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'How I Escaped College With Zero Debt'

Kali Hawlk | Posted 02.11.2014 | Money
Kali Hawlk

If the average twenty-something has somewhere around $25,000 of debt to their name, then I must be a highly unique member of the millennial generation. I graduated from Kennesaw State University, a fast-growing school in the suburbs of Atlanta, in 2011. It was the same year that the total amount of student loan debt in the U.S. reached a whopping $1 trillion, but when I graduated, I did so as a completely debt-free individual.

Tips To Persevere When Working On Your Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 02.10.2014 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

Healthy credit is such a reward... but sometimes you have to get through the details (and sometimes even a hard phone call or two) to get that reward.

Why Child Care Costs Are the Best Investment

Sandra Shpilberg | Posted 02.10.2014 | Money
Sandra Shpilberg

The cost of child care may be a large percentage of your salary now, but your salary today is a fraction of what it can be in the future if you stay in the workforce, and nurture your career, along with your children.

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your 401(k) Before 2014

Catherine Golladay | Posted 02.10.2014 | Fifty
Catherine Golladay

With Thanksgiving now behind us, the new year is right around the corner. As you begin to consider resolutions for 2014, don't forget there's still time to make some personal finance moves this year that could pay off well beyond 2013.

You're Married. Now What? How To Say 'I Do' To A Solid Financial Future Together

Amandah Blackwell | Posted 02.09.2014 | Money
Amandah Blackwell

While being married has put you in a state of bliss, you need to come down off of your cloud for a minute and have a conversation with your partner about finances. In fact, I'd love to help you and your partner secure a solid and happy financial future together now and forever.

8 Ways To Prevent Unnecessary Spending

SaveUp | Posted 02.09.2014 | Money
SaveUp

If you're trying to save money, but can't seem to stop yourself from spending on indulgences, here are a few tips to help fake self-discipline. Baby steps!

2014 Tax Season Starting Very Soon

Mark Steber | Posted 02.09.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

About 110 million taxpayers got a tax refund last year -- that is about three out of four filers or 75 percent of all taxpayers. A tax refund is a refund of your money -- getting it sooner is always better than getting it later.

The Best Christmas Budget Ever

Amanda Deverich | Posted 02.07.2014 | Money
Amanda Deverich

Overspending is a significant source of stress. Each credit card swipe brings twinges of tension with visions of Christmas bills dancing in the head. ...

6 Biggest Money Mistakes Of College Grads (And How To Avoid Them)

Amanda Abella | Posted 02.05.2014 | Money
Amanda Abella

Graduating from college and entering the real world can easily put you in a state of anxiety. You may have the world at your feet, but that world involves dealing with money -- something many of us were never really taught to do properly.

Investing for Beginners: Basic Investment Terminology

SaveUp | Posted 02.04.2014 | Money
SaveUp

You own part of the company (aka a share in the company). The price of that share can fluctuate given what people think the company is worth (or will be worth) and what they are willing to pay for a share.

Don't Lose Your FSA Dollars

Mark Steber | Posted 02.03.2014 | Money
Mark Steber

You, and many American taxpayers, may be in danger of leaving some of your hard-earned money on the table and otherwise losing some tax benefits you otherwise deserve and can get quite easily.

'Tis the Season... to Start Saving

Diane Morais | Posted 02.03.2014 | Money
Diane Morais

Whatever causes you stress this holiday season -- whether it is juggling family and social obligations, finding the right gift for everyone or planning travel -- a sure way to enjoy the holidays more next year is to establish a savings plan for managing spending in 2014, which will be here before you know it.

4 Questions To Ask When Going Through Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 02.03.2014 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

In a divorce there are a million concerns that are swirling around in your head as you embark on this daunting and overwhelming process. One of the ways to ease your concerns is to be educated about the divorce process.

3 Steps Women Can Take to Stop Stressing About Health Care Costs

Suzanna de Baca | Posted 02.02.2014 | Women
Suzanna de Baca

While we can't control how long we live, which conditions we may develop or exactly what our healthcare will cost, there are some steps women can take to reduce this worry.

Turn Charitable Giving Into Tax Savings This Holiday Season

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 02.02.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

During the holidays, an estimated 75 percent of Americans plan to donate to charity but what many don't realize is that they can turn their generosity into tax savings by claiming a variety of donations on their tax returns.

The Great Debate: Who Should Handle The Money? Men Vs. Women

Patrice C. Washington | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Patrice C. Washington

When it comes to our relationships, money is not the issue many people believe it is. Money, that little green piece of paper in your wallet, in and of itself, is powerless. It's actually what the money represents to two different individuals that can be problematic, as well as their communication or lack thereof around the topic.

P-to the -D to the -O: Three Important Factors to Know Before You Choose Your Affordable Care Act Health Plan

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Shannah L. Compton

Let's take away the politics right now and look at what I feel are the three most important pieces of each health plan that you should understand with no exceptions.

Holiday Money Gifts for Children

Terry Savage | Posted 02.01.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

As you shop for your children or grandchildren this holiday season, don't forget to include some gifts that teach lessons about money and set them on a path to financial learning.

WATCH: My Ex-Husband Depleted My Life Savings

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 12.03.2013 | Divorce

While everyone wants to help a loved one in need, lending money to family members runs the risk of negatively reshaping the dynamic in those relations...

Money Talk at Thanksgiving Dinner

Terry Savage | Posted 01.26.2014 | Money
Terry Savage

As you sit down with your family over the Thanksgiving holiday, there's much more to discuss than football, black Friday deals, and leftovers. In fact, with the family all together, you might get everyone involved in some financial discussions that are difficult to organize at other times of the year.

Know Your Money: Introducing HuffPost Financial Education

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Arianna Huffington

I'm delighted to announce Financial Education, a new HuffPost section in partnership with Bank of America's Better Money Habits initiative. Financial Education will be a hub of stories, advice and tools to help you make informed money management decisions, from planning a budget and reducing debt to improving your credit score and refinancing a mortgage. Financial Education is rooted in the belief that by empowering ourselves to take control of our own financial lives, we can reduce the stress that so often accompanies financial decisions and at the same time improve the parts of our lives that are about so much more than money: our health, our families, our careers, our homes.

Republic Wireless: Game Changer in Revolution against AT&T & Verizon

Don McNay | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"The revolution will put you in the driver's seat. The revolution will not be televised." -Gil-Scott Heron I'm a middle age man with a love/hate affa...

How Uncle Sam Treats Your Extra Cash

Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Money
Lisa Greene-Lewis, CPA

'Tis the holiday season, and that means vacation time, holiday parties and, the most loaded perk, holiday bonuses. But before spending your bonus, find out how much you'll really receive after taxes are withheld.

'Tis the Season ... for Responsible Shopping

Richard Barrington | Posted 01.25.2014 | Money
Richard Barrington

The days are shorter and frost is in the air. It's time for Americans to retreat to the warmth and comfort of their traditional holiday gathering places ... otherwise known as shopping malls.

Here's Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

Linda Tirado | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Linda Tirado

We know that the very act of being poor guarantees that we will never not be poor. It doesn't give us much reason to improve ourselves.