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  • 14 Winter Home Improvements That Save You Money US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:09 PM EST

    The polar vortex already seems to have descended with a vengeance on much of the U.S. this year, setting records for low temperatures and threatening to send utility bills skyrocketing. While you can't ...

  • 5 items to donate for a charitable tax deduction US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:32 AM EST

    It's that warm and fuzzy time of year when you may be thinking of donating to charity. After all, you're a good person. It's the right thing to do. And sure, there's also a little matter of getting a tax ...

  • How to feel secure in retirement US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:26 AM EST

    When I retire I don't want to worry about anything. I want to spend my hard-earned free time doing whatever I want for as long as I want. I have done more than enough worrying along the way. Retirement ...

  • 5 habits that make you sound young and unprofessional US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:04 AM EST
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    Ah, to be young. There are many benefits to youth: fresh ideas, wrinkle-free skin, boundless energy and the glow of having your whole career ahead of you. However, sounding young in person and through ...

  • How to roll over a 401(k) in 4 easy steps US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:59 AM EST
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    Rolling over your employer-sponsored 401(k) plan is almost as easy as falling off a log. Follow these steps, financial advisors say, and you'll get this task done smoothly, quickly and accurately. "Rollover" ...

  • Should You Choose a Pension Buyout? US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:49 AM EST

    The news media has been flooded with stories revealing pension buyout initiatives from major corporations. Once perceived as the stable, secure constant of the large employer-employee relationship, pensions, ...

  • How to Score Savings This Holiday Season US News - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 9:14 AM EST

    The National Retail Federation expects retail sales in November and December to increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, representing approximately 19 percent of the industry's total annual sales. But big ...

  • If you've gotten cozy with the health insurance plan you purchased through healthcare.gov for 2014 and have no desire to shop around, you might be in for a rude awakening. That's because the complicated ...

  • How to Host Thanksgiving for Under $50 US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:23 PM EST

    Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and savvy hosts are already planning the menu and stocking up on favorite ingredients. The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that the average cost for a 10-person ...

  • What Type of Child Care Can You Afford? US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 1:52 PM EST

    If you're looking for quality child care, you know it can be a time-consuming, overwhelming process. While there are many competent child care services and professionals, there are also many subpar ones ...

  • How to Break Up With a Reference Requester US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:05 PM EST

    The relentless wail of your alarm clock. The botched lunch order, with mayo very much not on the side. What little things elicit a silent groan of distress? How about an email from Doug, that guy you sort ...

  • Why Your Company Should Allow Pets in the Office US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:29 AM EST

    If you're tired of your co-workers or boss barking orders at you , maybe it's time to suggest that the company adopt a policy to allow dogs in the workplace. While there is a great divide between pet lovers ...

  • 5 Questions to Ask When You Rebalance a Portfolio US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:13 AM EST

    With the new year only a matter of weeks away, investors can get a jump start on rebalancing their retirement portfolios for 2015, as long as they analyze their portfolio's performance for 2014. It's wise ...

  • 5 Ways to Whip Your Budget Into Shape for the Holidays US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    The holiday shopping season officially kicks off the Friday after Thanksgiving. There is no better time than now to gear up and tackle your holiday budget planning so you can avoid that holiday shopping ...

  • How to Save Money on Your Thanksgiving Groceries US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:00 AM EST

    Thanksgiving is one week away, and whether you're hosting a house full of people or traveling to see relatives, chances are you're starting to make preparations. The costs for this annual meal can add ...

  • Find Networking Opportunities as a Part-Time MBA Student US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Networking and career development are two important parts of the MBA experience. But for part-time students, finding the time to connect with business professionals can be hard to squeeze in. Take Penni ...

  • Be Thankful for These 6 Workplace Rights US News - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Don't take your workplace rights for granted. This Thanksgiving, if you're thinking about what you're thankful for, don't forget to think about your workplace. Even if you're not thrilled with your job ...

  • 7 ways to cut holiday shopping costs US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 12:56 PM EST
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    Whether you're a last minute shopper or like to plan ahead, you could probably use some help reducing your holiday shopping costs . Here are ways to use apps and other tools to keep your spending under ...

  • 5 job benefits that sound better than they really are US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:57 AM EST
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    These five benefits don't always deliver in the way you might expect.

  • 10 rules for Black Friday US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:36 AM EST
    "Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season

    Black Friday used to be a one-day shopping event for many retailers, but over time, with Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday coming into the mix, it's become a big weekend-long shopping event. With ...

  • The Truth About Growing Up 'American Middle Class' US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:34 AM EST

    In her album "American Middle Class," country artist Angaleena Presley describes what it feels like to grow up without enough money for name-brand clothing as the daughter of a coal-mining father. ...

  • 5 Ways to Put Money to Work for You US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 9:52 AM EST

    Most of us need to work in order to get money. But your money can also work for you. In fact, your money can do most of the work to help you retire comfortably if you save and invest consistently. Here's ...

  • 8 Tips for Writing an Email People Will Actually Read US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 9:39 AM EST

    Think about how many emails you get in a day. What is it about a message that makes you open it and skim the content? Every person has a different set of priorities and preferences, but there are some ...

  • 10 Essential Websites for Black Friday Deals US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 9:05 AM EST

    It's the day after Thanksgiving and all through the land, many people were shopping and spending a grand. Black Friday can be an opportunity to find incredible discounts for the items on your holiday shopping ...

  • This year, shoppers are all about the best deal. When it comes to choosing one retailer over another, 8 in 10 shoppers say their biggest incentive is whether the store offers a good deal or coupon, according ...

  • 10 Ways to Ace Your Workday Before It Begins US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    What do you think Muhammad Ali was doing the night before he fought Joe Frazier? How do you think Barack Obama spent the morning before the State of the Union? And what do you think Beyoncé was up to before ...

  • The Real Retirement Crisis US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Financial advisors and planners know the issue all too well, as do retirement experts: There is a pressing need for Americans to contribute to a 401(k) , individual retirement account or some sort of structured, ...

  • The Pros and Cons of Job Comfort US News - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    When you're comfortable in your job, it can be both a blessing and a curse. Job comfort can mean security and career advancement , but it can also mean boredom, depression and existential crises. Here ...

  • After Shannon McNay graduated in 2006 with an English degree from Northern Kentucky University, she worked as a waitress, bank teller and an office manager on Wall Street. But none of those jobs used the ...

  • Retire to Sunshine and Great Beaches in Malaga, Spain US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:13 AM EST

    Malaga is a wonderfully picturesque city on Spain's Costa del Sol that is sandwiched between the looming Montes de Malaga and the azure Mediterranean. It's right in the middle of Europe's most tourist-heavy ...

  • 5 issues to face before you retire US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:10 AM EST
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    There are a few issues you need to address if you're planning to retire. If you're already retired, and you haven't resolved them, you should get on them right away. If you don't take stock now, you risk ...

  • Find the Real Investment 'Pro' in Your Mirror US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 9:41 AM EST

    In most areas of human endeavor, we use the term "professional" to refer to someone whose educational background and skill level give him or her a level of expertise worthy of admiration or deference. ...

  • 7 Things You Can Learn From a Company's Website US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 9:01 AM EST

    In your effort to find the right job and advance your career, you will need to learn a lot about many potential employers. When you take the time to research companies, you'll be able to strengthen your ...

  • 8 Ways to Tackle Winter Money Challenges With Ease US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    With the mercury already plummeting in some parts of the country, it's time to jump into some wintertime financial upkeep . That means preparing for winter expenses, which include holiday shopping, travel ...

  • 5 Alternatives to 'To Whom It May Concern' US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    If you're writing another cover letter and blindly reaching out to a recruiting department, "To Whom It May Concern" may feel a little tired. Well, that's because it is. Would you like to receive ...

  • How Millennials Can Overcome Hurdles to Homebuying US News - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Your neighborhood is probably missing something. You may feel it lacks sidewalks or stop signs, but what it probably doesn't have many of are millennials, a generation that generally includes those born ...

  • Before you stuff, truss, roast, carve and consume this year's celebratory turkey, take a moment to learn a few unexpected truths about the main course. From its origins in North America, to its circuitous ...

  • Some Colleges May Use the FAFSA in Unexpected Ways US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 11:57 AM EST

    College applicants can demonstrate their desire to attend a school by visiting campus, interviewing with admissions counselors and following up on their applications. But they may not know that colleges ...

  • How to Save Money on Business Services US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:25 AM EST

    When you run your own small business from home, it can become quite costly to pay for business services , since those expenses fall on your shoulders, not your employer's. There are roughly three million ...

  • How to Assess Your Cultural Fit Within Prospective Companies US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:20 AM EST

    You know looking for a job requires you to demonstrate your skills and accomplishments. You've put together your résumé and practiced answering questions about your five-year plan. You even have a great ...

  • 5 Ways Gift Cards Can Save You Money US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:11 AM EST

    For the last several years, gift cards have been the most popular gift to give and receive. With the many options for products, activities and downloads, gift cards have certainly made it easier to shop ...

  • The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a 529 US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 9:51 AM EST

    You know you need to save for your child's college education. You have had a general savings account established since her birth, but now you're hearing you need to look into investment options too. Where, ...

  • Don't forget these year-end retirement planning tips US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 9:35 AM EST
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    You only have a few weeks left to make a 401(k) contribution that will get you a tax deduction on your 2014 return. The deadline is also rapidly approaching for retirees to take required minimum distributions ...

  • How to Invest in Technology Stocks US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST
    Apple stock headed to $120 per share: Pro

    Warren Buffett may shy away from investing in technology companies, but many Americans are captivated by the idea of owning a piece of "the next big thing." After all, advances in information ...

  • Who knew that with the promotion, spiffy new business cards and ceremonious LinkedIn update , your management position would also come with Bill's terrible grammar that someone (who, me?) should probably ...

  • How to Get Better Black Friday Deals US News - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 8:55 AM EST

    Membership cards have nothing to do with camping out early or pushing your way through the crowds, but they can be secret weapons when it comes to conquering the chaos of Black Friday . To snag some of ...

  • $6 million in one year. That's how much money Taylor Swift was expected to make from people streaming her songs on music streaming service Spotify in 2014. Most musicians would welcome that, but not Swift. ...

  • 5 Potential Social Security Fixes US News - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST

    Social Security's tax revenue and trust fund reserves will provide enough cash to pay out promised benefits until 2033. After that, the trust fund will be exhausted and incoming payroll taxes will only ...

  • Is Your Home in a Growing or Dying Neighborhood? US News - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:34 PM EST

    When you buy a house in a good neighborhood, you want to make sure the neighborhood stays that way. Everything changes, naturally. Just look at your grandparents' photos of the 1958 Buick with the oversized ...

  • 18 Tips for Finding a Reliable Home Contractor US News - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:10 PM EST

    For most homeowners, the hardest part of any home renovation project isn't the work itself, it's finding a competent and reliable contractor to do the job. Installing kitchen cabinets, knocking down a ...

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