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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...

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...

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...

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...

How to Create a Recession-Proof Life

Now that we’ve slogged through the Great Recession and long, slow recovery, it’s painful to imagine suffering through that again. But while economic ups and downs are bound to occur, that doesn’t mean you have to participate. By making careful...

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...

Don’t Want Your Identity Stolen? Better Do This

Linda Foley of San Diego didn’t think twice about filling out the tax forms her employer handed her. That is, until a credit card company called her to confirm her change of address — and she hadn’t moved. That’s when she learned her employer had...

Ask an Advisor: How Should I Invest My Divorce Settlement?

Both my lawyer and CDFA advised me to take a lump sum divorce settlement that came from the sale of a rental home my ex-husband and I had in lieu of alimony. I have not invested my money and am not sure what is best (at my age of 56). My CDFA...

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