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Focus on Today, Not Just on the Future Focus on Today, Not Just on the Future

Of the many, many articles I’ve read and written about setting goals over the past few years, the one thing that’s stuck with me, that’s worked in my own life, is to focus on small actions you can accomplish today.

Don't Get Swept Up in IPO Madness Don't Get Swept Up in IPO Madness

A variety of well known companies—including Levi Strauss, Uber and Lyft—have plans to go public this year. But if you’re looking to add a few “unicorns” to your portfolio, you should pump the brakes for the time being.

Easily Compare Products on Google by Searching the Item and  'Vs.' Easily Compare Products on Google by Searching the Item and  'Vs.'

I have a few go-to sites when I’m looking for information on products I’m interested in buying, like the Wirecutter, the Strategist and Amazon comments (though you’ll have to be careful there).

Stop Trying to Time the Market Stop Trying to Time the Market

Welcome back to the Statement, Lifehacker’s personal finance newsletter. Have a question? Email tips@lifehacker.com or respond to this email.

Match Your Kid's IRA Contributions to Incentivize Savings Match Your Kid's IRA Contributions to Incentivize Savings

We’ve written before about why you should encourage your kid to open a Roth IRA—they can start building up savings from a young age, benefitting from compounding and learning about saving and investing along the way.

Pay Back Your Venmo Balance Pay Back Your Venmo Balance

Double check your Venmo balance isn’t in the red—otherwise your bill might end up in collections.

The Apple Card Is an Average Rewards Card The Apple Card Is an Average Rewards Card

We have more details on Apple’s forthcoming credit card with Goldman Sachs after today’s Apple event, and if you were hoping for a rewards card that changes the game, well, this isn’t it.

How to Know When Index Funds Aren't a Good Deal How to Know When Index Funds Aren't a Good Deal

Index funds are the gold standard of retirement investing, because of their (typically) low cost, built-in diversification and tax efficiency. But not every index fund is created equal.

It's Time to Unfollow Your Favorite Brands on Instagram It's Time to Unfollow Your Favorite Brands on Instagram

Instagram launched Checkout on Instagram this week, which makes it possible for users to buy products without leaving the app (before, users could click on a product, and would be directed to the retailer’s website to complete the purchase). In other words, it’s all too easy to impulse-buy a new sweater or pair of…

How to Research 401(k) Funds on Morningstar How to Research 401(k) Funds on Morningstar

On Wednesday, I wrote about how to research funds offered by your 401(k) manager, and suggested using sites like Yahoo Finance or Morningstar. Today, I’ll detail what you actually need to pay attention to when you look up the funds.

Use Your Priority Pass for $28 Off at Some Airport Restaurants Use Your Priority Pass for $28 Off at Some Airport Restaurants

If you’ve used Priority Pass to access an airport lounge, you may be underwhelmed by the free food offerings, depending on where you are. But there’s a way to get higher quality food without shelling out any more money.

How to Make Your Finances More Flexible Before the Next Recession  How to Make Your Finances More Flexible Before the Next Recession 

The U.S. economy has more or less been in expansion mode since the Great Recession of 2009, but expansions don’t last forever. While no one can say with certainty when the next recession will hit, it is certain that it will come eventually. And when it does, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible.

How to Improve Your 401(k)  How to Improve Your 401(k) 

Investing for retirement is important, and 401(k)s offer some of the best benefits to entice workers to prioritize contributions. But what happens when your employer plan doesn’t give you the investment choices you want?

Think About How Much Money You'll Save to Pay Off Debt Think About How Much Money You'll Save to Pay Off Debt

There’s no shortage of tips on how to save money and pay down debt: think about how your savings will benefit your future self, make it automatic, use an app to streamline the process, etc. But a new study—called “Amount and time exert independent influences on intertemporal choice,” published in Nature Human Behaviour

Follow Elizabeth Warren's Excellent Budgeting Advice  Follow Elizabeth Warren's Excellent Budgeting Advice 

Before she was a senator and 2020 presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren was a professor at Harvard who also happened to write a couple of really good books on personal finance and economic instability in the U.S.

Take Your Emotions Into Account When Setting a Money Goal Take Your Emotions Into Account When Setting a Money Goal

Turns out people aren’t great at setting financial goals, according to a recent report from investment firm Morningstar. But that could change if they tapped into their emotions a bit more.

How to Decide What to Splurge On How to Decide What to Splurge On

The key to saving, as everyone knows, is to spend less than you earn. So simple! But how do you get your spending under control when there are countless things you can spend money on?

Give Yourself the Gift of Time This Week Give Yourself the Gift of Time This Week

One of the greatest pleasures of my new-ish morning routine is that I start many of my days by doing nothing. I lay around for a bit, before getting ready and then sitting with a cup of coffee for a few minutes.

No Emergency Fund? Aim to Save $250 No Emergency Fund? Aim to Save $250

If you’re like most Americans, you might not have a ton of money saved or invested. And reading what you should have or should be saving—say, saving 20 percent each paycheck, or having your yearly salary saved by the time you’re 30—can be overwhelming. So much so, that you just might not start.

Discover New Music With NPR's Austin 100 Playlist Discover New Music With NPR's Austin 100 Playlist

Looking for some new music to lose yourself in this weekend? Look no further. Each year, NPR’s All Songs Considered team puts together a 100-song playlist for the South By Southwest music festival, and it never fails to deliver new artists and genres.

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