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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...

Decorate on a Dime

Original artwork is expensive, so many people opt for nothing at all, for fear that DIY solutions will appear cheesy or inelegant. It doesn’t have to be this way. Find prints. As I describe on Mod Nest this week, you can find amazing, inexpensive...

Get a Tax Credit for Saving

It sounds crazy, but you could potentially get a chunk off your tax bill just for having contributed to your retirement plan in 2012. Although most people are unaware of the so-called Savers Credit, according to a recent Transamerica survey, it...

Don't Blow Your Windfall

Last fall, my husband and I got a mini-windfall—a couple hundred bucks sent to us each month as repayment on a loan. Naturally, we vowed to save every dime. Naturally, we didn’t. We spent it. Meanwhile, over at the Money Magazine offices, where...

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