Funding Higher Education with an ISA

Have you ever watched the popular television show “Shark Tank”? In it, entrepreneurs pitch their young businesses to five rich tycoons (the “sharks”) in hopes of attracting an investment from one or more of them. Some entrepreneurs are youngsters with a great idea, some are savvy veterans, and others are ordinary families hoping to turn […]


10 Steps on the Career Ladder

With the unemployment rate recently edging below 6 percent, the job market is starting to look healthier than it has been since before the Great Recession. While that market does not yet favor employees the way it did during the 1990s, it has recovered enough to justify a more ambitious focus. People who had to scuffle […]


When Taking Vows, Vow to Spend Less

Talk to anyone 19 to 90, and they’re likely to have very clear memories of their first experience going steady. Mine came at the decidedly ancient age of 17, and I can recall that star-crossed life chapter like it happened last week. My perky, mahogany-haired, 16-year-old inamorata and I didn’t have much in common other […]


Top 10 Money Mistakes New Parents Make

Having a child is an exciting and exhausting experience. The feeling of holding your newborn in your arms cannot be described in words. Along with this exhilarating feeling, though, comes sleep deprivation, hectic schedules and the determination to provide nothing but the best for your precious little one. Even with the best intentions, it is […]


The Latest Occupational Hazard? Binge Working

This post comes from Jacqui Kenyon at our partner site LearnVest. Have you ever gotten absorbed in a project on your laptop, only to look at the clock to see that three hours have passed? TODAY Money calls it the “hypnotic effects of technology, ” and it’s just one of several factors contributing to a new […]


How California’s Drought Will Affect You

Statistically, 80 to 90 percent of you live outside of California. When you read reports of the drought in California, then, your reaction may be something like, “Bummer for those dudes. Patti, please pass the peas.” You might want to reconsider, though, because chances are this drought could affect you more than you think. Saying […]


9 Things I Wonder About IPOs

The initial public offering (IPO) of the international e-commerce company Alibaba recently attracted a lot of attention — not to mention a couple billion dollars of investment money. This might be okay if it were an isolated occurrence, but lately there has been a flurry of IPOs — and they make me feel a little […]


What the CIA Knows About Your Finances

This post comes from Julia Chang at our partner site LearnVest. First it was your phone records; now it could be your financial transactions. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Central Intelligence Agency is collecting data from U.S. money-transfer companies such as Western Union in an effort to find or track suspected funding for terrorists. […]


Is retirement good for you or bad for you?

A neighbor who lives directly below me in my condominium building wakes up before 6 a.m. each morning, gets dressed, skulks outside and on some days begins looking for parked vehicles of neighbors he doesn’t like. Under the protective cloak of a cover of darkness, he removes a key from his pocket, walks alongside those […]


Planning a fun, frugal Halloween

Tis’ time for the spookiest holiday of the year and a record number of Americans are planning to participate in the scare festival. According to the National Retail Federation, more than two-thirds (67.4 percent) of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year history. The average person will spend $77.52 […]