4 ways you can prevent iTunes spending sprees

laptopIf you’re ready to set your phone so that your kids’ iTunes spending will never take you by surprise, I outlined the steps you need to take on Today.com. Continue reading here.

Today’s Money: 5 Easy Ways To Reboot Your Savings Efforts

This morning on Today, I kicked off my Summer Savings Reboot with some good news: It seems like many of you have gotten off to a very good start this year where your savings is concerned. In fact, the savings rate has been hovering around 5.5% — that means we’re saving 5.5% of our income this year — better than the past two years. Keep up the good work with these five tips. More on Today.com.

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Happy Memorial Day!

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To the members of the United States Armed Services, past and present, thank you for your service. Operation Money is for you and your family.

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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Today’s Money: Shop Smart This Spring

This morning on Today, I talked about how to buy three big ticket items this spring: lawn mowers, used cars, and airline tickets. Watch the video for my tips:

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Today’s Money: Your To-Do List Before Tax Deadline

This morning on Today, I went through a checklist of seven things you should do if you plan to be late filing your taxes this year.

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Today’s Money: 5 items you should spend extra cash on this spring

With lower gas prices, economists are predicting a spending surge over the next few months. I offer five ways you can put your money to good use this spring, like snagging tickets to Europe and allergy shots.

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Today’s Money: My Tips For Saving On Your Taxes

Every year at tax time Americans leave billions of dollars on the table. Make sure you get your slice by following these tips in my segment below for grabbing every deduction and tax credit. Read more on Today.com

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Today’s Money: Repair or Replace?

Does it feel like your home is falling apart? Before you shell out the cash to buy a new fridge or dishwasher, check out my segment below for tips on when to repair and when to replace your costly home items when they break down. Read more on Today.com.

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