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.

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.

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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Today’s Money: What’s Your Budgeting Personality Type?

If you’re one of the 18% of Americans who lives without a budget, or your budget isn’t working for you, take my Budget Personality Quiz. Based on what kind of budgeter you are now, you’ll get valuable tips on how you can max your money management. Take the quiz on Today.com, and watch the #startTODAY segment below.

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Today’s Money: 5 Money-Saving Apps For 2015

Consider a money-saving app in 2015 to get your finances in order. This morning on Today, I featured five. Read more about each one on Today.com.

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Today’s Money: 5 Money Tips To Save More In 2015

In one of this morning’s #startTODAY segments, I offered five tips to save more in 2015. An example: Up your 401(k) contributions by 1% to save an extra $750 per year!

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The #startTODAY 52-week Savings Challenge

photo-money-dietIs saving money one of your new year’s resolutions, or something you want to make a priority in 2015? Then keep reading!This month, as part of our #StartTODAY series, #TeamJean will take the 52-week Savings Challenge — and if you join us, you’ll end the year with $1378 to your name.

That’s a big deal. According to Bankrate.com, 26% of Americans have no emergency savings at all, and the number of those with enough to cover six months worth of expenses shrank from 45% a year ago to 40% today.

There are different ways to save — some people save their windfalls, like tax refunds or bonuses — but the very best way to do it is habitually (i.e. every week) and automatically (so that you don’t really have to think about it.)

Enter: the 52-week Savings Challenge. Here’s how it works:

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