Simplifying Saves Time and Money


When our lives get chaotic, we pay dearly in terms of stress and money. There are hundreds of things

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 7: Borrow Only What You Know You Can Repay


Over the past months, I’ve been sharing an overview of my basic money rules. There are seven of them

I’d Rather Have the Money, Bob


Did you see us? My husband Harold and I were on TV with Bob Barker. Before you run to

Six Common Money Blunders


I could be wrong but I’m going to guess you’ve made a money blunder or two in your life.

Duplicate Car Insurance is Money Down the Drain


CHECK FIRST. Before renting a car, make a quick call to your insurance agent to find out if your

Your Money Temperament


To loosely assess your money temperament, consider the following premise then choose the response closest to what you would

Money Pit or Home Sweet Home?


Sometimes, home sweet home can seem like a money pit. But your house doesn’t have to cost you tons

Lending Money to Friends and Family

Over the years I’ve heard from dozens of readers who have lent money to friends and family members, only to

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 5: Tell Your Money Where to Go

If the word budget is like nails on a chalkboard, you’ve got a friend in me. I know the feeling.

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Life’s Money Rules – Rule 4: Anticipate Your Irregular Expenses

If I asked you to stop what you’re doing, add up your monthly expenses, and deduct the total from your

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 3: Give Some Away

More than 25 years ago, Gordon Gekko, the main antagonist in the 1987 film “Wall Street,” declared, “Greed is good!”

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 2: Save for the Future

While the common term for a savings account is, well, “savings,” I prefer a more elegant title: Contingency Fund. It

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 1: Spend Less Than You Earn

My life changed radically 21 years ago when I broke my self-imposed gag order and told the whole world about


Tips and Tricks to Stop the Money Leaks

For many, it’s not the big expenditures that keep them spending beyond their means, but rather the thousands of little


Handy Reminders Save Money

I don’t know if the world is getting older, or we all just have too many things to remember, but

Being Hopeless at Math is Costing Us Money

“I don’t do math—numbers give me a rash.” That’s a line I’ve used a lot, mostly because it’s true, but


How to Revolt Against Spouse’s Money Rules

Dear Mary,
My husband and I don’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to spending. Basically, he feels that I


Rules of Money Management Haven’t Changed

Dear Mary,
I love your “Everyday Cheapskate” newspaper column. You’ve changed my life! Now I need help. My


Save Money in Everything You Do

It’s amazing how saving a little here and little there can add up to big savings. Each of these tips on