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Check-In: Expecting Couple Struggling with Debt, But Future Looks Bright

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

When I first connected with Julia and John, the Queens, NY couple was expecting their first child and grappling with some debt, a lack of savings and income prior to the baby’s arrival. The couple was basically living paycheck to paycheck and in need of some advice to break through that cycle. We reconnected this […]

6 Ways to Have a More Personal, Minimalist Wedding [Video]

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

Planning for a wedding can be filled with details and costs that never seem to end. It’s especially easy to get caught up in the excitement of the planning process and get carried away trying to meet everyone’s expectations. If you focus on the most important elements and minimize the distractions, you can still have […]

It’s a Win-Win: You May Save on Taxes While You Save for Retirement

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

How’s this for a sweet deal: With one move, you may reduce your federal income tax bill and take an important step toward financial security in retirement. Those are two potential benefits of making a contribution to a Traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Your contribution can help you accumulate money for later in life and […]

Money Etiquette: How to Politely Ask for a Honeymoon Fund [Video]

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

Have you been to a wedding that used Honeyfund or similar registry in place of traditional gifts? These new-age registries are becoming more and more popular and a variety of reasons has lead to the sudden increase. Couples are more likely to live together before marriage and are moving to smaller apartments in big cities. […]

5 Life Milestones that Might Affect Your Car Insurance

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

Whether you’re getting married, putting your teen behind the wheel for the first time, or buying your first home, a big life change can have a ripple effect on your finances. While it might not be top of mind, one of those effects could be your car insurance. There’s a lot more that goes into […]

How to Budget for Food and Cut Down on Waste When Single [Video]

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

Welcome back to the collaboration between Mint and Brewing Happiness. I’m Haley, the girl behind Brewing Happiness – a blog about celebrating the small healthy choices we make in our lives, complete with recipes for everybody! I’m here to give you tips on living a healthy, happy life on a budget. Today I’m going to […]

Guest Post: How to Actually Deal With Debt

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0000

One of the subjects we talk about most frequently on The Financial Diet, and have been hearing about at every stop of our book tour with Mint, is dealing with debt. It’s one of those things that can loom over a person like a sad, dark cloud from a ‘60s comic strip, making everything they […]

New Year, New Tax Implications

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000

It’s a brand new year and new tax laws were signed into law over the holidays, but one thing to keep in mind is that for the vast majority of taxpayers, the new tax laws do not affect their 2017 taxes (the ones they file in the first months of 2018). Although not much has […]

Beyond the Credit Score: The Other Two Numbers You Need to Know

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000

It’s not an uncommon experience: you didn’t close old accounts, avoided unnecessary hard inquiries to your credit report and even made sure you never exceeded 30% of your total credit limit. Your credit score was on fire – you did everything right. And yet, ready to apply for your first mortgage, the lender tells you: […]

Be the First In Line for Your Tax Refund

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000

Mark your calendars! The IRS announced today that they will begin accepting e-filed tax returns on Monday, January 29, 2018. You can get started now and be first in line for your tax refund. TurboTax is already accepting tax returns and will securely hold them until the IRS opens. Last year, about 75 percent of […]