Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The top personal financial planning websites. Also in the news: The dangers of free Wi-Fi, how to lower your health care costs, and tips on taxes for freelancers. Top 5 Personal Financial Planning Websites Putting it all on virtual paper. Is Free Wi-Fi Dangerous? Free Wi-Fi can end up quite costly. 5 […]

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Thursday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to avoid currency exchange fees while traveling. Also in the news: How finances can reveal an unfaithful spouse, howto avoid ruining your retirement plan, and why it’s so important to include your digital assets in your estate planning. 5 money saving tips for exchanging currency How to save on fees during […]

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Wednesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: How to purchase a home in a tough real estate market. Also in the news: Keeping your credit cards safe, important retirement milestones, and why you should avoid bad credit loans. How to Buy a Home in a Competitive Real Estate Market Getting the right lender is crucial. The Everyday Household Item […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: 9 ways hotels try to grab your cash. Also in the news: What it costs to close your bank account, how to pay off your high interest credit card debt, and what you need to know before purchasing life insurance. 9 Hotel Gotchas Don’t get caught by surprise while traveling this summer. […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

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Today’s top story: Becoming debt free and staying that way. Also in the news: How to find the leaks in your budget, six ways to become “rich”, and what to do if you need a credit increase. How to Become Debt-Free — and Stay That Way It’s not as impossible as it sounds. How to […]

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Q&A: Work from home jobs

Dear Liz: Are there legitimate “work from home” Internet job opportunities, or are all those advertisements just scams? Answer: You should be skeptical of advertisements in general and particularly advertisements about an area as scam-filled as work-from-home opportunities. Yes, many people make a living working from home. They’re typically employees of companies that allow them […]

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Q&A: How to escape a timeshare

Dear Liz: How do I walk away from a timeshare? It’s paid off but we have yearly maintenance fees that are now $3,600 each year. This will be prohibitive in retirement, and it’s quite a burden now. The developer won’t let us give it back, and we can’t sell it because the resale companies are […]

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Q&A: How to fund a Roth IRA

Dear Liz: I have quite a bit invested in stocks in a regular brokerage account. I’ve held them for many years, and to sell them would mean huge capital gains taxes. I’d like to move some of these into a Roth IRA, so that I can avoid paying taxes on their appreciation and dividends, since […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: The biggest mistakes car buyers make and how to avoid them. Also in the news: How to land your dream home this summer, saving big on your wedding expenses, and how we can learn from the money mistakes of celebrities. 5 Mistakes Car Buyers Make Pay attention to how long you’ll pay. […]

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Our apartment in Paris

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We’ve settled into our home for the next few weeks: a comfortably funky 3-bedroom apartment on the top of an older building not far from the Moulin Rouge. Travelers will tell you that if you’re planning to stay more than a few days here (and indeed in many major cities), it makes a lot more […]

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