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As we all scramble to wrap things up before the holiday weekend, we want make sure that all the things we're grateful for don't get lost in the cranberry sauce. First and foremost, let's all give thanks for signs of sanity in our beleaguered...

Save or Pay Off Debt?

It's a common dilemma: Should you put all your spare cash toward paying down debt, or build up your emergency savings—or a little of both? It's a serious question now. If you lost your job, the average length of unemployment is about 33 weeks—or...

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...

How to Make an Easy $139,000

You stare at your portfolio and worry. How is it going to grow into a nest egg large enough to sustain you when you're 70, 80, maybe even 90? In addition to all the hints we've dropped about saving more, saving often, and—did we mention?— saving...

Amy's House is Under Water

  Expert: Carmen Wong Ulrich Reader: Amy Welcome to Season 1 of The Money Fix! This new series connects eight DailyWorth readers with top national money experts who will offer each woman a game plan for tackling her specific money problem. The...

Don't Blame the Mouse

During our August trip to Disney World, my husband and 5- and 7-year-old sons received jaunty “First Visit!” buttons. When we got back, I wanted an “I Survived Disney Without Spending an Unholy Amount of Money!” button. Because, dang it, I...

Americans Hooked on Savings?

You may have seen the numbers: In the last couple of years, the personal savings rate has kicked up from about 2%-3%—where it hovered for years—to an astounding 6% today. Economists and government wonks can gripe all they want about how too much...

Phone Savings on Target

Target is making it easier for you to offload old phones and video games with a new trade-in program that we just read about (thanks for the tip, Barbara Weltman).The good news: They take old iPhones, iPods, cell phones and video games—and give...

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