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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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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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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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How To Save More Money In 2016: My 18 Tips

There are – quite simply – two ways to improve your bottom line. The first? You can earn more. We covered this one on #StartTODAY, and we’ll cover it again when we talk about making the most of your investments. The second? You can spend less. This morning on TODAY, we tackled the five spending categories that eat up the biggest chunks of the average American’s budget: taxes, housing, transportation, food and healthcare. Catch the segment below or head here for a list of my 18 tips.

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#StartTODAY Is Back!

Happy 2016! I hope everyone had a fantastic (and safe) time ringing in the New Year. If you’re one of the 45% of Americans who made a resolution this year, then here’s some good news.

Whether you want to lose weight, get organized or – my personal favorite – spend less and save more in 2016, “The J Team” has you covered. For the entire month of January, I’m joining my pals – nutritionist Joy Bauer, organizing guru Jill Martin and new mom (who is looking to stop making excuses and start working out) Jenna Bush Hager – on the Today Show for our second annual #StartTODAY series, in which we offer advice and tips for starting and sticking to the changes you’d like to make for yourself.

We had the initial kick-off on Friday, and every Thursday, I’ll be on with segments devoted to earning more, spending less, investing what you can and protecting your financial life. Then, on Fridays, we’ll be on air answering questions on Facebook and Twitter. I hope you’ll join us!

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$1 Million In The Bank By Age 35? ‘Supersavers’ Show How It’s Possible

If you like the sound of an early retirement, then meet, as Paul Sullivan of The New York Times dubbed them, “supersavers.” We crashed his party to ask for more specific details of how they learned how to save upwards of 50% of their income. Check out the segment below!

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5 Things You Need To Know About Your Social Security

budgetNew research shows the Social Security Administration has been overestimating revenue and underestimating costs over the last decade and a half — to the tune of $1 trillion. If you’re one of the many Americans (53%), who are counting on Social Security to help fund your retirement, then read the five things you absolutely need to know before you cash in on Today.com. Continue reading here.

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