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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.

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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Your retirement needs are a numbers game

Those of us who understand that retirement is a numbers game and therefore calculate our retirement needs are more likely to meet them. However, according to a Deloitte Center for Financial Services report from earlier this year, 58% of pre-retirees … Continue reading

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Ways to save money

One unfortunate fact of our psychological make-up is that humans, by nature, aren’t exactly wired to save. Still, we’re constantly looking for the best ways to save or, should I say, the easiest ways to save. Blame our caveman ancestors … Continue reading

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Think before you buy

Do you tend to think before you buy things? An article on got me thinking about some of my mindless buying habits. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’ve probably already keyed into the fact that I’m … Continue reading

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Reduce your monthly expenses and bills

Sometimes after I go through the process of developing a spending plan with someone I’m working with I hear that they’re having trouble making ends meet. Sometimes they’re not able to save. Sometimes, they can’t even cover their monthly expenses … Continue reading

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A financial to-do list for same sex couples

It’s been a year since the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, a ruling that allows people who live in states that allow same-sex marriage to receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual … Continue reading

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