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Which Home Improvements Actually Pay Off?

When I remodeled my house, I knew what I wanted: a bigger kitchen with room for two refrigerators, more family space and another bedroom. But there are dreams and then there’s reality. My husband and I began wondering not only how much we could...

9 Depression-Era Frugal Habits You Need to Pick Up

Scrimping and saving was a necessity during the Great Depression, when unemployment in the US skyrocketed to 25 percent. Although we are seeing better times, we can always take a page from that era and practice some of those thrifty habits....

Are Your Friends Hurting Your Finances?

You might have your own finances under control, but if your friends engage in bad money habits — from overspending to leaning on you for financial help — it could spell trouble for you and your bank account.  If you have friends who are having...

Money Goals You’ll Actually Stick To

Would you believe that amassing as much wealth as possible over a lifetime might not be everyone’s goal? Why not? Because personal finance, as its name suggests, is very personal. Money means something different to each of us, and we all have...

6 Millionaire Myths Debunked

Many people believe that — while it’d certainly be nice — they’ll never become millionaires. That it’s an utterly unattainable dream.  The truth is: Hitting the $1 million mark is more attainable today than ever — and more important. That’s...

Is Investing in Options Too Risky?

I've heard that options are risky investments. Is that true? How do they work? — Tara, Connecticut  Options have the unfair reputation of being considered riskier than other investment vehicles. For instance, in a book written by a well-respected...

Is Your Bank Account Keeping Up With You?

Significant life events trigger changes in our spending behavior. For the recent grad, jeans and tees make way for suits and dress shirts. A couple with a newborn may need a larger car to accommodate a car seat. And empty nesters might look to...

The Secret to Successful Budgeting? Splurge a Little

When the birth of my second child left me completely overwhelmed, and a bit depressed about the monotony of my life, I instituted a new house rule: Mommy doesn’t cook on Friday nights. The (nearly) three-meal-a-day routine had worn on me when my...

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