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11 Ways to Save $1,000 this Summer

You know what’s better than a glowing tan at the end of the summer? A glowing savings account. Enter my summer savings strategies. Below you’ll find a variety of ways to save up to (and over) $1,000 by October. Let’s get started:  Control your...

4 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Hurting Your Credit

Tammy listed her son as an authorized user on one of her credit cards to help him build his credit history. When they checked his credit scores, however, Tammy saw the balance she was carrying on the card seemed to be hurting, not helping, his...

Why ‘Double Dipping’ Is Great for Your Savings

George Costanza has nothing on me. Sure, the hapless “Seinfeld” character (played by Jason Alexander) may have gained a measure of fame — or infamy, depending on how you view it — for his “ double dipping.” But I’m a quadruple-down kinda guy...

Dow Flirts With 17,000, but Most People Missed the Ride

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a hair’s breadth from crossing the 17,000 mark. But is that really reason to celebrate? The sentiment on Wall Street may be that our long national fiscal nightmare is finally over, but the stock market is just...

My Savings Changed My Life: 7 True Stories

We know you’ve probably heard this mantra drilled into your brain over and over: One of the smartest financial moves you can make is to save money in an emergency fund. But despite all the airplay, many people still aren’t on board. According to...

How Saving $25,000 Ultimately Saved Me

A year ago, I landed my dream job and my husband and I were making plans to buy a house and start a family.  If you’d told me then that I’d be divorced and unemployed within a year, I would have been shocked. But the thing about life is that...

How We Paid Off More Than $100,000 in Student Loans

For 37 million Americans, student loan debt is a financial albatross around their necks. And it’s growing. Debt from student loans has increased by 300 percent over the past eight years to nearly $1 trillion, according to a report from the...

Will Power: 4 Essentials for Planning Your Estate

Before having kids, my idea of a will was based on what I had seen in the movies. There was the dramatic “reading of the will” scene where someone is surprised by a huge inheritance or devastated by being left out. Then there were the movies where...

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