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“V-Commerce”: How Direct-to-Consumer Products Cut Out the Middleman

On TODAY this morning, I talked with Savannah Guthrie about “v-commerce” — new online shopping companies called digitally native vertical brands – and how they aim to cut costs by eliminating the middleman.

 

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How to Plan and Pay for Your Kids’ College (and Beyond)

This year’s average college graduate left with more than $37,000 in debt, up 6 percent from last year. On TODAY this morning, I talked how to plan for kid’s college expenses.

 

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How to Talk to your Middle School and High School Kids About Money

On TODAY this morning, I went over how to talk to your middle- and high-schoolers about money. One money management key for kids? Provide an allowance that corresponds with exactly what you expect them to pay for — like entertainment, gas or clothes.

 

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How to Teach Your Kids the Value of Money From an Early Age

On TODAY this morning, I talked tips for raising a money-savvy kid with JJ Ramberg. Hint: Kids need to see cold, hard cash. Help them set up three jars for saving, spending and giving.

 

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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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New Cars vs. Used Cars: Why Pre-Owned Vehicles May Be Your Best Bet

Last year, new cars sold for a record average of $34,077. That’s up 13% over the last 6 years. Used cars, on the other hand, sold for around $19,000. With 3.5 million cars expected to come “off lease” soon, the time is ripe for used car buyers to strike. On TODAY this morning, we talked about how to know you’re getting the best bang for your buck.

 

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Finance Hacks to Get You Back on Track

On TODAY this morning, I talked financial hacks to get you back on track, like using visualization to plan for retirement, “tipping” yourself to supplement your savings and how to stop procrastinating when it comes to making a will.

 

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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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