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Contest Winners: Where's the Money Going?

Don’t you hate when a contest ends and you have no idea who won? That’s why, after two months of build-up around the Holiday of Your Dreams sweepstakes, we had to tell you what the five winners did with their $1,000 Target gift cards. But first...

Take Advantage of the Spousal IRA

One of the scary things when you aren't working (besides covering the bills) is the fear of falling behind in your retirement. Enter the spousal IRA. If you're married and filing jointly, this option basically enables your working spouse to...

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...

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