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Win-It Wednesday: Financial Tools from Jean Chatzky (2 Winners!)

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 27, 2010 · 529 comments

Join me every week for Win-It Wednesday. I’ll be posting several 24-hour giveaways throughout the day to give you plenty of chances to win!

Jean Chatzky Pay It Down

Back in November I had the pleasure of participating in an audiocast with the Today Show financial expert, Jean Chatzky, author of Pay It Down! Debt Free on $10 a Day. Not only did she share some really great tips on spending and saving for the holidays, but she gave us the inside scoop on her new line of financial planning products from Franklin Covey that are now available in Target stores across the nation.

  • The Monthly Budget Kit will allow you to track and manage all your spending for the entire year. There's a tracking sheet and pocket for each month so you'll always have a record of your expenses, bills, and receipts.
  • The Get-Out-Of-Debt Kit comes with helpful debt reduction tips from Jean Chatzky, and tracking sheets and pockets for six separate items, so you can track all your debt in one simple 3-ring binder.
  • The Savings Kit includes great savings tips from Jean Chatzky, clear sleeves to hold the images of what you're saving for, and tracking sheets and pockets for six separate items, so you can track all your goals in one simple 3-ring binder.
  • Plus the To Buy List makes determining the difference between needs and wants and reasons for each manageable. There's even a section to keep track of coupon savings!

But I think what I like best about these products is that they're really geared towards women with their needs and thought processes in mind. They're attractive, yet not overly feminine, and can be easily customized to fit your overall financial strategy.

Two lucky Deal Seeking Mom readers will each win a set of Jean Chatzky financial planning tools:

  • Pay It Down! by Jean Chatzky
  • Needs & Wants To Buy List
  • Monthly Budget Kit
  • Get-Out-Of-Debt Kit
  • Savings Kit

To enter, tell me about your financial goals for 2010!

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Every reader has four methods available to enter this contest. Choose one each of any combination of method one, two, three, or four for up to a total of 4 entries!!!

If you are reading this in your email or feed reader, please CLICK HERE to visit the original blog post to enter. Email entries will not be counted.

Methods of entry:

1. Leave a comment. What are your financial goals in 2010?

2. Add Deal Seeking Mom to your blogroll or add my badge to your sidebar. Make sure to come back and leave the link to your site in a separate comment!

3. Join the new Deal Seeking Mom Forums to chat about your great finds, special coupon codes, and chances to win exclusive giveaways. Come back and leave a separate comment letting me know you've joined or that you're already a registered user!

4. Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email. You must confirm your email subscription for it to be a valid entry! Leave a separate comment letting me know you have done so. If you’re already a subscriber, simply leave a separate comment letting me know you’re already subscribed. Lovin’ my subscribers! You guys make this all possible.

Prize:
(2) Financial Planning Sets from Jean Chatzky, as described above

This giveaway ends at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 1/28 and is open to all U.S. residents 18 years or older. I’ll use Random.org to select the winning comments. Winners will be notified by email and listed on my Giveaway Winners page. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

While you’re in a contest entering mood, don’t forget to check out the Giveaway Gathering for a variety of contests being hosted on Deal Seeking Mom readers’ blogs!

{ 529 comments… read them below or add one }

1 patty January 28, 2010 at 3:25 am

signed up for the forum

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2 babysnark23 January 28, 2010 at 3:52 am

I am a member of the forums.

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3 babysnark23 January 28, 2010 at 3:54 am

I want tobreally try to reduce my cc debt and try to use cash as much as I can instead of the credit cards.

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4 Dawn January 28, 2010 at 4:51 am

My goal is to become more finacially savy. To know exactly where my money goes, and to get rid of my credit card debt, and to not use it unless of emergency!

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5 Dawn January 28, 2010 at 4:52 am

I am subscribed.

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6 Larry C January 28, 2010 at 5:46 am

already subscribed

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7 Larry C January 28, 2010 at 5:52 am

My goal for 2010 is to start trying to find a way to save a few dollars. I have 3 kids and a wife at home and we are living paycheck to paycheck just like millions of other households. My wife get a 1099 from her place of employ for the 3 days a week she works and this adds a extra strain at us during tax time when we have to pay. Would also love to pay down debt without having to refinance the house ( gt it down to 15 years from 30 and do n't want to start over. These books will come in handy.

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8 Sarah W January 28, 2010 at 6:02 am

My goals are just to save more.

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9 Pat F. January 28, 2010 at 6:09 am

My financial goals in 2010 are to save more, spend less and become financially indepent , meaning I want to live on only what I make not a combined income. I hope I can achieve this.

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10 Pat F. January 28, 2010 at 6:09 am

I am an e-mail subscriber.

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11 Sarah W January 28, 2010 at 6:11 am

I subscribe RSS.

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12 PAM S January 28, 2010 at 7:09 am

My financial goals for 2010 are to have both of our cars paid in full and have our emergency fund in place of at least 3 months income. Anything extra on top of that will be put towards paying off our house which on a 30 yr mortgage I want to have paid off in less than 10 years.

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13 Rebecca January 28, 2010 at 7:18 am

Our goals are to begin aggressively paying down our debt. We have a three year plan to be debt free and I'm excited!

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14 Rebecca January 28, 2010 at 7:18 am

I sub to your feed in google reader

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15 Joyce Callahan January 28, 2010 at 7:21 am

This year I am determined not to go into debt for Christmas. I am saving all my loose change (already have over $30, just since the first of the year!), and am saving $25 per paycheck (every 2 weeks)in a separate account at a separate bank (so it's not too easy to get to!). Also, with my tax refund, I am going to pay off 2 credit cards, and put those payments toward other cards. I could REALLY use this set of money-saving tips to help me manage my budget. I am a single mom of 4 teen boys, so every dollar has to really stretch. Thanks!

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16 Trisha January 28, 2010 at 7:32 am

My financial goals are to pay off a good chunk of debt and save money for a real vacation.

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17 Debbie Ehrlich January 28, 2010 at 7:33 am

Good Morning! I subscribe via my email address. However, in response to your "post a comment" activity of the week... my financial goals for 2010, my goal is to pay off my last credit card, and take that $200 per month and add it to my Roth deposit per month, that will boost that deposit to its monthly max for me. I am a teacher at a high school in a economically deprived district, and I also have a goal to introduce all my students to ways of saving money for their futures in little ways. ie, remember, that candy bar and soda is $3. multiply that by 20 days a month you may purchase that and that is $60, by 12 months in a year, and that is a nice little emergency stash. Our students here do not see the benefits of saving for their futures, so as 'hoaky' as this may sound, I have a personal goal...and one for my students also...

Happy budgeting/saving :)

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18 Jessie January 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

Our goal is to keep our heads above water - 2009 was a killer.

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19 Jessie January 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

I belong to the forums.

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20 Ruth Ann January 28, 2010 at 7:47 am

I want to get my finances more organized and invest more.

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21 Micheline January 28, 2010 at 8:03 am

I'm a subscriber to you e-mail feed and I would love this!

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22 Marie R January 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

My goal for 2010 is to pay off my credit card bills and then start paying off my medical bills.

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23 Jaime Taylor January 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

Continue to pay off credit card debt. Do not pay for anything else on credit - only pay for what you can currently pay cash for. Continue to cut grocery bills and other purchases by watching sales and using coupons.

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24 Bianca T. January 28, 2010 at 8:23 am

My goals are to reudce spending on food & groceries and to save for a bigger house.

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25 LJH January 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

Pay off debt and save money for a new roof!

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26 Pam January 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

My financial goal is to pay off my last credit card and start adding money to my IRA again!

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27 Charity January 28, 2010 at 8:42 am

My goal is to pay down debt and save more.

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28 Cassie January 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

My goal is to pay off my credit cards.

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29 Cassie January 28, 2010 at 8:49 am

I am currently a feedburner subscriber

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30 crystal January 28, 2010 at 8:56 am

One of my finacial goal is to get at least 3 big bills off of my credit history. :)

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31 Alison Scudder January 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

I want to save money this year for an emergency fund, just in case any expenses pop up that we would need money for. Haven't been saving any money for years. I set up a savings account the first week of January and hope to save 10% of our earnings every week. Thanks for the giveaway.

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32 crystal January 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

I am now a subscriber!!! :)

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33 Jen January 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

I subscribed to your feed via email.

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34 Laurie January 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

already a member on the forum!

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35 Laurie January 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

already a subscriber to the email updates, too

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36 Laurie January 28, 2010 at 9:17 am

1) give more to charity (real charities, not, say my needy best friend or niece) and 2) pay cash for a "new" (to me) car this fall

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37 Michelle January 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

With my husband being laid off my goal right now is to try and not go further into debt

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38 Melissa January 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

2010 financial goal: pay 100% cash for a gently used car

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39 Denine January 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

I Need this book!!! Everything you talked about are some of my goals for this year. I do want to be debt free, start a budget, and save.

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40 Frugal Family Manager (blog in Russian) January 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

I am already your feed subscriber via RSS.

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41 Jessica-MomForHim January 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

We are hoping to pay off our mortgage--a big goal, but it would be awesome to be totally debt-free!

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42 Jessica-MomForHim January 28, 2010 at 9:31 am

You are on my blogroll.

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43 Jessica-MomForHim January 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

I am on the forums.

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44 Jessica-MomForHim January 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

I am a RSS subscriber.

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45 ginger January 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

zjust heard about these yesterday! cant wait to check them out!! hopefully I will win them. My financial goals for 2010 is paying off debt and saving more money.

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46 Lara Carswell January 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

I’m a subscriber via RSS.

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47 jennifer G - NY January 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

My goals for 2010 are simply to save as much as possible (we are so down with coupons its crazy!) We are working our way through getting out from underneath the mounds of debt that we foolishly thought we could get into without being enslaved to lenders. (ugh, what a huge wake up call to this household of FORMER-FOOLS!) Now we know we are moving in the right direction and our household desires to live "within" our means - not outside. Its a slow climb out of the mess but its a goal nonetheless! I really hope to win this set up because it is EXACTLY what our family is looking to read and work on even stronger.

Jennifer from NY

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48 Ann January 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

Pay off both of our cars. Trying to get debt free.. a very slow process... but we are moving toward our goal!!

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49 Sandee January 28, 2010 at 10:05 am

goal for 2010: SAVE, SAVE SAVE!!! we're getting ready to begin building a house, so I'm trying to save money everywhere i can to go towards the house.

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50 Sandee January 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

blogroll please?! youre on it!

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