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The 10 Commandments of Saving Money

There are only a few savings rules so important they deserve to be etched in stone. Follow them, and your savings account will swell to epic proportions.

3 Simple Steps to Budgeting Bliss

There's nothing fun about creating a household budget; even talking about money with family members can be tough. But once you begin, you'll find it's not so hard.

How He Earned 4 Million Airline Miles by Buying Dollar Coins

Rewards cards can be a great way to earn free cash -- if you use them correctly. Brad Wilson, founder of deal site BradsDeals, took that idea to its logical extreme, raking in millions of points for free, and now he's sharing his techniques with us.

These Are Most and Least Charitable States - but Why?

Earlier this month, Mint.com published a map of the most and least generous states when it comes to charity. Since then, personal finance writers have struggled to find a pattern to explain why some states give so much more to the less fortunate than others.

Before Making Resolutions, Try This 5-Step Financial Audit

Most people will make a New Year's resolution to take control of their finances in 2013. But while it's a great goal, it's nearly impossible to achieve without first taking a hard look at where your money went the year before. This five-step personal financial audit is a good place to start.

The Problem with Personal Financial Management Tools

Given the complexity of their financial lives, you'd think boomers would be avid users of the latest money apps and programs. But most aren't. Is it them, or is it the products and services being offered? Turns out it's both.

Your 7-Step Midyear Money Checkup

With six months of earning, saving, and spending under your belt, you've got plenty of data to project how 2012 is going to play out. So let's lift the hood on your finances and give everything a good once over.

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.

6 Strategies for Young Adults to Save More in 2012

Saving doesn't come easily for us young adults. Entry-level salaries don't give you a lot to work with, and we tend to spend what we make. But don't worry: We're not doomed to frivolity and financial ruin. Here's how you can start saving smart.

4 Mobile Apps to Make You Smarter With Money

If your underperforming money needs a kick in the right direction, turn your mobile device into a financial adviser, motivational coach, and investment guru with these apps. Because a penny saved is a penny earned, they're all free.

Money-Life Balance: What It Is and How to Get It

We're all know about work-life balance -- the idea of hitting that sweet spot where one's home life is rich and full, and doesn't collide with one's career. But how about money-life balance, when you can enjoy your earnings without racking up uncomfortable debt? Too few of us have that: Here are some tips on how to get it.

How Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Spend Money

Steve Jobs revolutionized so many aspects of our lives. One often overlooked area: Our money. His products fundamentally changed wired Americans' relationship with their finances -- from how and when we shop and bank to our awareness of our net worth.

How to Be 'The Biggest Loser' on a Lean Budget

Being fat isn't just bad for your health, it's also murder on your wallet. "Biggest Loser" host Alison Sweeney (who has had her own ups and downs with weight) wants to help. The cute and curvy Sweeney offers these five tips to help you control your budget and waistline at the same time.

Helping a Caregiver Climb Out of Debt

Joe did right by his mother in her declining years, but half a decade of expensive care for her has left the 53-year-old in a financially precarious position. Money and Happiness columnist Laura Rowley offers him a step-by-step plan to get out of debt and back on track for his own retirement.

Budgeting for Baby: Money Advice for New Parents

A pair of soon-to-be parents wrote DailyFinance's Laura Rowley looking for "a good technique for budgeting with a newborn or just budgeting period." With the cost of raising a child just to 17 estimated at more than $250,000, they're smart to be thinking about those money issues early.