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Prioritize Building Up Your Cash Reserves Prioritize Building Up Your Cash Reserves

As we’ve covered, the current bull market’s longevity has people worried. It all has to end some time, and some economists are predicting a recession by the end of 2020. Assuming that holds true, that gives you around two years to get your finances in order. What should you be prioritizing?

See If Your State Is Having a Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekend  See If Your State Is Having a Back-to-School Tax-Free Weekend 

Parents will drop an estimated $510 per household on items needed for school this year, according to Deloitte’s annual back-to-school shopping survey. You can save some cash, however, by knowing when to buy stuff. Your best bets: Either late in the season when products are often discounted, or during one of the…

How to Get the Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day How to Get the Best Deals on Amazon Prime Day

Amazon Prime Day is a full day (plus several hours!) of special discounts on items you can purchase online or at Whole Foods.  Prime Day this year will take place on July 16, starting at 3 p.m. eastern time, and will last for 36 hours. To be eligible for most (but not all) of the deals, you have to be an Amazon Prime…

What to Do With Your First Paycheck What to Do With Your First Paycheck

Getting your first paycheck at your first job is exciting. You worked hard for it, after all—you earned it. And while the first thing you might want to do is treat yourself for all of your hard work, you might want to be a bit smarter about what you do with it.

Amazon Prime Day Is July 16 (Probably)  Amazon Prime Day Is July 16 (Probably) 

Mark your calendars and prepare your wallets—or, if you’re trying not to spend any money, your site blockers: Amazon’s yearly extravaganza of online deals is approaching. A recent leak suggests it’s all happening on Monday, July 16.

Don't Bank Airline Miles and Reward Points for Too Long Don't Bank Airline Miles and Reward Points for Too Long

If you like to travel and you’re not saving up airline miles or credit card reward points, you should. If you already are, be careful with how long you hold onto them. Saving up points for that dream vacation might sound exciting, but I know one word that will ruin all your plans: devaluation.

How to Save Money on Lunch at Your First Job How to Save Money on Lunch at Your First Job

As a recent college grad, starting your first “real world job” while trying to budget your expenses can be quite difficult. Expenses in college are less pricey than the post-grad life for most people, making it easy to fall off the wagon and end up spending more money than you anticipated.

You Just Need to Increase Your Savings By 1% a Year You Just Need to Increase Your Savings By 1% a Year

One of the most common questions people have about getting their finances in order is how to possibly save enough for retirement when the numbers are so overwhelming. Life is expensive, and putting away 10 percent of your salary per year seems painful at best and impossible at worst.

See How Much More You'll Spend On Gas This Year  See How Much More You'll Spend On Gas This Year 

Current gas prices nationwide are the highest they’ve been since 2014, meaning you might want to re-calculate your gas budget. This tool tells you how much you’ll spend on gas over the next year based on your car’s model and how many miles you think you’ll be driving. It also can tell you how much more you’ll spend in…

To Travel Cheaply, Watch Currency Exchange Rates To Travel Cheaply, Watch Currency Exchange Rates

Saving on travel is all about flexibility, says the anonymous editor-in-chief of the luxury travel site Andrew Harper. He told Lifehacker about a few reliable ways to watch for discounts on luxury travel, one of which will make you feel like a complete master of the universe, which you already know because we spoiled…

Here's How to Take a Weekend Getaway for $20 or Less in Travel Costs Here's How to Take a Weekend Getaway for $20 or Less in Travel Costs

Even if you don’t have many vacation days to use, a good day trip or weekend getaway can be enough to help you unwind and destress. If you want to save some cash on your mini-vacay, consider taking the train or bus. You don’t have to drive, and you’d be surprised how far you can get for very little.

Before You Buy Something New, Shop Your Own Stuff Before You Buy Something New, Shop Your Own Stuff

Most of the time, saving money is more about knowing what not to buy then it is about squirreling cash away. If you’re an impulsive shopper like me, that can be a problem. That’s why I recommend you shop at one particular store before all the others: your own.

Buy Gogo Inflight Internet Passes Before Your Flight Buy Gogo Inflight Internet Passes Before Your Flight

Inflight wifi internet, the dialup of the sky, can be quite expensive for how spotty it often is. If your airline uses Gogo to power their wifi service, do yourself a favor and buy an internet pass before you take off. You’ll save a bundle.

Create a 'Do Not Buy' List Create a 'Do Not Buy' List

I’ve long had a “to buy” list that I’ll add items to throughout the year, pruning and updating as needed. Right now it’s relatively short, including a water purifier, art for my apartment, and wireless headphones to use while running.

Save Big at Hotels by Booking Connecting Rooms Instead of Suites Save Big at Hotels by Booking Connecting Rooms Instead of Suites

A multi-room hotel suite gives your party a common area to hang out in, but also allows everyone the privacy of their own room. They’re great for family reunions, weddings, and bachelor or bachelorette parties. Trouble is, these types of suites are often staggeringly expensive. Here’s how you can get a suite-like…

Should You Open a 529 or a Trust Fund for Your Kid's Future? Should You Open a 529 or a Trust Fund for Your Kid's Future?

Is college overvalued, or still worth the sticker price? And if it is too expensive, what’s a better option besides a 529 account to set your kid up for success? That’s what we’re looking at this week.

How Much Money You Need to Save by the Time You're 35 How Much Money You Need to Save by the Time You're 35

Over on Twitter, some people are roasting MarketWatch for an article originally published in January that says you should have double your salary saved by the time you’re 35.

Should You Prioritize Paying Off Debt or Saving for a Rainy Day? Should You Prioritize Paying Off Debt or Saving for a Rainy Day?

A new class of college graduates means millions of young people are entering the workforce for the first time. But between building your emergency fund, paying off student loan debt and investing for the first time, there’s still a lot more to learn. So what do you prioritize? That’s what we’re tackling this week.

This Bus Route Gets You to Five Major Cities in the UK for Less Than $90 This Bus Route Gets You to Five Major Cities in the UK for Less Than $90

It’s easy to shrug off bus travel when you can fly, take trains, or rent cars, but bus travel almost always has one distinct advantage: it’s dirt cheap. If you’re traveling to the UK anytime soon, check out their bus routes. You can see a sizable portion of the country for less than $90 (not including airfare and…

How to Cut Down on Impulsive Spending How to Cut Down on Impulsive Spending

When you spend money impulsively, it’s not necessarily on luxuries. We buy some pretty boring stuff: household cleaning products, for example. Research shows we like to buy practical, useful things, which makes spending impulsively even more dangerous.

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