Archive for December 2016

How to Improve Your Gas Mileage (and How Not To)

Written by Nickel - 21 Comments

With gas prices on the rise, I thought I’d highlight an article I found on Consumer Reports about ways to save on gas… and ways not to. Given the results of my latest experiment on improving gas mileage, I can vouch for pretty much all of these. 1. Drive at a moderate speed. Keeping a […]

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Published on December 30th, 2016
Modified on December 31st, 2016 - 21 Comments
Filed under: Automotive,Energy,Frugality
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The Best Places to Invest for Retirement

Written by Nickel - 5 Comments

A reader named KC recently wrote in with a question about investing for retirement: I’m 28 years old with a wife and a six month old baby. We’ve always been money-conscious, but would really like to focus our efforts. We both have Roth IRAs, but are not satisfied with them. They are heavily loaded, and […]

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Published on December 29th, 2016
Modified on December 31st, 2016 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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Review of the Discover it Card and Its Cash Back Bonus

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Have you heard of the Discover it credit card yet? This highly-rated cash back credit card makes it easy for those with mid-to-high credit to jump on earning great rewards. Plus, it has an interesting matching bonus offer happening right now. Discover it Card Basics This card offers a great 5% cash back on bonus […]

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Published on December 28th, 2016
Modified on December 29th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer,Credit Cards
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11 Great Books About Money That Everybody Should Read

Written by Nickel - 21 Comments

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2007. However, we feel that the books listed here are timeless, and still provide a wealth (pun intended) of information. Each and every one of them on this list is still highly recommended, and many of them still hold the top spots for personal finance best sellers. […]

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Published on December 27th, 2016
Modified on December 31st, 2016 - 21 Comments
Filed under: Best of...,Books,Reviews
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The Triple Tax Advantages of a Health Savings Account

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With the rising cost of healthcare in the United States, many are looking for ways to save on medical expenses. Employers are continuing to push healthcare costs onto workers, making monthly premiums higher than ever. In addition, high-deductible health insurance plans have become increasingly popular. For these reasons, people turn to health savings accounts for […]

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Published on December 24th, 2016
Modified on December 27th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Insurance,Planning,Retirement
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8 Ways to Save for Retirement in your 40s and 50s

Written by William Cowie - 15 Comments

I told the story elsewhere of how my wife and I woke up in our late 40s to a harsh realization: our investment cupboard was bare. We were not alone, though. In fact, millions of Americans in their 40s or 50s don’t have nearly enough money saved to retire. In a recent GAO survey, 29% […]

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Published on December 21st, 2016 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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How to Use Up Your FSA Dollars Before You Lose Them

Written by Aliyyah Camp - Leave a Comment

Given that the year’s end is quickly approaching, a lot of you are likely making moves to get your finances in order before 2017. For those of you who have employer-sponsored health insurance plans, you may have contributed to a Flexible Spending Account (or FSA) in 2016. An FSA is a tax-advantaged account offered by […]

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Published on December 19th, 2016
Modified on December 27th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Consumer,Saving & Investing
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Credit Karma to Begin Offering Free Tax Filing for 2017

Written by Aliyyah Camp - Leave a Comment

How do you plan to prepare and file your taxes this year? If you’re like 43% of Americans, you probably did your tax returns from the comfort of your home, maybe even using a service like TurboTax or TaxAct. Well, get ready because in 2017, there will be a newcomer to the market of tax […]

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Published on December 16th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Taxes
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20 Money Saving Tips for the Holidays (#3 is our secret weapon)

Written by Suba Iyer - 5 Comments

All of us, I’m sure, are busy shopping and planning for gifts for all the people we care about. In the process, though, we need to take some precautions. We don’t want to end up in a situation where we are happy for a month, but are left paying December’s credit card bill throughout the […]

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Published on December 16th, 2016 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Consumer,Family & Life,Frugality,House & Home
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A Review of the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card

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Looking for an easy-to-use rewards credit card that doesn’t make you think twice about bonus categories? One that earns you cash back no matter what you buy, with flexible redemption options? Well, the Chase Freedom Unlimited may be a great option for you. The Basics This rewards card offers a flat 1.5% cash back on […]

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Published on December 13th, 2016 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards
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