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Paying off student loans: How to cut your monthly payments

About 1/3 of college students with student loan debt say they’d rather not have sex for 10 years than carry that amount of debt. Did you know Americans owe more than $1.3 million collectively in student loan debt? You can watch it grow $2,726 every second here. This morning, I talked cutting monthly payments on TODAY. Check it out.

 

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‘Gig Economy’: How Apps Can Help You Be Your Own Boss

This morning on TODAY, I talked with Savannah Guthrie about the “gig economy.” A growing number of people are ditching the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule for non-traditional income methods. This includes app-enabled tasks like ride-sharing services, home-sharing platforms and handyman listings. I talk with one man who works as a for TaskRabbit and rents his home on Airbnb. Why is the so-called “gig economy” on the rise? A society of people wanting things done on demand.

 

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Here’s how you can save money — quickly — for an emergency

A survey by The Federal Reserve Board found 47% of people would have to borrow money or sell something to come up with $400 for an emergency. This morning on TODAY, I talked with Matt Lauer about tracking spending and capping expenses.

 

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‘Quickie Mortgages’: Are They Really As Easy As They Claim?

This morning on TODAY, Savannah Guthrie and I talked about “quickie mortgages” — a new, largely automated process that allows many borrowers to get loan confirmation very quickly. It’s mostly done online, but calling is also possible, and it usually takes 10 minutes or less. Now is a good time to have financing locked in before you go home shopping — it’s both spring and a seller’s market, which makes everything a little more competitive. Check out the segment below.

 

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Four Crucial Ways To Buckle Down On Your Bills And Save Money

This morning on TODAY, I spoke with Savannah Guthrie about four ways to save on bills. I believe time is money, so one of the services I highlighted was Unroll.me, a tool that helps cut down on email subscriptions that you may spend too much time looking at (maybe they even tempt you to do more online shopping). I also talked about ways to save on prescriptions, as well as monthly bills. Check out the video below for more. (You’ll also see my shoe get stuck in the TODAY set!)

 

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Behind On Your Taxes? 5 Ways To Expedite The Process

We’re in the home stretch as far as tax filing season goes, and according to the IRS, more than 30 million Americans haven’t filed yet. If that’s close to home, this morning on TODAY I shared 5 tips to speed up the process if you’re behind on taxes. Take a peek!

 

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#startTODAY Spring Forward

Ever wondered how to get your credit in order, or which debt you should tackle first? This morning on TODAY, Jill Martin, Joy Bauer and I answered your Facebook questions about “spring cleaning” as far as organization, health and finances. Check it out.

 

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Spring Clean Your Finances

Spring cleaning isn’t just for your house. This morning on TODAY, I talked with Matt Lauer about five ways to spring clean your finances — including knowing what to save and what to toss. (Example? Save tax forms for three years, and keep asset paperwork for the lifetime of the asset). Another good tip is to treat your desktop like your actual desk — keep it organized with folders that match the ones in your filing cabinet. Check out the video below to see more ways to spring clean your finances.

 

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This Or That: Tax Refund Edition

This year refunds are averaging about $3,000, according to the IRS. What should you do with yours? Using them to pay down high interest rate credit card debt, or popping them into a retirement account where you qualify for matching dollars, are both good moves.

This morning on TODAY, I played a game of This or That: Tax Refund Edition with Willie Geist and Al Roker that was too much fun. Take a peek to see who won (and options for how to spend your tax refund this year).

 

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Are You Too Loyal When It Comes To Your Credit Card?

A new CreditCards.com report shows that 25 million credit cardholders haven’t changed their go-to cards in at least 10 years. Another 20 million have never changed a go-to card once. If this sounds familiar, then you’re not capitalizing on the variety of rewards out there. As for choosing your new card, check out this morning’s Today Show segment for my top picks:

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