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Save Money and Calories With Lightened-Up Fried Chicken and Mac and Cheese

The first step towards making low-calorie, budget-friendly meals is just that — make your meals vs. ordering in or dining out. Restaurants not only hike up the price, but they also often overdo it on the butter, oil, salt, starch and fatty toppings. On TODAY, Joy Bauer and I have three make-at-home dinners that clock in at less than 500 calories — and less than $5 per person to cook.

 

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7 Tips to Make Weeknight Meals Faster and Easier

On TODAY this morning, Joy Bauer and I go through tips to make weeknight meals faster, easier and cheaper! If you really want to get more bang for your buck, double the recipe so you’ll have plenty for leftovers — and also freeze to eat at a much later date.

 

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8 Ways to Cut Calories and Costs at the Grocery Store

Do you feel like you spend your entire paycheck at the grocery store? You’re not alone. On TODAY this morning, Joy Bauer and I talk tips for cutting costs AND calories when you shop.

 

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Here’s How to Save Money When It Comes to Credit Card Fees and More

On TODAY’s “Free Money” series this morning, we talked fees. Did you know credit card fees can be trimmed or even eliminated by simply picking up the phone? Eight out of 10 people who called their credit card company and asked to avoid or reduce annual fees, raise their credit limit or get late fees waived were successful, according to a CreditCards.com survey. Ask nicely first, and if you get no action, ask for a supervisor — eventually, you may be transferred to the retention department. Those are the people who have extra power to give you something just to keep you.

 

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How to Know Whether You Have Enough Money for Your Old Age

ICYMI: Do you know whether you have enough money for your old age? Over the past three decades, the average life expectancy for both women and men in the U.S. has jumped. On TODAY, my concrete tips for making sure you’re financially prepared to live a longer life — including having 10 times your final salary set aside. #AgeProof

 

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If you don’t have $250,000 to spare, how to pay for long-term medical bills

If you want to have a healthy retirement, there’s a big wild card you need to be prepared for: health care expenses. A 65-year-old couple will need an estimated $260,000 to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses through retirement — and that doesn’t include long-term care, according to Fidelity Investments. Watch my TODAY segment below for how to plan — and how to pay.

 

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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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