Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Saving for the holidays, how to manage your finances while having ADHD, and how letting Big Brother ride shotgun could save you money on car insurance. Why You Need to Save Now for Christmas Yes, it’s only September. No, that’s not too early. 5 Years After Financial Crisis: Meet the New Consumer The financial crisis […]

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Something to be proud of

As you may know by now, I won’t be writing for MSN after Sept. 30, when the site pulls the plug on original content. (Translated: instead of paying writers, MSN will be getting its articles for free from other sites.) I don’t know what’s next, but I’m kind of excited by the possibilities that are […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

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Why Generation X needs to accept the inevitable, coping with a layoff, and how the key to financial prosperity could be inside a funeral home. Survey: Gen X seriously short on life insurance Note to Gen Xers: You’re not getting any younger. 3 Ways You May Be Throwing Money Away Without Realizing It Hands off […]

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Are prepaid cards good for an allowance?

Dear Liz: My son is 12 and receives a regular monthly allowance that I’ve been giving to him in cash. I think it might be time for a checking account. I would like to teach him about using a debit card and not overdrawing his account. All the banks that I have called will not […]

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No spouse, no kids. Time to cancel life insurance?

Dear Liz: I am 43 and divorced. I have a mortgage and an auto payment. I fully fund my 401(k) each year and am funding a Roth IRA. I also have emergency savings of $30,000 and a term life insurance policy for $350,000. What I don’t have is children or a spouse. I am thinking […]

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Does charged-off debt disappear?

Dear Liz: I understand that creditors eventually write off unpaid debts and receive a federal tax deduction for the loss. Then they sell that “debt” to a collection agency. However, isn’t the debt rendered void by the fact the original creditor charged it off and got the deduction? So how can collection agencies attempt to […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Why joint accounts aren’t always a good thing, how to raise financially savvy kids, and the psychology behind overspending. 4 Ways Joint Accounts Can Ruin Your Credit Sharing isn’t always a good thing. 7 Personal Finance Tools Every Kid Should Have Starting your kids off on the right financial foot. ABCs of Obamacare: a glossary […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

Which debts you should settle before applying for a mortgage, what to glean from your free credit report, and why crowdfunding is no longer just for opening a new coffee shop. The Right Way to Pay Off Debt to Get a Mortgage Which debts you should pay off before trying to get a mortgage. The […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Surviving unemployment, the pros and cons of taking a personal loan to pay off credit card debt, and where your state ranks on the list of America’s most debt-free. How to survive a job loss Tips on how to get through one of life’s most difficult times. Use Personal Loan to Cut Credit Card Debt? […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Becoming financially savvy at a young age, how to make your money last through your retirement, and how being a football fan penalizes your wallet. Personal Finance Tips for Young Adults The earlier you become financially savvy, the better the payoff. Making your money last through retirement Tips on how to stretch your savings over […]

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