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'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 01.25.2014 | 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.

How to Stretch Your Thanksgiving Dollar

Jeanette Pavini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Money
Jeanette Pavini

Want some good Thanksgiving news? Here's how much the AFBF predicts you'll spend on each dish and how you can save a little bit extra.

How to Sabotage Your Retirement in 3 Easy Steps

Jeff Rose | Posted 01.25.2014 | Money
Jeff Rose

Most of us say that we want a successful retirement. Unfortunately, too many of us don't think things through, and could end up unprepared for retirement. It's remarkably easy to wreck your retirement years.

Little Steps To A Big Change: 5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Credit In 15 Minutes Or Less A Day

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Jeanne Kelly

Improving credit scores has never been more important, but there is one reason why some people simply do not improve theirs: They have the misguided notion that it will be too difficult and take too long to make the positive changes necessary.

Cover Your Ass-ets

Steve DiFillippo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Steve DiFillippo

Nobody is perfect, and always remember the interests at stake are yours. Keep your eyes open. Ask tough questions. Explore your options. Make changes when you have to. The responsibility for covering your ass-ets ultimately lies with you.

The World Needs Financial Education.. Here's Why

Salman Khan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Salman Khan

I started Khan Academy to help my cousins in math while my day job was being an investment analyst. It didn't take long, however, to realize that the same tools I was using to explain math could be helpful in finance as well.

Why I Lie to My Parents About How Much I Make

LearnVest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

I realized that if I continued to bail my parents out, nothing would ever change for them. They needed to get on a better financial track, and coming to their rescue wasn't going to help them do that.

Obama Care and Me

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Susanne Mentzer

Why am I writing all this? Everyone has an Obama Care story and this is mine. I hope our legislature will soon grasp that the ranks of the self-employed are responsible, valuable members of society and should not be swept under the rug.

Insurance Industry Fails With Unpaid Death Benefits

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 01.23.2014 | Money
Wm. Scott Page

While recent legal action by states should lead to better business practices by insurance companies, we know that some death benefit payouts will fall through the cracks. Anyone who has invested time and money in a life insurance policy owes it to themselves and their beneficiaries to help ensure their death benefits are paid out on time.

Could Your Finances Survive a Harsh Winter?

Richard Barrington | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Richard Barrington

Winter is coming. That's both a fact of the current season, and a catch phrase from the Game of Thrones television series. Game of Thrones is set in ...

Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

If you're like most people, the recession took a toll on your finances and probably your credit score. So how do you get it back to where it needs to be? There are a couple quick and simple ways to you can raise your credit score now.

A Prescription for a Healthier 401(k)

Catherine Golladay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Catherine Golladay

Taking the time to give your 401(k) an annual check-up now, while benefits are top-of-mind, can help put you on course for a healthier retirement.

Heading to Divorce Court With a Prenuptial Agreement

Alton Abramowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Alton Abramowitz

People are finding that as their investments and assets begin increasing in value in the aftermath of the Great Recession, they are becoming more adverse to sharing these gains in a potential divorce.

9 Questions To Ask Your Significant Other Before Saying ‘I Do'

Kathleen Murphy | Posted 11.05.2013 | Weddings
Kathleen Murphy

Imagine if you started discussing your long-term financial goals about the same time you were planning your nuptials. Perhaps if you spent less time thinking, "band or DJ," and more time thinking about investing, your life together could be vastly improved.

Winning the World Series of Retirement Saving

Richard Barrington | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Every sport has its own character. Football is often punctuated by violence. Basketball is highlighted by feats of jaw-dropping athleticism. In baseball, the phrase that comes up often is "grind it out." That's why baseball is the sport most like retirement saving.

Tax Tips for the Last Quarter of 2013

MyBankTracker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Tax time may not be right around the corner, but the last quarter of the year is here, so it's time to get in gear to maximize the potential for tax deductions as the year draws to a close.

Embrace Your Finances and Attain Financial Freedom

Erin Cox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Erin Cox

It is refreshing to finally get honest with yourself and know exactly where you stand. Write out every dollar that you owe and write out the interest rate of each debt. It may not be pretty, but now you can create a plan and feel a sense of control.

How to Save More Money: It's a Matter of Time

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.16.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Americans are living precarious lives. Nearly half of all families -- many with homes and cars and jobs -- are one misfortune away from financial disaster. Why do they lack the foresight to secure their financial futures?

Don't Fall for It: Upsells That Are Not Worth It

MyBankTracker | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business

Sure, we all know that supersizing a meal at a fast food joint is bad for our waistline, but what other product upsells aren't worth the added cost?

3 Lessons From Halloween That Can Be Applied to Your Retirement

Jacob Gold | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jacob Gold

Halloween offers some valuable lessons for your retirement planning. Just as most children await Halloween with glee, many working adults have the same excitement about their retirement day.

Financial Tricks and Treats of 2013

Richard Barrington | Posted 12.11.2013 | Business
Richard Barrington

Halloween is coming up, and the world of finance and economics is ready with a range of rich treats and sinister tricks.

8 Expert Tips to Help You Manage Financial Risk When You Remodel

Fraser Patterson | Posted 01.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Fraser Patterson

Remodeling can be a confusing and stressful process, with most of the stress centering around the amount of money involved and the complex nature of construction projects. Knowing and following these tips to manage the finances of your home remodel can save you from major headaches -- or disasters -- down the line.

6 Apps and Services to Give You the Best Bang for Your Buck

Joseph Polverari | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Joseph Polverari

Financial technology can save you money. Whether helping you avoid pesky fees, misleading subscriptions, or even just saving you time, a new wave of financial tools are gaining traction because, hey, who doesn't want to save money?

4 Bad Money Habits & How to Get Rid of Them

SaveUp | Posted 12.11.2013 | Business

Everybody has their share of bad habits, and financial ones can often be the hardest to identify. Fortunately, once identified, bad money habits can be combatted and kicked with a healthy dose of self-discipline