Teach your teen about college costs starting now

Many families struggle to pay college expenses for one or two kids. Certified financial planner Sarah Carlson, mother of two sets of twins, will soon have all four of her children in college at the same time. The older twins are already there, to be joined soon by the younger two. But years ago, Carlson […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 5 good times to shop for almost anything. Also in the news: How one woman ditched $36K of debt, how to nag new coworkers to save for retirement, and saving on airline booking fees by buying your ticket at the airport. 5 Good Times to Shop for Almost Anything Spend a holiday […]

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Q&A: Escaping California’s tax auditors is tough even after leaving the state

Dear Liz: My husband and I will be trying out several different areas after the sale of our Los Angeles area house, which will be some time this summer. What happens if we end up renting in three different states? I’m under the impression that we need to be able to prove that we resided […]

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Q&A: Limiting your rate shopping window

Dear Liz: We’re planning to refinance our mortgage and are concerned about generating multiple credit inquiries which would lower our excellent credit scores. Is there some kind of licensed, bonded ethical middle-agent who could get just one official credit report from each of the three bureaus and then send it to all the lenders I […]

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Tuesday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: Dodge dealership dread with online used car sellers. Also in the news: What first-time home buyers should know about fixer-uppers, how to save for the future when it’s uncertain, and how long it takes for paid debt to be reported to credit bureaus. Dodge Dealership Dread With Online Used Car Sellers Car […]

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How to nag new coworkers to save for retirement

he most important thing you can say to a new hire may well be: “Have you signed up for the 401(k) yet?” An astounding 3 out of 10 workers don’t know whether their employers offer retirement plans, according to a survey by research firm Morning Consult for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. “That […]

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Monday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: 3 sites to help aging parents organize vital details. Also in the news: How much you’ll really pay for that student loan, financial records to keep in your “go bag”, and online games that encourage savings. 3 Sites to Help Aging Parents Organize Vital Details Keeping important documents straight and accessible. How […]

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Q&A:Ready to retire? If you’ve saved 8 times your salary by age 60, maybe

Dear Liz: I keep reading about how much money one should have saved at various ages to comfortably retire. These are usually a multiple of your annual salary. Do these projected amounts factor in whether you are single or married with a single income? Or if you still have a mortgage? What about having to […]

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Q&A: About the ex’s Social Security

Dear Liz: I’ve been divorced since 2004. My ex received half of all my pension funds and lives off that and his Social Security. I have not yet drawn Social Security, but I am retired. Am I eligible to receive part of his Social Security? How does that work? Answer: Yes, if your marriage lasted […]

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Friday’s need-to-know money news

Today’s top story: What first-time home buyers should know about fixer-uppers. Also in the news: Tips – and warnings – for growing your own cannabis biz, how to figure out if that personal finance advice is nonsense, and why Americans are losing sleep over money. What First-Time Home Buyers Should Know About Fixer-Uppers Beware of […]

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