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[Study] Women Are Feeling Financially Empowered

More women trusting financial instincts

“In fact, American women and men have a lot to learn from one another, as…

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Creating a Financial Life Plan: Where to Begin

How to set financial goals

This story gives readers tools to connect with their highest ideals and priorities so that…

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How Much Do You Need to Make to Buy a Home?

Survey looks at salary needed for 27 cities across the U.S

On a national level, the average median home price in the U.S. is $222,700, meaning…

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Rising Home Prices Making Consumers Nervous

Conflicting reports show uncertainty about the economy

The mixed housing data and the recent uncertainty about the economy and financial markets have…

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America Saves Week: Train Your Brain to Save Money

Part 2 - Move past your natural tendency to avoid long-term planning

Behavioral finance experts say, however, before we start beating ourselves up, we need to take…

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The Power of the Purse and the Polls

Rev. Jesse Jackson calls on black America to empower itself

“You must spend less than you make and vote as much as you can.…

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How Your Student Loan Debt Can Reduce Your Tax Bill by at Least $2,500

Part 1 - The 411 on student loan tax breaks

That means that many borrowers may not be aware of all of the tax breaks…

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Striking a ‘Rich’ Balance Between Saving for Retirement and Their Children’s Education

The Rich family finds the right balance between retirement savings and education costs

Parents feel a responsibility to help their kids get through college without an enormous debt…

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Apartment Rental Prices Are On The Rise

Smaller markets leading the charge as vacancies shrink

There has been growing demand for rental properties in recent years, as the sluggish economy…

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Is Your Student Loan Debt Affecting Your Child’s Education Plans?

Survey finds parent’s student loans hurting ability to help kids

For many, it’s more than guilt and emotions, particularly when it comes to younger parents.…

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[WATCH] Millennials Resorting to Payday Loans to Help Make Ends Meet

Here are some better ways to manage day-to-day financial challenges

“Millennials confront greater difficulties – including economic uncertainty, student debt – than those who came…

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Creating A Financial Plan You Can Stick To

Why so many of us have trouble with the ‘B’ word

The word ‘budget’ conjures up feelings of deprivation and sacrifice – feelings humans avoid. Seeing…

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Part 2: How to Make Financial Resolutions Stick

There's a science to change

“Change is a process. The key to successfully changing behavior is knowing where you…

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[WATCH] Trade Unused Gift Cards for Cash, Different Cards, or Charity

Three options that can help you pay bills, pay down debt, or help a cause

GiftCardGranny.com compares the offers of several potential buyers, allowing you to pick the best. …

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[WATCH] BE’s Stacey Tisdale Talks Keeping Spending and Emotions in Check on ABC’s ‘Here and Now’

Protecting your budget from the holiday urge to splurge

‘Tis the season when even the best budgeters have a hard time staying on track,…

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3 Questions to Keep Your Emotions and Spending in Check this Holiday Season

Taking an honest look at why you feel pressured to spend

There’s more to holiday overspending than just dollars and cents. This story looks at some…

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For many Americans, a big part of the holidays involve giving presents to others. But it’s perfectly fine and feasible to not give gifts to family and friends and still enjoy the holiday season.
	
In fact, if the tough economy or a job layoff has taken a toll on your household budget, this could be the year to not spend any money at all on gifts. Even if you do have money in a bank account to spend, it’s important to realize that there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season without making all the festivities centered on gift-giving.

	Still, the average American is expected to spend $704 on holiday gifts in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. Should you opt out of this year’s holiday shopping frenzy like the folks who’ve joined Buy Nothing Day? Perhaps. Here are five reasons why it might be wise not to spend any money at all on gifts on Black Friday and this entire holiday season. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Ho Ho No! Parents Tapping Retirement to Buy Holiday Presents

Survey finds parents sacrificing short and long-term financial security

“Our long-term goals, such as retirement savings and having an emergency fund, should always take…

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Where to Find the Best Deals During Cyber Week

Here are the biggest discounts to be found this holiday season

“The four days starting from Black Friday were filled with deals,” says Jie Zhang, an…

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Giving Tuesday: 5 Reasons Women Are the More Generous Gender

New survey finds women give 'more' for different reasons

“When women give, they want to see the effects of what they do. They…

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5 Things to Think About When Friends and Family Ask For Loans

How to handle the pressure to lend

Almost everyone has a story about asking for a loan from a friend or…

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