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Balancing Act: Pay Down Student Loans or Save More?

You’re finally there: You’ve graduated from college after many hard years, you’ve got a job in your field, and you’re actually able to balance your

Barclaycard Review: Arrival™ World MasterCard® Annual Fee vs. No Annual Fee

For a multitude of reasons, the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® is considered one of the best credit cards around. Still, there’s a lot of curiosity


Can Cash-Back Rewards Beat Your Savings Account?

Are you tired of earning less than 1% on your savings? You’re not alone. With interest rates hovering near record lows for the past few

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More Than One Kid? How to Save for College

A reader named Autumn asks a good question: “Hi, I need some advice… My sweet newborn was given a little over $1,000 from our family

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Getting Rich on a Small Salary

Once every month or two, I’ll come across a story like this one that describes how someone on a small salary managed to slowly amass

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Dealing With an Unexpected Financial Blow

It was the most bizarre sound I’ve ever heard. I was driving down the interstate with both of my babies strapped into their car seats.

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60 Simple Rules of Personal Finance

A while back, I was asked to give an hourlong presentation where I talked about my key principles of personal finance. I chose to give

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Six Big Financial Differences Between a Normal Job and Self-Employment

In 2008, I took the leap from a traditional white collar job into self-employment, mostly on the back of a small side gig I had

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Proposed Changes to 529 Plans Would Dampen Their Appeal

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama proposed changes to 529 college plans that may force the 7 million families using them to


Why Your Budget Needs a Buffer

When my husband and I discovered zero-sum budgeting several years ago, we knew we were onto something. Because of the way zero-sum budgeting works, it

Best Tax Software for 2016

It’s that time of year again to search for the best tax software. Yes, April 15th has a unique way of sneaking up on all

Guide to Self-Directed IRAs

The history of retirement plans in the United States is neither as old nor as extensive as most people think. The first private pension fund

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10 Financial Mistakes Too Many Parents Make

Every loving parent has hopes and dreams for their children, whether it’s about college, falling in love and starting a family, or finding their passion

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Your Game Plan for Escaping the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

Right off the bat, I want to say that I understand that this article won’t appeal to all of my readers. Many of you have

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Five Money Mistakes We’ve All Made

It can be hard to admit you’ve made some financial mistakes, especially when those mistakes had embarrassing and expensive consequences. Using myself as an example:

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Why You Probably Don’t Need Rental-Car Insurance

Your bags are packed, you’ve found a sitter for the dog, and you’ve suspended your newspaper subscription for a few days. That can only mean one

How to Save Money When You’re Single

If you’re single and haven’t been told to buy a crock pot, consider yourself lucky. It’s probably a sign that you’re doing a fine job making


15 Ways to Boost Your Financial Outlook in 2015

Taking control of your financial situation can be very rewarding, though “taking control” can mean different things to different people. For some, it means using a

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