Liz Weston

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How the Toy Shortage Could Affect Your Holidays

Many popular toys may sell out long before the holidays, thanks to ongoing pandemic-related disruptions. This could be a disaster — or a great opportunity to reshape how we celebrate.…

4 Ways to Fortify Your Finances Against Natural Disaster

Emergency preparedness experts recommend that you have a “go bag” and a “stay bin” for disasters: kits with supplies to help you survive a few days if you have to…

Smart Money Podcast: Finding a New Job and Rent vs. Buy in a New City

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about how to get what you want out of a…

How Gratitude Can Help Your Financial Life

Gratitude makes us more aware of the sources of joy, wonder and hope in our lives. Being grateful also can improve health, strengthen relationships and help us manage our money.…

Smart Money Podcast: Haggling Tips and What’s Driving Volatile Car Valuation

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about how to negotiate. Then we pivot to this week’s…

Is a New Job the Right Financial Move?

Whether you call it “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reshuffle” or just high time for a change, millions of American workers are looking for new jobs — and some have…

Smart Money Podcast: 5 Financial Tasks for Fall, and Kid Debit Cards

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about five...

Don’t Let Social Security Steer You Wrong

Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can be so convolut...

Smart Money Podcast: DIY Investing and Lightning Round Questions

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion of DIY inve...

How to Negotiate Your Way to a Richer Life

Negotiating is an important personal finance skill that can help you earn more and pay less. Whether you’re discussing a job offer, dickering at a car...

Smart Money Podcast: Job Scams and Maxing Out a Roth IRA

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about job s...

4 Cash-Raising Pitfalls (and Better Options)

Beware raiding a retirement plan A big chunk of the money contributed to retirement plans leaks out as hardship withdrawals, cash-outs during job chan...

Smart Money Podcast: Getting Ahead of Your Next Money Crisis With Michelle Singletary

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode is devoted to a conversation with Wa...

How to Have a Retirement Worth Saving For

Most advice about retirement planning focuses on how to save enough money to replace your paycheck. But work provides us with a lot more than income....

Smart Money Podcast: Health Insurance Deadlines and Getting the Best Car Insurance Rates

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about how t...

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