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Get More From the People You Pay

In this economy, your boss has asked you to take on more work, so why don't you do the same with your household payroll? That's a fancy way of saying, maybe it's time to ask your cleaning person, babysitter, or even the kid who rakes your leaves...

3 Best Cash-Back Cards

Upgrade your ho-hum credit card to one that puts money in your pocket. Card experts Erica Sandberg and Ben Woolsey of CreditCards.com name the three best cash-back cards. Chase Freedom Visa has no annual fee and gives unlimited 1% cash back on...

Stash Your Cash the Right Way

When you nail down the knack of saving in one area, the ripples spread to the rest of your life. Start here: Yes, saving for the big stuff (retirement, college, a new house) is key. But what about the small stuff? Socking away a few bucks a day...

Contest Winners: Where's the Money Going?

Don’t you hate when a contest ends and you have no idea who won? That’s why, after two months of build-up around the Holiday of Your Dreams sweepstakes, we had to tell you what the five winners did with their $1,000 Target gift cards. But first...

Build Your Savings Muscle

Six weeks ago, we invited you to to save $1,000 in 50 days. It was ambitious, to say the least: $20 a day, or $140 a week—a pipe dream for most of us, even in the best of times. Yet hundreds of you set up goals on Mint.com. Thousands more made a...

Be Happy, Spend Better, Save More

You’ve known since childhood that money doesn’t lead to happiness—but can happiness lead to money? Laura Vanderkam, author of the upcoming book All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending, says yes. “Smart...

The Truth About My Debt

My husband and I paid off $30,000 in credit card debt after we were married. What got us, and kept us, in that much debt? A flawed sense of what was normal, i.e. entitlement. We didn’t walk around feeling “entitled” to anything—not consciously....

Balancing Santa, Kids & Budget

When I answered my seven-year-old’s Christmas request for an iPod Touch recently with a “no” (and a side of “are you kidding me?”), he shot back: “But you don’t even have to pay for it! It’ll be from Santa.” I was temporarily stumped, but I...

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