My teenage son started his first part-time job a about two months ago. Earning $9.75 an hour, and working 25 hours week, results in some nice income for a teenager. I’m requiring him to save half his earnings to be used for purchasing his own car, or for use when he goes to college in a few years.

I don’t want him to just deposit his money into a savings account, however. I really want to use the income from his first job as a tool to teach him about the world of investing.

Here’s why it’s important to teach your teen about the basics of investing now.

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There are many things we can sacrifice in order to save some extra money. New clothes, cable TV, and eating out at restaurants often frequent this list. But one of the expenses that’s always controversial is internet access. Most of us don’t count it as a need, yet it’s very important for doing every day things.

Our family is one of those who feels that internet access is a bill we need to pay. Here’s how we save over $30 a month on our internet bill.

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To me, fitness studios have always seemed like the elite club of fitness venues, featuring small classes, professional instructors, and an exclusive feel. They’re also notoriously pricey, running around $40 per session — more than the price per month at some big-box gyms!

In spite of their expense, fitness studios hold great appeal to people who enjoy the motivation and interaction of a classroom setting, the challenge of a new discipline — such as yoga, Pilates, or spinning — and protection from any creepers who frequent the gym.

If your fitness needs are best met in a studio, here are a few ways to save money while still enjoying your sweet sweat sessions.

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Nearly every financial guru tells potential budgeters to start their financial management with a simple (but not easy) task: track every single penny.

For some individuals, this is a relatively easy task. It’s just a matter of building financial tracking into their routine. But for most people, tracking expenses is often very difficult.

Thankfully, between modern technology and creative budgeting solutions, there are options for tracking expenses that won’t leave you feeling overwhelmed.

Here are three ways to keep you finances in check without driving stressing yourself out.

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They seem to be everywhere you look, yet they are hardly noticeable. What am I talking about? Fees. Nearly everything these days from checking accounts, to credit cards, and even investments have fees that are eating away at your net worth.

While these fees may seem like drops in the bucket each month, compounded over time, they take a big bite out of your assets. Here are some of the biggest fee offenders and how to lessen their impact, or rid yourself of them altogether.

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When we talk about spending on needs and wants, the discussion about food usually comes up regularly. Of course we need to spend money on food. It’s one of those things we need for survival.

However, many of us feel as though we are spending too much on food — at least that’s the conclusion from a report put out by CompareCards and evolve24, reflecting on the trends seen for February 2015.

How do you know if you’re spending too much on food, versus simply using it as survival?

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