budgets

Americans' Top 12 Ways to Cut Their Spending

That box of store-brand cereal is looking more tempting to a lot of Americans: A new Harris poll lists buying generic as the top way consumers are cutting back on everyday expenses. What other methods are we using to stretch out our budgets, and how much more frugal are we getting? Read on ...

The Rising Cost of Public School Fees

As public school students head home for the summer, it's time for their parents to start worrying about how they're going to pay for next year. Pay?...

It's Time for a Mid-Year Financial Checkup

On New Year's Day, you had plans -- promises to get your finances in order in 2011. Today, check your financial pulse: Where do all those good intentions stand? Ask yourself tough questions then take action. The experts tell you where to begin.

Bryce Howard on Handling Other People's Money

For a scion of Hollywood royalty, Bryce Dallas Howard has a down-to-earth grasp of finance. The daughter of Ron Howard has always been conservative with her assets, and now that the actress has become a producer, she's applying the lessons her father taught her to handling money on a larger stage.

How Being Too Cheap Can Cost You a Fortune

Being frugal is smart, and these days, it's fashionable too. Sometimes, though, it just doesn't make sense to be a Scrooge: Going too far in your attempts to save can have financial consequences that leave you significantly worse off. Here are nine ways you shouldn't cut corners.

Heading for a Divorce? Determine Your Post-Split Expenses

It's certainly not easy, but for those who can do it, calculating expenses jointly helps clarify points in the negotiation that should be acceptable to both parties. And any post-divorce expenses will need to consider all manner of child care costs.

Credit card conveniences that cost you

Let's face it, a big part of the appeal of credit cards is the convenience. They're easy to use, let you pay quickly, earn rewards and defer payments...

Growth Matters: Mint.com Improves Cash Flows, Signs On Customers

Launched in September, 2007, Mint.com has quickly grown to track nearly $200 billion in transactions and $50 billion in assets and has identified more than $300 million in potential savings for its users -- all by making it easy to set and keep to budgets, and identify money-saving ideas.