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3 Experts Help Grow Your Emergency Fund

You’ve set up your emergency fund and socked away enough to quell most of your panic. But be honest: Did you reach your target of three to six months’ worth of expenses? If you’re laughing (or sobbing) right now, that’s not a good sign. Here,...

Taming Bad Financial Instincts

For years, whenever I tried to save money, it seemed to melt like snow in my hot, spendy little hands. Then I discovered the miracle of behavioral economics: the study of why we do crazy things with money—and how to stop. The first principle that...

Don't Be Caught Dead without this Estate Planner

Recent force majeure tragedies—from the quake in Japan to the tornadoes in the South—remind us that we can’t let fear keep us from preparing for disasters and sudden life changes. One way to conquer your anxiety is focus on the practicalities—and...

For Savings 101, Send Your Kid to Sesame Street

How do you teach money lessons so that kids will stop throwing Fruity Pebbles long enough to understand them? If Elmo didn’t top your list of options, you may want to watch his financial debut. For Me, For You, For Later: First Steps to Spending,...

Save Your Refund Thanks to Form 8888

You may have heard that Form 8888 allows you to direct-deposit your tax refund. In fact, the 8888 gives you three powerful ways to save. (Who knew the IRS could make life better?) Not only can you stash your refund in up to three checking or...

Rx for Pesky Medical Claims

If the Affordable Care Act ever comes together, it could give some 44 million uninsured Americans access to health coverage. But it probably won’t stop insurance companies from mishandling one in five claims—or make it any easier to get...

Pay It Forward on Tax Day

Getting your returns files is one reason to look forward to tax day. But it’s a major money day for another reason—it’s the last day you can contribute to your traditional or Roth IRA. That’s right, Uncle Sam kindly gives you until tax day to max...

Burned Out on Fuel Costs?

Gas is up to $3.57 per gallon, nationally, with no relief in sight. While you can’t avoid the pump, you can maximize every gallon. Here, some tips and apps to prevent you from runnin’ on empty. Auto experts at Edmunds.com tested some old road...

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