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    Laid Off? Six Steps to Manage Your Finances

    Laid Off? Six Steps to Manage Your Finances
    No one is immune from layoffs. Whether you're 22 or 52, odds are that sooner or later you will find yourself, often through no fault of your own, out of work. So it makes sense to plan ahead. Most financial advisers suggest saving the equivalent of six months' salary to tide you over if you lose your job. You will probably ...
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    Streamlining Your Personal Financial Documents

    Streamlining Your Personal Financial Documents
    Every week you introduce more paper into your home, in the form of newspapers, magazines, flyers, coupons, schoolwork, correspondence, bills, and other documents. It may or may not be difficult for you to ensure that reading material and advertising is discarded when you are finished with it, but when it comes to financial documents, it can be much more challenging to ...
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    What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills

    What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills
    Lacking the cash to pay your bills is a bad situation, but avoiding the problem is worse. If money is scarce and bills are coming due, don’t panic. Gather your statements and a calculator, and go into planning mode. Tackle the crisis as a whole, rather than dealing with issues as they arise, which raises the risk of making poor financial ...
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    Defusing the Debt Bomb

    Defusing the Debt Bomb
    There's nothing like a little hard-won experience. Personal finance expert Lynnette Khalfani got out of $100,000 in credit-card debt in three years. Now the author of books like "Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom," she writes and speaks about how others can follow her example. BusinessWeek's Ben Steverman recently spoke to Khalfani about the "bling-bling lifestyle" that leads young ...
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    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast

    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast
    As the economy weakens and prices soar on everything from gas to groceries, Americans are looking for quick ways to cut their expenses and hold on to more cash. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to chop your spending without a lot of time or hassle. Some of these cuts will save you just a few dollars, while others can net ...
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    Get Back to Work with the Best Deal

    Get Back to Work with the Best Deal
    I once received a letter from a woman who had just gotten a job offer. She had been unemployed for three months and wanted to know if she should accept the offer or try to negotiate for more. She felt the offer was low - less than she had been making at her last job - but was afraid that if ...
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    Past Bankruptcy Can Haunt Your Job Hunt

    Past Bankruptcy Can Haunt Your Job Hunt
    If you’ve declared bankruptcy in the past, be prepared to defend that decision to a potential employer. It’s illegal for an employer not to hire or promote you because you filed bankruptcy, but it’s sometimes OK to consider bad credit, which usually precedes bankruptcy. Companies often check credit when a job involves finance, accounting, cash or valuable merchandise and when a ...
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    Protect Your Personal Information in a Disaster

    Protect Your Personal Information in a Disaster
    As we've sadly witnessed from events in recent years, disasters--be it hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires--are an inevitable fact of life. And just as you might create a disaster plan to protect your house and your personal belongings, you should consider protecting your personal and financial information as well. Think of securing your personal information in the same way you think of ...
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    Personal Finance: 20 Dos & Don'ts for 2009

    Personal Finance: 20 Dos & Don'ts for 2009
    During the worst economic crisis in a lifetime, the right financial decisions are crucial. BusinessWeek asked financial planners for some advice on what to do—or not to do—with your money in the New Year. As we bid farewell to a dreadful 2008, these "resolutions" may help keep your finances on the right track in 2009: h4. 1. Don't try to predict ...
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    Six Steps You Can Take to Financial Prosperity

    Six Steps You Can Take to Financial Prosperity
    No one can guarantee you a healthy and prosperous retirement. Life is just too unpredictable. But you can increase your odds of enjoying your twilight years in comfort by pursuing a regimen of common-sense steps. Here are six top ones: h4. Decide carefully on health care You can do at least three things to help secure your health in retirement: Take ...
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    5 Insurance Myths Busted

    5 Insurance Myths Busted
    Misinformation and myths plague the insurance industry. Many times consumers aren't sure how much insurance to purchase or if they have purchased the right kind to begin with. If you're one of the thousands of Americans that don't understand insurance and what it offers read this list of the top 5 insurance myths and the facts behind them." h4. 1.) Auto ...
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    10 Things You May Not Know About Your Finances

    10 Things You May Not Know About Your Finances
    1: Medicare doesn't cover nursing home care. Nearly 60% of Americans think Medicare pays for nursing care, and 52% assume that it covers assisted living, according to a 2006 survey by AARP. Not so. Medicare's coverage of long-term care is extremely limited. It'll cover part of the cost of a skilled nursing facility while you recover from an injury or illness. ...
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    4 Things That May Trigger Your Spending

    4 Things That May Trigger Your Spending
    Overspending is easy to do. Everyone falls for it every now and again because sometimes you just feel the need to spend. However, there may be things that trigger our overspending even when we know that we are on a budget and cannot really afford to spend money. 1) Stress – Work, family, friends, sickness, money…all these things (and many more) ...
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    5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make

    5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make
    Everyone has at least one frugal friend who always crows about how much money he saves by clipping coupons or frequenting discount stores. And while this friend’s behavior/bragging is a great reminder of how you should be more financially savvy — especially when the U.S. economy isn’t in the best shape — he may overlook some simple savings strategies that you’ve ...
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