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For Savings 101, Send Your Kid to Sesame Street

How do you teach money lessons so that kids will stop throwing Fruity Pebbles long enough to understand them? If Elmo didn’t top your list of options, you may want to watch his financial debut. For Me, For You, For Later: First Steps to Spending,...

Save Your Refund Thanks to Form 8888

You may have heard that Form 8888 allows you to direct-deposit your tax refund. In fact, the 8888 gives you three powerful ways to save. (Who knew the IRS could make life better?) Not only can you stash your refund in up to three checking or...

Rx for Pesky Medical Claims

If the Affordable Care Act ever comes together, it could give some 44 million uninsured Americans access to health coverage. But it probably won’t stop insurance companies from mishandling one in five claims—or make it any easier to get...

Pay It Forward on Tax Day

Getting your returns files is one reason to look forward to tax day. But it’s a major money day for another reason—it’s the last day you can contribute to your traditional or Roth IRA. That’s right, Uncle Sam kindly gives you until tax day to max...

Burned Out on Fuel Costs?

Gas is up to $3.57 per gallon, nationally, with no relief in sight. While you can’t avoid the pump, you can maximize every gallon. Here, some tips and apps to prevent you from runnin’ on empty. Auto experts at Edmunds.com tested some old road...

5 Ways to Save $500

Until now, we’ve been staunch fans of the Dave Ramsey method, which is to save $1,000 as your minimum cushion. But Liz Pulliam Weston, author of a must-read new personal finance book, The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New...

Want to Save? Think Like Mom

It’s a little uncanny how often money studies echo stuff that Mom told you (or yelled at you) when you were a kid. And while you could argue with Mom, you can’t dispute how much these tricks can help you save.   Don't touch that! It’s natural to...

Know Your Wealth

OK, so why are we here? To build net worth, a.k.a. Wealth. That’s our mission and, from what we gather via reader mail, it’s yours too. Inspired by America Saves Week, Feb. 20-27, let’s embark on a wealth-building plan. Start by getting...

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