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Be Smart and Invest in Your Retirement: Guest Blogger

Until we met LearnVest, our idea of being financially responsible was shopping at sample sales. But the online personal finance and lifestyle resource has changed the way we think about money—for the better. It’s filled with tools and support to help women gain control over their finances (for a taste, just check out their free Financial Bootcamp series). This January, as we focus on ways to make this our best year ever, we’re tapping the LearnVest experts to give you their best advice! It’ll be fun and educational, we promise. 

In your mind’s eye, picture all your friends, family, classmates and colleagues.

About half of them are doing something very smart, and the other half…well, they’re doing the opposite.

And that very smart thing is investing.

Before you protest that investing is only for people with loads of spare cash, we’d like to inform you that everyone who draws a paycheck should be investing.

Unfortunately, according to a nationwide survey conducted last year by LearnVest and Chase Blueprint, only 48% of women and 56% of men have a 401(k) retirement account, and the percent of people who have their own individual retirement account (IRA) is even lower: 40% for women and 48% for men. And these stats are just for retirement investing alone—even fewer people are doing any non-retirement investing.

We’re going to show why everyone who makes money should be investing, no matter how much money they make, and explain how you should be investing and when.

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Improve Your Finances in Just 10 Minutes—Seriously!

Until we met LearnVest, our idea of being financially responsible was shopping at sample sales. But the online personal finance and lifestyle resource has changed the way we think about money—for the better. It’s filled with tools and support to help women gain control over their finances (for a taste, just check out their free Financial Bootcamp series). This January, as we focus on ways to make this our best year ever, we’re tapping the LearnVest experts to give you their best advice! It’ll be fun and educational, we promise.

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You’re busy. We’re busy. And we’ve all got stuff to do.

It’s our inner procrastinators that get us in trouble: The longer we put something off, the more we continue to put it off. And the small tasks that will help our financial lives can sometimes be the ones that we put off the most.

The key is to pick the low-hanging fruit first. To that end, we’re bringing you a few quick wins to get you started and help you get your money organized.

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Observe the 50/20/30 Rule When You Budget: Guest Blogger

Until we met LearnVest, our idea of being financially responsible was shopping at sample sales. But the online personal finance and lifestyle resource has changed the way we think about money—for the better. It’s filled with tools and support to help women gain control over their finances (for a taste, just check out their free Financial Bootcamp series). This January, as we focus on ways to make this our best year ever, we’re tapping the LearnVest experts to give you their best advice! It’ll be fun and educational, we promise.

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When it comes to our money, there is no shortage of ways we could spend it: food, rent, gifts, medicine, clothing, education, technology, gym membership, gas … you get the picture. At LearnVest, we’re often asked, “How to budget my money?” so we came up with the ultimate guideline for when you set up a budget: the 50/20/30 Rule.

When creating a budget, which you can do for free in the Money Center, it’s tempting to throw up your hands, say, “Forget it,” and hope for the best. The 50/20/30 Rule changes that.

No matter whether you’re a mom with two kids or a recent college grad working your first job, this rule will help you not only figure out how much you should be spending in each area every month; it will also tell you in what order you should be spending your money.

The 50/20/30 Rule Broken Down

The 50/20/30 Rule is easy because instead of telling you how to break down your budget across 20 or more different categories (who could possibly keep track of that?), it splits everything into three main categories:

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Supersmart Money Resolutions for 2013: Guest Blogger

Until we met LearnVest, our idea of being financially responsible was shopping at sample sales.But the online personal finance and lifestyle resource has changed the way we think about money—for the better. It’s filled with tools and support to help women gain control over their finances (for a taste, just check out their free Financial Bootcamp series). This January, as we focus on ways to make this our best year ever, we’re tapping the LearnVest experts to give you their best advice! It’ll be fun and educational, we promise.

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It’s never hard to come up with a resolution–there are plenty of things that we wish we could do more or less or better. And, around our office, those things more often than not have to do with money.

So for 2013, we’ve rounded up 10 smart money resolutions from the LearnVest Inc. staff. Click through to read!

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LearnVest CEO’s Best Financial Tips: Guest Blogger

Until we met LearnVest, our idea of being financially responsible was shopping at sample sales.But the online personal finance and lifestyle resource has changed the way we think about money—for the better. It’s filled with tools and support to help women gain control over their finances (for a taste, just check out their free Financial Bootcamp series). This January, as we focus on ways to make this our best year ever, we’re tapping the LearnVest experts to give you their best advice! It’ll be fun and educational, we promise.

Each morning, LearnVest CEO Alexa von Tobel logs on to her Money Center account to review her transactions. Find out what she’s looking for her, how just one minute a day helps her to stay on track toward reaching her goals, and how it’s helped her to save hundreds of dollars each year.

Want to start taking a “Money Minute” yourself? Connect your accounts in the Money Center to start monitoring your own spending, and get your 2013 financial picture in check.

Special Offer for Birchbox readers: Get exclusive access to a free 15-minute financial checkup with a LearnVest Planning financial expert, plus a 20% discount on any Planning Package by visiting learnvest.com/birchbox and using the code BIRCHBOX20 at checkout. 

Money Matters: Get an Exclusive Discount on LearnVest’s Financial Services

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This January, we’re focusing on ways to make 2013 the best year ever—for ourselves and for you. That’s why we’ve partnered with LearnVest Planning, which is an easy, painless way to get financially savvy. They’ll help you set goals, create budgets, and more. To learn more, go to LearnVest.com/Birchbox and use promo code BIRCHBOX20 for a free 15-min intro call and a 20 percent discount on any Planning Package. 

Plus, don’t miss the LearnVest guest blogger series, which will be running here throughout the week!