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The best way to spend the first 10 minutes of your workday

How you deal with the initial 10 minutes of the workday largely can determine how effective and productive you will be the remainder of the day. More>>

Tax preparer vs. software: How to choose

You've been paying a professional – a CPA, attorney, enrolled agent or other paid preparer – to prepare your tax return. Some of your friends use tax software, an online product or an app. More>>

What are the best healthcare options for your business? For now, there are four

Whether you support President Obama or not, whether you lean to the left or to the right, it doesn't matter: You need to figure out your plan for your business. And for now, I only see four options.

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5 most-valuable NFL franchises

If you follow the NFL, then you probably have a good idea of what team will take the top spot on this list. However, it's not likely that you know what team takes the #2 spot. More>>

Ready to buy a home? Good credit and planning are the keys

9 ways to overcome obstacles to owning a home.

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You can now take guitar lessons in the air: But should you?

In the end, it's a personal balancing act when it comes to in-flight Wi-Fi.

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Tips & secrets you should know when buying groceries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American family spends approximately $6,600 a year on food: $3,977 eating at home and $2,625 eating away from home.  More>>

Get the most from your tax refund

While many Americans abide by a strict budget each month, tax season is the one time each year when the typical filer can expect a sudden influx of cash.  More>>

What Jon Stewart can teach us about becoming successful

When the Daily Show host stepped down, it was all anyone could talk about. Follow his example to build your own legacy.

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6 cost-conscious routes to boosting your home's value

Balance debt and value when choosing home improvement projects.
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Is mystery shopping a real job? Unveiling the mystery


You've likely seen advertisements or documentaries highlighting the business of "mystery shopping."  More>>

Top checking accounts with no overdraft fees

When money is tight and you lose track of your bank account balance, overdraft fees can turn a quick pit stop into a major headache. More>>

Finding love (or just a hookup) using an app could be a massive security threat

According to researchers at IBM, using a seemingly innocent app to find a date may be the devious first step in an evil plan to bring down the company you work for, or even kickoff the next Sony-style cyber attack. More>>

Unemployment may fuel a fifth of suicides worldwide

Being jobless may play a role in about one-fifth of suicides worldwide each year, a new study suggests. More>>

5 remarkably useful apps that will let you keep working in spite of the weather

Worried that Mother Nature may stop you from getting to the office? These apps will help you keep up.

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10 steps to tax preparation

The federal government estimates that 60% of individuals use paid preparers to complete and submit their tax returns. More>>

Rent or sell your home?

How to choose the best way to handle a house you are leaving. More>>

RadioShack files for bankruptcy, Sprint to take over some stores

RadioShack, the consumer electronics retail business that started out 94 years ago, officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. More>>

7 surprising reasons why chocolate is really good for you

Researchers have proven that making chocolate a regular part of your diet can have tremendous benefits for anyone.

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Find the top money transfer services

Sometimes you have to get money to somebody (or yourself) fast. When that happens, one easy way to do it is through a money transfer company.  More>>

Four tips for handling winter slowdowns

Lost amid the news of yet another ice and snow storm in the northeast, Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter.  More>>

Stop beating yourself up for not getting everything done every day

One of the biggest challenges that we all face is the steadily increasing number of things that we have to do on a daily basis.  More>>

How to have a baby without having a financial crisis

6 tips to help new parents put their money in order before bringing a child home


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How long should my resume be?

That's one of the most commonly asked questions in the job-search world. The answer, of course, depends.  More>>

How to plan for your employees' Super Bowl hangovers

Roughly 1.5 million Americans didn't show up to work the day after last year's Super Bowl. Here's how to prevent the big game from sapping productivity at your company.

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Revive these 6 New Year’s resolutions to perk up your tax prep process

There is still time to resolve to make tax day easier this year.

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How bad is my credit score?

If you have really bad credit or really good credit, you probably already know it. But there's that vast middle area where your score is too low to get the best offers. More>>

A beginner’s guide to applying for financial aid

10 things to know when seeking financial assistance for college More>>

The economic impact of better US-Cuba relations

The República de Cuba is not quite at the point where it is ready to become a full-fledged member state of the free and developed world, but it is a lot closer now than it has been in several decades.  More>>

How to get the best mortgage rates

You want to purchase a home. For most people that means getting a mortgage. This is not the time to let somebody else do the shopping for you. More>>

Buried in holiday debt? Pay it off fast

8 steps to eliminate credit card debt and work toward financial freedom in 2015.

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Best ways to save on travel using airline miles

Airlines and their credit card company partners are experts at promoting their programs, but how likely are you to ever cash in?  More>>

Do you know how to beat your broker?

As retail investors, we sometimes forget that our trading capital is our working capital.  More>>

Should you tap into savings to pay off debt?

Many workers are tempted to withdraw money from their retirement accounts when holding debt they want to pay down.  More>>

Apple Pay vs Google Wallet: How they work

Apple Pay and Google Wallet are mostly identical offerings. Apple may be to be easier to use, but Google has a more features. More>>

Get fit while keeping your wallet in shape

If you resolved to get healthier in the New Year, try these eight tips to do it affordably

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4 big trends to watch for at CES 2015

Check out this list of tech one expert predicts will be all over the place at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
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8 ways to make 2015 better financially than 2014

New Year's resolutions to save money can come true this year

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Smartphones may charge up your thumbs

Regular use of touch screens on smartphones changes the way your fingers and brain work together, a new study reveals. More>>

Are U.S. colleges still a good investment?

For decades, there's been an unwritten rule that if you want a good job, you need a diploma from a four-year college.  More>>

Top-ranked personal finance software

As we approach a new year, it's a great time to find good personal finance software to get control over your finances as part of your New Year's resolutions.
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Work steals valuable sleep time, study finds

Chronic sleep loss is rampant in America, and work commitment is a big reason why, new research suggests. More>>

Top resume strategies for new grads in finance

With insight from experts and employers in the world of finance, we've developed some tips to help your resume stand out from all the others. More>>

10 ways to change your spending habits to save big

Planning to save money can bring future peace of mind. More>>

Constant email checks can leave you stressed

Looking for a way to help reduce your stress? Try checking your emails less often, researchers suggest. More>>

How do hotel night auctions work?

Web-based services companies offer consumers coupons, discounts and price comparisons to allow individuals to pay the lowest price for hotels.

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8 federal laws that protect employees

A push for employee rights gained momentum in the 20th Century, resulting in a series of important laws that millions of Americans rely on to this day
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The best credit cards for holiday shopping

Now that you're starting your holiday shopping, you may be wondering which credit cards will give you the best advantages.  More>>

Women can outperform men in financial negotiations

Although people often think of men as better negotiators, new research suggests that women are more effective than men in certain types of financial negotiations. More>>

9 smart tax moves to make before the new year

A little prep now can minimize the pain of paying income taxes. More>>

Top credit cards for airline miles travel

Free travel, free upgrades, free checked bags. Some travel benefits may be had just by holding an airline's co-branded credit card.  More>>

Alternatives to balance transfers

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If you're trying to get rid of high-interest credit card debt, transferring your balance to a lower-interest credit card, or even a card with a promotional 0% APR, isn't your only option. More>>

Tips for finding affordable health insurance

   

There is some good news for those on a budget, however. The ACA provides more insurance options than before. More>>

Best to be honest about your relationship with your boss

Your job performance will be better if you and your boss have the same opinion about your relationship, even if it's a bad one, a new study finds. More>>

10 tips for cutting winter costs

Preparing for cold weather can help keep winter expenses manageable.

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Plan to save this holiday season

Avoid holiday debt and New Year regret by planning ahead.

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Could your job help preserve your aging brain?

Jobs requiring intellectually challenging tasks may help preserve thinking skills and memory as workers age, a new study suggests. More>>

Fixes for 5 common financial mistakes

Keep slip-ups from damaging your credit.

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Save money on holiday meals

10 tips to host a delicious dinner without going into debt.

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End-of-year car buying tips

Score a new set of wheels with less hassle. More>>

The pros and cons of debt settlement

Four years after FTC changes, consumers still need to be cautious.

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Coping with financial stress

5 ways to handle money worries.

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Answers to kids' tough money questions

Smart ways to have the money talk. More>>

Scare up Halloween savings

Halloween has quickly become one of the top consumer-spending holidays. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans spent close to $7 billion last year on costumes, candy, decorations, pumpkins and more.  More>>

Avoid these 5 costly money-saving mistakes

Tips for maximizing your savings potential More>>

Protect yourself against identity theft

More than 13 million Americans were victims of identity-theft fraud last year. The number of victims has increased by half a million people since 2012.  More>>

Unlocking the secrets to a financially happy relationship

Fall is now second only to summer as the most popular time to tie the knot. However, before a couple says, “I do,” it is important to first have a truthful heart-to-heart talk about finances. More>>

Get a handle on medical expenses

Fast action can keep debt under control

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Should you refinance your mortgage?

Weigh the pros and cons before deciding. More>>

HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords

HP issued a voluntary recall, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.”
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The importance of an emergency fund

4 reasons you need to start saving now.

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Co-workers take dim view of women who seek flex time

Women seeking a better work-life balance are less likely than men to be viewed positively by their colleagues, a new study finds. More>>

Should you change banks?

Nearly 20 percent of consumers have considered switching their checking accounts to a different financial institution, a 2012 Consumer Reports survey found.  More>>

Employees benefit from natural light

Natural light during the work day may benefit employees by improving their sleep and quality of life, according to a new study. More>>

Job search do’s and don’ts

7 tips for landing a new job.

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Six financial steps to take when you move

How to avoid letting relocation damage your credit profile More>>

Wider face may give you an edge in negotiations

Successful negotiations may depend on more than diplomacy. When it comes to negotiating, men with wider faces may have an advantage, according to a new study. More>>

Wipe out debt for good

4 keys to free yourself of credit card debt. More>>

Minnesota family ordered off Southwest flight after dad posts critical tweet

Ever tweeted about poor service from a company? Course you have. Ever had any troublesome comeback from it? Probably not. More>>

Five valuable credit report lessons

What you can learn from checking your credit profile.

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Affordable family fun

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7 inexpensive summertime activities.

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Rebound from financial pitfalls

4 steps to getting your money affairs back in order.

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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>>

Save on moving expenses to stay out of debt

Seven strategies to cut relocation costs.

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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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Plan an affordable vacation without going into debt

Stay within your means and still have fun.
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Plan a dream wedding on a dime

Say “I do” without breaking the bank.
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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>>

Tips for repaying student loans

Be smart about paying off education debt.
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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>>

Save money with social media

Find discounts and deals on Facebook and more. 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>>

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>>

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