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Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman is the editor-in-chief of the The Manilla Folder at Manilla.com, the leading, free and secure service that helps consumers simplify and organize all of their bills and household accounts in one place online or via the 4+ star customer-rated mobile apps. Sarah is also a regular contributor to Yahoo! Finance, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Redbook, The Motley Fool, and other sites. For more personal budgeting tips, visit Manilla.com.
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Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

Sarah Kaufman on Dec 18, 2013

Being festive this holiday season doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, gift giving, baking, cooking, drinking, and just simply being merry can be quite inexpensive — if you know where to look. Follow these tips to avoid overspending this holiday season.

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The Basics of Personal Finance

Sarah Kaufman on Nov 13, 2013

Responsibly managing your finances doesn’t necessarily come easy — it can be stressful and even daunting to think about the tools you may need to create a concrete financial plan. In reality, though, basic financial management is really quite simple. Here are a few key areas where you can easily start when dealing with your own finances.

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Fun Fall Activities for Less

Sarah Kaufman on Oct 14, 2013

Looking for fun fall activities but don’t want to spend a fortune? Try one of these budget-friendly activities that will keep you active and enjoying the weather without a hefty price tag.

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How Technology Can Save You Money

Sarah Kaufman on Sep 13, 2013

Think technology is just for adding friends, finding followers and taking pictures? Think again. Today’s advancements in technology can actually save you big bucks on the stuff you buy every day. Here’s how:

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Top Financial Tips for College Students

Sarah Kaufman on Aug 21, 2013

Back-to-School Budgeting

It’s about that time — time to say goodbye to summer fun and hello to textbooks, school supplies and dorm room living. And while going back to school is an exciting time to reconnect with old friends you haven’t seen all summer and buckle down on schoolwork, it’s also the perfect time to revamp your budget and learn solid financial life lessons that you can take with you into the “real world.” Follow these easy tips to ensure you’ll not only save money in the short term, but also have a successful financial future.

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The Importance of Automatic
Bill Pay Reminders

Sarah Kaufman on Jul 26, 2013

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The Benefits of Going Paperless with Your Financial Accounts

Sarah Kaufman on Jun 19, 2013

 

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5 Apps to Manage Your Finances & Save Money

Sarah Kaufman on May 07, 2013

In today’s ever changing, fast-moving, mobile-driven world, people are going crazy over the mobile apps that are going to help them be more efficient, teach them how to manage their time better, and make their lives easier. Financial management, one of the many daunting, and sometimes tedious, tasks that we’re all faced with each day, is no exception to this phenomenon, and there are plenty of top-rated apps to prove it.

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3 Steps to Keep Your Finances in Check

Sarah Kaufman on Dec 03, 2012

1. Create a financial plan.

The most important way to keep your finances in check is to create a personal financial plan and try to stick to it. Start by creating a basic budget. Calculate how much you need to spend each month on mandatory expenses: rent or mortgage, utility and wireless bills, medical bills, food, student loans, and anything else. Compare the total with your monthly income. Can you afford to spend a bit more? If so, factor into your monthly costs the less mandatory costs: entertainment, travel, gym memberships, etc. Finally, subtract your total expenditures from your monthly income. The difference is how much extra money you have leftover for the month.

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