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  • Types of social security benefits

    Types of social security benefits

    Social Security isn't just for retired people. The program also pays benefits to the disabled, widows and widowers, children, stepchildren, divorced spouses and others. 
    Social Security isn't just for retired people. The program also pays benefits to the disabled, widows and widowers, children, stepchildren, divorced spouses and others. 
  • The top credit reporting bureaus: How different?

    The top credit reporting bureaus: How different?

    There are three major, nationally recognized consumer credit reporting agencies. They all collect information about consumers, calculate credit ratings and sell credit reports..
    There are three major, nationally recognized consumer credit reporting agencies. They all collect information about consumers, calculate credit ratings and sell credit reports..
  • The best financial careers for women

    The best financial careers for women

    Women and men don't always have the same wants and needs when it comes to careers. 
    Women and men don't always have the same wants and needs when it comes to careers. 
  • Selling your house? Avoid these mistakes

    Selling your house? Avoid these mistakes

    Selling your home - especially if you've never done it before - can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging.
    Selling your home - especially if you've never done it before - can be surprisingly time-consuming and emotionally challenging.
  • Where's the market headed now?

    Where's the market headed now?

    When stock prices are falling, the question on most investors' minds is "when will it stop?" 
    When stock prices are falling, the question on most investors' minds is "when will it stop?" 
  • Millennials: Prevent a bad credit score

    Millennials: Prevent a bad credit score

    Though no one plans to have a poor credit score, sometimes life throws you a curveball that results in exactly that – a credit history that's badly damaged.
    Though no one plans to have a poor credit score, sometimes life throws you a curveball that results in exactly that – a credit history that's badly damaged.
  • How to apply for unemployment insurance

    How to apply for unemployment insurance

    Have you or somebody you know recently lost a job? You might be entitled to unemployment insurance through the federal and/or state government where you live.  
    Have you or somebody you know recently lost a job? You might be entitled to unemployment insurance through the federal and/or state government where you live.  
  • Coffee: The cost of a cup

    Coffee: The cost of a cup

    Coffee: Plenty of us swear by our daily caffeine fix. Coffee has to be one of the cheapest addictive substances in the world, and as an added bonus it doesn't give you cancer. 
    Coffee: Plenty of us swear by our daily caffeine fix. Coffee has to be one of the cheapest addictive substances in the world, and as an added bonus it doesn't give you cancer. 
  • OMG, I think I've been scammed!

    OMG, I think I've been scammed!

    Americans lose an estimated $40 - $50 billion a year to investment scams, according to the Financial Fraud Research Center. And, contrary to popular perception, it’s not just the most vulnerable or gullible among us who fall prey.
    Americans lose an estimated $40 - $50 billion a year to investment scams, according to the Financial Fraud Research Center. And, contrary to popular perception, it’s not just the most vulnerable or gullible among us who fall prey.
  • Websites that save you money on hotel rooms

    Websites that save you money on hotel rooms

    Finding a reasonably priced hotel room is not necessarily a slam dunk in the Internet age.
    Finding a reasonably priced hotel room is not necessarily a slam dunk in the Internet age.
  • 6 questions for your realtor

    6 questions for your realtor

    If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
    If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
  • Make money off credit card sign-up bonuses

    Make money off credit card sign-up bonuses

    If you could easily make several hundred extra dollars a year with minimal effort, would you do it?
    If you could easily make several hundred extra dollars a year with minimal effort, would you do it?
  • Why gasoline costs what it does

    Why gasoline costs what it does

    Pulling up to the gas station can be an exercise in sticker shock, especially if you live in California or New York. But it’s not just the price of crude oil that determines gasoline prices.
    Pulling up to the gas station can be an exercise in sticker shock, especially if you live in California or New York. But it’s not just the price of crude oil that determines gasoline prices.
  • Should you double-down on dorms?

    Should you double-down on dorms?

    Despite skyrocketing tuition (and student loan debt), many young adults are still enrolling in college.
    Despite skyrocketing tuition (and student loan debt), many young adults are still enrolling in college.
  • Why summer Fridays are good for business

    Why summer Fridays are good for business

    Want to boost morale? Flexible working hours, at least during the summer, could help.
    Want to boost morale? Flexible working hours, at least during the summer, could help.
  • Retirement costs: Men vs. women

    Retirement costs: Men vs. women

    As the large Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement, identifying and understanding these differences can help couples and singles of both sexes make more accurate financial plans for retirement.
    As the large Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement, identifying and understanding these differences can help couples and singles of both sexes make more accurate financial plans for retirement.
  • Avoid the downsides of downsizing in retirement

    Avoid the downsides of downsizing in retirement

    Many people fantasize about financing a good chunk of their retirement by selling their current home,buying a smaller place and investing the difference for income. In reality, however, they often reap far less profit than they might have hoped.
    Many people fantasize about financing a good chunk of their retirement by selling their current home,buying a smaller place and investing the difference for income. In reality, however, they often reap far less profit than they might have hoped.
  • 5 ways to get maximum student financial aid

    5 ways to get maximum student financial aid

    As the price of a college education continues to soar,many American families are counting on significant outside help to foot the bill.
    As the price of a college education continues to soar,many American families are counting on significant outside help to foot the bill.
  • Where should I retire?

    Where should I retire?

    While there’s no doubt that money will play a big role in determining your living arrangements in retirement, that role may involve factors you never even considered. In fact, some don’t involve money at all.
    While there’s no doubt that money will play a big role in determining your living arrangements in retirement, that role may involve factors you never even considered. In fact, some don’t involve money at all.
  • Divorcing? The right way to split retirement plans

    Divorcing? The right way to split retirement plans

    If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and you or your spouse have money in retirement plans, you will most likely be required to share these assets.
    If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and you or your spouse have money in retirement plans, you will most likely be required to share these assets.
  • Best apps for buying a home

    Best apps for buying a home

    If you are in the market for a new home, technology can help make your search a little easier.
    If you are in the market for a new home, technology can help make your search a little easier.
  • Must-do financial moves for same-sex marriages

    Must-do financial moves for same-sex marriages

    Now that the Supreme Court has issued its landmark ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples should be hammering out joint financial plans, much like those that heterosexual pairs create when they marry.
    Now that the Supreme Court has issued its landmark ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples should be hammering out joint financial plans, much like those that heterosexual pairs create when they marry.
  • eBank or brick-and-mortar bank?

    eBank or brick-and-mortar bank?

    There seems to be a traditional brick-and-mortar bank on every corner of most cities, but also growing are the ranks of ebanks, which provide all their services online.
    There seems to be a traditional brick-and-mortar bank on every corner of most cities, but also growing are the ranks of ebanks, which provide all their services online.
  • Tax breaks for volunteering

    Tax breaks for volunteering

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    By Greg DaughertyTaxes probably aren’t the first thing on your mind when you decide to get involved in a worthy cause. But your volunteer ventures could still earn you some welcome deductions.First, however, make sure that the organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. As a general rule, churches, synagogues and other religious organizations are eligible, as are nonprofit schools and hospitals. If you’re feeling kindly toward your local, state or federal government, tho...
  • Home improvements that really pay off

    Home improvements that really pay off

    Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the home improvement projects with the greatest return on investment are unglamorous.
    Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the home improvement projects with the greatest return on investment are unglamorous.
  • Garage sale vs. donation

    Garage sale vs. donation

    You know you want to get rid of old belongings, but what will get you the biggest bang for your stuff?
    You know you want to get rid of old belongings, but what will get you the biggest bang for your stuff?
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