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  • 12 Simple Ways to Save Money on Health Care US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 2:26 PM EST

    The Affordable Care Act has given more Americans access to health insurance, but many of those plans come with high deductibles -- which are also becoming more common in employer-provided plans. The average deductible for workers with employer-provided health insurance grew from $826 in 2009 to $1,217 in 2014, according …

  • What Employers Look for in Older Workers US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:57 PM EST

    If you're over age 50 and looking for a job, it helps to know what employers want. A recent Society for Human Resource Management and Sloan Foundation survey of 1,913 human resources profes­sionals asked what companies are looking for in older employees. Here's how older workers can impress potential employers. The majority …

  • Jobs With the Best Salary Potential US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 12:43 PM EST

    For example, in its 2015 Salary Guide, the staffing firm Robert Half predicts pay will increase by 3.8 percent from last year for accounting, finance and information systems occupations. Robert Half also lists 10 specific positions to watch in terms of pay growth.

  • How to Get a Home Loan With Less-Than-Stellar Credit US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 11:58 AM EST

    In a perfect world, you'd have a robust credit score and a 20 percent down payment in hand, with mortgage lenders falling all over themselves to get your attention. What if your credit score is shabby, your bank manager cringes when he sees you and debt collectors are the ones vying for your attention? "As a rule of thumb, …

  • 3 Ways to Start Your Retirement Right US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 11:02 AM EST

    Break your retirement future into shorter time periods. Should you find yourself part way there and decide you would rather do something else, you have only expended a small portion of your overall retirement.

  • How Financial Literacy Can Fight Domestic Violence US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    Money and domestic violence might not seem related, but financial literacy can play a powerful role in helping survivors recover from domestic violence and might even help prevent abuse in the first place. One recent paper, published last month in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, found that a financial education curriculum …

  • 6 Frugal Ways to Exercise With Young Kids US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:29 AM EST

    However, working out when you have young children can be a struggle, not to mention expensive. The challenge of finding enough time and energy to break a sweat coupled with discouraging babysitter bills, gyms fees and class costs can knock exercise off of many parents' to-do lists. The good news is that there are some …

  • How and Why to Spend Less Selfishly US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 9:16 AM EST

    According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, single people amass fewer savings than married couples, even when accounting for married households having twice as many people. The findings showed married couples had an average of $111,600 in retirement savings, while singles only had an average of $12,500 saved. …

  • How to Take a Guilt-Free Vacation US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:05 AM EST

    With all the ice and snow, you might be envisioning yourself on a beach somewhere -- listening to the surf and drinking a iced tea. But that doesn't mean your pocket book is envisioning the same thing. ...

  • 10 CDs With High Interest Rates US News - Fri, Jan 30, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    To most, the certificate of deposit is a typical bank account: safe, reliable and far from sexy. The account also has a relatively low minimum deposit requirement of $500, ranking it in the top spot.

  • 5 unusual ways to make extra money US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 11:00 AM EST
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    If you're open to putting ads on your car or to being the next NASA test subject, then here are some out-of-the-box ideas for you. For those that are exercising, all exercises would be done laying down in bed.

  • 8 Ways to Stand Out on LinkedIn US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:51 AM EST

    If you do not have one, human resources professionals and recruiters may wonder why not, and it could hurt you. There's a little-known LinkedIn feature that allows you to decide whether or not your network will receive notifications of your profile updates. 1. The professional headline does not necessarily need to state …

  • 7 Hidden Perks of Credit Cards US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:46 AM EST

    So if you'd like to better utilize your credit cards, you may want to sniff out any bonuses you're unaware of. "The quickest and easiest way to locate that information is to go directly to your card issuer's website," says Randy Hopper, vice president of credit cards for Navy Federal Credit Union in Vienna, Virginia.  …

  • Tax Rules to Know if You Give or Receive Cash US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:42 AM EST

    If you work odd jobs to supplement your income -- say a neighbor pays you for dog walking, tutoring or house cleaning -- then you're still supposed to report that money as income to the IRS even if you're not getting a W-2 (the income-reporting tax form used for employees) or 1099 (the income-reporting tax form used for …

  • Why Rising Rates Won't Kill the Bull Market US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 9:32 AM EST

    It has been nearly nine years since the Federal Reserve last raised interest rates, and many investors are uncertain about how inevitable hikes will impact the market. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has indicated rates will likely rise sometime in 2015, as long as the economy is healthy enough to withstand monetary tightening. …

  • Financial advisors want to help -- by adding ancillary services that purport to address emerging and anticipated complications to financial planning and the transition to retirement. The most logical expansion is certified financial planners adding in-house tax specialists, and certified public accountants adding financial …

  • 5 Ways to Save $5,000 US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:45 AM EST

    If your pockets are feeling a little light these days, it might be time to re-examine your financial habits and explore ways to start building a cash reserve instead of spending it. The good news is that ...

  • 3 Numbers That Will Improve Your Financial Status US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:40 AM EST

    This strategy involves paying off the balances with the highest interest rates first. Evaluate your personality and financial situation, choose what you think will work best and get started paying down that debt! It may not seem that powerful, but as mentioned earlier, your score could actually cost or save you thousands …

  • How to Save on a Domestic Vacation US News - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:25 AM EST

    Yellowstone National Park is one of them, with reasonably priced lodging and campgrounds. Wherever your travels take you, be sure to comparison shop for the best rates and deals before you leave.

  • 10 Investments for High Rollers US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 3:24 PM EST

    It you're looking to gamble and place your bets on a high-roller investment, who better to talk to than a financial advisor based in Vegas, baby? "As an investor, looking at situations where the risk-reward possibilities are dramatically in your favor can result in some potentially lucrative results," says Yale Bock, founder …

  • How Your Workplace Can Help You Manage Money US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:39 AM EST

    When Ced Funches started managing budgets as an art director in his 20s, his employer sent him to a financial education class to help shore up his decision-making skills. The class included an overview of budgeting, saving and retirement investing. Funches' experience is an increasingly common one, as more companies are …

  • 10 surprisingly affordable retirement hotspots US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:24 AM EST

    Portugal's Algarve is home to more than 100,000 resident foreign retirees. Portugal's southernmost province offers the best of Europe, including medieval towns, fishing villages, open-air markets and local wine, plus some of Europe's best sandy beaches.

  • 5 Ways Saving Money Changes Your Life US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:21 AM EST

    Working with a financial advisor might also become a better deal when you have more assets to invest. A financial advisor who is paid via a percentage of assets under management might be willing to provide lower fees to clients with more assets.

  • Investors See Benefit in Using IRAs for Real Estate US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 10:12 AM EST

    When her husband Rob left his job a couple of years ago, he rolled over his 401(k) funds into a Roth IRA as well. "Through meeting people and networking, we found could do other things with our IRA," says the Mission Viejo, California-based real estate investor. Separate from her IRA, Schiff is a buy-and-hold investor …

  • How to Start Your New Job Off on the Right Foot US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:41 AM EST

    This month, LinkedIn's Pulse articles feature the "My First 90 Days" series. So far, hundreds of LinkedIn Influencers and others have shared their insight and wisdom about making the right moves ...

  • 6 Tips for Finding an Apartment in Chicago US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:05 AM EST

    Finding an apartment you love anywhere can be a difficult process, but in Chicago, it can be a serious uphill battle. Among the hundreds of apartments that may be on the market at any one time, there will only be a few that meet all your needs, and even those could have their own set of problems. The first step to finding …

  • 9 Financial Tools You Should Be Using US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    Modern money management requires tracking a lot of moving parts: budgeting, bills and credit cards are just the beginning. If you often find yourself checking out at your favorite stores only to discover you left your loyalty card at home, then this app will help you out -- and also negate the need to carry your card around …

  • 11 Ways to Boost Your Emergency Fund US News - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    Most personal finance experts agree that we should all have an emergency fund of some sort -- a ready supply of cash to see us through life's rough patches. Whatever the amount you decides to set aside for emergencies -- even for a modest starter emergency fund of $500 or $1,000 -- actually saving that money can be easier …

  • Some student loan horror stories are truly awful. A student loan borrower dies, and her parents suddenly find themselves responsible for repaying $100,000 in student loans. Student loans, borrowed as optimistic investments in a student's future, can become unexpected burdens to families after death derails the original …

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Career Goals Moving Forward US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    According to a recent CareerBuilder survey of more than 3,000 workers, 30 percent of survey respondents said they are regularly searching for job opportunities, and 16 percent are determined to land a new job within the next 12 months. Your action plan to achieve it: As you conduct your own search, thoroughly research …

  • How American Families Can Afford Adoption US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:48 AM EST

    Costs can range from very little for adopting a child from foster care to $40,000 or more for a private domestic adoption, says Nicole Witt, executive director of The Adoption Consultancy in Florida. "[Adoption is] always a roller coaster of ups and downs, but at the end of it you have a healthy baby," says Lynne Fingerman, …

  • Tax Prep: Demystifying the Home Office Deduction US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:14 AM EST

    It's the home office deduction, and rumors abound about who qualifies, how it's calculated and whether taking it automatically flags an IRS audit.

  • 5 Things to Do Before You Apply to Any Job US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 11:13 AM EST

    It's not about writing down everything you've been responsible for and calling it a résumé, setting up a bare-bones LinkedIn profile or staying up late at night, applying to everything you see advertised on a job board. "Can I see a copy of your résumé?" he asks.

  • How You're Making Your Divorce More Expensive US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:53 AM EST

    Involve the divorce lawyers as little as possible. "When I worked for a large firm, a divorce client racked up hundreds and thousands in bills by calling every day and having me speak to her parakeet over the phone," says Elura Nanos, an attorney who occasionally does divorce work and co-owns Lawyer Up, a New York City-based …

  • But if your employer is requiring to you to get to work and you don't believe you can safely travel, or if authorities are telling people in your community to stay inside and off the roads, you should push back and point out the safety hazards. If you can't safely drive to work, take your employer's guidance at face value …

  • Top 4 Hotel and Cruise Line Stocks to Watch US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:22 AM EST

    A number of economic factors are currently providing tailwinds to the leisure industry including hotel, resort and cruise lines. On top of this, oil prices are now at their lowest levels since 2009. Furthermore, low oil prices also benefit many industries such as cruise lines, as fuel costs are a significant operating …

  • 6 Tips to Plan a Fun and Cheap Super Bowl Party US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:10 AM EST
    New England Patriots players practice at the Arizona Cardinals' facility Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. From left are cornerback Kyle Arrington (25), cornerback Brandon Browner (39), defensive end Zach Moore (90), safety Patrick Chung (23), and practice squad defensive end Jake Bequette (92). The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1, in Glendale, Ariz

    The Big Game is coming up, and many people are thinking of hosting a party for their friends to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks. Here are six strategies for hosting a great Super Bowl party without throwing your budget out of bounds.

  • How to save $100 a month for retirement US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:07 AM EST
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    Almost anyone can save $100 a month -- a mere $25 a week -- for retirement. The easiest way to save $100 per month for retirement is to have the amount withheld from your paycheck and deposited into a retirement, savings or investment account. If you don't have access to a retirement account at work, you can have the …

  • Is Overdraft Protection Real? A Look at the Big 4 Banks US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:05 AM EST

    Overdraft fees originated as a way for wealthy bank clients facing a liquidity problem to borrow money from the bank as a line of credit and pay it back with some interest. Today, overdraft fees often target those on the low end of the socioeconomic ladder, while wealthy bank clients can easily get overdraft fees waived …

  • 10 tax breaks for retirement savers US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:04 AM EST
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    Saving for retirement can decrease your tax bill or boost your refund. Here's how to minimize taxes on your retirement savings. Employees can defer paying income tax on up to $18,000 they contribute to a traditional 401(k), 403(b) or the federal government's Thrift Savings Plan in 2015. Income tax won't be due on this …

  • 4 Ways to Buy Gifts for Less Than $20 US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:01 AM EST

    Giving gifts that are affordable but still valued by the recipient is a challenge that follows us all year long.

  • Tips for Ending Your Shopping Addiction US News - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    About 5 percent of Americans suffer from compulsive shopping, and even more struggle with lesser forms of overspending, says Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending & Hoarding based in Franklin, Michigan. As spending money has become easier through the Internet and credit cards, Shulman …

  • The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate ...

  • 5 Résumé 'Tricks' That Can Backfire US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST
    How to build a resume that gets you the job

    When you're putting together a résumé, you might find yourself looking for ways to disguise a spotty job history, get around résumé-screening software or even avoid showing your age. Here are five résumé tricks that you should pass up. Using a functional résumé instead of a chronological résumé to hide weaknesses in your …

  • Last-Minute Valentine's Travel for Every Budget US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:30 AM EST

    A short trip two or three hours out of town can do the trick when it comes to special time with your Valentine. Michelle Stinson Ross is the social marketing manager at Offers.com.

  • 10 SUVs that Can Tackle Winter Weather US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:24 AM EST

    The 2015 Jeep Cherokee is available with three different four-wheel drive systems that can help you tackle snowy roads. Active Drive I is a full-time system that includes a single-speed transfer case, and Active Drive II includes a two-speed transfer case with low-range gearing. Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk models come standard …

  • Roth IRA vs. Traditional IRA: Which Is Right for You? US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:09 AM EST

    Of course, that day is long gone, and Americans are faced with daunting choices about their retirement savings. When saving for retirement outside of an employer-sponsored qualified plan such as a 401(k) or 403(b), many Americans choose an individual retirement account, which offers tax advantages. With a traditional …

  • The 10 best checking accounts of 2015 US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 9:51 AM EST
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    A checking account isn't just a checking account anymore -- it can do so much more. Aside from paying your bills and funding everyday expenses, a good checking account can help you save money and reach your financial goals. Banks are going above and beyond basic free checking in 2015 by providing customers added value …

  • An Investor's Guide to Understanding Market Research US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 9:15 AM EST

    In fact, when we speak to investors, many express a desire for basic tools to research and weigh investment decisions, and say they prefer simple charts and news to complicated products. This tells us there is a real need for straightforward research products that support everyday investors, as they work to understand …

  • How to Live With a Frugal Partner US News - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 9:01 AM EST

    True frugality is about finding ways to make money stretch as opposed to making wasteful decisions that end up in a money losing proposition.

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