How to Save $100,000 By the Time You’re 30

Personal Finance

How to Save $100,000 By the Time You’re 30

How to Save $100,000 By the Time You’re 30

You might have heard an absurd-sounding parable that often makes the rounds on personal finance blogs. This story is about two siblings who want to have a comfortable retirement — let’s make them sisters for this article’s purposes. The first sister starts saving in her 20s and manages to save $100,000 by the time she… Read More

4 Tips for Summer House Hunters

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4 Tips for Summer House Hunters

4 Tips for Summer House Hunters

Making the decision to buy versus rent is a big step. A home will likely be the largest single purchase you make. Summer is often the big season for real estate; many families with children hope to be settled by the time school starts. In particularly hot real estate markets, houses can sell very quickly,… Read More

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Identity Theft

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Plenty of folks think they could never be outsmarted by a hacker; plenty of them are wrong. In fact, perhaps 97% are wrong. Two new studies make this point, and show the devastating consequences of being wrong. Security firm McAfee has created a tool that lets consumers test their ability to distinguish between real emails… Read More

How Travelers Checks Came to Be

Personal Finance

How Travelers Checks Came to Be

How Travelers Checks Came to Be

There used to be an item on almost everyone’s “get ready for vacation” list — go to the bank and pick up travelers checks, and maybe stock up on film for the camera. But times have changed. Many people find it more convenient to use ATMs, credit cards or debit cards for their vacation spending. And… Read More

10 Places Where Homebuyers Can Still Find Deals

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10 Places Where Homebuyers Can Still Find Deals

10 Places Where Homebuyers Can Still Find Deals

In most of the country, buyers have the advantage over sellers in the housing market. In April, 59% of counties in RealtyTrac’s monthly Home Sales Report reported that homes sold at less than market value, on average. In 27% of counties, homes sold at above market value, and in 14% homes sold for almost exactly… Read More

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

Credit Cards

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

Few credit card users (if any) get through life without making a financial misstep or two when using plastic. Even something that seems like an innocent oversight could seriously damage your credit standing, but in many cases, a single mistake isn’t a big deal. Before you start kicking yourself, find out if there’s a simple… Read More

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