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Consumers Don't Know Personal Finances

Gail Cunningham

When we were in school, an average or failing grade would have meant big trouble for us at home, often resulting in our parents putting us into "time-out" -- and that may be just what some fiscally irresponsible adults need. An NFCC survey allowed consumers to grade themselves on their knowledge of personal finance, and 34 percent -- more than 7... more

It's Not Rocket Science: Save for Your Future



Jobs reports blah blah, foreign markets blah blah, commodity prices blah blah, municipal bonds blah blah. If that's how you see investing news, don't fret. Wading into the sea of investments and markets information can be murky. Many beginning investors don't need to understand all the complicated details to decide how to save for the future.... more

3 Ways to Help Make the Most of Your 401(k)

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Help boost your retirement savings by following a few simple guidelines. You hear it over and over -- and that's because it's so important: Pay yourself first. You may be living paycheck to paycheck, but if you have the chance to participate in your employer's retirement plan, don't pass it up. The benefits of building your retirement savings ... more

Planning Your Perfect Summer Staycation

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As a resident of the same state and same city for the better part of my life, I sometimes think about what it's like for tourists to see the skyline or the Rocky Mountains for the first time. I try to conjure up the same feeling of newness and unfamiliarity that I get when I go on vacation. But the truth is, it's hard to appreciate your surroun... more

How to Take Charge of Your Family Budget

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Jeff Rose

Before we had our first son, I was terrified of how much it was going to increase our monthly expenses. We were decent at managing our finances, but I suddenly felt that I had holes in all my pockets and all our money would just fall off into the new baby abyss. I'm sure other families feel this pinch and are constantly looking for ways ... more

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