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  • Surprising Tax Deductions @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 6:30 PM EST

    Okay, admit it: As you've struggled with your tax return, trying to come up with some extra deductions to pump up your refund or reduce what you owe, you've taken a few flights of fancy. "Can I claim ...

  • 7 Things to Pack to Save on Your Next Trip @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 5:20 PM EST

    Keep these items in your carry-on to help trim the cost of travel

  • Best Doorbuster Deals for Thanksgiving Day @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 4:10 PM EST

    You'll find deep discounts on TVs, tablets, laptops, smart phones and more the day before Black Friday.

  • How to Save on Your Thanksgiving Feast @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST

    Use these strategies to cut the cost of a big bird for your big holiday meal.

  • 7 Stocks Under $10 Worth Buying @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:20 AM EST

    When a stock costs less than dinner at a fast-food joint, there's almost always a reason. The company may be losing money, experimenting with unproven technology or have its future riding on the outcome ...

  • Best Apps for Holiday Shoppers @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:20 AM EST

    These nine free mobile apps will help you save time and money when shopping for gifts.

  • Take a Tax Break for Decluttering @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    Mind these tax rules when cleaning out your home and donating to charity.

  • How to Make the Most of Your Charitable Giving @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    Consider where--and when--your charitable contributions will have the most impact.

  • Gifts That Keep on Giving @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 3:10 PM EST

    This holiday season, give the gift of greater spending power with something more fun and thoughtful than a stocking full of cash. Consider our annual list of personal gifts that will save the recipients ...

  • 9 surprising things that are taxable Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST
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    If you've picked up some extra cash through luck, skill or criminal activities, there's a good chance you owe taxes on that money as well. Here are nine things you may not know are taxable.

  • 13 Stocks That Benefit From Lower Oil Prices @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:50 PM EST

    The bargains aren't just at the gas pump. These stocks will prosper as energy prices fall.

  • Small-Business Success Story: Profiting on the Family Dairy Farm @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    A former real estate portfolio manager joins her sisters to make artisanal cheeses.

  • 14 things not to buy during the holidays @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 4:51 PM EST

    The deals on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, not to mention discounts throughout November and December, are tempting. But some potentially pricey items that may be on a family member's holiday ...

  • Service providers you should tip for the holidays Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 4:16 PM EST
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    Also consider including a handwritten note, specifying what you appreciate about the person and her services, says Diane Gottsman, etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Texas.

  • Find the Right Nursing Home @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    These five steps will help you pinpoint the facility that will best serve your loved one's needs.

  • How to Avoid the Medicare Surcharge @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 11:40 AM EST

    If your income is too high, you could pay a lot more for your monthly Part B premiums. But you may be able to get the surcharge reduced.

  • 9 Things You Must Know About ETFs @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    There's no question that exchange-traded funds are becoming a big part of the investor's toolkit. Assets in ETFs and similar exchange-traded products are now approaching $2 trillion, nearly 10 times what ...

  • Great Cars for Every Driver @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    As part of Kiplinger's annual best list , which rounds up the year's best financial products and services, we selected the top vehicle for eight types of drivers. There's something here for everyone -- ...

  • Best Stocks, Funds and Investment Advice @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    As part of Kiplinger's annual best list , which rounds up the year's best financial products and services, we selected not just stocks and funds, but information sources that shape our thinking--and that ...

  • Housing Market Will Improve in 2015 @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 11:00 PM EST

    The lagging sector is new single family homes, where a shortage of skilled labor and buildable lots is holding back construction.

  • Ways Retailers Get Us to Spend More @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:20 AM EST

    When it comes to shopping, your subconscious mind makes the decision to buy several seconds before your conscious mind is aware of it. Tools of the trade include eye-tracking technology, electroencephalograms to measure electrical activity in the brain, and functional magnetic resonance imaging, tracking blood flow in …

  • Smart Year-End Moves to Trim Your 2014 Tax Bill @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    If you act before New Year's Day, you can limit what you owe the IRS.

  • The Four Best Investment Newsletters for Funds @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    All of my favorites have delivered superior risk-adjusted returns over the long haul.

  • 6 Stocks to Cash In on the Capital Spending Boom @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    These companies will prosper as corporate America starts to upgrade and replace plants and equipment.

  • Best and Worst Buys at Warehouse Clubs for the Holidays @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    Here are seven things you need for the holidays that are deals at warehouse clubs, and seven things to buy elsewhere.

  • 8 Things Not to Keep In Your Wallet This Holiday Season @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    You're doing your holiday shopping in the midst of those distracting sales and crowds. These are the moments when identity thieves will strike. With just your name and Social Security number, identity thieves can open new credit accounts and make costly purchases in your name. If they can get their hands on (and doctor) …

  • 6 Ways to Make the Most of Obamacare Open Enrollment for 2015 @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    If you buy your health coverage on the exchanges, take these steps to make sure you get the best possible policy in 2015.

  • Cars that Refuse to Die @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    Betcha it's a Honda Accord. Combine reliability and best-selling status--a true virtuous cycle--and you get ubiquity. Exactly what it is about Honda that provides such durability is the subject of much debate (and much corporate envy/espionage involving Honda's design and manufacturing processes). Look up Honda Accord …

  • Urban Myths of Personal Finance @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 11:40 AM EST

    Here at Kiplinger, our mission is to debunk such hokum, so you can prosper by following tried-and-true principles of effective wealth creation and asset management. One in four Americans ages 30 to 49 are saving NOTHING for retirement, and more than half -- 59%! -- say they plan to save more aggressively "later" to make …

  • 4 Ways the Strong U.S. Dollar Helps Investors @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 8:16 AM EST

    It's crazy to buy European bonds when the euro is losing value and you can get at least a percentage point more yield from Uncle Sam.

  • Best Travel Apps for the Holidays @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 4:10 PM EST

    We found 13 apps that can help take the hassle out of getting around this holiday season.

  • The most overlooked tax deductions Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 10:40 AM EST
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    Cut your tax bill to the bone by claiming all the breaks you deserve.

  • Is Cash an Appropriate Wedding Gift? @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    If you're put off by a couple requesting money instead of traditional gifts, consider an alternative with which you'd be more comfortable.

  • 6 Things You Must Know About Holiday Tipping @ Kiplinger - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    Express your gratitude to the people who help you all year.

  • 11 Ways to Waste Money During the Holidays @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 3:20 PM EST

    In fact, consumers are expected to spend about $804 on average, this year on gifts, decorations, greeting cards, food, candy and more, according to the National Retail Federation. Because most people tend to buy things for themselves while doing their holiday shopping, you should factor a gift for yourself into your budget, …

  • 20 Ways to Earn Extra Cash for the 2014 Holidays @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    Don't leave smart phones, tablets, computers or game consoles you're no longer using in a desk drawer or the back of a closet. Sell used smart phones and Apple products at Gazelle.com and get paid by check, PayPal or an Amazon gift card. BuyMyTronics.com pays cash for smart phones, digital cameras, tablets, game consoles …

  • 2015 Outlook for Investors @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    The longer and higher share prices advance, the harder it is to find good companies selling at attractive prices. But they're out there.

  • What to Buy at Dollar Stores for the Holidays @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST

    Save money by purchasing these 10 things for just a buck.

  • Boost Returns With Bond Index Funds @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:30 AM EST

    Index funds' low fees take a smaller bite out of meager yields.

  • Best Accounts at Banks and Credit Unions @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    Whether you're looking for free checking or high yields on your balances, we've pinpointed the top options.

  • Reverse Mortgages for New Home Buyers @ Kiplinger - Thu, Nov 13, 2014 8:11 AM EST

    Buy a new home in retirement without a mortgage payment.

  • 10 Best Values in All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 7:00 PM EST

    When you have to drive on the white stuff--or, worse, a wintry mix--you want to feel confident that you can get where you're going. All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive can give you that assurance. With ...

  • Best Mutual Funds for Aggressive Investors @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 9:20 AM EST

    Check out our picks below -- they're our 10 favorite stock mutual funds for aggressive investors. Rather, the ten funds -- six of which are members of the Kiplinger 25, the list of our favorite no-load funds -- focus on various corners of the stock world, from plain-vanilla small-company stocks to health care stocks to …

  • 10 Best Personal-Finance Tools to Better Manage Your Money @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    Take control of your finances with these budgeting and credit sites, tax software, health care tools and more.

  • Best Credit Cards You Can Get Now @ Kiplinger - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    Our picks offer cash back, rewards and even a prepaid option.

  • 10 Best Financial Benefits for Military Families @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 9:20 AM EST

    Members of the military have a lot of special financial challenges that most people don't encounter. The Thrift Savings Plan charges an annual expense ratio of just 0.029% of assets -- whereas annual fees and expenses for 401(k) plans range, on average, between 1% and 2%. You can invest up to $17,500 in the TSP in 2014, …

  • Veterans Day 2014 Freebies @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 9:20 AM EST

    Businesses will show their appreciation for members of the military with these special offers.

  • How to Be a Better Investor @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    When I feel a passion to buy or sell a stock or fund, I question my impulse and test whether the opposite position isn't better.

  • The Fed's Rate Forecast Is Too High @ Kiplinger - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 8:10 AM EST

    Powerful economic forces, such as sharply lower growth in the labor force, are pushing interest rates down.

  • Best Things to Wait Until Black Friday to Buy @ Kiplinger - Mon, Nov 10, 2014 1:50 PM EST

    You'll find the best prices on these seven items during what's traditionally the biggest sale of the year.

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