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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...

Credit Score Number Crunching

How big a difference does a higher credit score make, really? Let’s crunch some numbers--with help from Frank Donnelly, CFP, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. Susie and Jane each take out a $200,000...

Dividing Property and Debts

This is part three of an ongoing series about being financially prepared for a divorce. Read part one here, and part two here. You’ve embarked on your divorce; now the next step is to figure out the settlement. Under the laws of your state, which...

Do You Take a Hit When You Marry Bad Credit?

What happens to that stellar score if the man of your dreams has nightmare credit? Nothing—at first. Getting married alone doesn’t impact either of your credit histories; your reports and scores remain separate (even if you change your name)....

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