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Jean Chatzky

About Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, and a contributing editor for Fortune magazine. Jean is a best-selling author; her eighth and most recent book is Money Rules: The Simple Path to Lifelong Security. She believes knowing how to manage our money is one of the most important life skills for people at every age and has made it her mission to help simplify money matters, increasing financial literacy both now and for the future. In April 2013 Jean launched Jean Chatzky's Money School , a series of college-style, interactive online personal finance courses that give men and women across the country the opportunity to learn from and interact directly with her. Jean lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

5 tips to keep the cost of moving down

Moving is costly; there’s very little way around it. But it is at times necessary, and at other times worth the investment — when you’re downsizing, for example, or moving for a job that comes with a salary increase. Most … Continue reading

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5 tips for how to prepare to sell your house during a relocation

When it comes time to put their homes on the market, many sellers these days are investing in a bit of home staging — a few new accessories or a fresh coat of (neutral) paint that help a house put … Continue reading

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4 tips to see if downsizing your home is worth it

The older we get, the more likely we are to be set in our ways. And so it’s not surprising that many people resist downsizing, because the stress of moving — everything from finding a new home to packing up … Continue reading

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Should we spend money on experiences?

Does spending money on experiences or things make more sense? Is there a correlation between money and happiness? There are things that we need, no doubt, to make our lives easier and more comfortable. There are things that we want … Continue reading

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5 benefits of charitable giving

Here’s some good news: As a country, we’re very philanthropic — over 95% of households give to charity, at an average of nearly $3,000 annually, according to statistics from the National Philanthropic Trust. That’s great news, not only for charities, … Continue reading

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Six tips for how to save money during the holidays

If this holiday season has your head is spinning and you’re at a loss for how to save money during the holidays faster than the Sugar Plum Fairy can pirouette, you’re not alone. We’re all at a loss when it … Continue reading

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Tips on charitable giving that won’t hurt your bottom line

Giving to a charity you believe in is an investment of sorts — not the kind you put in your portfolio, but the kind you make in your psyche. People who give back have been shown to sleep better and … Continue reading

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Five tips for a smooth transition to a new job

According to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, younger baby boomers — those born between 1957 and 1964 — held an average of 11.3 jobs between ages 18 and 46. Twenty-six percent of those tracked held 15 jobs or … Continue reading

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Retirement saving tips for children during National Save for Retirement Week

We’re in the midst of National Save for Retirement Week . And while I admit it’s not quite as exciting as Peanut Butter Lovers Month (coming up in November), it’s a good opportunity to revisit your retirement savings and make … Continue reading

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Start saving for retirement early

It seems patronizing to say that young workers have to start saving for retirement early, but is it? Retirement sits on the shoulders of today’s adults like no previous generation. Our grandparents and some of our parents not only had … Continue reading

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