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How Serious Are You?

When Hal and Dee were in their mid-fifties, they found themselves with $50,000 of credit card atnd tax debt. That would have been bad enough, but they had been there before, which only made it worse. They had been riding a financial—not to mention emotional, spiritual, and marital—roller coaster for years. Repeating history Early in […]

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Best Financial Advice

Over the years, I’ve asked readers to share some of the best financial advice they’ve ever received. Here are some of their answers. Bob said that during a pre-marriage class he and his then fiancé attended, the teacher suggested using pay raises to build an initial savings account. In Bob’s words, “I can remember how […]

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How to Fight Fair About Money

Every healthy relationship involves conflict. In fact, psychologist John Gottman, who has spent more than 20 years studying what makes marriages last, believes that “fighting . . . can be one of the healthiest things a couple can do for their relationship.” In his book, Why Marriages Succeed or Fail, which I highly recommend, Gottman […]

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?

In a recent post, I provided some guidance as to who needs life insurance. If you determine that you need it, the next question is, “how much?” You’ll hear about various guidelines for answering that question, usually based on multiples of your salary. Some say you should carry life insurance with a death benefit equal […]

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Profitable Ideas: Keeping Financial Secrets Isn’t Romantic, The Work/Faith Connection, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Baby Boomers are more likely to keep financial secrets (Washington Post). This is one of the benefits of tools like Mint.com. If you set it up correctly, it gives both spouses anytime/anywhere access to your household’s full financial […]

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Profitable Ideas: Free is Good, The End of Car Ownership, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. Don’t make this 401(k) mistake in 2017 (Time). When it comes to workplace retirement plans, free really is good. Don’t miss out. The end of car ownership? (Vocativ). Many items we used to buy are moving to subscription […]

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Profitable Ideas: Why NOT to Pay Off Your House Faster, Pay In-State Tuition for an Out-of-State School, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently. 4 reasons paying off your mortgage faster isn’t always best move (USA TODAY). Some will bristle at this one (don’t shoot the messenger!), but I have to agree that this isn’t always the best move. 5 salary negotiation […]

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