Life Kit: Money

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  • 12 minutes 49 seconds
    Summer fun on a budget
    Ideas on how to have fun this summer without breaking the bank. Go on a "penny date." Throw a movie marathon party. Swap houses with a friend. With a little imagination, you can bring delight and joy — at a low cost — into your sunny days ahead. This episode originally published August 1, 2023.

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    27 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 50 seconds
    The social etiquette of lending money
    If a close friend or family member is in need of money, your first impulse might be to help out. But what if they don't pay you back? What if they need more than you can provide? How do you ensure your financial agreement doesn't harm your relationship? There are no hard and fast rules around lending money. Expectations may depend on culture, financial status or even your marital status. Advice on when to give — and how to say no.

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    7 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 22 minutes 44 seconds
    What is 'communal living' and is it right for me?
    There are options beyond living solo or with roommates — and one of them is called 'communal living.' In this arrangement, people don't just simply live together, but share resources and create community. In this episode, co-living enthusiasts explain how it works and how to decide whether it's right for you.

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    16 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 16 minutes 6 seconds
    Start a financial self-care routine
    There are things we're supposed to do routinely for our health: brush our teeth, shower and exercise. There's a version of that for financial health too. We'll talk about those tasks — and go beyond the number-crunching to explore how our mental health affects our finances. This episode originally published August 15, 2023.

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    2 April 2024, 7:00 am
  • 13 minutes 8 seconds
    What is the new etiquette for tipping?
    Tipping requests are on the rise. Businesses that never seemed to ask for a tip, like fast food joints, are now asking for one. Here's how to deal with unexpected requests and more.

    A previous version of this story incorrectly said the company Square takes a "chunk of your tip." A representative from Square says while they charge a fee based on the whole transaction, including tip, the worker still gets the full amount of their tip.

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    26 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 44 seconds
    Effective ways to repair your credit score
    Credit scores determine whether you can get a mortgage, credit card, auto loan and more. So if your score is subprime, how do you bump it up to above a 700? In this episode, find out how to read your credit report, navigate collections and negotiate payments.

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    12 March 2024, 7:00 am
  • 24 minutes 37 seconds
    Investing for beginners
    You don't need to be an expert to grow a nest egg. We'll cover how to build your portfolio, when to sell (or not sell) stocks and how to avoid fees.

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    19 February 2024, 8:00 am
  • 19 minutes 3 seconds
    Save money on streaming services
    Just about every major streaming service has raised its subscription fees. At the same time, there are more programming bundles, membership deals, ad-supported subscriptions and streaming services overall. NPR TV critic and media analyst Eric Deggans shares a streaming strategy to help you get the most bang for your buck.

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    12 February 2024, 8:00 am
  • 16 minutes 36 seconds
    How to save for a big purchase
    Meeting a big financial goal can feel daunting and confusing. How do you make an effective plan when life gets in the way? Credit counselor and financial expert Monique White shares tips to help you buy a laptop, a car, or even a house.

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    18 January 2024, 8:00 am
  • 14 minutes 35 seconds
    Refresh your budget with these simple finance tips
    The new year is a great time to update your budget, say financial experts. Here's what you can do to curb your spending, save for emergencies and keep your investments on track.

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    2 January 2024, 8:00 am
  • 18 minutes 1 second
    How to make resolutions you'll keep
    Happy New Year! If you want to make a resolution that sticks, the key to success is creating what's known as a SMART goal. This episode outlines how SMART goals work and how they can help you use your time for the things that matter most.

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    1 January 2024, 8:00 am
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