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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.

Spring Clean Your ID Theft Habits

collegemoneyIf you’re like three-quarters of Americans you take part in the annual ritual of spring cleaning, according to research from the American Cleaning Institute. The places that top your list for dusting off or sprucing up include the bedroom (76%), kitchen (73%), bathroom (69%), family room (61%) and dining room (45%).

Well, I’ve got another few targets to add to that list: How about spring cleaning your desktops (both real and virtual), your wallet and your online presence as a way to protect yourself from identity theft. Nearly 8.5 million people that were victims of a data breach in 2014 were also victims of fraud, according to a survey from Javelin Strategy and Research sponsored by LifeLock. That’s not a trend that’s going away any time soon.  But while it’s tough to protect yourself from becoming someone whose data is pilfered, there are steps you can take to reduce your chances of a data heist turning into full-blown identity theft. Here’s what you’ll want to do.
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How chewing gum can save you money

iStock_000024738476SmallI kicked off this 52-week savings challenge on TODAY in January, so if you joined back then, right now you’re at the point where you should start feeling pretty good about the amount of money you’re putting away. If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to catch up! We’re in the 9th week of 2015, so at this point you should have put aside $45 to play along. On Today.com I offer more tricks on how to put away cash. Read the full article here.

How to use Facebook’s new “Sell” feature for your online tag sale

iStock_smartphoneRemember my #startTODAY segment on how to sell your unwanted goods on Facebook Groups? I showed you how I successfully sold Natalie’s stuff for hundreds of dollars, and my couch for $500! Well, if you’re in the Facebook sales business too – or are looking to make some extra cash – now you can try Facebook’s new feature for Facebook Groups called “Sell.” Read more on Today.com.

Money Sense on Fortune

Locked WalletAccording to a study by Princeton Research Associates for CreditCards.com, many more men than women have bank accounts or credit cards that their spouse or live-in partner don’t know about. So, should a married woman have a slush fund…a stash of cash that her spouse doesn’t have access to and maybe doesn’t even know about? I tackle the question in this week’s Fortune column. Read on here.

4 Steps For Protecting Your Identity This Tax Season

itheftLast Thursday, as you may have heard, TurboTax put a halt to it’s filing of state tax returns after a spike in suspicious filings. By Friday at 6 p.m., it was back in business. But a number of states that stopped issuing state tax refunds amid similar worries – including Vermont and Massachusetts – have yet to turn the spigot back on.

What’s the deal? In the past couple of years, there has been an increase in fraudulent returns filed in the hope of gaining a tax refund that belongs to someone else. In 2013, 1.6 million taxpayers were affected – and the IRS paid out $5.2 billion in fraudulent refunds. This year, state tax refunds are being targeted in particular.

Why? Because they’re low-hanging fruit.

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