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9 Depression-Era Frugal Habits You Need to Pick Up

Scrimping and saving was a necessity during the Great Depression, when unemployment in the US skyrocketed to 25 percent. Although we are seeing better times, we can always take a page from that era and practice some of those thrifty habits....

Money Goals You’ll Actually Stick To

Would you believe that amassing as much wealth as possible over a lifetime might not be everyone’s goal? Why not? Because personal finance, as its name suggests, is very personal. Money means something different to each of us, and we all have...

Are Your Friends Hurting Your Finances?

You might have your own finances under control, but if your friends engage in bad money habits — from overspending to leaning on you for financial help — it could spell trouble for you and your bank account.  If you have friends who are having...

Is Investing in Options Too Risky?

I've heard that options are risky investments. Is that true? How do they work? — Tara, Connecticut  Options have the unfair reputation of being considered riskier than other investment vehicles. For instance, in a book written by a well-respected...

6 Millionaire Myths Debunked

Many people believe that — while it’d certainly be nice — they’ll never become millionaires. That it’s an utterly unattainable dream.  The truth is: Hitting the $1 million mark is more attainable today than ever — and more important. That’s...

The Secret to Successful Budgeting? Splurge a Little

When the birth of my second child left me completely overwhelmed, and a bit depressed about the monotony of my life, I instituted a new house rule: Mommy doesn’t cook on Friday nights. The (nearly) three-meal-a-day routine had worn on me when my...

Is Your Bank Account Keeping Up With You?

Significant life events trigger changes in our spending behavior. For the recent grad, jeans and tees make way for suits and dress shirts. A couple with a newborn may need a larger car to accommodate a car seat. And empty nesters might look to...

What Are the Most Tax-Advantaged Ways to Save for Retirement?

My husband and I are maxing out our 401(k) and IRA contributions. Are there other tax-advantaged places we could be putting more money away? What options do we have to save more for retirement? We are debt free, with the exception of the...

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