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How having fewer, better-quality clothes can bring style and happiness

Cutting back on fast fashion and focusing on quality and classic styles can save money and make life easier.

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Debt Adviser: Can debt collector call friends and family?

I co-signed on a car in 2007, which was repossessed. The loan was forgiven in 2012 and reported on my taxes as income. The taxes have also been paid to the IRS. Read more »

June 16, 2014

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‘Kids to college’ savings programs take root

Like many busy mothers of young kids, Sylvia Suarez never thought too much about college for her two boys, much less saving for it. College simply seemed a long way off. Read more »

June 16, 2014

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Pamela Yip: Make sure your financial adviser is worth what you’re paying

I recently wrote a column about how important it is to pay attention to fees and costs when investing. Read more »

June 16, 2014

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Are half-sized houses the answer to affordable housing?

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Tiny homes — some as small as 300 square feet — provide housing solutions from Chile to Washington, D.C. Read more »

June 15, 2014

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Cutting down: What being a minimalist is all about

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Minimalists may not want a lot of things, but the minimalist culture is growing to new heights. Read more »

June 14, 2014

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Renovation Solutions: Plan your home remodels with your life in mind

Why heat, cool, clean and pay taxes on space that isn’t contributing to you or your family? Many clients feel they need more space, so the first thing they think of is an addition, when many... Read more »

June 13, 2014

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Why aren't millennials getting married? Money

One demographic trend has many millennials feeling as though their future is not fully theirs to conquer. Read more »

June 12, 2014

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4 alternative student-loan repayment options

If you're struggling to make your student-loan payments and haven't looked into alternative repayment options for federal education loans, don't wait any longer. Read more »

June 12, 2014

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The economics of the World Cup

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The World Cup is set to kick off. But what role do economics play? Read more »

June 12, 2014

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Getting a frugal start on summer

Last Friday, I had an amazing realization: It was the weekend, the weather was beautiful, and I had absolutely nothing to do. Great feeling. Read more »

June 11, 2014

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Balancing act: In summer months, search for vacation balance

In a new survey, U.S. office workers were asked whether they typically used all of the paid vacation days they were provided by their company. Fifty-eight percent said "yes," while 39 percent said... Read more »

June 10, 2014

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Dave Ramsey says: Moving jobs? Roll your 401(k) into an IRA

Your new company, if you move it there, will have limited choices for your 401(k). Just roll your money into a traditional IRA. It’s called a direct transfer IRA, and that way there will be... Read more »

June 10, 2014

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Susan Tompor: Baby boomers need to figure out how much to spend in retirement

After raising six children and working nearly 25 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Elroy Grandy says he spent his first few years in retirement spending a bit too much. Read more »

June 9, 2014

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The Journey: Weigh pros and cons before rolling your 401(k) into IRA

Question: What do you think of ETFs? Also, what is your opinion of moving significant funds — one-third to one-half of one’s 401(k) — from an institutional account to a retail... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Social Security Q&A: Disability

What are the requirements for receiving disabled widow’s benefits? Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Study: Drivers’ premiums, credit scores not unrelated

In case you needed another reason to pay your bills on time, a new study by WalletHub has found that credit scores have a surprisingly big influence on what you pay for car insurance. Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Getting Started: Despite low rates, you can find best savings accounts

Interest rates on savings accounts have been close to zero for a while. But if you’ve been building an emergency cash fund or got money as part of a graduation gift this spring, you need to... Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Veterans deal with financial learning curve

When he retired from the Marine Corps in May and became a manager for a defense contractor, Col. Mark Desens knew he was entering new territory in many ways. Read more »

June 9, 2014

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Why you can't find a job, even though the new jobs report says there's a bunch

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The new jobs report shows that more than 200,000 jobs were added and the U.S. has made up for the Great Recession's losses. But still, no one's working. Why? Read more »

June 6, 2014

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How America's love for cars is changing

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Having a car is as American as it gets. Right? Well, maybe not so much anymore. Read more »

June 4, 2014

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Understanding the past, present and future of the Internet

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Trying to understand where the Internet's been, where it is and where it's going? News organizations are here to help. Read more »

June 4, 2014

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Balancing act: Training people to handle flexibility can help workers, companies

I've learned over the years that building balance and managing flexibility don't come naturally to everyone. However, almost everyone benefits from company efforts to promote more balanced lives.... Read more »

June 3, 2014

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Feds to consider paying doctors for end-of-life planning

The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about “advance care planning,” including living wills and end-of-life treatment... Read more »

June 3, 2014

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Dave Ramsey says: Prenuptial agreement can help prevent problems

I always said if you love your money more than you love your spouse, then you’re too immature and selfish to be married. However, I’ve changed my tune on this subject a little bit... Read more »

June 3, 2014

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The Journey: Don’t risk retirement when paying for college education

As graduation season approaches, financial planner Michael Garry often finds his advice to clients balancing retirement and college savings goals falling on deaf ears. Read more »

June 2, 2014

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