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Tips to Slice High Summer BBQ Prices

The sound of sizzling meat on the grill is going to cost you more this summer. The price of beef and pork are up an average 7.7 percent, according to recent data from the US Department of Labor. Severe drought in several western states has thinned cattle herds and a pig virus that’s reduced supply […]

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Buying a New Car? 4 Extra Costs You Should Know About

  The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is just one of the costs associated with buying a new vehicle. When you’re ready to close the deal on your new car, make sure you’re not surprised by these additional costs that make up part of your final price tag. Car Sales Taxes and Tags As with […]

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Behind the Scenes with Kiplinger: Building Wealth the Old-Fashioned Way [Video]

It’s not how much you make, but what you do with your money that counts. In the May issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, we introduce you to a couple who are building their wealth the old-fashioned way — by saving early, saving consistently and investing wisely in their future. Of course, saving isn’t always […]

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Take Your Retirement Budget on a Practice Run

If you’re nearing retirement, you’ve likely taken steps to prepare financially for the future. What you plan to do in retirement has a direct effect on your retirement budget. Anticipating your income and expenses in retirement actually comes years before you make the jump. Surprisingly, money isn’t the main consideration when planning your retirement budget. […]

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What To Do With Windfall Money

You’ve received a cash windfall, and you have the deer-in-the-headlights look. What should you do first? It might be very tempting to splurge on items you couldn’t normally afford. Depending on your current financial obligations and goals, you may need to pay off debt or provide for your child’s education. Windfalls can have both a […]

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How to Plan a Fundraising Event Holiday Party

The holidays are a time when many of us give back by volunteering at local organizations or donating to charities. If you’re looking to spread even more holiday cheer, why not consider throwing a holiday-themed fundraiser? After all, making a positive impact on the lives of others can make you feel just as rich and […]

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Ally Asks: What Would You Do With $1 Million?

Remember when $1 million seemed like a lot of money? How times have changed. Nowadays, experts don’t even think $1 million is enough to get you through retirement. Put to other uses, though, such a large sum of money can still accomplish amazing feats. Which brings us to our topic: It’s a daydream you’ve probably […]

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10 Ways to Boost Your Financial Health in 2013

For many people, the new year is a time for new goals — especially ones involving money. For 2013, we came up with 10 things you can do to boost your savings and strengthen your finances. 1. Ladder Your CDs As Bankrate points out, CD rates are currently at record lows. But you can increase […]

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Ally Asks: Were Your 2012 Financial Resolutions Successful?

Last year, we asked our fans to tell us their financial resolutions. The top one? Paying off credit card debt. Maybe your resolution was to build an emergency fund, save up for a big home improvement project or boost your retirement savings. Whatever it was, we want to know how it went. Did you keep […]

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Financial Etiquette: Every Acquaintance Has a Cause – But Do I Always Have to Give? [VIDEO]

With the holidays approaching, you may find friends, neighbors or coworkers asking you to donate to their charitable causes. In an ideal world you’d always be able to contribute – but since our world is hardly ideal, is it ever acceptable to decline? In our first installment of “Financial Etiquette with Randy Cohen,” the author, humorist […]