There are ways to jump-start savings that are painless and even fun.
The trick is to create an emotional or physical barrier between you and the money you want to set aside.
Here's a look at how some of the president's proposals could affect rates on CDs and savings and money-market accounts.
Some people think budgets are like diets, but starving yourself to meet your goals will never work. Here's a better approach.
One is a slush fund -- a first line of defense against unexpected expenses. The other is for big catastrophes, which, knock on wood, may never come.
'Hacks' are clever solutions to tricky problems. Here are some of my favorites to help you save more or spend less in 2012.
Sure, you want to pay down debt and save more money. But how you frame those goals for the new year will make a difference in your success.
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