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Test Your Fiscal Fitness: Are You Financially Fit?

Impulse buys, money fights, you-so-deserve-it splurges.... We teamed up with Yahoo! Finance to get the bottom line on how women like you deal with dollars and sense.

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Fitness vs. Finance

More than two-thirds of women would rather be happy, healthy, and fit for life than never have to worry about money again.

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This or That

More than a quarter of women would rather spend their money on a fave weekly gym class than dinner out. Only 14% of men would choose the gym over a restaurant.

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Monthly Dues

40% of women have just enough money to pay their bills every month.

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Home Economics

4 in 10 women say they control the finances at home.

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Spare Change

If they got a tax refund:
45% would use it to pay bills.
31% would save it.

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Big Spenders

1 in 3 women say they are more frugal than their guy. Men are more likely to admit that they're spenders. (We knew it all along!)

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Money Woes

No argument here: Money is the number-one thing that women and men say they fight about with their partners.

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3 Easy Ways to Save Big Bucks

Track your spending.
Logging the dollars you shell out every day will help you make better decisions and avoid impulse buying, says Farnoosh Torabi, a contributor to Yahoo! Finance and the host of Yahoo's Financially Fit. She recommends Bundle, a free app and website that helps you keep tabs on your expenses.

Make a deal.
At least once a year, call your cable, cell phone, and car and home insurance companies to ask for a better rate. "Say, 'I've been with your company for X number of years, and I'm shopping around. What can you offer me?'" Torabi suggests. "Companies will negotiate because it's a lot less expensive for them to retain a current customer than to bring on a new one."

Watch out for sneaky bank fees.
Banks have recently instituted new charges -- including higher maintenance fees on checking accounts, charges for making a deposit using your smartphone, and fees for teller transactions -- that can cost you as much as $1,000 annually, Torabi says. Check out Bankrate.com, which lets you comparison shop for the best banks in your area.

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