Emergency Fund

How to Start Saving More Now

You might be tired of hearing about how important it is to save for emergencies and retirement. But here are a few reasons why you should sit up and pay attention this time.

14 Money Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

As we start 2014, let's look at 14 areas where people are most likely to make expensive money mistakes, and what you can do to avoid them.

8 Foolproof Ways to Grow Your Savings

Every household should have an emergency fund that contains at least six months' worth of net income. Think you can't save that much? Here's how.

3 Smart Ways to Spend Your Inheritance

Most retirees plan to leave money to their heirs. And those potential heirs say they'd use it responsibly. What they actually do with the cash is another matter entirely.

Three Simple Steps: Saving for a Rainy Day

Even if the rest of your financial life is in shape, if you haven't planned for the worst, you're on shaky ground. Don't wait: Here's how to start building an emergency fund.

10 Reasons Why You're Not Feeling Better About the Economy

The Dow is cruising at new highs, 236,000 jobs were created in February, consumer confidence is up, and Americans are feeling secure enough to take on new debt again. But if you're feeling somehow left out of the party, you aren't crazy. Things are still far from golden.

Living Without Credit Cards: She Made It Work, and You Can Too

Every time you make a plane reservation or rent a car or pay for concert tickets, you're asked to provide a credit card number. Liz Smiley provides a debit card number instead. Smiley has lived without a credit card for more than four years, and she doesn't miss it a bit.