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Budget Lessons from NJ

Hey New Jersey, you're an inspiration. Yesterday's stunning announcement from Governor Chris Christie, killing a $8.7 billion commuter tunnel, could be viewed as an act of budgetary courage. The tunnel, which would have expanded New Jersey's rail...

Eat Out on Less with BYOB

Your dining out budget is tight, and adding a wine to the tab may put it over the edge. You may have noticed your favorite $10 bottle selling for $25 on the wine list. It's not a typo. Restaurants typically charge more than double the retail...

Small Loans for Small Bills

Times are tight. For the first time in a while, you may have trouble paying bills. What to do? You may have noticed an icon on the page of your utility statement online for a service called BillFloat. As the name implies, BillFloat offers...

College Smarts Without the Elite Price Tag

Bad news: Nearly 25% of parents plan to use their own retirement savings to pay for college, according to a study released last week. Cashing out retirement funds early,  even for education, is a big no-no. The tax bite, never mind the lost...

A DIY Will You Can Live With

Do you need a will? It depends. If your "estate" is comprised of IKEA collectibles, probably not. The real reason to get a will is to make sure that, in the event of your untimely death, that your spouse and children are cared for, and your...

Back2School: 18 Years to Save

We don’t want you stuck paying full freight for college in 10 or 15 years, so let’s explore that 529, shall we? You may not know that... There are two types of 529 plans: a pre-paid tuition plan and 529 savings plan. The pre-paid is what it...

Going Back to School—Worth It or Not?

You've been toying with the idea for years: To go back to school and do what you REALLY want. We asked over a dozen people who made that leap to tell us: Was it worth the time and money? Overall, the answer was a resounding yes. Yet most people...

Tax-Saving Secrets of the Self-Employed

Nickels, dimes, quarters If you're self-employed, the not-quite quarterly tax payment deadlines can be a pain (Jan. 15, April 15, June 15, Sept. 15, what?). You need a surefire system to keep your tax savings on track—so you don't end up owing...

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