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Don’t Be a Judge-y Parent

I spend $240 a month for my sons’ piano lessons—$30 per lesson, per kid, per week. It’s a competitive rate for our area, and I love our teacher’s approach. Translation: Even when the $240 is a strain, it has value—for us. But recently another mom...

Will You Get Any Mortgage Help?

You’ve heard the news: thanks to a national mortgage settlement five major banks will pay out $25 billion to help troubled borrowers in 49 states. The question is whether you’ll reap any of those benefits. Use this guide to decide—and plan...

Planting the Seed

File it under “facts I wish I’d known when I was 30.” You need a little pot of money stored away for when your parents age—especially if you’re a woman. Some two-thirds of caregivers are female relatives, and I’m now one of them, coping (along...

Supreme Court Debates Health Care Law

This has been a big week at the Supreme Court, as justices heard arguments relating to the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010—but is now being challenged.  At the core of the law is the “individual mandate”: the requirement...

Save Big on Your Big Day: Buy Used

Can you think of a better way to spend $25,630 (the price of the average wedding)? We can—and apparently, so can many other engaged couples, who are saving a bundle by buying used. Take care of your “something old” by shopping here: Stuff:...

Rewards for Good Behavior

You save money, you spend money (wisely, natch). Now it’s time to level up—and collect some easy rewards for your smart habits. After all, we’re building wealth here.   Boost savings. SaveUp gives you credits for making smart money moves (e.g.,...

Get More Points in Your Favor

Frequent flyer miles. Hotel rewards. Credit card points. The more you have, the more perks you get. To amass as many points as possible, Brian Kelley, a.k.a. The Points Guy, shared some insider tips. Earn while you eat. Register your credit card...

How Dollar Stores Drain You Dry

Sometimes I go to the dollar store. After all, sometimes you need a mop bucket. But suddenly things start jumping into my cart. Books, an apple corer, a bag of gingersnaps. Yes, there are some deals. I’ve even bought underwear: Hanes “slightly...

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