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Twentysomethings: It's Time to Declare Financial Independence

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence, let's take a moment to think about our individual declarations of financial independence. If you're still ruled by debt, fiscal confusion, and reliance on others, here are a few tips for breaking free.

Jean Chatzky on Boomers' Incredible Shrinking Inheritances

Americans are now living longer, and the costs of elder care have soared, which means that many baby boomers%u2019 inheritances will be smaller than previous generations'. Today show financial editor Jean Chatzky offers advice on how to be ready.

4 Ways for Young Adults to Get a Better Handle on Credit Scores

Americans are getting more educated about credit scores, and younger people are the most well-versed of all. But that doesn't mean there aren't some gaps in their knowledge. So what should you do to keep on top of your credit? Here are a few free tips.

Can a Spending Splurge Help You Reach Savings Success?

Every dieter knows you sometimes have to give in to your cravings on the long road to a weight loss goal. Turns out the same principle applies to personal finance: A splurge now and then can actually help you attain your budget and savings goals.

3 New Ways to Get Real Help On Your Underwater Mortgage

Good news: The housing market is looking up. Bad news: Nearly 11 million mortgages are still underwater. More good news: Real help for those homeowners is finally available. More bad news: Getting that help can be baffling. Extra good news: Jean Chatzky's here to help.

Financial Spring Cleaning: 4 Steps to a Fresh Money Start

The return of warmer weather is an cue for many of us to clear out the debris that has gathered over the winter. But it's not just the house and the yard that could benefit. Here's a step-by-step guide to spring cleaning your finances.

Rules to Save By: Jean Chatzky Reveals Her Simple Money Tips

During more than two decades of helping people learn to manage their money, Jean Chatzky has picked up a host of financial maxims that she falls back on over and over again. Why? Because they make sense. They're funny. They're memorable. And they work.

What Blue States Can Teach Red States About Credit

It's not just politics that defines the differences between Republican-leaning "red states" and Democrat-leaning "blue states" -- and some of those differences may surprise you. For example, when it comes to credit scores, blue states are where the smart money is.

Family Money: Tips for Raising Saving-Savvy Kids

Last week was America Saves Week, but the organizations hoping to spotlight the importance of saving money have their work cut out for them. Not only are we failing to sock enough away, our kids aren't getting the message to save either. Here are four tips for passing on smart savings habits.

7 Money-Saving Moves That Will Cost You More Later

When it comes to saving money, too many of us try to cut expenses in the short term in ways that are almost guaranteed to cost us much more down the road. On NBC's Today Show, personal finance expert Jean Chatzky talks about how to avoid seven big mistakes that fall into the category of penny wise, but dollar foolish.

How to Avoid 2011's Spending Traps in 2012

In 2011, shoppers were hot -- sometimes too hot -- for bargains, and a little too sensitive to the day's financial news. Savings gurus Jean Chatzky and JB Orecchia weigh in on the year's major spending pitfalls, and how to dodge them in 2012.

How Much Should You Worry About Inflation?

The inflation bells are ringing. You've seen the jump in prices at the grocery store, and, maybe more significantly, at the gas pump. But are these price hikes a sign that inflation is about to take off, or are they just temporary increases? Here's what you should know about inflation.

Five Scams to Avoid in the New Year

Computer next to a pile of moneyIt's an unfortunate fact of life – when unemployment looms large, so do the number of scam artists looking to make a quick buck. That's why,...