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His Financial Goal: Dump His Bank and Join a Credit Union

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we in the AOL newsroom are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: A DailyFinance reporter who's ready to break up with his bank.

Her Financial Goal: Getting an Underwater Mortgage Afloat Again

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we at DailyFinance are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: A photo editor looking to modify an underwater mortgage.

Her Financial Goal: Win at the Refinancing Game

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we at DailyFinance are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: An editor who wants to get the best deal on refinancing.

His Financial Goals: Saving More and Paying Down Debt

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we in the AOL newsroom are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: A real estate editor who wants to save more and owe less.

Her Financial Goal: Get a Handle on Retirement Planning

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- and we in the AOL newsroom are no exceptions. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals. Today: A music editor who wants to understand more about her 401(k).

His Financial Goal: Get Ahead of the High Cost of Higher Education

Everyone has things they want to improve about their financial lives -- even the staff of DailyFinance. So we asked money expert Jean Chatzky for advice on how to reach our goals, and we're sharing her answers with you. First up: An editor looking ahead to college tuition bills.

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.

Jean Chatzky's 6 Simple Rules for Financial Fitness

Today show financial editor Jean Chatzky -- author of DailyFinance's "Family Money" column -- has a new book titled Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. On Wednesday, she spoke with Matt Lauer, explaining the easy principles she recommends.

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.

Three Key Rules for Today's Housing Market

Some recent reports on the real estate market show home prices starting to stabilize in many areas. Other data suggests the housing market has further to fall. But whichever direction the national numbers are heading, there are few tenets that smart buyers and sellers should always follow.

Jean Chatzky: Reduce Your Debt Before Interest Rates Soar

If you are sitting on a lot of debt, you need to take action quickly. Personal Finance expert Jean Chatzky explains that interest rates will rise so it's important that you take steps now. In this video, Chatzky explains how to get started.

Jean Chatzky: Beware, the Cost of Identity Theft Is Soaring

While the number of incidents of identity theft has dropped, the cost to get your identity back is rising. Personal Finance expert Jean Chatzky explains who is after your identity (it could be someone you know) and gives great advice on steps you must take now to protect yourself.

Five Investing Rules You Can Learn From Kids

Looking at investing from a child's perspective can be eye-opening. And you don't need to have kids of your own to learn these lessons. Here are five tips for learning how to think like a child -- and how to turn that into making some grown-up profits.