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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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Paying off student loans: How to cut your monthly payments

About 1/3 of college students with student loan debt say they’d rather not have sex for 10 years than carry that amount of debt. Did you know Americans owe more than $1.3 trillion collectively in student loan debt? You can watch it grow $2,726 every second here. This morning, I talked cutting monthly payments on TODAY. Check it out.

 

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‘Gig Economy’: How Apps Can Help You Be Your Own Boss

This morning on TODAY, I talked with Savannah Guthrie about the “gig economy.” A growing number of people are ditching the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule for non-traditional income methods. This includes app-enabled tasks like ride-sharing services, home-sharing platforms and handyman listings. I talk with one man who works as a for TaskRabbit and rents his home on Airbnb. Why is the so-called “gig economy” on the rise? A society of people wanting things done on demand.

 

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Here’s how you can save money — quickly — for an emergency

A survey by The Federal Reserve Board found 47% of people would have to borrow money or sell something to come up with $400 for an emergency. This morning on TODAY, I talked with Matt Lauer about tracking spending and capping expenses.

 

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‘Quickie Mortgages’: Are They Really As Easy As They Claim?

This morning on TODAY, Savannah Guthrie and I talked about “quickie mortgages” — a new, largely automated process that allows many borrowers to get loan confirmation very quickly. It’s mostly done online, but calling is also possible, and it usually takes 10 minutes or less. Now is a good time to have financing locked in before you go home shopping — it’s both spring and a seller’s market, which makes everything a little more competitive. Check out the segment below.

 

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Four Crucial Ways To Buckle Down On Your Bills And Save Money

This morning on TODAY, I spoke with Savannah Guthrie about four ways to save on bills. I believe time is money, so one of the services I highlighted was Unroll.me, a tool that helps cut down on email subscriptions that you may spend too much time looking at (maybe they even tempt you to do more online shopping). I also talked about ways to save on prescriptions, as well as monthly bills. Check out the video below for more. (You’ll also see my shoe get stuck in the TODAY set!)

 

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