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Build Your Savings Muscle

Six weeks ago, we invited you to to save $1,000 in 50 days. It was ambitious, to say the least: $20 a day, or $140 a week—a pipe dream for most of us, even in the best of times. Yet hundreds of you set up goals on Mint.com. Thousands more made a...

Stocks: Better Than a Gift Card?

Your dad loves to roam the electronics section at Costco (COST). Your mom raves about T.J. Maxx (TJX). Rather than buying them gifts from those stores, give a share in the company itself. It’s easy to buy a single stock online. And even if the...

A Last-Minute, Year-End Tax Break

While you’re up in the attic or closet-diving for holiday decorations, lock in one last tax deduction by gathering up your old stuff. It could offset a nice chunk of your holiday bill: If you’re in the 25% tax bracket and you donate $1,000 worth...

The Temptation of HELOCs

With interest rates around 4%, you may be tempted take out a home equity line of credit (HELOC)—and not just because it’s cheap. Given the dicey real estate market, you may need to make repairs you’d hoped to avoid by selling—or you may want to...

The Truth About My Debt

My husband and I paid off $30,000 in credit card debt after we were married. What got us, and kept us, in that much debt? A flawed sense of what was normal, i.e. entitlement. We didn’t walk around feeling “entitled” to anything—not consciously....

Harvest Time for Taxes

The stock market may be surging today, but it hasn't exactly been a banner year for investing. If your portfolio is showing more red than a Valentino runway show, don’t get mad, get tax-savvy. Selling investments at a loss can generate a nice tax...

Bonds. Italian Bonds. And Why The World is Watching Them.

From left: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, France's President Nicolas Sarkozy, and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti These days, the ongoing European debt crisis has more twists and turns than a plate of spaghetti. Several countries—Ireland,...

Avoid Holiday Impulse Buys

The smarter you get, the more retailers try to outsmart you. Although a new study from Deloitte shows that 90% of people know what they’re buying before they get to a store (and about 66% shop when products are on sale)—anxious retailers are...

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