money matters

How Much Do You Spend During the Holidays?

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Everyone calls it the most wonderful time of the year, which could possibly be why so many of us go a little bit overboard with all of our shopping and decorating. Nesties revealed how much they budget for the holidays and how much they ultimately end up spending: “I average around $300-400. I build up... read more

Buzz From The Boards: Who Pays The Bills?

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The talk of money seems to be a very private subject for most couples. But we got the scoop from these Nesties on joint bank accounts and who pays the bills. Everyone has a different system that works for them: “Although we are trying to take a ‘team’ approach to our finances, we have separate... read more

The Dos and Don’ts of Combining Your Finances

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There are few things I hate more than talking about money with my fiance; the topic just brings up so many feelings for both of us. But now that Eric and I are living together and planning a life (and wedding!) together, we've gotten a lot more comfortable with these conversations. Still, there are a... read more

Making Less Than the Guys at Work? Learn How to Get Your Fair Share!

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Think the days of women making less money than men are over? Think again. In cities across the U.S. women are making up to $20,000 less than men working the same number of hours, according to a new report by 24/7Wallstreet.com. (The worst-paying city for women? Provo-Orem, Utah!) What to do if you suspect... read more

Weekly Money Saver: Avoid Impulse Buys at the Grocery Store

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We've all been there, you go into the grocery store for milk, eggs and $10 and walk out with$50 added to your credit card. Next time, plan your meals for the week before you shop and make a list of ingredients you need. Make sure that the meals have overlapping perishable ingredients so you... read more

Newlywed Tax Hike: Will You Have to Pay More?

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Less than two months from the tax-filing deadline of April 15, the Tax Policy Center has announced changes in tax code that mean you and your spouse could pay more if you earn similar incomes. Spouses who earn vastly different incomes, however, could pay less. Fair? We don't think so. Thanks to January’s... read more

Weekly Money Saver: Emergency Funds

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You and your partner can plan ahead as much as you please, but face it -- neither of you can foresee the future. When it comes to emergency funds, it's always best to save and prepare so if an emergency does strike, both of you aren't left with a dwindling bank... read more

Weekly Money Saver: Cut Out The Cable

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Okay, okay -- we're just as addicted to Mad Men as the next girl; but when it comes to maintaining a budget, cable seems to constantly get in the way. For creative tips on saving cash (without sacrificing Dexter re-runs), we got the lowdown from the Learnvest staff on read more

Would You Make a Bedroom Floor Using 59,670 Pennies? Meet the Couple Who Did.

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A penny saved is a penny earned, but if you're anything like Chicago couple Ryan Lange and Emily Belden, you've turned that coin into some serious creative design. The seemingly frugal duo lined their 234-square-foot bedroom floor with nearly 59,670 pennies -- a renovation project that took four long months to complete. "We... read more

Weekly Money Saver: Work Out for Less

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Getting in shape was one of your New Year’s resolutions...but so was saving dough. Here’s how to actually stick with both this year. To start, see what other gyms in your area are offering and then ask your gym to match the lowest monthly fee you find. If it won’t, then switch gyms (duh!). Got... read more