Protect Your Financial Future: Estate Plans, Insurance & More

So far we’ve talked about earning more money, saving more money and investing what you’ve saved – but a disaster or an emergency (a big one or a small one) could come along and take it all away from you if you don’t protect your financial world. This morning on #StartTODAY, we covered how to protect the financial life you’ve built for yourself.


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How To Make Your Money Work For You

It’s a good week to be talking about investing, because for the last week or so, Wall Street has been in a little bit of a panic — but individual investors shouldn’t be. What individuals need is a game plan to keep them on target in good times and bad. We covered it this morning on #startTODAY.

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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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How To Ask For A Raise & Earn More Money In The New Year

When was the last time you asked for a raise? Yes, asking for more money can be downright uncomfortable, but know that it’s worth the nerves. A recent PayScale survey found 44% of people who went for a raise received exactly what they asked for. (Another 31% of people received the raise, too — it was just less than what they were shooting for.) Here’s how to go about asking — and other ideas for earning more money in 2016. #startTODAY

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Happy New Year!

#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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Make A Dent In Your Debt For A Hassle-Free Holiday

The average American household has roughly $7,500 in credit card debt, so how can you reel it in? See this morning’s segment for my tips on how to pay it down!

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‘Tis The Season For Overspending: How To Curb Those Money-Spending Habits

The 2015 holiday shopping season is officially underway — and the pressure to spend can be so intense that you may overspend (which could make for the start of a less than happy New Year for you). That’s why I offered advice and tips for avoiding it this morning on TODAY. See my segment with Matt below.

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Where The Best Cyber Monday Deals Are

Didn’t brave the crowds this weekend? You have another chance to score great deals. Today is Cyber Monday. Enjoy a variety of sales with wallet-friendly additions, like free shipping and site-wide discounts. To see today’s best deals and which sites to type into your search bar, check out the clip below.

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