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Can I Use Money From My 401(k) for a Down Payment?

I’d like to purchase a new home at the beach that will become my primary residence in about 6 or 7 years when I retire. I’m thinking of taking $200,000 from my 401(k) as a down payment.  I’m not getting the best returns on it anyway as I’ve been...

7 Simple Rules for Making Money

If you’re smart, accomplished, advancing in your career, and embarrassed by how little you know about money, you’re not alone. We have to make a lot of choices about our money these days — not just how to save it and spend it, but how to invest...

Why Is It So Hard for Us to Save?

It is not okay that you (or we, a collective we) do not have an emergency savings fund. And yes, I know what you’re going to say because I used to say it too: It’s hard enough just trying to get by paycheck to paycheck. You’re not making nearly...

6 Sneaky Ways Retailers Get You to Spend More

Retailers are onto us. Real-time price alerts sent to your inbox, money-saving apps on your smartphone, retailer aggregators to browse before you buy — they know consumers are becoming increasingly savvy when it comes to shopping. But while it’s...

Should We Buy Life Insurance or Save for College?

My husband and I recently met with an insurance salesman that advised us to purchase several types of life insurance — term and another one. I have life insurance from work and can add my husband to the policy. It’s much more affordable but would...

These Hidden Fees Are Costing You

Even the tightest budgets are rarely airtight. Maybe you don’t overspend on groceries or entertainment, but you do end up paying for fees you were never expecting. Consumers are dinged with hidden fees almost everywhere they turn — from bank fees...

11 Money Mistakes You Probably Don’t Know You’re Making

Three years before reaching retirement age, a friend of mine quit his (full-pension, government) job, and soon began subtracting money from his 401(k) in order to pay off his mortgage. This was obviously a huge lapse in financial judgment, but it...

What Can We Do About My Husband’s Student Loan Debt?

Our family is suffering from my husband's overwhelming student loan debt. He took out a loan for graduate school, and when there were no jobs after graduation, deferred his loan payments then went into forbearance. As a result, his private lender...

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