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Cyber Monday 2016: The Best Bargains — and How to Protect Yourself

About 122 million Americans are expected to shop online today as retailers roll out a new batch of deals projected to generate $3.36 billion in sales. I talked with Matt Lauer on TODAY this morning about the best deals, as well as how to keep your information safe online.

 

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The Ultimate Black Friday Cheat Sheet

On Black Friday, people are expected to spend $27 billion — but if you want the deals and the doorbusters, you must get there early. Watch my segment below for the ultimate cheat sheet for this famous shopping day.

 

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How to cut your health care bills and prescription costs

The problem with healthcare is people don’t look at it like they’re shopping for a car, but it’s becoming more transparent. Only 34% of people know what their healthcare costs might be for the coming year — and about 1/4 of all people didn’t fill a prescription because of the cost. For how to cut costs, check out this morning’s TODAY segment.

 

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How to trim your monthly phone, energy and internet bills without the stress

The average wireless bill is $73 a month — multiply that by your family members, and it’s a big number. But don’t crack down on the kids — crack down on data itself. I talked with Matt Lauer on TODAY this morning about how some plans allow you to allocate your data pool differently among family members, and I use this with my kids (for example, each gets 6 gigabytes and when it’s gone, it’s gone). 

 

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Student Loan Debt: How to Reduce Those Monthly Payments

The college class of 2016 will graduate with an average $37,000 in student loan debt. Another surprising number? The $2.7 billion in free federal student aid that goes unclaimed every year. Yikes. Check out my TODAY segment below for how to reduce monthly payments.

 

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How to get your finances ready for life’s biggest (and costliest) events

On TODAY this morning, Hoda Kotb, Jenna Bush Hager and I had a blast talking money hacks for life’s biggest milestones. Whether you’re having a baby, you’ve got college-bound kids or you’re preparing for retirement, here’s how to get your finances ready (and what order in which to prioritize things)!

 

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Here are the biggest mistakes women make with money

Nearly 30 percent of respondents to a TODAY.com survey said they were so nervous about seeking a raise that they couldn’t ask. Nearly 40 percent said they had “no idea” what they’re doing when it comes to investing. And only 35 percent felt they were on top of managing their money. Those are sobering statistics — and it’s why we took on five of the top money mistakes women make on Her Two Cents TODAY. Number one is underestimating our value.

 

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Top 5 Fights Women and Men Have About Money — and How to End Them

In our TODAY.com survey, 36 percent of respondents said they fight most about having different money styles, and 26 percent said they fight most about having different goals for money. Check out the latest segment of Her Two Cents TODAY for some of the key fights women and men have about money — and how to put a pin in them.

 

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Top five financial fears: Inside women’s worries about money

In a TODAY survey, 20% of viewers said their biggest fear was having too much debt, and 19% felt it was outliving their money. We talked about how to overcome some of these fears this morning on a new series called Her Two Cents TODAY. Check it out!

 

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Prime Day: Amazon, Walmart offer major summer deals

Walmart and Amazon are “battling over your buck” this summer — the latter’s second annual Prime Day is on July 12, with over 100,000 deals for Prime members. Walmart, on the other hand, is introducing a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its unlimited two-day shipping program. I talk you through the potential deals — and if it’s worth it to shop the sales — on Today Show this morning. Separate the thing you’re buying from the process, and if you’re not sure you really wanted it at full price, then you shouldn’t be buying it on sale.

 

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