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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.

Choosing a 529 college savings plan

It’s no secret that college costs are rising at an alarming rate. And it’s not only the cost of tuition, but book fees, housing, meal plans, etc, etc, that are also growing. So being myopic in terms of saving for … Continue reading

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Saving for College: how to get started

Most parents know that saving for college is a top financial priority for the family. But when do you start scraping that money together? When you find out you’re expecting? Once the baby is here? At age one, five, or … Continue reading

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5 tips for juggling financial priorities

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to managing your money is juggling financial priorities: Should you save for your own future or college for your kids? Put money in an emergency fund or pad your 401(k)? Pay down … 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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4 tips to building financial trust in marriage

The research doesn’t lie: Money is a leading cause of divorce. Whether you’re dealing with an inability to talk about it, a difference of opinion about how to spend it, or just the stress of not having enough of it, … Continue reading

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Building your nest egg in case of getting laid off

There’s nothing fun about getting laid off, particularly these days when the amount of time it takes to find the next job is still way above historical averages. But if it this financial setback has to happen, you’re best off … Continue reading

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Costs of raising a child

The Wall Street Journal recently reported a decline – fairly steep by historical standards – in the number of women having babies in the US. From 2007 to 2010 (the figures for 2011 aren’t quite cooked yet) the number of … Continue reading

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Finances and special needs children

Headlines about special needs children make me cringe. One out of every 68 children has an Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control. How did the numbers rise so quickly? Wasn’t it just last month it was … Continue reading

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Be prepared financially for life-changing events

When you go through a life-changing event – a divorce or separation, the death of a spouse, a layoff, a major move – it can feel like your finances are in free fall. But often, getting to the point where … Continue reading

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Family Finances: What I Learned from My Mother

My mother, Elaine Sherman, and I participated in a webcast about talking to your parents about family finances. It was part of a series of conversations moderated by More magazine and sponsored by Wells Fargo. We were interviewed, together, by … Continue reading

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