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Know Your Biology, Gain Inner Peace

Europe is in an ugly mess and that jobs report the other day made you want to flee to some nice Nordic country that still has jobs and benefits. (Habla Swedish?) We have a better idea.   First, consider: the male response to stress is “fight or...

Three Sites That Teach the Value of a Buck

At some point, your little birdies are going to dive out of the nest and directly into a hurricane of credit offers, career decisions, and spending temptations.   Prevent a financial nosedive by teaching them money must-knows before they...

Coping With the Curveballs

You know what makes me feel like a million bucks? My curveball account. What’s a curveball account—as opposed to an emergency fund, or run-of-the-mill savings? A) It’s for surprise expenses; B) it’s not for emergencies; C) every girl needs...

A Tax-Free Hammock at 65

Imagine you’re about to retire and you’ve got a nice little nest egg saved up. (Way to go!) Obviously, you want to keep as much of your hard-earned cash as possible, while surrendering as little as possible to the IRS upon withdrawal. That’s why...

Meet the Emergency Savings Contest Winners!

Saving money is its own reward. But that doesn’t have to be the only reward.  Three participants in the Mint.com “It’s an Emergency!” savings challenge set up Mint accounts, and just won a tidy sum for their heroic savings efforts: Melissa, a...

What Does "Max Out" Mean?

Maxing out your IRA or 401k simply means that you contribute the maximum amount allowed in a given year.  What you really want to know is why maxing out makes a difference, right? Right. Let’s say you contribute $2,500 to an IRA every year, for...

Your Pre-Death To-Do List

Death is a fact of life. So why do so few of us plan for it? Nearly two-thirds of Americans haven’t done even basic estate planning, according to a recent Forbes article. Thankfully, my father wasn’t among them. As I discovered after he died,...

Jean Chatzky’s New "Money Rules"

Michael Pollan condensed all the literature about healthy eating into one simple mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”  Jean Chatzky took the simpler-is-better idea, multiplied it by 94, and published “Money Rules,” a bite-sized book...

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