Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: What is a debt snowball? Also in the news: A 1-week financial fast, why personal finance classes should be taught in college, and how your wallet is becoming the next tech platform. What Is a Debt Snowball? A creative way of tackling your debt. Big money goal? Try a 1-week financial fast […]

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Q&A: Catching up on retirement savings

Dear Liz: I just found out I am cured of cancer. I thought I would be dead in three years and thus did not save very much. I’m 62, single, with no children and an annual salary of $85,000. I’m now contributing the maximum to my employer’s 403(b) retirement plan plus $6,500 to a Roth […]

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Q&A: Finding fee-only financial planners

Dear Liz: Every so often your column mentions an organization that lists financial planners that are fee-only. I cannot find this information on your site. Please keep mentioning this in your column. Answer: You can get referrals to fee-only planners who charge by the hour at www.garrettplanningnetwork.com. If you’re looking for fee-only planners who charge […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Senior checking accounts. Also in the news: The best Earth Day sales and freebies, five reasons why a nearly perfect credit score isn’t enough, and how to file taxes for a deceased love one. What Is a Senior Checking Account? The pros and cons. Best Earth Day Sales, Deals and Freebies Thank […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Using your tax refund to secure your future. Also in the news: Frequent overdrafters lose hundreds in fees, what to do before age 40 to retire comfortably, and how viewing your budget as a circle instead of a list can provide more flexibility. 5 Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Secure […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How paying rent can affect your credit. Also in the news: How to protect yourself from cybercrime while banking with your phone, why you shouldn’t consider something “yours” until it’s completely paid off, and financial strategies for creative types without steady incomes. How Paying Rent Can Affect Your Credit Rent-reporting services can […]

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10 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Saving

Saving money isn’t that hard. What’s hard is keeping money saved. It’s too easy to cut expenses in one area only to spend more somewhere else. Sticking cash into savings won’t help if it comes right back out again. In my latest for NerdWallet, how to trick yourself into savings that actually last.

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Avoiding financial pitfalls in your 20’s. Also in the news: The hidden costs of selling your home, what to do when you haven’t saved for your kid’s college tuition, and the clock is ticking on a popular Social Security strategy. How to Avoid 5 Financial Pitfalls in Your 20s Welcome to the […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: How small choices can have a big impact on your finances. Also in the news: 9 things that can trigger an IRS audit, how to organize your financial documents, and 10 tax breaks for homeowners. Small Choices Have a Big Impact on Your Finances Why some become rich and others stay broke. […]

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Q&A: Fixing a wounded credit score

Dear Liz: My wife and I co-signed on our daughter’s mortgage, then the home went into foreclosure. My wife and I have no debt and a net worth that exceeds $1 million. We purchased our cars with cash and the single credit card we have with a $35,000 limit is paid off in full each […]

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