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 Beat The Winter Blues

vacationNo matter where you live, it helps to have a strategy to slog through these cold months. I retreat to the kitchen where I lean heavily on comfort foods. (Recently I made Coq Au Riesling from Saturday’s Wall Street Journal.) In last week’s newsletter I asked for your survival tips. Thanks to everyone who emailed and tweeted me back. Here are some of my favorites:  (more…)

4 Tips For Negotiating Your Salary

keys-to-getting-paid-moreAccording to Salary.com, 84% of employers say they expect job applicants to negotiate their salaries. But similar research, this time from CareerBuilder, found that only half of applicants actually do. This is a clear mistake. A new job is a new chance to make more money. I tell you how to negotiate your salary on Bankrate.com.

 

Come on over! At Home with TODAY

As part of the “At Home with TODAY” series, I invited TODAY over for a tour of my home. See the full feature on Today.com.

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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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Today’s Money: 5 Steps to Sell Your Stuff For Extra Cash

Are you sitting on hundreds of dollars? I mean that literally. Last week, in addition to selling the stuff Natalie hadn’t used for a good six years, I sold my couch… for $500! I’ve been selling items online now for several years and I was confident I could make way for the new one – and rake in a tidy profit – before delivery day. My secret? Facebook groups. See my five steps for selling on Today.com, and in the meantime, check out the #startTODAY segment below!

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Today’s Money: How to Save For Your Baby’s Future

In this morning’s #startTODAY segment, I offered suggestions to a few TODAY staffers on how to save for their babies’ futures.

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Today’s Money: How to Save Money at Every Age

Young, old or in the middle — it’s totally possible to start saving up more. And to prove it, I’ll show you four kinds of people, real people who tweeted me what they were saving for, and what tips each can use to begin growing their nest egg. For age-specific advice, check out my article on Today.com and #startTODAY segment below!

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