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10 Money Things You Must Know After 50

(1) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Birthdays that mark a new decade tend to prompt personal reassessment: In your 20s, starting your career may have been your focus. In your 30s and 40s, maybe it was the big goals you wanted to reach with your family.

But by 50, you may already feel like you've got...

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How I'm Saving 40 Percent of My Pay

(4) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 7:18 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one woman shares how she went from being a spendthrift to saving nearly half of her income -- each month.

I've...

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14 Pieces of Wisdom Financial Planners Share With Their Friends

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Wouldn't it be great to have a Certified Financial Planner™ for a best friend?

Just think of all the advice you could get about how you might stay on track financially -- and how to make your money work harder for you.

Since most people don't have that kind of...

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Real-Life Grocery Budgets For 4 Common Households

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Grocery shopping sometimes feels like you're buying a car: Either you marvel at the great deal you got -- or get sticker shock after all the costs are added up.

Complicating matters is that no two grocery budgets are alike. Your spending depends on how big your family is, how...

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I Make 6 Figures -- And I Still Wouldn't Send My Kids to Private School

(48) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:20 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one father explains why he was adamant about sending his kids to public school -- despite being a member...

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How To Budget For Life In The Big Apple

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 6:11 PM

There's no doubt that living in a metropolis like New York City can be exciting. There's never a shortage of entertainment options -- Broadway shows! Concerts! Museums! -- or shiny career opportunities for the ambitious.

But as any current (or former) New Yorker will tell you, it can also be...

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Women and Wages: Is the Pay Gap Smaller Than We Think?

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 2:24 PM

When it comes to the topic of gender equality, there is usually one issue upheld as an indicator of progress, or lack thereof: the wage gap.

According to the latest Census Bureau statistics, in 2013 women earned about 78 cents for every dollar men earned, up a mere...

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How $30K in IVF Treatments Nearly Tanked (and Then Saved) My Finances

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 8:57 AM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

Today, one woman shares how struggling to finance fertility treatments ultimately led to a total money transformation.

My husband, Tom,* and...

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The 8 Biggest Financial Mistakes Newlyweds Make

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 3:52 PM

As Alfredo A. Lopez, 31, approached his first anniversary, he noticed that he and his new wife, Edith, also 31, were spending more than he was comfortable with each month.

In an effort to gently address the problem, Alfredo decided to bring up the tricky topic using an unconventional approach:...

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The Biggest Home-Buying Mistakes 5 Real Homeowners Made

(8) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 3:28 PM

It's next to impossible to get through the home-buying experience completely unscathed. Maybe you accidentally buy a house with mold in the basement (like I did) or you snag a condo across the street from what will soon be a multi-year redevelopment project.

Been through a bad experience? Don't beat...

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My Secret Money Life: I Helped Bankroll My Brother- - and Came to Regret It

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 6:36 PM

In our new "My Secret Money Life" essay series, we're handing over the mic to people who've chosen to keep a financial habit under wraps... until now.

Today, one woman shares why she decided to secretly donate money through her church to help her brother's family -- a decision that she...

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You're Out of Debt, Have Savings, and Are on Track for Retirement. What's Next?

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 10:34 PM

Last time you checked, you carried no credit card balances, had six months of take-home pay saved up in your emergency fund, and had been steadily increasing your retirement contributions every year.

Congratulations! You're one of the lucky, financially diligent few who have your basic financial security numbers --...

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I'm Planning to Retire in My 30s. Here's How

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 1:08 PM

In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses.

We first wrote about Brandon's investing strategy in our story "Investing for Two: How Real Couples Save for...

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9 Money Habits That Will Put You On The Path To Wealth

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 5:04 PM

While a six-figure inheritance or high-paying job can land you in the top 1 percent of earners, it's the little things -- your money habits -- that often make the difference between a life of prosperity and one of constant financial stress.

Just ask LearnVest Planning Services CFP®...

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5 Things You Can Do Every Decade For a Bright Financial Future

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 5:07 PM

We've come up with some of the most important things that will keep you on track for a bright fiscal future. In other words, these are tasks that will set you up to have a great 2014 straight through to 2025.

And since our readers are all unique and in different...

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Balanced Breadwinning: Does It Matter Who Makes More?

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:33 AM

"Girl power" may have been a popular phrase on T-shirts and necklaces in the 1990s. But the truth is that the latter half of the decade actually saw a marked drop in public support for gender equality.

Now, research finds that the trend is reversing course. When it...

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50 Smart Money Tips for Living Your Best Financial Life

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:03 PM

We've certainly amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years covering the money beat -- be it the dozens of "I got out of debt" success stories we've featured to the scores of psychological studies we've covered linking better financial decision-making to behavior change.

We've decided that there is...

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5 Things to Do If You Are Having a Baby and Over 40

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:21 PM

Tobi Kosanke, 50, sometimes wonders what she and her husband, Stefan, were thinking when they decided to have a child in their 40s. Their doctor had told the couple that their prospects at success were slim -- but then along came their daughter, Jemma.

Now 9 years old, Jemma is...

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Paycheck to Paycheck: How 4 Real Single Moms Make It Work

(7) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 8:24 PM

We all know single moms, and single parents, in general -- have it harder.

Earlier this year, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert" -- a documentary film produced by Maria Shriver, chronicling the heroic struggles of one single mom of three, aired on HBO.

...
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5 Common Money Mistakes That Even Good Savers Make

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:31 PM

It's no wonder so many Americans consider saving money their number-one financial struggle: Saving money consistently takes discipline and hard work.

In fact, a survey last year revealed that more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings whatsoever, and half have less than three months'...

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