why on Earth Does the Bling Ring Need to Know Emma Watson's Salary?
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