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How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

With Americans spending an average of $167 per couple, people marrying this year can expect a pretty decent haul of wedding gifts. (And if they’re lucky, their guests will spend that money on something they actually want.) Online wedding registry site Zankyou looked at 300,000 donations given through its registries and determined average gift spending… Read More

3 Things to Do Before You Buy Life Insurance

3 Things to Do Before You Buy Life Insurance

3 Things to Do Before You Buy Life Insurance

When it comes to making major purchases like a home, many people spend time beforehand preparing. It’s a good idea to think of life insurance the same way. A life insurance policy can help pay off a mortgage loan so beneficiaries can continue to live in the home or to remove the immediate need to… Read More

5 Money Moves Newlyweds Forget to Make

5 Money Moves Newlyweds Forget to Make

5 Money Moves Newlyweds Forget to Make

Once you’ve tied the knot and made it past the honeymoon phase, reality sets in. Love won’t always save the day, but healthy communication offers a fighting chance. So while the two of you are sorting everything out and settling into your new life as one, a money talk should be at the top of the… Read More

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

I’m 56 & Reinventing My Career

America: What’s your money story? Credit.com contributor Bob Sullivan is hitting the road to ask the people he meets across the U.S. that very question. Whether it’s your struggle with student loans, what you did when you lost your job, how you dealt with a house that was underwater or the ingenious way you paid… Read More

The Biggest Retirement Mistakes You’re Making

The Biggest Retirement Mistakes You’re Making

The Biggest Retirement Mistakes You’re Making

We may love to dream and fantasize about our retirement, but we usually don’t look forward to the retirement planning. Thinking about a long-term goal like retirement can be overwhelming, but it can also be inspiring. Sometimes knowing what we are working toward can help motivate us to establish healthy financial habits and get there…. Read More

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

At 3 Years Old, the CFPB Gives Americans a Soapbox

America’s newest federal agency just turned 3 years old, and it continues to be the preferred punching bag for everyone from the American Bankers Association to politicians like Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who once famously and proudly proclaimed that, “Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.” The CFPB, on the other hand,… Read More

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Financial Freedom

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Financial Freedom

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Financial Freedom

Hitting big in Vegas, winning the lottery, inheriting a fortune and inventing the next billion-dollar idea can be paths to financial freedom. Unfortunately for most of us, our own path instead requires some smart decision-making, discipline, budgeting and real work. No matter the size of your paycheck, your financial moves can make a big impact… Read More

3 Things I Learned From the Cable Guy

3 Things I Learned From the Cable Guy

3 Things I Learned From the Cable Guy

At first I was annoyed when I moved into a new apartment and was told I couldn’t set up the Internet myself. Moving comes with a very long to-do list, and I’m happy I could take care of most of the items in a matter of minutes, like starting utilities and changing my address. As… Read More

The Most Endangered Jobs

The Most Endangered Jobs

The Most Endangered Jobs

The excitement of innovation tends to overshadow the plight of its victims, but for people whose jobs are becoming obsolete, technological advances can be a little terrifying. Many jobs that existed centuries or just decades ago seem like quaint pieces of history, but inventions like automated machinery, modern refrigeration and mouse traps also represent the… Read More

10 Terms You Need to Know If You Ever Plan to Retire

10 Terms You Need to Know If You Ever Plan to Retire

10 Terms You Need to Know If You Ever Plan to Retire

In the modern economy, the responsibility for retirement largely falls to the individual. Being educated about this process can mean the difference between spending your retirement in vacation mode and working an additional decade. To secure the future you want, it’s important to plan. The earlier you start figuring it out (and saving!), the better…. Read More

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