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Stash Your Cash the Right Way

When you nail down the knack of saving in one area, the ripples spread to the rest of your life. Start here: Yes, saving for the big stuff (retirement, college, a new house) is key. But what about the small stuff? Socking away a few bucks a day...

Your Budget's Best Friend

Maybe you’re a spreadsheet wonder woman, color-coding like there’s no tomorrow. Maybe you get queasy just glancing at your bank statement (ATM fees—gah). No matter what, you’ll love our top five budgeting stories of 2011: Yo-yos are a hoot, but a...

Waking Up From My Investing Coma

Last year, I read Amanda’s posts about recovering from her money coma with a sense of relief. I too was stuck—in an investing coma. During the ten years I worked in a corporate job, money was automatically transferred to investments my dad had...

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...

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