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Coffee: The cost of a cup

Coffee: Plenty of us swear by our daily caffeine fix. Coffee has to be one of the cheapest addictive substances in the world, and as an added bonus it doesn't give you cancer. 
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Five valuable credit report lessons

What you can learn from checking your credit profile.

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3 ways terrible writing can kill your business

Can you diagnose a company's problems by the way it abuses the English language? More>>

The high stakes game of keeping top talent

Before you forget about LeBron, there's one more lesson to learn. More>>

OMG, I think I've been scammed!

Americans lose an estimated $40 - $50 billion a year to investment scams, according to the Financial Fraud Research Center. And, contrary to popular perception, it’s not just the most vulnerable or gullible among us who fall prey. More>>

Why you need to stop reading resumes

It's 2014. Don't waste your time with this outdated process. More>>

Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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7 simple steps to banish stress from your life forever

We all face stress, and it's what we do when we're stressed that defines the outcome.
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Websites that save you money on hotel rooms

Finding a reasonably priced hotel room is not necessarily a slam dunk in the Internet age. More>>

Study: Cellphone breaks make your employees more productive

A recent study found that short cellphone breaks help to improve employees' moods. More>>

6 questions for your realtor

If you are like most home buyers and sellers, chances are you'll want a qualified real estate agent to help you through the process.
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Rebound from financial pitfalls

4 steps to getting your money affairs back in order.

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Make money off credit card sign-up bonuses

If you could easily make several hundred extra dollars a year with minimal effort, would you do it?
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Why gasoline costs what it does

Pulling up to the gas station can be an exercise in sticker shock, especially if you live in California or New York. But it’s not just the price of crude oil that determines gasoline prices. More>>

Hobby Lobby ruling polarizes the business community

Vacillating between vindication and outrage, business owners are far from unified over the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. More>>

6 extremely effective ways to improve your memory

Who would like to remember more of what they see, hear, and read? Everyone! More>>

Avoid vacation debt by staying home this summer – and still have fun

  Make the most of a staycation with 10 local (and affordable) activities. More>>

How ethical are your employees? Depends what time it is

Research finds that early-rising employees behave less ethically at the end of the day when their energy is low. More>>

Should you double-down on dorms?

Despite skyrocketing tuition (and student loan debt), many young adults are still enrolling in college.
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Why summer Fridays are good for business

Want to boost morale? Flexible working hours, at least during the summer, could help. More>>

Retirement costs: Men vs. women

As the large Baby Boomer generation moves into retirement, identifying and understanding these differences can help couples and singles of both sexes make more accurate financial plans for retirement.
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Save on moving expenses to stay out of debt

Seven strategies to cut relocation costs.

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Avoid the downsides of downsizing in retirement

Many people fantasize about financing a good chunk of their retirement by selling their current home,buying a smaller place and investing the difference for income. In reality, however, they often reap far less profit than they might have hoped. More>>

5 ways to get maximum student financial aid

As the price of a college education continues to soar,many American families are counting on significant outside help to foot the bill.
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Make time for a mid-year money checkup

Now is the time to get finances back on track and dig out of debt. More>>

How to automate job searches and find work faster

 Now that summer is fast approaching and many of you readers out there might soon be looking for employment, we wanted to share one of our favorite tech tricks with you — automated job searching.
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Where should I retire?

While there’s no doubt that money will play a big role in determining your living arrangements in retirement, that role may involve factors you never even considered. In fact, some don’t involve money at all. More>>

Divorcing? The right way to split retirement plans

If you are going through a divorce or legal separation and you or your spouse have money in retirement plans, you will most likely be required to share these assets.
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Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Must-do financial moves for same-sex marriages

Now that the Supreme Court has issued its landmark ruling to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex couples should be hammering out joint financial plans, much like those that heterosexual pairs create when they marry. More>>

eBank or brick-and-mortar bank?

There seems to be a traditional brick-and-mortar bank on every corner of most cities, but also growing are the ranks of ebanks, which provide all their services online.
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Plan a dream wedding on a dime

Say “I do” without breaking the bank.
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Tax breaks for volunteering

By Greg DaughertyTaxes probably aren’t the first thing on your mind when you decide to get involved in a worthy cause. But your volunteer ventures could still earn you some welcome deductions.First, however, make sure that the organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions. As a general rule, churches, synagogues and other religious organizations are eligible, as are nonprofit schools and hospitals. If you’re feeling kindly toward your local, state or federal government, tho... More>>

Home improvements that really pay off

Despite what you see on TV and what the conventional wisdom says, most of the home improvement projects with the greatest return on investment are unglamorous.
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Say good riddance to debt

When you factor in mortgages, car loans, student loans and credit cards, the average American is more than $225,000 in debt. More>>

Garage sale vs. donation

You know you want to get rid of old belongings, but what will get you the biggest bang for your stuff?
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What's the cheapest airfare really?

Want the cheapest airfare around? You'll have to work for it.
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Tips for repaying student loans

Be smart about paying off education debt.
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Simple steps for rebuilding your credit Video included

Perhaps you lost a job and had trouble keeping up with your bills. Or you found yourself with an unexpected expense that ate up your budget. There are a lot of ways one’s credit can take a hit.
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Time to accept credit card offers again? Video included

After mortgages and student loans, credit cards are the biggest source of debt for U.S. households. More>>

4 places to provide money lessons for youngsters

Schools spend a lot of time teaching children reading, writing and arithmetic. Unfortunately, math lessons rarely include a course on how to manage finances.
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5 signs you are ready for home ownership

Owning a home is still many people’s idea of the American dream. Yet purchasing a home still requires a major financial investment and a long-term commitment.
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Test your money smarts

Take this quiz to gauge your financial IQ.
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Reduce your taxes for next year

5 ways to lower your 2014 tax bill. More>>

Make the most of your tax refund

6 ways to use Uncle Sam's check. More>>

Investing 101

Market investment tips for beginners. More>>

Secrets of debt collection agencies

It can be unsettling when a debt collector tracks you down and inquires about repayment. But owing money to a creditor does not place you completely at its mercy. More>>

Cash in on spring cleaning

6 ways clutter-busting can save you money. More>>

6 ways to cut child care costs

Ensure quality care at an affordable price More>>

Tax Tip: Beware of fake IRS emails and phone calls

Tax scams that use email and phone calls that appear to come from the IRS are common these days. These scams often use the IRS name and logo or fake websites that look real. More>>

Tax Tip: The child tax credit may cut your tax

If you have a child under age 17, the Child Tax Credit may save you money at tax time. Here are some key facts the IRS wants you to know about the credit. More>>

Form W-2 missing? IRS can help

Most employers give Forms W-2 to their workers by Jan. 31. If you haven't received yours by mid-February, here's what you should do. More>>

Save money with social media

Find discounts and deals on Facebook and more. More>>

Updated IRS smartphone app now available

Are you on the go but need the latest tax information at your fingertips? There's an app for that. More>>

Report name change before you file taxes

Did you change or a dependent change names last year? If the answer to either question is yes, be sure to notify the Social Security Administration before you file your tax return with the IRS. More>>

IRS small business tax center has everything you need

You don't need to be a tax expert to run a business, but knowing the basics about taxes can help you run it better. More>>

5 simple steps to creating a budget

A budget plays a vital role in helping manage your money, getting out of debt and staying that way. It is also a must for ensuring your long-term financial future. More>>

Romance on a budget

6 low-cost ways to show your love this Valentine's Day. More>>

5 things you need to know about the Affordable Care Act

Learn how health care reform may impact your finances. More>>

Businesses urge change to Obamacare's insurance mandate

Beginning in 2015, U.S. businesses with 50 or more workers must provide health insurance to "full-time" employees, meaning workers who log at least 30 hours a week, on average. More>>

Tax Tip: Top 10 tips about free tax preparation

Each year millions of people have their tax returns prepared for free by volunteers. These volunteers are part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs. More>>

5 steps to protect your credit

Recent data breaches remind consumers to secure financial information. More>>

Get ready for tax season

April 15 might seem a long way off, but tax time has a way of sneaking up on people. Do not wait until the last minute to get your financial documents in order. More>>

5 new year's resolutions for financial improvement

As you resolve to make some changes in 2014, do not forget about improving your financial health. More>>

Make 2014 the year to save money

Whether you are recovering from a holiday spending hangover or simply resolving to do better fiscally in the future, the clean slate of a new year is a perfect time to reassess your finances. More>>

4 bad money habits to break in 2014

Make 2014 your fiscally fittest year yet by kicking these bad money habits. More>>

Make the most of charitable giving and tax breaks

Giving now can save money later on taxes.
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Avoid these 6 holiday spending mistakes

This may be the most wonderful time of the year. But the holiday season also can be one of the costliest. More>>

Save money this holiday season

Avoid a spending hangover with these 5 smart tips. More>>

Financial tips for adults returning to college

Returning to school requires an upfront financial commitment. But college can be affordable when you put these tasks on your personal syllabus. More>>

Keep yourself and your bank account healthy

5 steps to managing medical debt.
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Steps to saving for a down payment

Be smart with your money and move into your dream home sooner. More>>

The DOs and DON'Ts of applying for credit

Understand your risks and obligations. More>>

The changing face of debt settlement

The deeper Americans go into debt, the greater the need for debt relief assistance. If you find yourself in very serious debt, here is what you need to know about getting help. More>>

Financial survival tips for furloughed workers

Many of those who have suddenly find themselves without incomes are facing tough times. These steps can help see you through this lean time. More>>

Manage the costs of pet ownership

If your home is one of the 60 percent of U.S. households that have a pet, here are some things that you can do to ensure the well-being of your beloved furry family member without breaking the bank. More>>

Find your financial footing after bankruptcy

Six tips to get you back on track. More>>

6 financial tips for the savvy single

Taking care of business when you take care of yourself. More>>

How to survive a job loss

Here are 8 tips to help you get through lean times.
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Never too early or too late to plan for retirement

Retirement can sound almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, fewer than half know how much to save in order to maintain something close their current lifestyle. More>>

The company you're keeping on Facebook could affect your credit score Video included

There are a number of valid reasons why you need to keep watch of the people you add and keep on Facebook. More lending outlets are turning to checking social connections online to evaluate people's loan eligibility. More>>

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