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How to Find a Happy (Safe) Home Swap

Thousands of travelers the world over use home swaps as a way to afford a terrific vacation that might otherwise be out of reach. But how do you know you’re not walking into a scam, 3,500 miles from home? Choose the right site. To pick a reliable...

Drive Down Car Costs With Spot Rentals

You’ve heard of Zipcar, but car-share options are multiplying around the world, with traditional guys like Hertz—and hyper-local companies—getting in on the act. Expect to pay a one-time application fee of about $25, and an annual membership fee...

3 Experts Help Grow Your Emergency Fund

You’ve set up your emergency fund and socked away enough to quell most of your panic. But be honest: Did you reach your target of three to six months’ worth of expenses? If you’re laughing (or sobbing) right now, that’s not a good sign. Here,...

Taming Bad Financial Instincts

For years, whenever I tried to save money, it seemed to melt like snow in my hot, spendy little hands. Then I discovered the miracle of behavioral economics: the study of why we do crazy things with money—and how to stop. The first principle that...

Don't Be Caught Dead without this Estate Planner

Recent force majeure tragedies—from the quake in Japan to the tornadoes in the South—remind us that we can’t let fear keep us from preparing for disasters and sudden life changes. One way to conquer your anxiety is focus on the practicalities—and...

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...

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