March 2011 - HelloWallet

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The 2011 National Financial Capability Challenge

In light of the recent economic crisis, the need for improved financial education across the U.S. has become increasingly clear. In an effort to boost financial capability among teens, the U.S. Department of Treasury is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education to run the 2011 National Financial Capability Challenge. High school teachers and other educators will…

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Cutting the cord: living without cable

Have you ever calculated how much money you spend on TV in a year? The family behind did and found their annual TV budget was almost $2,000. Then they canceled cable—and wrote a surprisingly interesting blog about their experience. It’s tough to argue for cable when they provide a cable-cost-calculator, shopping advice for digital TV… Read more

Spend Your Tax Refund Wisely

Get excited (as much as possible), tax season is here! And that means tax refunds for some of us. It’s tempting to spend this check on new shoes or a flat screen TV, but the benefits may be short-lived as shoes go out of style and electronics become obsolete. Some more strategic alternatives: Pay off… Read more

A phone that picks up coffee

Anyone trying to save money by reining in a Starbucks habit? The challenge is about to get harder, at least for smartphone users. A few weeks ago, the company announced that customers across the country can now get a fix without ever taking out their wallets. The drinks aren’t free, but there’s a new way… Read more